Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Announcing a Planning E-Course!

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please note this planning session e-course will run again from August 19th until September 16th for four more weeks of sketching out the rhythm of the year with a plan for homemaking and homeschooling that reflects the seasons and the rhythm of the year where you live
Okay friends, it's that time of year. You know the phrase, it's time to fish or cut bait...? Well now is a great time to sketch out, delve into and firm up your homeschool and homemaking plans. There's still plenty of time to explore, chew on, and digest material and have a long leisurely summer with plenty of time for reading up on what interests you. The new moon that began on Monday lends the perfect oomph! energetically to start a project that involves commitment and intention and yet leaves plenty of time to to go slowly and to savor the work. 

savor: taste and enjoy it completely 

Isn't that what we all want of life, to savor it and enjoy it completely? Yet who has enough time with parenting, homeschooling and homemaking? We do! If we start now and go with the energy of the new moon, we'll have time to simmer our plans for fall and sketch out our program for winter and spring - and even next summer too, if you wish to go that far.

Let's ride the energy of this new moon and Get Organized!

"When the Moon is new, the Sun and Moon are aligned in the same sign, and a powerful energy portal is opened. New Moons are a great time to set intentions for things you'd like to create, develop, cultivate, make manifest. There are many ways to initiate this communion with the Universe from lighting a candle to elaborate rituals. What matters is that you're committing yourself to your vision, and open to receiving guidance, healing, support from Spirit."  ~ New Moon Magic 

  • Do you approach each new year with big plans and then grope for how to implement them?
  • Would you like to be organized so you'll feel fully ready and confident when September rolls around? 
  • Do you have too many resources and struggle with what to use?
  • Wondering where to start? What's out there? What's right for you? and how to pull it all together? 
 I am offering a planning session over the next four weeks from July 15th to August 11th to lead you in organizing a planner and sketching out your coming year for homemaking and homeschooling.

We'll focus on the rhythm of the year, work with the seasons and work into our weekly and daily rhythms.
We'll begin with a look at the rhythm of the year. How does it contract and expand? How does that work with our homeschooling and homemaking? How can we put the energy of the year to work in supporting us and our homemaking and homeschooling endeavors?

We'll look at seasonal activities and celebrations as well as Main Lessons for the 2013 - 2014 school year, including festivals, crafts and handwork from nursery age through eighth grade.

I am offering this special Get Organized! planning session for homemakers, homeschoolers, teachers, child care providers, and anyone else, for a small registration fee to keep it inclusive and affordable for all. It runs from Sunday July 14th (Jour de la Bastille or French Revolution Day!) to Sunday August 11th. No need to be "Waldorf." Anyone with an interest in planning with the seasons is welcome.

*By popular demand we will start anew on Monday August 19th and go for another four weeks to September 16th*

Each week in we'll look at a different element of "sketching it out" and by the end of the session you'll walk away with planner in place, full of what is nearest and dearest to your heart for the upcoming school year along with links and resources for supplies and supporting materials.

What are your family values?
How to align it with daily living?
What are the distinct characteristics of Waldorf education and how do they translate with homeschooling?
Daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal rhythms for main lesson, crafts, handwork and festivals
Domestic activities to support a rhythmic home life and get everyone on board
Singing and Musical Instrument
Handwork from Nursery through Grade 8

Guest speakers include Lynn Jericho on Tempermants, Rahima Baldwin on Homeschooling and Homemaking, Howard Schrader on A Strong Start, Christine Natale on storytelling and Nancy Parsons Whittaker on Resources for Homeschoolers.

This online course includes handouts (pdf form), blog posts, articles, resources, guest speakers, roundtable discussion and four weeks of guidance from experienced Waldorf homeschooling Mamas, grandmas and wise women!

First and foremost Waldorf education is an artistic endeavor in which the teacher as artist brings the material to the student through drawing, painting, modeling, speech, drama, puppetry, storytelling and more. As it is through our own artistic striving that our children benefit, we'll set off on the right artistic foot with a creative project of our own, our planner.

We'll ground our planning in the four seasons and the rhythm of the year.  I'll offer examples and templates for planning the day, weeks, months and year. We'll explore different strategies for organization and you'll  chose the one that suits your needs best and put it into your planner.

Next we'll take up planning the year through the year, the seasons, the months, the weeks and the daily rhythm of life, in the Waldorf home for nursery, kindergarten and grade school children. We'll fill in the planner.
This planning session supports families who school school yet want to have a Waldorf home life with a focus on seasonal living a well as families who wish to bring elements of Waldorf into their lives. We'll look at how and where you can integrate the Pillars of Waldorf Homeschooling with Rudolf Steiner's approach through "soul economy" to make for a rich, satisfying, rhythmic and energizing year.

You'll be encouraged to figure out what is important for your needs and your family. I'll share resources and tips to find the material you need to bring the kind of Main Lessons/Daily Activities that are important to you.  We can talk about what sort of Main Lesson to start and end the year with as well as the rhythm of main lessons, within the family day.

Most of all I can help you find the rhythm of the home that will carry you and your family through the days, weeks, months and seasons of the coming year. I can explain the whys of the Waldorf ways and help you discern the whys as to what is important developmentally and support you to explore what is important for your family.
There is no one way to homeschool with Waldorf education, there are many. I can support you to create imaginations and find the one that is right for you.

