There are many benefits of using the Waldorf colors of the week for parents, teachers, and caregivers. Add the Waldorf color of the day to your daily routine or rhythm to help decrease tantrums and conflicts in the home and at school, make daily transitions a breeze, and allow your children to learn, grow and thrive!
What are the Waldorf Colors of the Week?
One of the many ways to have rhythm in our lives is to observe the Waldorf color of the day, where each day of the week has a corresponding color associated with it.
The Waldorf colors for each day of the week are:
- Monday is purple day.
- Tuesday is red or pink day.
- Wednesday is yellow day.
- Thursday is orange or brown day.
- Friday is green day.
- Saturday is blue day.
- Sunday is white day.
Each day of the week has a corresponding color in Waldorf education, but every day is a rainbow day!
7 Benefits of Using the Waldorf Colors of the Week
Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf education, talked about the importance of rhythms and routines in our daily life. He believed that following daily, weekly and seasonal rhythms was important for supporting the growth and development of our children.
When I ran a Waldorf inspired childcare in my home, we observed the color of the day in several ways. We wore the color of the day, we did art and craft projects using the color of the day and allowed the color of the day to guide us through our daily routines and rhythms.
As a result, I discovered how many benefits this had on the kids in my care, and how much easier it made each of our lives. Following are 7 benefits of using the Waldorf color of the day.
1. Getting Dressed is Easier When the Waldorf color of the day is followed
It’s so much easier to get dressed in the morning when you wear the color of the day. When we first started using the Waldorf colors of the week in our home, I gave my baby daughter two options each morning that contained the color of the day and she pointed to one.
Today she jumps out of bed knowing what the color of the day is an excitedly picks out an outfit that has the color of the day in it.
Following the color of the day makes getting dressed in the morning so much easier for me. I used to struggle with what to wear every single morning… now it’s a no-brainer. Even my mom and husband have joined the color of the day parade!
2. Kids know what to expect when you follow the Waldorf colors of the week.
When you follow the color of the day and have a daily routine and weekly rhythm in place kids learn what to expect on any given day. When I ran a childcare out of my home we followed a daily rhythm that consisted of rotating activities that corresponded with the color of the day.
The children in my care soon learned that we did an indoor activity following breakfast during the colder months of the year and that we went outside before lunch. After breakfast, the children learned to get out the daily activity and start working on it as I cleaned the kitchen.
They knew what activity to get out based on the color that I was wearing that day. It was a miracle, and I was sold on the power of routines and rhythms and the benefits of using the Waldorf colors of the week.
Implementing the color of the day along with a daily and weekly rhythm was the absolute best thing I ever did for my in-home childcare. The kids thrived, and I kept my sanity… it doesn’t get any better than that!
3. Following the Waldorf color of the day can make transitions a breeze.
Okay, maybe it’s a little less than a breeze on some days, but most days are made easier when the colors of the week are followed.
When you combine the Waldorf color of the day with regular household rhythms children begin to know the basic order of their days and weeks. When they know what to expect they are better prepared for daily transitions and don’t collapse at every turn of the stick.
4. Kids learn the names of colors quickly and easily when the Waldorf Colors of the week are used.
I never had to ‘teach’ my daughter her colors. She just picked them up naturally as we flowed from day-to-day and week to week using the Waldorf colors of the week. She knew all the basic colors (and quite a few more) by the time she was 18 months old. The other kids in my care learned them just as easily.
5. Using the colors of the week can lessen conflicts in the home and at school.
Many conflicts in the home can be averted if not eliminated altogether when the colors of the week and household routines are followed. Getting dressed in the morning becomes a joy, daily happenings and chores become commonplace, and children fight much less often.
6. Kids are able to remember the color of the day easier than the day of the week.
It’s much easier for kids to remember that we go swimming on blue day than on Saturday. Colors are so much easier for children to associate with daily and weekly happenings than the odd names adults commonly use. Children also begin to know that blue day follows green day much quicker than they learn that Saturday follows Friday.
When you wear the daily color it makes it even easier for kids to remember what to expect and where they are in the week. If you tell your child on Monday that you will be going to Grandma’s on Friday they have a hard time understanding what that actually means. When you tell a child on Purple day that we will be going to grandmas on Green day they have a much better grasp of what that means because they can learn the color days so much faster.
7. Your family will always be photo ready when you follow the Waldorf colors of the week.
One day my mother noticed that we all looked like we were heading to a photo shoot in our daily color. Ever since that day we often laugh out how ‘photo ready’ we are. We love being photo ready every day, and many of our daily candid shots are fantastic because of it.
How to Establish Routines and Rhythms
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- Household Rhythms: The Power of Routine in the Home
- 10 Reasons to Make Rhythm a Habit
Adding the Waldorf color of the day to your daily rhythm has many benefits. Using the Waldorf color of the week can help lessons conflicts in the home, make daily and weekly happenings a breeze, and allow children to learn, grow and thrive. Give it a try today!
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