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post #161 of 230
Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone! I'm gonna dump OM and just do my own thing. I think I need to just chill out and plan just one special activity a few days per week and then just really try to consciously involve the children in my daily life. It's hard to try to integrate them into my "chores" when it takes twice as long, but I think that's where we need to be right now. I figure I'll just learn tons of verses that pertain to daily life since my kids love that. I also have a good friend who wants to plan festivals for our families to celebrate together.

I'm so glad to have found this thread! It has given me the confidence to forge my own path, knowing that I have all you awesome mamas to learn from!
post #162 of 230
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I'm trying to establish a home rhythm (how do you spell that?) for my 3 yr old and 20 month old. What components do you guys have? What are some of you guys' daily schedules? I'm leaning towards getting up and dressed, outing, park/ outside play, home and Circle (story, songs, etc), lunch, art, music, books and nap, get up and have play with mommy time/ mommy directed activities, active play, free play time, dinner, more free play or a walk, get ready for bed, read books, bedtime. Any thoughts? Ideas?
One thing I wuold do before "cementing" any rhythm, so to speak, is really watch your dd's energy levels - at least right now your 3 year old. When does she want to play on her own (or is successful at it), when does she seem to need time with you ... think of your day as breathing ... there are times you are breathing in and times you are breathing out ... there is an ebb and flow. So, you might want to work on your rhythm with that in mind. Plan time together (breakfast and walk together) and then time where they are playing on their own. Then come back together (for instance circle time), and then free play. Snack or lunch come into play and quiet/rest/nap time. Then you can get up and go for an outing to the park, come home for some reading/singing/fingerplays, and then they can play in the backyard or inside while you prep dinner ... come together before dinner for art/crafts/etc, then eat ... then after dinner you can have a family story time and bed prep. (At least those are my ideas and what I have found work well with my boys who are 5 1/2, 3 and 7 months - though for now he is just along for the ride.)
post #163 of 230
Hello. I'm considering bringing my kids home and homeschooling for the rest of the year...maybe beyond. Hope you don't mind my checking in.

I've homeschooled in the past for a brief time using Golden Beetle, Live-Ed, and Enki.
post #164 of 230
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I'm trying to establish a home rhythm (how do you spell that?) for my 3 yr old and 20 month old.
You spelled it right. When establishing rhythm I suggest starting small and building each week. What is already rhythmic in your home life? Now build from that.

As my little wonders said, think of breathing in and breathing out. Don't do too much too fast or it will feel uncomfortable to you and your dc.

applecore~ So glad that you are filled with courage from this thread.

Welcome zahirakids and browneyedsol.
post #165 of 230
[QUOTE=mama_kass;7067489]Kathi~ I loved your post! I can imagine how wonderful that class must have been. I hope that the teacher gets well soon and you can continue. I agree with the teacher about the rhythm. High energy children really benefit from Waldorf.

I would contact the teacher and ask her where you can buy her songs.

QUOTE]

Actually Fairy Una emailed me the words to several of the songs she uses just this morning. I'm going to print them out and start using them with DS.

There is a Waldorf School about an hour away from us. Actually Fairy Una lives at the school. There is a school and a college, she lives at the college. I will be talking to her more about getting more involved with the school in the Spring.

Yes, I would like the book but it will be a couple of weeks before I can afford it. If you don't want to wait that long feel free to sell it to someone else.

Thanks for your support,
Kathi
post #166 of 230
I think I'm going to get a subscription to wonder time magazine. I picked up a copy that oddly enough was on the rack at the store (hadn't seen it there before). I *love* the current issue out. I think that it will help with getting Dd1 going with her wish to learn the alphabet. They have a bit in there where they cover 26 ways to teach the letters.

