American society has come a long way in a relatively short time, just the past half century really, toward breaking down many of the destructive social stereotypes that have curtailed individual freedom for centuries. Many hard and even fatal battles have been fought to free society from racial and sexual prejudice and stereotype. At a [...]Continue Reading →
Before we get started – Please Note!
This article is intended to help parents, teachers and caregivers understand the deeper meanings imbedded in a particular fairy tale. The way this article is written and even the format in which the story is being presented is not suitable to share with [...]Continue Reading →
By Renee Gaul
I am sometimes asked what we do for kindergarten, what curriculum we use, etc…
I have been intending for a while now to write a post sharing some of our favorite Waldorf books and resources. And since my youngest child will be turning 7 in just a couple [...]Continue Reading →
For those of you who are new to homeschooling, congratulations! You are embarking on a grand adventure which will bring growth to you and your entire family. Homeschooling is exciting and liberating in so many ways, the parent sets the tone, creates the environment, organizes the calender, chooses the [...]Continue Reading →
Welcome back to The Wonder of Childhood. In the April issue, I promised that I would do a bit of analysis on a fairy tale each month. But before we begin this, let’s explore the whole arena of “elementals” or what are commonly referred to as fairies. Are they real or “just a fantasy for [...]Continue Reading →
With Waldorf education, so much is about how we bring work to children, what is our intention in bringing this to the child. Beginning with a verse helps convey the mood that the adult is carrying within, in bringing the learning material, to the child.
Opening verse for handwork:
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Before learning to knit, I treat the children to a story. The story sets the stage for their knitting skills, puts them in a listening place, and allows for a “sleeping.” In other words, they take in information from the story, let it rest for a day or two, and then we proceed with knitting.
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Obtain 1/4 inch dowels from the hardware store.
Cut them to be ten inches long.
Sharpen them with a pencil sharpener.
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Knitting is central to first grade handwork in the Waldorf curriculum. It is often the focus of handwork for the entire year. While knitting is hand work and productive work, it also fosters thinking and nourishes brain development through hand movement. It is said that Knitting Begets Thinking.
We begin our with [...]Continue Reading →