Great Outdoor Challenge – Afterschool Gardening

For all of my Waldorf Afterschooling friends. When my girls were little, I also did my best to supplement their afterschool experience while using traditional schools. Here is a post I am resharing from 8 years ago (wow!) to inspire you to do the same:

One of the things I try very hard to do with the girls is to make sure that they are able to get a good amount of outdoor time after school. This is one of the bigger challenges I face as a waldorf-inspired parent who is not using a waldorf school or homeschooling. The girls get home around 3:30 and they are tired, hungry and have homework. But if it fits into our afternoon – I try very hard to get them some free time outside to “shake off” their day.

As a waldorf parent and teacher, I do my best to foster a love of nature and appreciation of the natural, wild, untamed, deep rooted world around us in my own children and the children I care for in my nursery program. I know that they will be the ones left here after I am long gone… what I teach them now, they will teach their own children and carry into a future WAY beyond myself… and they are the only hope for our planet, the human race and the future. This is what I try to tell parents and caregivers… your job is SO extremely important… the ripple effects can truly change the world.


There were so many leaves and acorns in our garden. We raked, picked, shoveled and dug… we’re getting ready to plant and the girls are getting excited. We have four square foot boxes and each girl is in charge of one. They will make sure their box is planted, tended to, weeded (not many weeds with square foot gardening), watered, picked and cared for each day.

The daycare children will help when the girls are at school by watering and caring for our garden as well. We also have a lot of other areas where we will be planting herbs, flowers, strawberries and lots of other fun things!

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this year is OUR YEAR for a lot of little green thumbs at Little Acorn Learning ๐Ÿ™‚ Wish us luck!

10 thoughts on “Great Outdoor Challenge – Afterschool Gardening”

  1. hi. i'm trying to remember how i first got here…quite possibly it was through Suzanne Down (via facebook)…anyway…i'm curious about how you feel about being a waldorf teacher and not having your children attend a Waldorf school…i have the same situation, but i imagine it's for different reasons.

    i like the idea that the girls each get their own box to work in. my mom had my brother, sister and i do the same and it really taught us a sense of responsiblity and gave us all a LOVE for gardening which i also am happily fostering in my own children. yes! good luck!! i hope your gardeners seeds start sprouting soon!!

  2. hi. i'm trying to remember how i first got here…quite possibly it was through Suzanne Down (via facebook)…anyway…i'm curious about how you feel about being a waldorf teacher and not having your children attend a Waldorf school…i have the same situation, but i imagine it's for different reasons.

    i like the idea that the girls each get their own box to work in. my mom had my brother, sister and i do the same and it really taught us a sense of responsiblity and gave us all a LOVE for gardening which i also am happily fostering in my own children. yes! good luck!! i hope your gardeners seeds start sprouting soon!!

  3. hi. i'm trying to remember how i first got here…quite possibly it was through Suzanne Down (via facebook)…anyway…i'm curious about how you feel about being a waldorf teacher and not having your children attend a Waldorf school…i have the same situation, but i imagine it's for different reasons.

    i like the idea that the girls each get their own box to work in. my mom had my brother, sister and i do the same and it really taught us a sense of responsiblity and gave us all a LOVE for gardening which i also am happily fostering in my own children. yes! good luck!! i hope your gardeners seeds start sprouting soon!!

  4. What a great start, I imagine your garden will be overflowing soon enough. I love to hear about your afterschooling, I bet your children are ready to spend some time outside and in the dirt after a long day at school.

  5. What a great start, I imagine your garden will be overflowing soon enough. I love to hear about your afterschooling, I bet your children are ready to spend some time outside and in the dirt after a long day at school.

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