Our first school day was/is fantastic!!!
Once everyone was up I made oatmeal...yum! Then we took a long walk in the cool, no longer drizzly, morning.
We live in a very hilly area, mind you, so a walk automatically becomes something of a hike, even in our own yard. But we walked all the way up to the top of the hill that is to the west of our house. Out there it's easy to imagine that you are far from civilization and in a different age. There is almost no sign anywhere that people have ever been in the forest. It's heaven.
Once we got *there* I got out the pennywhistles and the boys enjoyed making all sorts of random noise. If the local wildlife minded at all, they didn't show it. The birds just sang right along.
Once back home - we were gone for an hour and my 2yo walked the whole time.
we gathered on the couch to read the day's book: Grandpa Bear's Fantastic Scarf. This gave everyone a chance to get a drink of water and sit still and rest. It's a lovely book and after lunch I'll be getting out the supplies for painting time. The theme will be the colors of our own life-scarves...though I don't expect overt existential contemplation from the wee ones.
Next the two younger ones ran off to play together while I got Nic started. We started with form drawing...which is brand new to both of us. I have it kinda mapped out to go through grades 1-3 with him over the next several months (first day of the school week only) so that by the time January comes he'll be ready for the harder forms of 4th grade.
After that we read the first part of the 'container story' that is contained within the 4th grade book from A Little Garden Flower. Nic has been eager to dig into this story since I first told him about it in June. He listened intently and asked good questions.
In conjunction with the story, his first day's tasks were to draw and accurately label 3 maps: his room, the house, the yard. The one for the yard was especially detailed as he had to include the names of the streets that touch our property as well as correctly labeling north, south, east and west.
And with the exception of the painting after lunch, everything was done and done well by 11:30.
And Nic is eager for tomorrow.
I know there will be challenging days and days where nothing seems to go right...but just for today I smile and know that this was the very best way to start out new year.
And now the boys are off making and flying paper airplanes and happy to be back together again. (Theo wanted to be with Nic so much that while Nic made his maps, Theo sat at the table and wrote in his own journal....he adores his big brother!)
I hope everyone is enjoying their paths.
I am deeply grateful that this waldorf path found its way into my awareness...our family seems very well served by it.