I’m assuming the first post here should be the obligatory introductory post.
My name is Annette. I’m 34, and have 3 children: Michael, who is almost 8, Katie Grace, who is five-and-a-half, and Nicholas, who is three. We are expecting a new baby around Easter, and are planning a homebirth.
I grew up in Lancaster, PA and went to Grove City College, where I met my husband. We were both music education majors in college. I went on to do graduate work in early childhood education, and he went on to get his M. Div. He is a pastor, and we’re still in Pennsylvania. I am a stay-at-home mom and also write Waldorf-inspired early childhood “curriculum” (for lack of a better word) called “Seasons of Joy”.
I became interested in anthroposophy in college, when I began reading Steiner. Parts of it resonated with me, but other parts seemed very counterintuitive to my own world view. When I was pregnant with Michael, I read John Thomson’s excellent book, Natural Childhood. I shared it with my hubby, and we agreed that this was the way we wanted to raise our children.
We’ve had a “homeschooling mentality” since my first was born. We homeschooled Michael for kindergarten and the first few months of first grade, but ended up enrolling him in public school. Through testing, we’ve discovered that he has “dual exceptionalities”– he’s highly gifted, but also has some sort of learning disorder, probably a non-verbal learning disorder. He seems to thrive on the order and hyper-scheduling school offers him, although I hold tight to my dream of someday bringing him back home.
We’ve begun homeschooling my daughter Katie Grace. We started in a cyber charter school with the k12 curriculum. It’s a little too harried and academic for us, and we’re leaving and returning to our Waldorf roots.
Besides my interested in Waldorf and natural family living, I also have several volunteer jobs. I teach toddler Sunday School at my husband’s church (I’m actually Catholic, although we’re raising the children in the Lutheran faith), I volunteer with La Leche League, and I’m also a volunteer moderator at Mothering.com.
So, welcome to my blog as I work on living in a way that honors that which I believe to be true.