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Save Monarch Butterflies with Fun Educational Activities

Biology, botany, gardening, farming, conservation, civics, entomology, math, science, language, art and history – that is what children will be learning this summer while engaging in these fun monarch-focused activities. However, they will be having so much fun they won’t realize how much they are learning. I remember purchasing some bushes at a local nursery a few years ago. The staff assured me that butterflies would gather on them in the spring and summer and they certainly did. It was a beautiful sight. But this year we are going beyond attracting butterflies. We are participating in the Monarch...
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The Lazy Cheapskate Environmental Guide

While the majority of my family’s life is designed to be natural and environmentally friendly not all aspects are easy. I have to admit that some days I just don’t feel like I have the energy needed to go out of my way to save the environment. When other people were cleaning up the bike trail for Earth Day I was sleeping in because I was really tired. Sometimes when I am at Sam’s club picking up office supplies I’ll get a big box of non-organic blackberries – because they are cheap and convenient. And the list could go...
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Steiner and Sleep

This wonderful passage by Steiner is my Inner Work meditation for this week… I came across some wonderful inspirations as I was researching this week and I wanted to share one with you – this is about sleep. I am always struggling with getting enough sleep. As a mother, teacher, and healer I know how important sleep is. I sometimes muse that if everyone in the world got enough sleep perhaps most of our diseases would be cured!  “The relation between sleep and fatigue is generally not regarded in a realistic way. Sleep is supposed to follow in consequence of...
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The Longest Living Herb on Earth

I wish I could BLOG a smell. As we were driving through the Texas desert I had to stop the car because the smell of chaparral was so strong I thought I must be imagining things. Once you smell chaparral you never forget how it smells. Although I have never lived in a region where it grows, I had used it in herbal mixtures before so I recalled its pungent scent – a scent that for me is associated with healing, with good energy and with the scent of opened herb jars on the mixing table. However, smelling it...
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Focusing on Home Life By Rahima Baldwin Dancy

You, as a parent, are your child’s first teacher, and your home is the where the most living and learning take place. This is true whether your child is home with you full-time or enrolled full- or part-time in child care, preschool, or kindergarten. It is also true regardless of your standard of living. Whether you are living in a cramped apartment or a palatial home, the challenges of creating a home where you want to be with young children relate more to your inner state and intention than to your bank balance. What is home life like...
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How to Make a Maypole

You have all seen the lovely Maypoles made from metal or wood with long flowing ribbons that reach 12 feet tall! Those are lovely but did you know you can also create different kinds Maypoles that work indoors, can be adjusted to the size of your students, and/or easy enough to make yourself for your own  classroom? Here are some tips we have used over the years to make an easy Maypole and to make our Mayfair celebrations easier… 1. We had a Maypole one year that we made from a cardboard tube (7 feet tall only) that we got...
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Clothing Unit for Third Grade and Under

I love to visit local farms as part of the kids’ education. It is a wonderful way to introduce them to the area they live in, their neighbors, another kind of life, and much more. It is also a way to teach them skills I may not have or to teach them skills I have, but do not have time to prepare for them. A good example is the process of creating yarn. We have carded wool before, we have spun wool and we have worked with wool. However, the amount of preparation I can do at home...
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Seasonal Rhythms: The Choleric Summer

Although I’ve been studying and working with the temperaments for more than 16 years it was not until my lovely choleric daughter, Safia,  was born that I truly was able to understand the fire that burns inside each choleric.  When she writes she does not just put pen to paper, she writes 80-page novels. When she is happy she jumps and screams and when she is sad she wails in agony. She embraces her friends and family with love and hugs, but often does not understand when that same energy is not returned to her.  And as often...
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Seasonal Rhythms: The Melancholic Autumn

Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. During the months of Autumn I feel more easily grounded, balanced and at peace than I do all year. I never really thought about why that was until I learned about the temperaments. Now it makes a lot of sense. Autumn is the time when the melancholic temperament comes to the surface and this temperament is a perfect balance to my sanguine tendencies. Whereas the sanguine lives in the whisper of the wind, the melancholic lives in the solidness of the soil  with both feet firmly planted on the...
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Is Your Carbon Footprint Stepping on People?

The other night I was watching The Colbert Report and saw a very funny interview that Steven Colbert did with the head of the Sierra Club. For those who are not familiar with The Colbert Report it is a “fake news” show with the host pretending to be an extreme conservative who reports on Liberal and Democratic news items. At one point in the interview Colbert says, “So if you are so into the environment then you must have walked here – right? You wouldn’t want to take a plane and use all that fuel.” The gentleman responded that...
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