Well, there is no better time than the present to begin planning for next year. Actually, I have been planning for the past 6 weeks. Now, I am working on the specifics. I use ideas from many people on how to plan including: Waldorf Essentials, Waldorf-Inspired Learning, and various other blogs (do a web search on homeschool planning and you will be amazed!). I am basically using the same method that I used last year. Overall, I think the method worked well.
First, I decide on my themes for each child. The themes guide which blocks that I want to cover. Second, I make goals for each child for the year. (I also have the kids make up goals for the year but we do that at the beginning of the school year.)
In the next step, I take the themes, goals and typical grade-appropriate Waldorf blocks to decide what blocks to consider. I decide on 9 themes/blocks. Then I get to work looking for books, activities, poems, copywork, etc that will support each block. Last year, we focused on grammar in our language arts. This year, we plan to focus on writing using the grammar learned last year. Once I develop the blocks and the monthly plans, I break everything up into weeks. I do not make daily plans because our weeks change each month.
I plan to make weekly work plans in my final step. I am not there yet, but I am close. I think that I have all of my curriculum planned out and purchased except for one. I will write on the specifics for each child in the next couple of weeks. For now, I am still planning. If you see me, then you will probably see this:
How is your planning going?