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Why Earthschooling?

I found this wonderful quote the other day from Derrick Jensen. It describes one of the many reasons we chose Earthschooling for our children… “If your experience is that your water comes from the tap and that your food comes from the grocery store then you are going to defend to the death the system that brings those to you because your life depends on that; if your experience is that your water comes from a river and that your food comes from a land base then you will defend those to the death because your life depends...
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Space Clearing Reminder

We often forget how simple healing can be and how taking care of just the basic things in our life can heal us. Water – air – and our environment can all heal us if we take care to drink enough, breathe deeply enough and clear our space. I send this reminder out once a year – these are my instructions on how to give your space a regular and easy “space clearing”: Basic 10-Step Initial Space Clearing 1. Clean your home (or the space you are clearing) 2. Put things where they belong 3. Throw out anything...
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Storytelling in the Waldorf Inspired Classroom

Introduction One of my favorite memories from a parent-child class we attended in the Chicago area at a Waldorf School was the first time I saw storytelling come to life with the figures on a table colored with silk scarves. It was magical. The teacher told a fable to the two to five year-old class called “The Golden House on the Hill”. It was enchanting, colorful and magical. She had set up a table covered with green silk to represent the farm down below the hill and of golden colored silk to represent the sun reflecting on the...
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Stages in Waldorf Education

Sofi is ten*. She is in that age where she is exploring her individuality and her place in the world. She still sees the world as a place to create and looks at everything through this point of view. Mosi, my eldest, is 14. She is at the stage where she is asserting her view on the world and has already lived through a couple years where her logical thinking has been developing. She now sees the world through more “logical” eyes. (You can find more details about ages and stages in our free Waldorf 101 class) So,...
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Meet Our Teachers: Brian Wolfe

We chatted with Waldorf teacher, Brian Wolfe (you can find his materials on our website HERE and HERE) and asked him some questions about his life as a Waldorf teacher and his amazing chalk board drawings. Your chalk drawings have become popular on Youtube with amost 40,000 views. So a lot of people know you as “that guy who does the cool chalk drawings”. But what do your friends and family know you as? While I love chalk art, I’d have to say that a lot of people know me as a guy who loves to be at home with...
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How to Teach Reading in Waldorf Education

One of the most common questions I hear in Waldorf education is, “How do children learn how to read?” Parents are amazed that traditionally Waldorf educators start teaching letters in first grade and don’t even start reading until second grade in some cases. Of course if a child is ready before then, a teacher can take their lead and gently provide them with additional resources. However, to force an artificial situation on the child is detrimental to their learning process. Children’s minds are like a garden of roses. They will open and bloom with the right ingredients, but...
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Earthschooling Teacher Interview: Rick Tan

We are so appreciative of all the amazing teachers that provide lessons for the Earthschooling curriculum! If you are an Earthschooler you have probably seen at least one of Rick Tan’s wonderful black and white drawing, anatomy, or watercolor videos (that he made exclusively for Earthschooling) or perhaps you have seen his amazing Elizabethan chalk drawing – also made exclusively for Earthschooling. We have some exciting new lessons from Rick going online this week so I thought you might want to get to know him a bit better and read some of his fantastic tips for teachers! Q: How...
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What if Everyone Did This? (Free Health Chart)

The first question I ask my clients when they meet with me online, in person or by phone for their appointment is “What are your daily habits?” The average client cannot answer this question. Can you answer that question with accurate detail? Do you remember exactly what you ate for the past week, how many hours you slept, what herbs or remedies you consumed exactly and how much exercise you got? Most people will not be able to remember these things in detail but they are key to unraveling the reasons behind why you are feeling ill and...
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Connecting With Your Teen

As a long time lover of live music, folk music and nature music, as a Waldorf educator and someone who has led their children through circle times filled with holistic music I am set up to be the ideal parent that would say “Hey – don’t listen to that pop/loud music.” In fact, I have to admit, I don’t understand the attraction. I prefer different music, I am perplexed at why my son would want to listen to loud music with loud lyrics and why my daughter would join a band that plays what I would call “angst music”....
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Every Child is Homeschooled

I found this article/editorial in the Anchorage news as few years ago and find it as interesting today as I did then. The writer expresses some of what Earthschooling is all about – it is a realization that you are not powerless to educate your child no matter what system you are in. In years of doing homeschool and health consulting I have seen so many families put undue pressure on themselves trying to decide if they should “homeschool” or “not homeschool” but in today’s world that question is no longer that straightforward because everyone has so many options that...
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