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<p> I was introduced to waldorf type principals late. My kids are now older, my youngest being 7. What elements would you use with older children? What would a daily rhythm look like with old kids? Does anyone know of a good blog that might inspire me? I read so many wonderful blogs from families with waldorf leanings but they all seem to have kinds who are in the 0-6 year old range.</p>
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<p>I'm not hard-core.  So the "official" answer might differ.  But...I've been trying to think forward to how these ideals would translate for an older child (in my case a boy).  Probably the key things will be plenty of outdoor time and minimize screen time.  Teach them to use their hands if they don't already.  Teach them real, every day skills:  baking, cooking, building, sewing, knitting, painting, etc.  Try to work out a rhythm that works for your own family.  Find one or two things and go from there.  Family celebrations - official or special just for you - can be simple and everyone can help out in age appropriate ways. </p>
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<p>That's how I see my own future anyway!  I have a lot to work on already since we don't get to do a lot of outdoor time where I live (oh how I want a yard for my guy to run around and explore!!!  he puts up with a deck instead and plenty of outside time at preschool) and we do more screen time than we should.  It's a constant work in progress!</p>
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<p>Good luck!  I know you can benefit your older kids.  I have found that I have benefitted as much as my son since I started trying to implement these changes in our home!  They're good for everyone!!</p>
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<p>Oh!  More ideas!  :)</p>
<p>Learn the stars together as a family.  A late-night picnic star-gazing would be a fabulous memory! </p>
<p>Maybe too late this year, but start trying to do home-made gifts for each other.  Everyone has a skill that can be used.</p>
<p>Read aloud with each other...the classics.  Pick a wonderful story and take turns reading each night, or one night a week...whatever works for your schedule.</p>
<p>If you have room, maybe give each kid a patch of garden to work--or even just a couple of pots if you don't have a yard.  This winter, let them start looking through seed catalogs to decide, then grow seedlings in the spring and so on.</p>
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<p>There are so many cool family projects that can be enjoyed by everyone!</p>
 

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<p>i myself didn't start going to waldorf school until highschool! 10th grade was my frist year at the school.</p>
<p>the principles can be added to your life at any age.</p>
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<p>these two books are ones we always had around the house and communities:</p>
<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FFestivals-Family-Food-Diana-Carey%2Fdp%2F095070623X%2Fref%3Dsr_1_18%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1291912411%26sr%3D8-18" rel="norewrite" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Festivals-Family-Food-Diana-Carey/dp/095070623X/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&qid=1291912411&sr=8-18</a></p>
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<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FAll-Year-Round-Lifeways-Druitt%2Fdp%2F1869890477%2Fref%3Dsr_1_13%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1291912411%26sr%3D8-13" rel="norewrite" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/All-Year-Round-Lifeways-Druitt/dp/1869890477/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1291912411&sr=8-13</a></p>
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<p>for you, i suggest reading some of steiner's work, to get to know the deeper level. this one is great</p>
<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FTheosophy-Introduction-Supersensible-Knowledge-Destination%2Fdp%2F0217640028%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1291912603%26sr%3D8-1" rel="norewrite" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Theosophy-Introduction-Supersensible-Knowledge-Destination/dp/0217640028/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1291912603&sr=8-1#reader_0217640028</a></p>
 
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