This blog post was taken from our original site and was published in 2009 when my girls were four and five years old!
Even though it's an old post, the content is still relevant.
Please comment and let me know if you agree!
Many of you know that we are using the Enki Education curriculum and are thrilled with the results that we see. Sometimes I think I should blog solely about Enki and how much it has changed our lives!
Since Enki is Waldorf-inspired, I've been reading about Waldorf education and the writings of Rudolph Steiner again. Fifteen years ago, when I was in graduate school learning about how children learn, I studied Steiner's work and others' who were proponents of holistic education and teaching kids how to become life-long learners and they SO inspired me! This is why I wanted to become an educator!
Many years passed between those years and now and today I am re-inspired all over again by getting back to what I had learned all those years ago and I hope I can inspire you too. The best part of this is that I can bring what I believe in to my own children, the way I want to, and have FUN every day while doing so.
For me, the Enki principles keep me grounded in my heart center. It keeps me reverent. It helps me remember what is important in my life. It helps me to remember that family rhythms and the rhythms of nature are the foundation at this point in our homeschooling journey. It helps me breathe deeply when I wonder if I am doing "enough" with my girls, if they should be enrolled in yet another extra-curricular activity, if we should be running around day to day from activity to activity just because so many others are doing so.
While Waldorf is not a "curriculum"; the principles of holistic learning and family centered education can be implemented in any home, at any time regardless of what curriculum you use. It is my belief that incorporating any of the holistic principles in your life and home can only enhance it.
I hope this inspires you as well!