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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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Time to Start Those Finger-Knit Valentine’s Flowers!

It’s that time of year! It is time to start making your flowers. This is a great way to use a lot of random finger-knitting strands that you have accumulated over the year. It is also a unique and fun way to say “Happy Valentine’s Day” to friends. You can see the video on how to do this here: Finger-knit Valentine’s Flowers After watching the video some people asked us, “How do you stitch the flowers together?” She asked: Kristie, these are great!I have a question about how to sew knits together.I have a few animals that I...
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Cabin Fever Cures

The kids and I have been getting a bit of “Cabin Fever” with all this miserable weather we’ve had in Iowa.** Nature walks have become shorter and we miss the sunshine and greenery and we needed a change! Sofi came up with the perfect solution! She decided that now was the perfect time to study Botany because that way we would be able to experience more greenery. We started with Herbs for Kids II and Botany (Earthschooling G5). Sofi also decided we needed to move a little bit more in the schooling process. She created a “new schedule” for us...
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Winter Snack for Wildlife Guests

While the kids were out sledding yesterday I thought I would prepare them a surprise. I popped popcorn, sliced up some oranges and some apples, put some dried cranberries in a bowl and cut up bread into squares and put out a knife with a big jar of peanut butter. Then I started to string some needles and jute thread so we could thread the food on strings and make a Christmas tree for the birds. However, as happens to many projects, the kids decided to modify it a bit. “WOW! What a great snack mom!” they exclaimed...
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