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Using Beeswax with a First Grader

Using Beeswax with a First Grader: Question from Member The other day in the Grade 1 weekly catch up, we were discussing beeswax… Specifically for sculpting the letters as we learn them. Our daughter really struggled with being able to bring the letter together well in this medium, because of it’s...
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Easy Indoor-Outdoor Portable Fort for Kids

This project can be used for any age or it can be used as part of the third grade “housebuilding” lesson. To create a little portable indoor/outdoor fort… 1. Purchase a few bamboo rods (the kind you get at the gardening center for 1.00 each…they are also at the dollar store)....
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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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Save Monarch Butterflies with Fun Educational Activities

Biology, botany, gardening, farming, conservation, civics, entomology, math, science, language, art and history – that is what children will be learning this summer while engaging in these fun monarch-focused activities. However, they will be having so much fun they won’t realize how much they are learning. I remember purchasing some...
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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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How to Make a Maypole

You have all seen the lovely Maypoles made from metal or wood with long flowing ribbons that reach 12 feet tall! Those are lovely but did you know you can also create different kinds Maypoles that work indoors, can be adjusted to the size of your students, and/or easy enough to...
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Clothing Unit for Third Grade and Under

I love to visit local farms as part of the kids’ education. It is a wonderful way to introduce them to the area they live in, their neighbors, another kind of life, and much more. It is also a way to teach them skills I may not have or to...
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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...
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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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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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