Getting back to a year of lightness and freedom includes adding daily creativity projects of some sort to our day. With no rigidity. Because Isaiah. Boy+sensory processing disorder+boy+wacko= minute amounts of tolerance for structured art activities that take longer than 10 minutes. So. Textured paper. I decided that I'd like to do some art … Continue reading Textured Paper
I don't know how many of you know about Waldorf education, there's plenty to read about on my site if you don't. Until six years ago, I had no idea. It seemed oddly more like being a Jehovah's Witness, than a homeschooling method, in my mind. I couldn't have been more wrong. Making the choice … Continue reading How Your Daily Rhythm Affects Your Child’s Behavior
My husband and I always planned to home school. Even before Isaiah was born it was the plan. So I had plenty of time to decide how we would go about it. I read lots of books, did a ton of research, checked out everything from Unschooling to Classical Schooling to Charlotte Mason. I researched … Continue reading How I Refused To Learn My Lesson and We Came Full-Circle
I love my boy so much. I love him, but sometimes teaching him is H-A-R-D impossible. The funny thing is, he's pretty good at math, he just wants to do it his way. So, on the day that we were going to work on Roman Numerals he decided to do it his way. Sometimes I even let … Continue reading It’s Math His Way
The beauty of home school. The world is your school and you are never late for class.
I realize I've been gone a while, and if you are coming back to say hi I certainly thank you. Our journey has had its share of ups and downs. Our struggles with rhythm, my writing schedule and the boy's willful nature and sometimes flat-out refusal to do anything that even appears to be learning. … Continue reading Today – Sunshine and Gnomes
If ever a game was made for Waldorf it was Enchanted Forest. I don't think you could find a game that is more completely Waldorf than this. The whole Game is based on Grimm's Fairy Tales. This was wonderful, because as a homeschooling mostly Waldorf mom we had read almost all of the Grimm Fairy … Continue reading This Game Was Made for Waldorf, and You Too!
So I never really got it. Melisa Nielsen always said let your kids do ... and you be there "holding the space". I thought I got what she meant. I thought I got it, but I couldn't do it. Be there in the same area as them? Be somewhere where they know you are? Maybe … Continue reading Holding the Space
Something I had been missing from our Waldorf days was our morning walks, partly because the weather got cold, and also because we had lost our way... Today was going to be my attempt to bring one more aspect of what I love back to our homeschool day. (There are more, and I will post … Continue reading Thank Goodness for Wool and Uggs!
As a homeschooling mama, one originally rooted in Waldorf, teaching math to a rambunctious visual learner can be daunting. I began in Waldorf, teaching him the Quality of numbers. This was a beautiful idea to me, I enjoyed trying to create a way to touch him with this idea. Perhaps I should have persisted. Or, perhaps … Continue reading Learning Math Visually