Waldorf schooling follows the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner in 1919. The premise is that the education of children is based on the developmental needs of children. Children should be educated as a whole child including the heart, hands, and heads. Waldorf also is a spiritual based education, which is something that appealed to me. There is no shortage of Christian based homeschooling material available, however there is not much for the Pagan. So a curriculum that focused on spirituality and not necessarily just on religion was a very attractive feature to me.
The other philosophy that pairs nicely with it was unschooling. This follows the belief that kids will naturally learn if provided the right environment by following their natural interests. While I do believe this to be true I also knew that I couldn't function without some kind of set structure and neither could my son. So a combination of the two seemed like it would work best for me.
Next step was to find an actual curriculum that would work for us. While there were a number of them out there, we finally decided to use Oak Meadow. They maintain many of the standards that many states use nationwide, while still giving the homeschooler the ability to alter it as they need or see fit. In our case my main concern was that it didn't have to be heavily focused on reading to pursue the rest of the curriculum, given the issues we had in Kindergarten and the school system refusing to test for dyslexia yet. The ability to deviate from the lesson plan to fit the needs of M was most important. Another nice feature as a first time homeschooler was the ability to purchase consultation time to talk with a teacher at Oak Meadow if I ever ran into difficulty. So far it has been easy enough to follow that I have never had the need.
The other choice that I recently added was Time4Learning.com. The reason I added an online program such as Time4Learning is my son does have attention issues and computer game like environments tend to hold his attention better. It would be a potential struggle to work on reading skills without an additional incentive. While I would like to stick with more of a Waldorf approach and not introduce technology, I have to choose an approach that works best for my son. So I compromise and let him use an online play based learning system as well.
Ultimately the choice in curriculum has to be a compromise. It has to be something that you would be willing to teach your child, yet still accounts for their particular learning style and needs.