LIVING CURRICULUM PROGRAM

Celebrate Daily Life with Children through the Year
~ a living curriculum program based on parenting as a path of inner development
Focus on a simple, natural, slower paced, creative and soulful life with children by implementing daily, weekly and monthly rhythms through the year. Implement simple and satisfying domestic, social, nurturing and artistic activities that deeply nourish family life for children and adults alike. With this program devoted to The Gentle Art of Mothering and Fathering, you will find your rhythm of the home through the year, and receive support for conscious, creative and connected parenting.

Bring fairy tales, nature stories and simple puppetry into your child's day. Protect the wonder of childhood and revisit your own sense of awe. Bring gratitude and reverence into daily life in an authentic manner. Connect with others on this path.

Many of us are drawn to Waldorf education because of the feelings we have when we step inside a classroom or experience a puppet story. This work is healing and nurturing and above all a path of discovery for us, the parents. This program offers you, the parent, the possibility to delve into this healing work and create the mood you want in your home or work place.

This program is geared to take you on a journey through the rhythm of the year, exploring your own connection to nature, rhythm, storytelling, movement games, your own work with your hands with food and natural materials, singing, painting, puppetry, coloring, the role and importance of color in childhood, the temperaments, the senses, the importance of movement and fresh air and the importance of each other. It fosters connection through the lens of wonder, awe and reverence.

Keep it Simple, Slow and Spacious
The Monthly Program includes an eCourse on an essential element of Waldorf centered, Steiner based homeschooling, homemaking, parenting along with support for the gentle art of mothering and fathering with a collection of eBooks for circle, stories, finger plays, movement games as well as tutorials for artistic activities and handwork.

The support material also includes a fairy tale curriculum for the kindergarten child and a nature story curriculum for the nursery child. Puppetry ideas to go along with the stories are included each month through the year along with recipes and handwork, parenting support and a rich curriculum for early childhood.

The Year Round Program is twelve months of the monthly program, a year round full nursery and kindergarten curriculum, that builds through the year on monthly topics to deepen your understanding of the early years in Waldorf education at home. 

Celebrate the Rhythm if Life provides a rich and interwoven experience of the essential elements of early childhood, with time to slowly and gradually bring them into your life, and revisit them from different angles through the year, thus deepening your experience as we spiral around to familiar topics over the course of the year. In returning the following year, the experience of revisiting the month and the topics is for an ever deepening relationship to it. If something does not make sense at first, in looking at in with another lens the following month, or the following year often reveals new insights.

Year round members will have a special planning session in the summer to sketch out the school year for 2014 -2015. Year Round Membership includes the eCourses on Parenting as a Path of Inner Development.
What is included each month?
Support Materials ~ The support material is available in packets (pdf) and online at a private site, along with discussion group. If you need to see it in action, let me know and I'll make a video.

Participants may sign up for the month or for the full year. You may join as a year round member at any time of the year. Year round participants are lifetime participants and may return the following years at no charge.

Each month the material for The Celebrating the Rhythm of Life in Caring for Children :: Living Curriculum Program  includes:
  • Start Up Guide: How to get going
  • Daily Rhythm ~ a guide to help you find your families natural rhythms
  • Daily, Weekly and Monthly Rhythm Plan (if you want it sketched out ~ it's here) 
  • Guide for putting it all together 
  • Circle, Song, Story, Fingerplay and Movement games for the Nursery child (3-4) and the Kindergarten child (5-6) 
  • Fairy Tale ideas for the month
  • Nature Story Curriculum for the Nursery Child 
  • Puppetry ideas to go along with the stories for each month 
  • Menus with Recipes describing the grains of the Waldorf kindergarten (breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea)  and including seasonal foods and recipes for each month.
  • Meal Planning Support
  • Housework Rhythms
  • Handwork for each month with hands on tutorial 
  • Celebration and Festival background and ideas
  • Seasonal foods to plant, harvest, prepare and eat with children 
  • In the Morning Garden ~ a tip each month for group programs 
  • Afterchool Care of the child ~ Rhythm and Rest, Activities, Festival Life, Movement Games and Stories for the grade school child
  • eCourse with topics that include Establishing Healthy Home Rhythms, Discipline, Play, Storytelling and Fairytales, Speech, Reverence, Spiritual Elements of early childhood, Child Development from Birth to Age Nine, Easing Transitions, Color, Drawing, Painting, Modeling, Summer Vacation Fun, Creating a simple and nurturing environment
  • Explanation of the underlying developmental needs of the child in Waldorf early childhood, the whys  
  • Pedagogy behind the topic 
  • Practical activity to accompany monthly topic 
  • Exercise to do with the topic ~ practice 
  • Reflection ~ questions for nurturing the inner life 
  • Private online discussion group where we discuss parenting concerns, balancing it all, how to best use the curriculum material, balancing housework, bringing in artistic activities, self care and most of all finding the rhythm that best supports our own families and tending to that rhythm with care, creativity and consciousness.
  • Posts through the month on the focus topic 
  • Ideas for creating community where you live 
  • Resources for finding high quality and affordable materials 
  • Ongoing discussion through the month 
  • Consultation and Coaching through the month or year depending on the type of membership 
In a Nutshell, Celebrate the Rhythm of Life includes:
  • Guidance and Support to Implement Daily and Weekly rhythms that nourish your family
  • A Deeper Understanding of the Waldorf kindergarten and nursery
  • Monthly Support Packets. Each month brings you packets of seasonal focus and celebration with circles (one for nursery age and one for kindergarten) as well as poems, games, finger plays, festival and celebration information and ideas, recipes, meal planning support, handwork and patterns and activities to do with your children for that month. Daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal rhythm packets are also included as well as tips for the child care provider and after school child.
  • Monthly Video Clips ~ Each month you’ll find a video with practical help, it may be a short collection of songs or games, a fingerplay or a short puppet show for you to learn.
  • Online Discussion Group ~ Join a wise, wonderful and warm group of mamas who are walking this path with you. Ask questions of Lisa or of other members of the group whenever you’re looking for inspiration or a creative approach to a challenge. Share your struggles and celebrations with others on this path.
  •  One-on-One Calls with Lisa. Set up as-needed individual calls with Lisa when you need individualized advice. No charge for Year Round Members. Monthly members may consult on parenting, child care or homeschooling for $30/hour. (The normal consultation fee is $50/hour for non-members)
Deepen your connection with your child
Our work with rhythm is grounded in our relationship with our child. We'll look at specific things we can do to forge a strong connection with our child and create the space for all to unfold within the rhythm of the home. Discipline problems tend to diminish with strong rhythms and connection.

