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Our family last name is Bavarian for "Hare", and our little homeschool is the soul food that my bunnies need to grow into big hares! Follow us on our journey as we create, make, learn, and adventure 🥕🥕🥕 🐇🐇 🐇

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Conifers, The Fisherman's Catch, and The Rat's Wedding

Conifers, The Fisherman's Catch, and The Rat's Wedding

We have been "studying" conifer trees for well over a year. . . my girls have been fascinated with them ever since I organized a little lesson on Hemlock trees for our local Waldorf Co-op at Hemlock Bluffs, a local nature preserve with beautiful hemlocks.                    First I studied the local Hemlocks myself. . . and I really fell in love with them. I wrote a short children's story about a Hemlock tree and Woolly Bugs (which will be available to download in our downloads section for

Annie Haas

Annie Haas

Fiddlehead Ferns, The Soothsayer's Son, and The 40 Year Drought!

Fiddlehead Ferns, The Soothsayer's Son, and The 40 Year Drought!

Our first lesson this week was Ferns, and I'm going to do a little Flashback Friday to exactly a year ago when we foraged ferns as a family in the mountains. . . we were able to reference this trip a lot this week and it was close to our hearts 💛 We had a sudden unexpected trip due to my daughter needing a tooth extraction and we have been seeing a very gentle biologic dentist in the mountains for years (no mercury or fluoride used. If you would like to find a holistic dentist, search the I

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Annie Haas

Indoor Moss Garden, Baghira and River Ganges, and the Brahman Girl that Married a Tiger!

Indoor Moss Garden, Baghira and River Ganges, and the Brahman Girl that Married a Tiger!

Our moss lessons from last week as we blend Ancient India and Botany for 5th/1st Grade! ✨ First and foremost, we had been hunting and gathering and foraging for all kinds of moss! My children are of course already extremely familiar with moss with the amount of time we have spent in forests and hikes, and collecting things for fairies! My girls always saw moss as soft beds and they even nuzzle up to them 😄 so when I said we were studying moss this week, I got a big "Yay!" Also, isn't m

Annie Haas

Annie Haas

Lichens and Sangara Lesson

Lichens and Sangara Lesson

This week we moved up the plant kingdom to lichen, and moved from Atlantis to Ancient India. . . using both of Charles Kovacs books. I just love them, as they are the most anthroposophical that I have seen, and they are short summaries that you can seep into your soul and elaborate on for your children in your own way of connecting to them based on their temperament. They are also not overly-facty but do contain some wonderful facts with lots left to the imagination. I defer to Steiner's lecture

Annie Haas

Annie Haas

Atlantis (Ancient Myths) and Seaweed (Botany) 5th/1st Lesson

Atlantis (Ancient Myths) and Seaweed (Botany) 5th/1st Lesson

So continues my experimental journey combining Botany and Ancient Mythology while at the same time block combining both for my 1st Grader and 5th Grader! But what do these subjects have in common? Apparently, more and more as we dive deeper into them. Especially the esoteric connections! The children will only get the esoteric part from the way we are breathing it into them. . . my mannerisms, the way I speak to them, the way I answer their questions, and even in the little moments of wonder and

Annie Haas

Annie Haas

Mushroom Main Lesson (Hike, Stories, Drawing, Writing, and Cooking!)

Mushroom Main Lesson (Hike, Stories, Drawing, Writing, and Cooking!)

We started off our week with a Mushroom hike! A few folks from our local Waldorf group were able to meet us at a nature preserve (so we were just able to look, not forage and take home this time, so as to keep the preserve intact) and have a little picnic and hike. We were worried that since it was so early in the season, we might not find many mushrooms at all! Fortunately, we were able to locate three kinds! We found them mostly in the lower more humid areas of the preserve. We will keep looki

Annie Haas

Annie Haas

The Dandy Dandelion! For 5th and 1st Grade...

The Dandy Dandelion! For 5th and 1st Grade...

Our first main lesson for this Botany combo block is the dandelion, as we are following the sequence laid out in Charles Kovacs Botany book. . . it's a really lovely book and has a great progression! I use the short lecture chapters to absorb in my own being, and then I bring it to my 5th Grader in my own words. I meditate on it the night before, and imagine both the feeling and the doing and the thinking that we will explore the next day. Since I am block combining for my 1st Grader, I planned

Annie Haas

Annie Haas

Botany and Ancient Civilizations Block for 5th/1st Grade!

Botany and Ancient Civilizations Block for 5th/1st Grade!

We are kicking off Spring with a combo Botany/Ancient Civ Block (and a little Geography thrown in). I added the list of books I am using for this block in the Botany and Ancient Civ sections of our community forum!         I made a quick chalkboard drawing for our block that I felt represented everything we are setting out to adventure with. . . going through the lower to higher plants and having them growing out of the earth like hairs on the head (a wonderful Steiner analogy I love) and t

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Annie Haas

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