© 2016-2019 by Little Bluestem

Class Dismissed Movie - Official Trailer

Homeschool Support Group

Little Bluestem is a homeschool cooperative and support group providing creative alternative education options to families located in and around Carbondale, Illinois.  


Little Bluestem assists families who are homeschooling PK - 8.

Our families use a variety of curriculum models including Steiner/Waldorf, Montessori, Charlotte Mason, and Reggio Emilia.


Our unique progressive model provides scaffolded support. Children enjoy having mixed age classes with a variety of teachers; parents enjoy flexible scheduling and the freedom to design their own school year, while letting each child learn at his/her own pace. Families can also acess our extensive curriculum Lending Library.


Already homeschooling -- or thinking of starting -- and would like to hear more about what we have to offer, or join our group? Please join our mailing list to find out about our next event, or follow Renee's blog to see what's happening in the classroom.

We also manage the local Facebook group Waldorf Project for Southern Illinois.  Please join us there if you use Facebook!

We use a combination of Waldorf and Montessori methods for those students who meet each week in our classroom: 

Montessori Curriculum Materials Inventory & Wishlist

2018-2019 Waldorf Main Lesson Blocks:

  • Local History & Geography

  • Spelling & Grammar

  • Maths of Practical Life:  Time, Temperature, Weight & Volume

  • Class Play:  "The Fantastic Art Show"

  • Zoology I

  • Fibers & Clothing

  • Tall Tales / U.S. Geography

  • Maths of Practical Life:  Currency

  • Zoology II

2018-2019 Special Subjects:  Art, Handwork, Agriculture, Structured Word Inquiry, Chancery Script, Yoga

2019 Summer Camp:  "Housebuilding:  A World Tour"

back by popular request & offered this year from June 3 - 14

see the collection of 2018 Housebuilding Museum Photos

2019 Summer Camp:  "Ancient Civilizations" (August 12 - 23)

2018-2019 Parent Book Groups:

The Breathing Circle:  Learning Through the Movement of the Natural Breath by Nell Smyth

Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children by Angela Hanscom

School as a Journey:  The Eight-Year Odyssey of a Waldorf Teacher and His Class by Torin Finser

2018 Summer Activities:

Picnic & Play for Early Childhood; Summer Camps for the Grades

"The Human Body" (June 18 - 29)  

"Wonderful Houses Around the World" (August 6 - 10) 

2018 Film Screening at the Public Library:

Class Dismissed: A Film About Learning Outside of the Classroom

2017-2018 Parent Book Group:

School as a Journey:  The Eight-Year Odyssey of a Waldorf Teacher and His Class by Torin Finser

2017 Summer Camp:  "From Lava to Life" (June 12 - 23)

Guest Speaker, June 15:  Dr. Scott Hamilton-Brehm