I strongly suggest getting a copy of Putting the Heart Back into Teaching because it is a wonderful guide for home schooling parents and it covers so much of the CORE basics which so many parent teachers tend to forget, or sadly, not ever fully understand. A second "must have" would be A Path of Discovery Volume One: Grade One.
In Waldorf Schools, one has to consider Rudolf Steiner`s beliefs and views about form drawing. Form drawing is the basis for the development of fine motor skills as a preparation for writing. Remember, the movement of the hand also educates the brain. From the book Form Drawing Grades One through Four: "It is part of the evolution of art and, as such, develops the aesthetic sense and a feeling for form. It also teaches thinking but not in a non-intellectual way; it trains the intelligence to be flexible, able to follow and understand a complicated line of thought." A child experiences the forms and this develops the will forces. It is a way of "seeing" with the hands. Rudolf Steiner said "the line is the subject and not a picture of something in the outer world". This is also why when form drawing you should not allow the child to color in between the forms and lines. Children in Waldorf schools learn very significantly through the arts.
A growing number of schools is teaching cursive letter formation right from the start. There are a number of advantages to this: Children only have to learn one way to write letters so they get lots more practice in the desired style. Children are not taught `bad` habits that they will have to unlearn later. Cursive letter shapes are more distinctive than print which reduces the chance of reversal mix-ups e.g. b/d. Cursive from the start is recommended by many dyslexia specialists. There is no messy transition stage to dent children`s confidence as they progress from print to cursive. Children need to be given lots of opportunity to write. The first word most kids will want to write is their own name. Parents can help by providing a good handwriting model for children to trace over at first, then later to copy. One way is to write the child`s name using a light color then the child can trace over it with a darker color.