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  4. Free tutorial on how to make driftwood silk sailboats. We have even more tutorials free for subscribers!

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  5. Corn Husk Dolls have been made for hundreds of years! They can be made for Brigid's Day or as part of a harvest celebration. This tutorial and many others are free for subscribers!


  6. Need to plan out your main lesson blocks for the year? Would you like a beautiful and useful chart printable to hang in your homeschool classroom? This makes a nice reference for the year. Purchasing this chart gives you the file for life to print out year after year! We recommend printing on heavy cardstock at 11X14 at an office supply store for a great hanging size and weight. You can sketch them out on regular size printer paper first! Change your block plans as needed. This item is a FREE download for our cooperative subscribers!


  7. Awesome thank you!! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’›
  8. I wanted to drop a quick line here before we are off for a river hike to say that Mercurius has updated their catalogue! I have noticed some new things from Stockmar including bigger crayon packs for block and stick! I tried to upload here but seems too large ๐Ÿ™‚ I will shoot to send every body on my email list the new info this evening . If you want to take a look and we haven't connected through email yet say hi here: staraboveplantsbelow@gmail.com Happy Friday!!
  9. It is a huge catalogue! Waldorf moms r us hehe
  10. I am looking through the supplies and picking out what we need! โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ Thank you so much! ๐Ÿ’›
  11. I will certainly let you know when I am ready and you are welcome. I am glad to offer this it has been so helpful for my family to use these discounts!
  12. @Zoie yes around two weeks may work for me. Let me know when it gets closer. If I miss that one, I will forsure be ordering during the summer. I'll get my order together. Thanks for coordinating this. So helpful. โ™ก
  13. Let me know if you did not receive my email and if you have an questions. Glad to extend the discounts to ya here!
  14. Yes, they are very easy to order through and have such an abundant selection! I am placing an order in around two weks and would ba happy to combine if that timimg works for you. Let me know! I will place orders at any time before and after aswell if it does not.
  15. I am glad to! Let me know if you have any questions.
  16. Just sent you an email, thank you!
  17. @Zoie I have a Mercurius account and have ordered from them in the past. We could all really benefit by using your account and somehow going in on supplies. We would have to coordinate our orders. I really don't know enough about it. I'll just keep it simple and order through you....but I am really liking that discount on bulk orders though. โค๏ธ
  18. Iโ€™ll email you as well! Need some supplies this summer! Thank you for putting this together! โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ
  19. Yes, ofcourse! Let me know if you received the link and if you have any questions at all๐Ÿ™‚
  20. @Zoie could you pretty please send me one to ancientpathhomestead@gmail.com? โค๏ธ
  21. Presenting our children with an abundance of opportunity to create is such a wonderful gift!! Rudolf Steiner described the human being as having 12 senses. Through these 12 sense we come into ourselves and perceive our environment. Our 12 senses are divided into three categories 4 lower senses, 4 middle senses, and 4 higher senses. The development of the higher senses is in direct correspondence to the development of the lower senses. Interaction with the outside world through art and music is so important to fuel the development of the higher senses., I am gladly offering an extensive catalogue of high quality art, music, and handwork supplies to this community at a discounted price. Brands such as Stockmar, Lyra, Choiri, and Mercurius. All items with a 10% discount compared with market values. An additional discount for bulk orders over $1,000! Contact me at starsaboveplantsbelow@gmail.com for access to e-catalogue and discount prices!
  22. Annie Haas

    Eggs and Wildflowers

    Beautiful post! ๐Ÿ’› It so many ways, it is really truly the New Year. You can even feel it! โœจ
  23. Ancient Path

