“What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.”
–  Gertrude Jekyll, On Gardening

 

Dear Readers,

The banks of Lake Champlain are overflowing as are many other river banks right now. I have been feeling like my own banks are overflowing  with the flotsam and jetsam of life tangled and banging against the rocky shores while the water level rises and rises, shifting the perspective each day.

My computer gave out in April  with many photos and a fantastic interview still lodged in the hard drive.  I am  puttingThe Wonder of Childhood together with a borrowed computer on limited time from my teenager. That is a topic I am unable to find any wonder in right now right now! Enjoy your wee littles and the media free days! The good news is that a new one of my own  is on the way.

Have a look at the new Table of Contents to see the June articles as they go up. Janet Allison brings us more perspective on boys and some great suggestions for expressing their energy in the summer time and Anthroposophical nurse Risë Smythe-Freed brings us a look at Attachment Parenting and Anthroposophy, one that brought me great relief many years ago when I was a new parent convinced that Waldorf education was right for us yet feeling daunted by comments I had heard about parenting and Waldorf education. DeAnna L’am brings some beautiful ideas on how moms can prepare for their daughters’ first periods, creatively and meaningfully.

In her Fairy Tales in Waldorf Education Column, Christine Natale looks at The Frog Prince and takes us on a journey into the Brothers Grimm story of The Frog Prince.

Keep checking back for more as much of our content is still streaming in. We will pick up where we left off with the grades and bring you a look at second grade in this issue as well as some support for home life in the early years with a Waldorf approach.. Renee Gaul shares her favorite Waldorf Resources for the Early Years and I take you through the Early Years Rhythm that has been my own for the past fifteen years as an example of what one family does. I’d love to hear from you and what rhythms work with your family.

I have two interviews for you with long time Waldorf teachers and supporters of Waldorf homeschoolers to put up this month. Check back and look for them.

If you have not yet done so, go over to our BLOG and enjoy an interview with Nancy Parson’s and sign up to win a $25 Gift Certificate to Waldorf Books.

Splendid summer wishes to you all,

Lisa

 

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