Waldorf Family Network is a grassroots initiative serving homeschooling
families inspired by Waldorf education. The impulse for the initiative was originally founded in 1999 as a way for our
own family to connect with other families on the same journey. Since then, the work of Waldorf Family Network has grown
to serve our regional, as well as our global community, in a variety of ways, including helpful web-based services, such
as the creation of a comprehensive resource directory for Waldorf homeschooling families.
Over the years,
hundreds of families have also come together in a warm-body way to enjoy countless programs and activities, including
festivals, workshops, panel discussions, networking gatherings, and curriculum training. While we coordinate programs
and activities on this end, the work itself is a collaborative venture with other parents. We often work out of a donation-based
As an initiative, our direction has been to strive to work out of anthroposophy and Steiner's
insights on child development, while at the same time, as well as also striving to empower families to help meet
the unique, practical needs that arise in working with Waldorf education within the form of a home-based setting. We
are committed to bringing forth a grassroots approach to the Waldorf homeschooling path, with an emphasis on Steiner's
realization that "teaching is an art". Rather than asking what appears to now be an automatic
question of, "which curriculum should I buy?", we emphasize the development of one's own curricula that is based
on an understanding of the intent behind the content, as well as an individual knowing of the needs of one's children.
We also strongly encouarge the deepening of a parent-to-parent network.
Brenda Armstrong-Champ is the founder
and director of Waldorf Family Network, and the director of Michaelmas Farm, a working farm and developing center for
cultural renewal in north central Massachusetts where she and her family reside. Her background includes formal
study and training in the areas of health education, clinical social work, energy healing, and nonprofit management.
Since first meeting anthroposophy, Brenda has completed a two-year Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy and the Arts
program, and has attended numerous lectures, workshops, conferences, and trainings over the years on various topics related
to anthroposophy and the arts, including esoteric subjects, biography work, inner development, and
curriculum work. She was part of the summer curriculum training program for Waldorf homeschooling parents sponsored
by the Chiron initiative at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto for 8 years, including training in curriculum work for Gr.
1-8, and 3 years as a faculty member. Brenda completed the one-year Practical Training in Biodynamic Agriculture
at Pfeiffer Center at Threefold Community in NY in 2010, and is currently part of an ongoing study group in Biodynamics,
and also works with the Farm-Based Educators Inspired by Anthroposophy through the Biodynamic Farming & Gardening
Brenda and her husband are the parents of two inspiring young
adults, now ages 19 and 16.5. Both children attended early childhood programs in a Waldorf school
community, and were homeschooled based on Steiner's insights on education from "grade one" through the
"high school" years. The eldest is currently pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance at a major university, while the younger
continues to homeschool for the 2012-2013 academic year.
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