    Eggs and Wildflowers

    Beautiful. โ™ก
  24. As the earth wakes from its long winters nap there is a frenzy of activity here on my little family farm!! I have been using most of my free moments to visualize how our summer will flow and taking the proper spring time actions to paint that picture accordingly. I will also be continuing lessons for my first grader through mid summer and using my first original main lessons that I have been preparing for her! So excited to see this come into fruition! I have for a long time thought that the proper new year happens around now. Especially for my family, spring is the time of year when everything is new. We begin to fulfill renovation plans, lay new infrastructure, begin to tuck our starts into the ground, begin sprouting seeds for our summer garden, continue to make plant foods and preparations and this year we are going to be expanding our projects in huge ways. After a cold icy winter we have a pretty short window to set ourselves up for a well structured summer that will turn to a bountiful fall which will bring us a peaceful and content winter. So as I sit here after a beautiful sunny spring day spent in search of eggs and wildflowers with the folks that I love most. Alone for the first time all weekend! I canโ€™t help but smile ๐Ÿ˜Š Today we revisited a local mountainside where we went last year to watch sunset and gather bouquets. About half way up the valley we realized that this place had been mildly ravaged by one of two wildfires that burned very close to home last year. It was incredible to see how much green had already pushed through in some parts in such a short period of time. It led to discussion of evolving to work with given conditions and the idea that flourishing can look many different ways. I am glad to be in a place where I can infuse these commonly accepted and celebrated holidays with meaning for my children! I see them having so much genuine appreciation and understanding of things bigger than themselves. Mostly unspokenly, but when I do overhear them speaking to each other with excitement to be a part of our time spent together working on current and future projects makes my heart swell! I love seeing them grow into their future selves. Blessings to everyone and their own sacred family ritualsโœจ
  25. 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 subscribers!). It is an adorable story with forest creatures too. So I practiced my story over and over so I could tell it in the forest on a hike under the hemlock trees. I also planned the day out in my Threefold Human Calendar (this was when I was first creating it and a first draft!). I wrote my thoughts about my studies, I drew the feelings it gave me along with the story. . . We met up with the group and went on the hike with snacks and water. . . and eventually got to the spot under the hemlocks, and stood under their large presence with their baby cones! The children all listened to the story and stared up at the trees. . . and we then hiked the rest of the trail, returning to the start to have a snack and prepare for the craft! I led the craft to make these little baby hemlock ornaments (we did not take them from the preserve I ordered hemlock cones online before the event. . . we leave nature preserves intact!) These make perfect little fall into winter ornaments . . . we put them on our wooden year round seasonal tree ๐Ÿ’› It was wonderful to combine the hike/story/craft for the group! If you would like to organize this with your group, please check out our downloads section to download the hemlock story! Onward to our current conifer experiences . . . this year, we have had incredible pollen storms in North Carolina from our pine trees! It was so intense that we were sneezing, wiping yellow dust from our eyelashes, and other things we never thought we would have to do! We aren't doing a lesson on pollen for a couple weeks in our Botany block, but I can assure you. . . I think they learned a big lesson! Haha! The conifers presence has made itself known loud and clear. . . My first grader loves to pick up the "Pine Worms" for pretend play, and pointed out to me how the worms hide the pollen in their cracks! Here are some collected in a pot from the pines in our backyard, but after a good rain that washed all the pollen away finally. She noticed it was all gone and told me "The rain washed the pollen!" My 5th Grader and I read the story "The Fisherman's Catch" from Charles Kovacs Ancient Mythology book and what an interesting story it is about a Brahmin who lived in the forest and swam with the fish for long periods of time but was eventually sold by fishermen to a king for a sacred cow! We blended this and our conifer talk about the trees who have no blossoms, and are like four years olds who can count up to 20 but cannot yet add, subtract, or multiply. We also talked about their resin which my girls have also experienced while making mudkitchen concoctions. All this combined with more cursive practice made for a really great lesson! Meanwhile my 1st Grader and I read aloud a story about a Rat's wedding. . . in the story, the rat moves up from bargain to bargain swapping and trading. At first, he helps people out greatly! Even rescuing children who are hungry and in the rain and can't start a fire because all the logs are wet. The rat rescues them with some dry root he had saved! I prepared an alphabet letter "R" for rat. . . We talked about roots a lot. . . how we trip over them in the forest, how they suck up water for the trees, and how they dry out when trees are dead and fallen! It is really fun to get creative with alphabet letters pulled from stories, I feel like I could do it all year long! ๐Ÿ˜Šโœจ We are still block combining Botany/Ancient Civ for 1st Grade and we are still loving it!!! So many connections for my daughters to each other through their lessons, while still giving them age appropriate work. . . and Mama gets to have creative teacher fun ๐Ÿ’› We love you, conifers!
  26. 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 ๐Ÿ’› 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 IOAMT website). We decided that if the trip needed to be part no fun, it also should be fun! So we planned a hike to waterfalls. . . everything with her appointment went amazing and no tears! Really incredible dentist. The hike was also absolutely stunning. The woods were so quiet way out in the Appalachians and we even saw a bear den (but made lots of noise so they would be too scared to come out). I used to forage fiddleheads as a teenager in the mountains of Vermont to sell to restaurants and it brought back great memories. This was my girls first time foraging for fiddlehead ferns. . . it was really a great experience for them to see Spring awakening, just the perfect time of unfolding magic! โœจ 21E8B7CB-79A6-4900-B76A-8AA8AF8446FA.mov We foraged enough fiddleheads to cook at home, and we brought it home to sautee in butter. . . so delicious!! It was really nice to draw on this memory, and we also at least got to see a few locally this year as well. We talked about how they unfurl, the little brown fern spots, and I used the Kovacs book to bring my 5th Grader a wonderful way to think about ferns. . . as like a child's first awakening to "I AM" and she was rather awe struck when realizing that though she is more awake than a smaller child, she still has more awakening to do! Botany being taught through consciousness parables is so amazing โœจ For our fern artistic work, we did dry paper watercolor painting together, and made another video tutorial! The video will be available in the video section of our website for subscribers, and I go over several ways to use nice watercolor brushes and make several shades of green (using a little fractions review for 5th Grade) with Stockmar paints. We were working on light/dark shading and really getting the feeling of unfurling. Definitely check it out! For Ancient India we heard the story Indra the Warrior God, an amazing tale of a god who rescued all the people and plants from a 40 year drought due to a dragon (relating things back to Michaelmas time) who stole the "cows" or clouds as revenge for killing a giant. I prepared a summary for her from the story and she chose to draw a woman with a water jug looking relaxed and relieved after a long drought! She included ferns in her drawing showing the plants coming back to life again after no rain for so long. . . the weaving together of Botany and Ancient Civilizations. . . Also still working on cursive, I am having her write quite a bit. We used to do it on the chalkboard, but I have found that having it right in front of her and where she could put a check mark as she was done with each line was more effective. To bring my 1st Grader into Botany and Ancient India at her level, we read the tale "The Soothsayer's Son" and she was quite amazed that there were and are people who could see into the future! This is a great story about son whose father told him what would happen to him right before he passed away. . . and the rest of the story unfolds into this prediction. Only when we reach the end do we know exactly how and why the predictions would become reality! It including trekking through forest, so I wove in some ferns unfurling sentences. We pulled alphabet "Letter F" out of it for her main lesson book! Stay tuned for our next lesson on Conifers, A Rat's Wedding, and A Fisherman's Catch!
  27. Thank you!! We purchased the fairy dolls from Magic Cabin online store awhile ago and they are just wonderful! โ˜บ๏ธโœจ
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