Category Archives: Organization

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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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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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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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...
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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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Is it Just Me?

Do you ever wonder, “Is it just me? What am I doing wrong? I am trying so hard!” What if I told you, “No, it is not just you!” In actuality – all that inner work and planning you have been doing is being negated by someone every day! And...
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Are You Normal?

Are You Normal?  Start your week with an Inner Work Meditation. Take some time to reflect on the following short essay/blog post and let it inspire you this week as you parent, teach, study and live! DaVinci was a scientist, a philosopher, a writer, an artist, a mathematician, painter, sculptor,...
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The Secret to More Effective Education

What if you were in control of the education your child was receiving and also the factors that could increase the effectiveness of this education? Wouldn’t that be exciting? Not only would you be able to teach your child but you would also be able to assure that they were...
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Don’t Forget Your Hands!

As parents and teachers using Waldorf-inspired methods we learn about the importance of making sure there is a balance between the head, heart and hands* in daily education. Steiner teaches that this balance is essential to learning and that when a child is engaged and balanced on all three levels...
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Lesson Planning – A Dozen Tips

This month has been all about lesson planning for us. I’ve been spending hours every day putting the finishing touches on the new daily lesson planners for the First and Second Grade Earthschooling Curriculum for this coming year, planning our coming year and listening to everyone talk about lesson preparation and planning....
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The Rhythm of Learning

“Life in its entirety is like a plant. The plant contains not only what it offers to external life; it also holds a future state within its hidden depths. One who has before him a plant only just in leaf, knows very well that after some time there will be...
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A Waldorf Main Lesson Book: Where are the Worksheets?

Imagine a world with no quizzes, textbooks or worksheets. That sounds like it would be a dream school for most children! This is what it is like in a Waldorf school. In fact, Waldorf education engages the student in the learning process to the extent where worksheets or exams would...
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