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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. 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
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  3. 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
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  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
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  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
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  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
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  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!
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  9. I first read Simplicity Parenting when I was pregnant with our son and I thought I learned what I needed to from it and moved on to the rather large stack of other parenting books sitting in my office. Flash forward a few years (how has it been a few years already?!?!?! Mind boggling!) and as our son has entered into his toddler years, we have been beginning to encounter new and challenging behaviors. I have a few wonderful mentors that I’ve been able to strongly lean on in this season and all of them recommended I read Simplicity Parenting. So despite having already read it, I scrounged it up
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  10. Tiny Things Matter “Remember that the little tasks you’ve set up for yourself have importance above and beyond imply the doing of those tasks in the moment. Your “reality” is made up of all the bits and pieces of your everyday life, like a pixelated picture made up of trillions of little tiny dots. No matter how small a task is, when it’s in the direction of your goal, it adds to your progress, so you’re gonna way to to treat it like the big deal it is. If you’re studying french, for example, and you’ve made the decision to learn two new words a day, do it. Think how many words that
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  11. After a fairly long and deep yoga session (for the first time in a long time) I lay here with my freshly asleep baby and a pile of warm laundry to fold. Thinking about the past week. Planning for the week to come. And staying in the moment. ✨ Thinking about the past, Feeling adjustments for the future, and Doing the sensible things to bridge the two. ✨ Feeling grateful for this good life! Realizing the leaps and bounds my little family takes every day and that I need to stay appreciating the little things. And folding this laundry!
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  12. 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
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  13. A Love Note of Encouragement: Finding the Virtuous Mean In the new video series, I'm simply reaching out with my heart to wherever you are to share a few moments of encouragement and love during these challenging times. In today's video I share my recent trip down the "mom-guilt" spiral over screen time for our toddler. I reflect on why this is a hard decision for many of us to come to peace with and just how I moved my way through being trapped by a toxic story of "bad momism" and have found peace with finding the virtuous mean. My heart is with all of you! Know that you are doing a great job
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  14. Our 2nd day back at lessons. Sams day of form drawing. I’m really loving this new rhythm. Spending this week figuring out our new schedule. I used to do two main lessons each school day. But I think each child will now get two days each. With the 5th day being free. Hmmmm ps food shots in there too
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  15. This week is a gentle start back into lessons. With the uk going back into another lockdown, schools and home ed groups are closed. Our life doesn’t really change. Today is form drawing using a story to allow the forms to unfold. Lots of body moving before applied to paper. Tomorrow will be Sam’s form lesson. The afternoon will be spent outside.
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  16. It is during times of the greatest darkness that our true nature's will shine most brightly. Let's show ourselves, our families, our community and our world just what we're made of! The Heroic Mama Revolution is all about supporting each other as we ask ourselves to dig a little deeper and continue to show up as the radiant powerhouses for change that we are capable of being! Voting is open for 10 more days and I can use your help to get to the pitch event so I can take this dream and this message far and wide! https://5x5night.com/cRcab #fledglingspirit #thisiswhatwe
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  17. Have you dared to dream lately? Have you pushed the boundaries of what you think is possible for life, for love, for well-being? Do you find yourself feeling lost, confused, and overwhelmed? Waking each day trying to do your best and yet somehow life continues to feel a little lack-luster and you can't help but wonder, is this all there is? We live in an age where the answers to any of our questions are at the end of our fingertips with a few keystrokes on Google, and yet we are plagued by disease and discontent in our lives, our homes, and our communities in ways unparalleled in recent t
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  18. 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 IOAMT website). We decided that if the trip needed to be part no fun, it also should be fun! So we pl
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  19. Today was the first day after an icey winter that we set up a little outside course! This winter we created many ‘fairy tale’ courses in the living room. This looked like various finger- knit ropes (to jump over, walk along, skip rope with, and/or limbo under), floor cushions ( to jump over and from), silk tunnels to climb through, the beloved curvy board, and usually ending with celebratory eurythmy gestures! Such a great way to get the wiggles out on days when the baby wasn’t going to weather the literal storm outside so well! We had a lot of fun tailoring this stream of exercises to s
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  20. Less really WAS more for us all as what I though would be a let down for them turned into an hour and a half discussion full of pondering and laughing together! Yesterday we had our first go with (not so) wet on wet painting..oops. I can’t wait to get a proper sponge and continue with this! I am using some activity ideas in a book I have been reading to get started with our new adventures with watercolor. It is really neat to see how differently my five year old and seven year old experienced one of their favorite activities using a different approach and limited supplies. So rewarding f
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