Category Archives: Parenting

Top Ten Fun Ways to Prepare for Homeschooling Next Year

Whew! We made it through another year! All that preparing, planning, teaching and purchasing of supplies and all those adventures have me worn out! Not to mention the challenges we overcame this year and all the new things we learned. I feel full, satisfied, amazed and slightly worn out and...
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Top Ten Reasons to Travel with Kids

When I tell the children stories of our travels together I always start with the trips they first took when they were “in my belly”. One of our most memorable trips was taking a photo assignment in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. I was three months pregnant with Sofi and still working as a photographer...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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The Yin and Yang of Teaching

Our Inner Work meditation for this week is on the Yin and Yang of homeschooling. Take some time to reflect on this short meditation before you start your lessons today. Let your thoughts inspire you for the coming week! When a homeschooling parent plans out lessons, crafts and activities, leads...
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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...
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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...
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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.”...
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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...
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What is an “Open Table”?

Today I took a look back in time. What were we doing on Thanksgiving five years ago? And how have things changed since then? What I discovered surprised me. Looking back I can see how what we did was very healing to our family as well as others and contributed...
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Discipline in the Waldorf Classroom

As we were returning home from our travels yesterday we stopped at a rest stop to use the bathrooms. My youngest, who is quite particular about things, entered the restrooms, and immediately came out again exclaiming, “THAT is disgusting. I am not using those!” I was a little embarrassed because...
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How to Be the Best Parent or Teacher

A scene from a TV show I saw once sticks in my mind. In this scene one man at the hospital apparently characterized as the “extreme melancholic” had a great body because he followed a very strict and disciplined routine. So another gentleman at the hospital (I don’t know his name so...
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A Dozen Anti-Anxiety Tips for Parents and Teachers

Are you anxious? Here is a simple test. When you look at the photo of the rocks by the seashore are you thinking about how beautiful and relaxing it looks or are you thinking about how those rocks are probably going to fall down any minute? After 20 years of parenting...
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Spring & Summer Protection-ade

Does the thought of a refreshing day by the lake or at the local swimming pool have you jumping up and down for joy or does it have you running to hide? If you or someone you love suffers from allergies, environmental and/or chemical sensitivities it will be the word “pollen” that...
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