Details About the Taproot Teacher Training + FAQs
Today I want to tell you about one of my favorite weekends of the whole entire year: the Taproot Teacher Training for Homeschoolers.
Taproot has happened every summer on the 1st weekend in August, for 14 years!
Traditionally, Taproot has been an in-person event, but for two years during the pandemic, we went online. Now, we’re back in person! And today, I’m here to tell you all about Taproot and answer some questions so you can decide if this training is right for you.
Click here to learn about the next Taproot Teacher Training.
Let me start by sharing a brief description of the Taproot Teacher Training. And then I’ll dive into frequently asked questions in case you’re wondering any of these same things.
All About Taproot
Taproot is both a LIVE online weekend, plus a library of over 25 recorded workshops. The live weekend takes place August 5th-8th on Zoom. That’s Thursday through Sunday, and our longest day together is Saturday. During our weekend together, we’ll explore inner work, rhythm, child development, main lesson block planning for multiple ages, and how to use stories to teach.
Plus breakout rooms for conversations with others on this journey, giveaways, and goodie bags and so many fun activities.
The workshops are presented by 12 different amazing educators this year, all with experience with homeschooling. You will learn from folks with large families and small families, folks who teach with an art strength or focus, folks who teach with a science as a focus or strength, moms who teach with a love of literature and dads (one dad) who teaches from a love of nature. So many diverse voices, experiences, and homeschooling paths.
Taproot is not about a group of homeschool “experts” giving you lofty deals. This is folks on the ground, tapping into their own homeschool experience, modeling for you how homeschooling might look, and awakening ideas for you to blossom into.
This year’s theme is Standing Like a Tree to help ground us and while we branch out. The LIVE weekend is a time to pause and notice your strength. Your roots. Your center. Your branches. ALL the life YOU give – and how vital YOU are.
We’ll have demonstrations of Circle Time. Singing. Puppet Shows. Storytelling. Painting. Drawing. Recorder. Main lessons. Handwork. And one of the joys of Taproot that participants share over and over again is how wonderful it is to come be the student for once.
This is an online experience, a weekend to reconnect with yourself, learn new skills, and remember your WHY. At Taproot, you’ll get to experience all of that self-care goodness through workshops, new friends, and more. Taproot is also an opportunity to realize how connected you are to loving homeschoolers and embrace how we need each other.
Maybe you’re wondering if Taproot is for you. So let me give you a few more details to help you decide.
Taproot participants are both newbie and veteran homeschoolers seeking a homeschool experience for their children and families that is ROOTED in connection and creativity.
Schedule of Live Weekend
The live weekend includes presentations, demonstrations, and hands on activities on homeschooling rhythm, child development, inner work, puppet plays, handwork, main lesson block teaching for multiple age, and sharing stories.
And the Taproot library of workshops will be overflowing with so many wonderful topics, from foundational training in math, science, history and language arts, the temperaments, learning differences, main lesson blocks, handwork projects, the lively arts, and nature study. Join us and TAP into the flow, to be nourished from roots to branches to leaves!
- 4 Days, August 5-8
- 3 of those days, we’ll meet for 90 minutes from 2-3:30 pm Eastern time in the U.S.; then Saturday is a longer day from 10:30 to 3:30.
- We’ll also have Breakout Rooms for small group conversations this year.
- AND as I said, you get a Library of over 25 Workshops
- The live weekend workshops will also be recorded for you to watch the replays
You can find more details about Taproot here.
When does registration open?
In the spring, around May 1st every year.
How do I get access to everything: the ebooks, replays, and recordings?
As soon as you register, you’ll receive a confirmation email and a link to login to the Taproot hub where you’ll find your ebooks ready and waiting for you.
What’s the best way to plan for Taproot?
We encourage parents to plan ahead and treat this like a learning retreat for YOU. Once you register, you can make your travel plans to either fly or drive to Ohio. You’ll also be invited to join our Facebook group where you can meet others and make plans together.
Taproot has touched so many over the years and become a really special event and helped to forge the Waldorf homeschooling movement.
If you want to hear the story behind this training, be sure to check out episode #41 of the podcast: How Waldorf Homeschoolers Always Find a Way to Make It Work.
With its welcoming and supportive atmosphere, Taproot is truly a magical experience no matter where it takes place! The foundation of commitment to helping you find ways to make homeschooling work for your family has been there from the beginning and carries through to this day.
I’ve witnessed over and over again how the acceptance, friendships, and hands-on experiences within a supportive community can give you the confidence and strength you need to continue learning and growing and bringing holistic homeschooling to your children. I hope if this kind of experience is calling you, that you’ll check out the Taproot Teacher Training and let this amazing experience become part of your professional development as a homeschooling parent.
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Hi I am from India, Homeopath by qualification by now on a break, so I am SAHM to take care of my son care. My son is 6yrs old and he has been to a Waldorf kindergarten but now he is ready for grade 1 and there are no waldorf grade schools where I live. Hence I am considering homeschooling. I took 6 months of Waldorf teacher training at a school but couldn’t continue due to travel and financial stress. May I pls request to apply for help with any scholarships for your course if any available.
Thanks for your question, Vandana. We have given out all of our scholarships for this year’s Taproot. We offer scholarships every year right when registration opens and announce the winners in May. I do hope you find a way to join us this year. We have so many wonderful workshops as part of Taproot 2021.
I am from India. So also wanted to know if Indians are welcome to your workshop.
Yes, Vandana, we have people from all over the world coming to Taproot 2021 Online! We’d love to have you join us.