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Sell the Farm! Break the Bank! It's Waldorf School or Bust!

This year is a big one for me. It’s a year I thought a lot about when my fourth (and final) daughter was born. “What will we be doing five years from now when we have both a kindergartener and a senior?” I would wonder while nursing or folding laundry or planning the school day for the other two I was homeschooling. “How will we possibly afford the Waldorf school for all four kids, how can I possibly homeschool them forever and how could I possibly make peace with sending them all to public schools?” It certainly never occurred to me that when this day came, we’d be... read more

Make Way For Reading: Illustrating A Book About Books

All illustrations © Durga Yael Bernhard. Please do not reproduce! ___________ About a year ago, I accepted a commission to illustrate a book about books.  Make Way for Reading: Great Books for Kindergarten Through Grade 8 (Michaelmas Press, 2012), compiled and edited by Karen Latimer and Pamela J. Fenner, began as two mothers’ search for quality books for their own children, and grew into a compilation of the best children’s literature according to the Waldorf educational model of child development. From picture books to young adult novels; from dragon tales to historic... read more

Giving Children More

By Teresa Pitman Issue 84, Fall 1997 When one of my friends discovered that I made lunches for my teenage children every morning before school, even though I am also rushing to leave for work, she was horrified. "They're old enough to be making their own lunches," she said. "You shouldn't do things for them that they can do for themselves." Yes, they can make their own lunches--and other meals, too--and they often do if I am kept late at work or am busy in other ways. They also do their own laundry and help around the house. But making their lunches is one way I can... read more

Heal a Child's Nightmares

By Nadine Epstein Web Exclusive At age six, my son Noah was having recurrent nightmares. As a toddler he had witnessed several violent incidents that continued to haunt him in his dreams. We tried everything. I helped him keep a journal called GO AWAY NIGHTMARES! His grandparents bought him a dreamcatcher which we hung in his room. He met regularly with a play therapist. All of these things helped, but Noah still dreaded going to sleep at night. My friend Rosita and I were writing a book on Maya healing practices, and had become enchanted with the Maya penchant for... read more

Finger Painting

By Sharon Lake-Post Web Exclusive - January 1, 2008 We don't usually divide so neatly along gender lines in my household, but tonight, my husband and two boys ages eight and ten, went to see a minor league baseball game, while I stayed home for a "Girls' Night" with my three-and-a-half-year-old daughter. The cliché of the stereotyping inherent in this division suffocates all that I know and want and have dreamed for myself and my children. As a child, I loved climbing trees, and exploring the fields and woods near our house, often accompanied by our family dog. I was... read more

One Mom's Cure For The Summertime Blues

By Vickie Oddino Issue 119, July/August 2003 I have mixed feelings about summer. I work as a teacher, so summertime is vacation time, not only for my children but for me. That part I love. But there's so much pressure. My children are six and three, and summer-camp programs bombard us with flyers and mailers. These programs include weekly bus trips to the beach, to water parks, to Disneyland, and to every conceivable fun place in the metropolitan Los Angeles area. But the price is always a shocker. Perhaps when my children are a little older, and I'm a... read more

Win a Homeschool Curriculum from Oak Meadow!!

Oak Meadow was so thrilled with all of the wonderful responses to their giveaway that they have decided to have us randomly choose an additional 10 entrants to win a classic book of their choice!! The winners are listed below. You will all be emailed so that you can pick a book and have it shipped to you by Oak Meadow.   Brooke Wow – so many good choices! I have to go with Little House in the Big Woods (and the rest of the series) as a favorite from my childhood. I loved reading all the stories about how people lived back then and the wonderful and creative ways they... read more

Going green: Back to basics for back to school time

At least in my mind, when I was a kid, ‘back to school’ was a little different from what it seems to be like today.  I’d dig my back pack out of the closet, admire the one new outfit I got for the first day of school, and imagine all the fun conversations I’d have at the bus stop in the coming months. Back to school time has changed a bit since I was a kid, and some of that change seems to be bad for the planet.  The pressure is high for parents to buy far more than one outfit.  The list of supplies seems to be longer than it used to be.  The yellow school bus has gotten... read more

Parent Rap

We’re laughing even thought it’s not quite the beat at our house. About Laura Grace WeldonLaura Grace Weldon is a writer, editor, conflict resolution educator, and marginally useful farm wench. She is the author of Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything. She lives with her family on Bit of Earth Farm. Check out life on the farm at http://bitofearthfarm.wordpress.com/ and keep up with Laura's relentless optimism at http://lauragraceweldon.com/blog-2/ Posted by: Laura Grace Weldon read more

Learning At School Resources

Mothering Magazine Articles Inspired Education Ways of Learning RESPECT: What Children Get in Democratic Schools Pulling Forward: The Transition to Kindergarten Great Green Schools Thirst for Profit Challenges Natural Parenting Toolbox: Questions to Ask Principals and Teachers Ask the Experts: What's the Difference between Waldorf and Montessori? and here Gentle Hands, Quiet Voices: Secrets of Montessori MDC Discussion Threads Progressive Education: MDC Reading List for Schoolin' Mamas Comparisons Link describing... read more

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