Is this a Homeschool Curriculum?
Yes and no. This is a question I wrestle with all the time. It is a curriculum as much as early childhood might have a curriculum with Waldorf education although honestly it is more of a way of life that comes out of your personal approach to homemaking and self development.

On the one hand we know that the adult and a rich rhythmic home life is the curriculum in early childhood. This program supports you to find your stride and create spaciousness in your family life to create and sustain healthy rhythms for your family and to take up some of the most delightful aspects of childhood: creativity, wonder, enchantment, beauty and goodness along with self care and healthy boundaries.

On the other hand, the support material contains songs, verse, stories, puppetry, recipes, inner work, handwork and more to nourish a beautiful, strong rhythmic connection with the natural world and celebrate the rhythm of life through the year with your child. So yes, it is a curriculum in that sense. 

The materials and support come out of my nearly twenty years experience of teaching and mothering children in the nursery and kindergarten years and are of the caliber one would find in a lovely Waldorf kindergarten program. I also bring the experience of my work with parents experiencing pregnancy, childbirth and early childhood that spans nearly twenty five years. I am so pleased to be able to share these practical skills and experience in ways that are ongoing and truly supportive.

Come join in, create community, find support, receive encouragement!

This program/curriculum guides and supports parents, child care providers, homemakers, early childhood educators and those who work with young children to find a deeper understanding of the needs of children, Waldorf education, self knowledge, rhythm, play, strength, nourishment and community, in the task of caring for children.
Clear as mud? Send me an e-mail at lisaboisvert (at) yahoo (dot) com with your questions.
For more information, visit the new FAQ page
Members are saying:
"This program changed my life. I was struggling to find rhythm and understand why it matters and what it really looks like in my messy house with active children, you know reality. Lisa's program is so simple and straightforward yet delves into the philosophy of Waldorf education and makes it easy to put into practice. We have rhythm and more time for fun"

"Lisa, your program is such a gift. It is so full of rich sparks of imagination. It helped me bring it all together with my family. It now comes out of me, not a curriculum or guide. Thank you."

" I was like totally skeptical at first, I have done other monthly programs without really making any changes. This one is the best by far. I became a lifetime member after two months. The materials are so good and Lisa goes the extra mile in sharing her amazing wisdom."

" I guess I didn't believe that mealtimes could be harmonious with young children. They are now. Thanks to Lisa Boisvert Mackenzie's Celebrate the Rhythm of Life through the Year. "

"I'm a lifetime member and so grateful for this program. It is so much fun to discover the beautiful new materials each month. The focus work is so helpful. The circles are lovely and I now feel confident doing circle and telling stories with my children  It has brought such depth to my understanding of Waldorf education, mothering and life." 


April's Topic is Play, Play, Play! 
the crucial role of play for the head, heart and hands in the life of the child
 ~ included as part of the Monthly Program on an easy to use new platform
or as a stand alone eCourse for $29 here

Play, Play, Play!
Play is essential for the healthy development of the human being. With so much pressure on children to "succeed" and the cram down of the kindergarten and work of what once was in the purview of the grade school child, the role of play has been overlooked.

Children need play, just as they need air to breathe, it is that crucial to a healthy life.

In the April eCourse, we'll explore why play matters so much, what it looks like and how to foster it with what you have. I'll share tips on setting up a simple environment that is conducive to play and share ways to store toys that are pleasing to the eye and conducive to play. 

I'll share tips and ideas for outdoor play as well to help you support your child's play.



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Cost:
By the month $47 per month
By the year $495 for lifetime membership
Sign Up Here:
~ the monthly program includes the eCourse

As soon as I receive notice of your enrollment via PayPal, you will receive a welcome, confirmation and enrollment form. 

Questions? E-mail me at: lisaboisvert@yahoo.com
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