Originally Posted by mamaofthree
how is everyone doing? any plans for the coming weeks... lots of great things to be doing!
Well, we're actually just getting started being Waldorfy... I've been introducing a few things over a few weeks and now that I got "the book" (the Christopherus basic guide) I started doing more.
So far, we're just plain running out of time. We're just doing a form drawing main lesson for 2 weeks (he's 11 but we're starting at the beginning with forms), as well as continuing his regular math, french, spelling and handwriting practice. The math takes about and hour, french is 15-20, spelling is less than 5 and handwriting is 15. We're doing 30-45 minutes of form drawing.
Add to that, circle time (which DD3 participates in), which includes some exercising and recorder, and some handwork and/or painting. Should be doable, right?
Well, add in meals and cleaning up, and don't forget outside time, or free creative play time. Oh, and of course I have my own work I need to do at some point. And DD3 needs attention, and not always at the most convenient times (in terms of working with DS).
Before we know what's hit us, it's 4pm, half the plans still haven't been done, and it's time to get ready for gymnastics.
So... we're still tweaking. I'm trying to figure out what things should be done every day, and what can be spread out. We're still not doing enough creative art IMO, still not enough nature, still haven't managed to include cooking or cleaning much... and it's still just too crazy frantic. When I try calming things down, he just turns into a lethargic sloth and NOTHING gets done.
I really, really want to get this kind of 'calm mindful focus' that Waldorf is supposed to foster. You know, light a candle, say a verse, the child will be mesmerized and brought into themselves and peace will reign. Um, nope. Form drawing -- meditative and calming. Uh, nope.
Don't get me wrong, he's enjoying all the new stuff. Especially when I remember to work it into storytelling in some way (form drawing... booooring... are we done yet... "this is a dolphin leaping from the water" ooohhhhh coool I need to draw the dolphin now!) And he LOVES knitting!!!
It's probably mostly because of the challenge of working things with a busy 3yo at my heels, but things are still just crazy around were with less actually getting done. So, still trying to find the right balance, find the rhythm that works for us.
Now, as for the next few weeks, after another week of Form Drawing focus, the next main lesson will indeed be Christmas stuff... I've got a bunch of ebooks I've downloaded, going to read some Dickens, make an Advent calendar... should be fun!