Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Finally ~ Knitting project and Article Complete

Joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along over at Small Things.

It's done, finally, with a great big ta da! The four part series on Knitting and the First Grader for the Magazine begins here, if you are interested. It includes a piece on Introducing Children to Knitting with a Visit to the Farm, Make Your Own Knitting Needles, an article by Angela Mobley on How to Teach Children Knitting, handwork verses and instructions for how to make the simple spring chick, above.

The book on my night stand remains Anita Shreve's, The Last Time They Met. I am still greatly enjoying it and slowly plodding through it.

Spring cheer to all! and Autumn cheer to you down under!

Friday, April 22, 2011

{this moment}

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Inspired by Soule Mama

Earth Day and Easter

I have been so busy with The Wonder of Childhood, trying to get the Easter articles up and on the site as well as post all of The First Grader articles there that I have spent little time here.

My article Every Day is Earth Day is up on the magazine.

Today my parents are celebrating their sixty first wedding anniversary! Sixty one years of getting used to each other. I just have to share that. Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

Before we get to May and look at May Day, I am going to share with you links to some of my favorite places for Celebrating the Rhythm of Life this week:

  • To explore the inner year with Lynn Jericho with Inner Easter from the festival celebration of esoteric Christianity, click here: Inner Easter This is a free series of writings and audio talks on Inner Easter.
  • For beautiful, natural eggs with leaf impressions: Click here, Ithaca Handwork
  • For beautiful eggs from beets, onion skins and blueberries: Click here,  Mother Earth News
  • Very simple and direct instructions for marblized eggs: Click here, DLTK Growing Together
  • For speckled eggs: Click here, Southern Living
  • Lovely results with stickers and dye bath eggs: Click here, Better Homes and Garden
  • For gorgeous eggs with magical patterns though not edible: Click here, Most Beautiful Eggs!

    Friday, April 15, 2011

    {this moment}

    {this moment}

    {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

    inspired by SouleMama

    Wednesday, April 13, 2011

    Yarn Along with the Brown Silk Moth

    This is the most amazing creature, a brown silk moth that emerged after spending a winter in its cocoon in our playroom. We had no idea. But this is another story, another post to write.

    The books are Thai cookbooks. I discovered that fish sauce, lime juice, chicken broth and a smidge of sugar make a delicious stir fry sauce!

    On the needles and soon to come off is the remains of the project for The Wonder of Childhood article on The First Grader ~ Knitting.

    The books on my reading stack are growing. I am beginning to organize next year's homeschooling, preparing for a study group on The Foundations of Human Experience, reading The King of Ireland's Son with my son as part of the second grade curriculum and slowly, poking around in Rudolf Steiner's Soul Economy which is delightful. I wish he wrote a book on Home Economy! I am most pleasantly working my way through the same Anite Shreve book which I am savoring.

    Blessings all around!


    Sunday, April 10, 2011

    Homeschooling celebration!

    Homeschooling can be a bit like Christmas with packages arriving in the mail.

    Treasures to behold inside.

    The excitement of taking on something new and fascinating....

    What are in your homeschool plans?

    Do you homeschool?

    Are you planning for next year?

    Monday, April 4, 2011

    Good Monday morning to you dear readers, or whatever time of day it is where you are!

    Since you are asking for more on rhythm and on responding to children's conflicts, I'll make that my starting point this week.

    ~ this morning's sunrise ~

    My Daily Rhythm

    This morning I:
    :: awoke at 5:30
    :: enjoyed one hour of quiet/meditative time/watched the sunrise outdoors with the dog
    :: started a load of laundry
    :: fed the animals
    :: packed up twenty samosas for my teen to take to school
    :: watered the plants
    :; woke up my teen, sent him off to school
    :: prepared for homeschooling
    :: organized dinner

    :: Now: I am writing
    :: Next: We will do "school" 9:30 ~ 12:30  (this includes an outside obstacle course and garden time)
    :: Mid-day: We'll have lunch and set up the soup stock
    :: After lunch: Quiet rest time, knitting
    :: Mid afternoon: Outside play, prepare dinner
    :: Dinner: walk after dinner
    :: Bath
    :: Bed

    My Weekly Rhythm
    We are homeschooling second grade with the Waldorf curriculum and I am on sabbatical from the Morning Garden. The rhythms I established in having a home based program for the past seven years and working in the Waldorf kindy before that, are still in place and work well with the Waldorf grade school curriculum, for the most part.

    I do find it more of a challenge to keep our rhythm flowing when I am not working! Does that make sense? With work, there is no choice, no maybe, I have to prepare and be ready and the boundaries of our days are very clear. Without that, everything is possible and it is up to me to hold the reins tight and secure places in our days and continue to mark the transitions for just the two of us (and the dog and the cats) during the day. It's really hard!

    On the other hand, we can snuggle in bed with a book if we want to, or go off and visit the newborn sheep and calves down the road, or check the maple sap buckets or bake cookies, whenever we want to! So very sweet with a child at home! Ahhhhh...but the rhythm.....

    So dear Mamas, I have so much compassion for you who are coming to this or struggling with this, it is hard! We must to be organized and give it our all and be so very kind and compassionate to ourselves at the same time. Mothering is hard work. Homemaking is hard work. It is ceaseless, often unrecognized and we don't even get bathroom breaks! Yet we are growing human beings. What a task is that!

    With the daily rhythm, my personal focus for the next twenty one days will be on "punctuating" the daily activites with song and ritual, since I forget to sing when I am not working. "Punctuate" is a term my friend Denice uses to mark what comes between activities. I like it. I am discovering that to carry this rhythm with "punctuation" is so much easier to do in groups, and especially in a school, where so many are carrying the rhythm, compared to life at home, which requires being "on" and remembering, until it becomes a habit, which is said to take twenty one days. Rudold Steiner had some interesting words on breaking and making habits. It asks us to dig deep within, stand tall, stay on task and discipline ourselves. What an example we can be to our children! (phew!) What will forces!

    This is my early childhood rhythm for the week which has become central to our homeschooling and homemaking rhythm.

    Monday: Soup stock making, turn soil over in the garden, wash bed linens
    Tuesday: Soup making, iron place mats and napkins
    Wednesday: Coloring with beeswax crayons,  hem new pants
    Thursday: Baking
    Friday: Painting with wet-on-wet watercolor. dust and polish furniture

    As for toddler conflict, I'll come back to that later and let the focus for today be self discipline which is the heart of any "discipline" we bring to children and the very root of rhythm.

    Is there a habit you'd like to establish in the next twenty one days?

    If you are interested in a discussion group, I moderate one here on Waldorf early chilhood, it is open to all questions of daily life with young children:

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