examples of waldorf inspired rhythms
Our previous post ‘A Waldorf Inspired Rhythm‘ written by our dear customer and friend Kelly (@thewaywewaldorf), explains the wonderful benefits for families and how a rhythm helps harmonise the day. Following this, we have been inspired to see how some of our other lovely customers and the Myriad Enthusiasts have been putting together their daily and weekly Waldorf inspired rhythms during this period of home isolation. Having a healthy rhythm allows us to be able to enjoy, concentrate and make the most of our time, as well as to feel settled and secure, so it feels more important than ever right now to be bringing this into the home.
Finding the right rhythm for you and your family is about trying to see what can work for you and letting it gently evolve with your family’s journey. We’ve found with all going on right now that the simpler the rhythm the better for us as a family, balancing in-breath and out-breath activities and allowing plenty of time for everything. We were interested to see how different families manage their rhythms around home working, different aged children and home education, including rhythms from long-established Waldorf home schoolers and ones from parent’s trying to fit in a new working-from-home schedule too. We hope these following examples are useful and help inspire you if you are trying to find the right rhythm for your family during this time.
daily waldorf inspired rhythms
These two above are by the lovely Myriad Enthusiast Katie (@sustainable.play). After a few weeks she adapted the first daily rhythm to become the second one shown after some reflection of what worked what didn’t, to allow more flexibility and freedom, and bringing music and gardening in everyday, an evolving rhythm.
This sweet one above is by Myriad Enthusiast Bex (the.hygge.playroom).
This inspiring one above by Myriad Enthusiast Rebecca (@career.mom), shows how she has managed to fit in a new working-from-home schedule into time with her two young girls.
This one above by Annie (@thechildisthecurriculum) is the result of a long-established Waldorf home school rhythm, she has three children and also runs a Steiner home school cooperative. Below is also an beautiful example of how she plans out festival days too.
weekly waldorf inspired rhythms
In Waldorf kindergartens children start to understand the passing of the time and rhythm of the week by first becoming familiar with the activity associated with each day of the week, such as ‘Painting Day’, ‘Craft Day’, ‘Baking Day’ and ‘Soup Day’. The repetition of these activities on the same day each week, with even the same snacks and foods repeated on those days really helps to establish a feeling of security and safety for the children. With these many days at home without our usual weekly activities to help define the days, having a weekly rhythm at home can really help stop the days running into each other. It also allows for a chance to thoroughly enjoy a certain activity as a family, such as painting, if it has its special place in the week.
This weekly rhythm above is another lovely example by Annie and plays with alliteration too – ‘Music and Maths Mondays, Textile Tuesdays and Watercolour and Woodwork Wednesdays’.
Myriad Enthusiast Amy (@mother.and.mouse) made this delightful weekly rhythm for her daughter. She painted seven peg dolls with Stockmar Watercolours, and added little felt hats. Each day her daughter changes the peg doll, (the colour of each doll corresponds to the Waldorf colour for that day), and then she can look from the peg doll to the matching coloured day on the rhythm chart to see what is happening that day. So sweet!
Waldorf colours for the days of the week are – purple for Monday, red for Tuesday, yellow for Wednesday, orange for Thursday, green for Friday, blue for Saturday, and white for Sunday.
We also have some other sweet wooden peg people calendars for helping young children understand the passing of time and could help with your waldorf inspired rhythms – please click here to see.
morning verse example
Bringing moments of reverence into the rhythm helps make your rhythm rich and nourishing, with special touches which engage the senses and enable all to be in the present enjoying the moment. Simple ideas such as just lighting a candle at mealtimes and starting and ending each day with a special verse can make the ordinary beautiful and the mundane feel special.
bedtime verse example
This lovely bedtime verse above has come from the uplifting, practical and inspiring book ‘Happy Child, Happy Home‘ by Lou Harvey-Zahra. It introduces ‘conscious parenting’ as a new way of helping any family home become more harmonious, and discusses waldorf inspired rhythms and routines with lots of other ideas. Definitely a book we recommend if you want to delve more into the subject, alongside some of our other inspiring Parenting and Education Books.
“Rhythm is an important for all living beings, specially humans. Rhythm helps to give a structure to the day, as we have the day, we have the night, as we breath in, we breath out, as we have winter, we have summer, and we have yearly festivals that have been coming around for hundreds and thousand of years…
To help create a Rhythm it’s important to have Repetition, the more Repetition you have in your Rhythm, the easier it becomes, and the more the children will follow it, and love it, for Rhythm, Repetition and Reverence help the children to feel safe, to know what’s expected and to be able to lean back and follow the adult’s lead, without challenging it. A healthy rhythm to your day, week and year is nourishing and helps create beautiful, happy memories for your family.”
Nereida Olives, Waldorf Kindergarten Teacher
And, as Kelly said in her post, rhythm can be as simple of complex as you need, it can be a guide to the day from rising to bedtime, or it can be as simple as a weekly rhythm for bake day, wash day etc. the most important thing is it should help nourish you as a family. Don’t despair if it does not quite seem to work, allow for a time of adaptation for all the family and then have a look at what isn’t quite working.
Wishing you and your families much well-being, health and happiness during this time, and a harmonious rhythm to your days and weeks ahead. Please keep in touch through Facebook, Instagram and our Myriad Meetinghouses – on Facebook go to our page and then select Groups and ask to join, on Instagram: @myriadmeetinghhouse