Sorry just had to get that out.
post #167 of 230
We are going to learn our first Spanish songs starting tomorrow off the Cante, Cante, Elefante CD/songbook (actually I just plan on singing them without the CD ... my boys don't mind my non-singing voice ). We are going to do The Eensy Weensy Spider in Spanish as well as the Spanish version of Where is Thumbkin and also Buenas Dias/Good Morning. With that one, I think we'll do a verse for whatever day of the week it is ... Hoy es lunes, hoy es lunes, como estas ... It has the same tune as Where is Thumbkin, which I think will help them learn it more quickly as well. I also plan on uploading other songs onto iTunes to play during the day, but I wanted to use ones in our circle that had some hand movements to them first. We are also incorporating ASL into our circle (we know how to "sing" The More We Get Together already and plan on learning others - not very Waldorf/Enki-like, but I bought the first three volumes of Signing Time to watch with the boys so we all can learn more ASL beyond the basic signs they have each learned as babies).
post #168 of 230
i agree with the starting the daily rhythm thing slowly - finding what feels right for you and yours. for me circle time just doesn't feel right, at least not with my almost 4yr old dd - that might change with time, but for right now, it feels like a more unconventual method will work better for us. the breathing in and out is a great way to look at it, to see that whatever you pick, whatever feels right, can fit that mold.

cute story; yesterday my dd said to me that she wants to start doing more homeschooling so that she can learn all the things that she wants to learn, very sweet and i need to get on it :-))

evening all
post #169 of 230
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we're a Swiss/American family living in Switzerland and will start homeschooling our son this year. I've ordered Melisa Nielsen's kindy book and already have a small collection of waldorf craft/philosophy books. I taught one year of highschool at a Waldorf school here (and then quit and became a homeschooling advocate ). I love so much about Waldorf and I feel it's a perfect match for us. It's a much more mainstream way of life here at the Waldorf epicenter, and there are lots of fab resources here in german.

nice to be here!
post #170 of 230
: mylittlewonders!

Welcome bowneyedsol, zahirakids, cheenya, kellybelly, and calynde! It is so nice to see so many fresh perspectives.

Applecore - best of luck on your new, creative path!

We're working on J today in first grade - mom accidentally puts magical jumping beans in Jack's jambalaya...so he jumps off his chair and bounces into the sky! He'll be down by lunchtime! Sixth grade is still Rome, but we're modeling a Roman oil lamp this afternoon, looking at architecture, a speech from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, and continuing Roman numeral math.

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jump over the candlestick! Wishing you all a great day!

Lucie
post #171 of 230
So you know those days, the ones where the stars seem to magically align over your house? Those days when you let go of the *need* to stick wityh your rhythm and flow with your chldren's rhythm? Those days when the sun shines just right through the windows, the energy is flowing, and the world seems right? Yea ... those are amazing days.
post #172 of 230
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So you know those days, the ones where the stars seem to magically align over your house? Those days when you let go of the *need* to stick wityh your rhythm and flow with your chldren's rhythm? Those days when the sun shines just right through the windows, the energy is flowing, and the world seems right? Yea ... those are amazing days.
I just had one of those yesterday
I'm learning that flexibility is the key to homeschooling for me. And trust.
post #173 of 230
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I just had one of those yesterday
I'm learning that flexibility is the key to homeschooling for me. And trust.
: Me too on everything you said!
post #174 of 230
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So you know those days, the ones where the stars seem to magically align over your house? Those days when you let go of the *need* to stick wityh your rhythm and flow with your chldren's rhythm? Those days when the sun shines just right through the windows, the energy is flowing, and the world seems right? Yea ... those are amazing days.
Yea, so you know those days? Why can't they happen more often? It's totally my fault too. Our morning got thrown off because typically my dad watches ds#1 while I take ds#2 to speech (babe comes along for the ride). Well, he didn't show and I'm not sure why. I'm guessing he went out of town and forgot to tell me as I can't get ahold of his girlfriend either. So, I had to quickly get ds#1 dressed and get them all in the car. After that bit of drama, things were ok. Ds#1 and I read our nature story in the car, we came home and ate (usually we go to breakfast with my dad after speech), and the boys were doing well with free play. The written rhythm was a little out of whack, but not by much, and the boys were doing well. Then, we were going to do a late circle time and my mom called to invite us to lunch. You know when your gut says "no" but your mouth says "yes" anyway? Yea, well, that happened. : Everyone did great at lunch, we went next door to this wonderful little children's bookstore, and then drove over to a nearby park. But, we were out quite late, got home tired, and never really got a good rest/quiet time in. And now we are all out of whack, we never got to circle. I'm tired/groggy because I slept mostly through two episodes of Zoboomafoo : : and ds#2 is overly tired because he never napped. Fortunately dh will be home soon ... and hopefully he won't mind me taking tonight's chiropractor appt! When I look at the whole day, there weren't any real "problems" so to speak, but it felt so much different than yesterday - much more me-led rather than child-led/us-led/rhythm-led/hs'ing-led. I need to figure out how to work in spontaneous things like having lunch with my mom or a trip to the park without losing the bigger picture. I loved yesterday - we did circle, we read our new story for the week, we made bird feeders (strung Joe's O's on yarn, smeared on peanut butter and dipped in birdseed), we even watched some Zoboomafoo (no, we aren't media free here though we definitely limit it and are pretty mindful of when/what we watch), and we had a great day ... it *felt* right. Today didn't *feel* right.

