What is best in music is not to be found in the notes. ~ Gustav Mahler I have always believed in musical beginnings that are gentle. A quiet lullaby, the sound of laughter, cold crunching ice beneath heavy footed toddlers, and the way the trees hum as they bend in the wind. These are all … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
For some reason, everyone always seems to want to know how old your child is. You strike up a conversation with a stranger while running errands, in a restaurant, at the Farmer’s Market, at the doctor’s office, etc… and at some point it seems like age is brought up. Tiny is just a few days … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
Throughout the world, in all civilizations, there are celebrations reflecting nature’s rhythms, important transitions, and significant moments in the life of the culture. We celebrate these to sustain and renew ourselves. For people today, who can so insulate their lives as to be unaware of the seasons, of reaping and sowing, of dark and light, … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
Storytelling has so much more power, to me, than reading out of a book. I never thought it would until I worked in a Waldorf inspired preschool. In a Waldorf classroom, stories are told rather than read from a book and I began to really enjoy creating a tale from my own imagination versus regurgitating … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
In honor of Tiny’s 3rd birthday this month, I thought I would share with you three birthday traditions that are found in the Waldorf home and school. The first is the poem read on the eve of the child’s birthday; the second is the birthday ring; and the third is the Rainbow Bridge Birthday Story. … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
Recently I have received several requests for information on my go-to Waldorf related resources. The information I am presenting here will also be available on my Blogs I Stalk section under the subheading Waldorf. I will continue to add to it there so be sure to check back every so often. If there is a … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
Final Thoughts on Young Children, Classes, Activities Away From Home, and “Socialization” + A Thank You to Donna Simmons
Last week I was fortunate to have Donna Simmons, owner of Christopherus Homeschool Resources on my blog, responding to questions related to young children (8 and under), the perceived need for socialization, classes, and activities away from home. Unfortunately, Donna ended up with some computer issues and was not able to participate as she had … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
The big day has finally arrived! Please help me welcome Donna Simmons to my blog. In case you missed my big announcement, head over to Donna Simmons – Waldorf Inspired Parenting and Education Extraordinaire – Live on This Blog January 23rd – 28th to read more about Donna and why this will be such an … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
Donna Simmons – Waldorf Inspired Parenting and Education Extraordinaire – Live on This Blog January 23rd – 28th
I have been hinting on my Facebook page that I had a very special guest who would be spending some time on my blog at the end of January. I could not be more thrilled that the wait is almost over! Donna Simmons is pretty much is the be all – end all (in my … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
Waldorf education is a unique and distinctive approach to educating children that is practiced worldwide. Waldorf schools collectively form the largest group of independent private schools in the world. There is no centralized administrative structure governing all Waldorf schools; each is administratively independent, but there are some established associations which provide resources, publish materials, … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
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A nature table, also known as a seasonal table, is a place in the home where you can follow the natural cycle of the year. (Remember this post where I discussed rhythm? I mentioned a yearly rhythm and this is a great way to incorporate that). The nature table allows the changes that are taking … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
Welcome back to my Parenting Inspirations Series! In this series, I am sharing the people, philosophies, approaches, books, and go-to guides that have influenced and inspired my mothering. In my first post I looked at how the philosophies of Rudolph Steiner, as they relate to childhood development, have influenced my parenting style. Today, I would … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
I am a Hybrid Rasta Mama. I approach parenting from a “what works for us” mindset. However, as much as I trust my instincts, I do love to read and research, especially when it comes to child development and parenting approaches. I take a little of this and a little of that and blend it … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!