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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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Celebrate Earth Day with Worms!

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to honor the creatures who move the earth under us and are the caretakers of all things that grow in the earth? I have a tradition that we always have a difficult book that we read together as a family. The last two books we read were “The Physician” by Noah Gordan and “The Mists of Avalon“. One year we decided to try something a little different. We chose a book and we included the characters in the book (the earthworms) in our storytime. I was inspired by Linda Dawkins in New...
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Why Isn’t Natural Healing Working For Me?

One of the aspects of holistic healing that is most beneficial to people is that it usually takes into account a person’s individual temperament and unique needs. I say, usually, because sometimes even “holistic” practitioners propagate the idea that “this herb, food, method or product” is good for everyone. Additionally, many new “home based natural products” companies are selling their products with labels that say “this is good for…”. The best healers recognize that people are all individuals and that there is not one diet, food, medicine or system that is the best for “everyone”. Each person is able to...
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Will a Cell Phone Cook Your Brain (& Other Science Projects)

A few years ago my friend’s friend who teaches a college level science class told him about how he impressed the students with this simple experiment. This may already be “been there done that” for everyone but the idea impressed me because someone we know actually used this in their class and I didn’t just hear about it on some Internet chain. I also thought this might be a good experiment to show how healthy Waldorf and Earthschooling are. Why? Because when you focus on more natural and environmentally friendly methods of schooling you brain expands instead of getting...
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Is Your Health Food Safe?

Ironically, last year, the only time I got sick from food was when I had just eaten a typical “health food” meal filled with vegetables as a main dish and a salad on the side. After this meal I had a very bad case of food poisoning for the next 24 hours. I am sure for many people it would have lasted more than one day. I immediately wondered about that lettuce I had eaten that evening. There was nothing to tell me it was “bad” but I just had this “intuitive feel” about it – and my intuition...
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First Grade Readiness – Are We Asking the Right Questions?

Looking back on my children’s education I can honestly say that the question, “When are they ready for first grade?” was one of the hardest issues I had to deal with during their entire educational career. But why did I struggle so much with this question and why is it the most popular question we receive from new parents? For me it was about the struggle between my own childhood anxieties and the pressures of society – both fear-based reasons for making a decision. On Monday I would reflect on how I grew up to fast as a...
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Why Study Eurythmy?

The art of Eurythmy is taught in the Waldorf schools throughout the world. Children everywhere have an opportunity to learn through this medium. The possibilities in and through Eurythmy are countless and manifold; they are developed anew every day in various courses around the world, with teachers, with craftspeople and farmers, with parents and with doctors. From the very first days of the Waldorf school movement, Rudolf Steiner asked and expected that eurythmy be an integral part of the curriculum. There is a specific learning journey in eurythmy that accompanies the developmental stages of the growing child, paralleling...
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What is Carschooling?

Everytime we take a trip we come up with more carschooling ideas. Carschooling is a method of learning where you use the experiences around you as you travel and your time in the car itself to learn. We have found that most of our car schooling experiences have been just as enriching and educational as our “formal classroom” experiences. We have listed some of our carschooling ideas below. Please share in the comments what carschooling ideas your family uses! Our recent list started with an eleven hour car trip! Eleven hours of a car trip, even spread out...
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