Sorry for the vent and ramble ... it gets tiring sometimes because Mondays and Fridays are the only two days a week where we don't have prior committments, and I took today, which was shaping up nicely by not having the breakfast committment with my dad and added something else instead. Ok ... I'm done.
post #175 of 230
Dear MyLittleWonders,

It sounds like you did end up having a decent day despite the problems - maybe just not as rhythmic, so that was frustrating. You really did handle some hurdles well - pat yourself on the back for the positives.

When things pop up, we all have that same problem. I also have trouble saying no to my mother...after six years of practice the only difference is that I would have just probably skipped the bookstore. Both for rhythm and sanity - I prefer to shop without the kids and my mom will buy them anything that flashes and makes noise - including books.

So don't pressure yourself into perfect days. One tool I have is our Wednesdays off. If Grammy had plans, we would try to steer them to Wednesdays...but even that didn't always work. I have a blog post called Homeschool Sybil that describes how I feel sometimes when outside forces thwart our plans! Maybe it'll help to see someone more messed up than yourself!

I hope you had a better day today!

Lucie
who needs to get to those dishes in the sink today, but we have Rome to conquer instead
post #176 of 230
Well the kids are better and now I'm sick. It's been hard to think through the head cold/medicine fog. But I kind of had a brain fart, you know one of those great ah-ha moments.
Dh has been promising and forgeting to do things to help with the homeschooling and he also has it in his head that for some odd reason that I can't teach the kids myths with out it becoming religious studies. So I figured out a way to start Ds's offical first grade schooling out with a bang that will hook him and cover the stuff that Dh has been putting off. Ds wants to learn about vikings so that is what we are going to do. I'm going to use the time between now and when Ds turns seven to stock up on things so that I have enough on hand to cover about anything that he wants to know. And then that way I don't have to worry about the whole 'well what are we going to do?' aspect that we've been running into with waiting on Dh.

So, dispite being miserable with this cold I'm really happy that a solutions finally hit me.
post #177 of 230
We had a nice day here, despite Nick being sick.

I have a question. How many of you really do wet-on-wet watercolor painting? I mean to--heaven knows I mean to--but it's such a PITA that I've been getting out the tempera lately because I figure it's better than not painting at all.
post #178 of 230
We do wet-on-wet painting. The boys enjoy it and I have the paint pre-mixed in little 1 cup sized mason jars, so it's just a matter of wetting the paper beforehand. But, I also want to get some tempera paints for them too ...
post #179 of 230
That's a good idea, to have the paint pre-mixed. This might be a stupid question, but do you store it in the fridge or just keep it out?

I think part of the trouble is that I've tried to make too much of a ritual out of it. When we did the parent-child class at the waldorf school, it was this big lovely deal of a ritual. But here at home, it just gets to be too much. I was thinking fondly today of the days when I was the lead teacher in a preschool and I had an assistant who did all the prep work and cleaning up.
post #180 of 230
Oh, and I added pictures of our playroom/schoolroom to the blog today if anyone is interested.
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