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  1. The children themselves are this book. We should not learn how to teach out of any book other than the one lying open before us and consisting of the children themselves. Rudolf Steiner ~ If this photograph had sound, you'd hear the most beautiful singing coming from the child painting it. He often sings whilst painting because he is happy. There are no hard lines here to box him in, so he is allowed to let his spirit roam free here without judgement. The result is an outer display of the happiness from within. An important thing to notice here is the flow in which the happiness travels
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  2. 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
    5 points
  3. I found myself one morning, getting up from my journaling session to go pick up my phone to come back and take a picture of said journaling session. (face palm anybody??) And as I sat there at 5 o’clock in the morning posting to my Instagram account about this journaling session, this tidal wave of clarity just hit me like a tsunami. Why am I doing what I do? The journaling, the exercising, the eating well, the intentional living practices, the healing, the therapy, the Spartan races, and on and on. Am I doing it for the picture? So that I’d have proof positive of what an
    4 points
  4. 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 laughter we have while painting. These are all things that would be impossible to fully convey in a
    4 points
  5. This blog will be a record of our home ed weeks. mainly pictures as words aren’t my thing. Sam is 11yrs and Jude is 6yrs. we live in Norfolk, uk.
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  6. 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
    3 points
  7. 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 o
    3 points
  8. 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 looking out for them all Spring and Summer, but it was nice to see some right before our lesson!
    3 points
  9. 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 a Dandelion poem and a simple little story I made up about a Droopy Dandy to go with the Alphabet le
    2 points
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