Join me, a Waldorf mom who first began Waldorf homeschooling in 1998 when we had no Waldorf homeschooling resources online. Today, I am preparing our homeschool year with a rising fifth grader and a twelfth grader who will be away on an adventure. I  have seen just about every english language Waldorf curriculum out there, I have made my own curriculum and have used others' curriculums, as well as worked in Waldorf schools, and observed Waldorf grade classrooms, in addition to work as an early childhood teacher, in the kindergarten and nursery along the way.

I love homeschooling with the Waldorf approach to life, it is truly a life shaping, life changing and growth full pathway for parent as well as child and family. Each time we return to material, something new emerges, understanding goes deeper. I'd like to help you find your way into this too. My own path has taken may turns in this endeavor and I'd be glad to share with you what I have learned along the way.

Join me on this adventure to sketch out the year ahead and remain well anchored in the day before us.

The program includes blog posts, conference calls, resource and support materials and a private discussion group devoted to Getting Organized ::  Sketch it Out!

In August I will offer a follow up online class as part of the Celebrating the Rhythm of Life in Caring for Children Program on Creating a Family Home :: Setting Up the Space ~ Handmade and Homemade Preparation (on a shoestring budget) for a year of creativity, wonder and rhythm, to ease us back into the homeschooling and homemaking year with strong daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal rhythms.

This planning session is free of charge for:
  • Year round members of Celebrating the Rhythm of Life with Children
  • Last Years Sketching it Out Members (June and July 2012) may return at no charge (kindky send me an email if you'd like to join in this year)
Otherwise the fee is $25.
Lisa Boisvert Mackenzie began homeschooling on a remote tropical island in the South Pacific nearly two decades ago at a time when materials were scarce and the only approach was a simple one. The gifts of homeschooling while living "miles from nowhere" have remained with me and I can share with you, how to slow down, how to live simply and how to figure out what it is that matters for you in your homeschooling and homemaking with Celebrate the Rhythm of Life with Children through the Year, a program/curriculum for homemaking and homeschooling.


  1. I am interested in signing up for this but wanted to ask: I am in the Southern Hemisphere so will this still be of relevance to me? Thank you in advance :)

  2. Hello! Yes,if you want to sketch out a plan, it will be relevant,we will begin with the Rhythm of the Year, the whole year and look at that, then move in towards seasonal, weekly and daily rhythm and finding balance with homemaking, mothering, housework, homeschooling, and the talks will be fantastic and available as recordings afterwards

  3. Would this be appropriate for someone with pre-grades children? Will it be offered day, night, weekend, week day? Will we have access later if we can't listen live?

  4. Yes, it will include seasonal planning for crafts, stories, celebrations for a rhythmic year. The material is online and available 24/7, the guest speakers will be during the week, close to mid-day, the conference check in calls will be Friday afternoon with a call that is timed to be during waking hours in the Southern hemisphere. All the talks and th Roundtable discussion will be recorded and available as mp3s.

  5. Oh this sounds wonderful and just what I need. I am planning for an 11 grader, 8th grader and first grader as well as for two little boys I watch during the week. I will be out of town without internet for 10 days of the program. I am hoping that this doesn't matter and that the materials will be available to download and save. Yes?

  6. Yes it will all be available in pdf and mp3s for you to access anytime.

  7. I signed up. This is very exciting! Will the information be emailed to us?

  8. HI, I just joined up. This sounds great for our families needs within our homeschooling journey. looking forward to receiving info. I can't be a part of the conference calls or talks so look forward to downloading them as mp3s.

    THanks dalee

  9. Hi! Was thinking of joining but my daughter will just turn two next week. I'm thinking it'll still be a really worthwhile course for me but with her being so young, I just wanted your input. Thank you!

  10. Hi Lisa, I signed up for this course but thought it started this week, not last (my mistake!). Do I need to send you my email address to get started, if it's not too late?



    PS I did email you too

  11. Just joined...hope it is not too late.


  12. Hi

    I know this has started already but I wondered if it was too late to sign up as it sounds like just what I need



  13. Olá Lisa!!!!

    Um pouco atrasada para o e-course, gostaria de receber os pdf anteriores. não vejo a hora de iniciar!!!!
    Obrigado Sempre!!
    Ana Laura

  14. If I join at this point, if it is possible, will all the materials be available from the previous weeks? Is this a terrible sign that I am signing up 3 weeks late? :) I definitely need the support with planning!

  15. Hi Andi, e-mail me at lisaboisvert (at) yahoo (dot) com

  16. I was also wondering if it's worth signing up after it's basically over - will we have access to all the materials used so we can work at our own pace?

    1. Because so many folks are jumping in, or just back from vacation or just thinking about planning, the course is starting again on Monday August 19th with four weeks of focused planning. The online materials will be available until October 31st and the discussion group will remain open through the year.

    2. I'll add that the talks by the guest speakers without the planning support, without the resources, and without group participation are worth the registration fee alone. This class is a bargain, loads of support for a very low fee.

  17. I just saw this (as the second time to begin planning) and am excited to join in this time around. I have a 4.5 year old, and hopefully nannying a few other kids, too, so this will be perfect! I'm also taking the LifeWays Early Childhood Education Certification and think this will help me tie everything together beautifully! Mahalo! (Recently moved back to CO from Maui!)

  18. I just saw this (as the second time to begin planning) and am excited to join in this time around. I have a 4.5 year old, and hopefully nannying a few other kids, too, so this will be perfect! I'm also taking the LifeWays Early Childhood Education Certification and think this will help me tie everything together beautifully! Mahalo! (Recently moved back to CO from Maui!)

  19. Thank you so much for opening up a second session of this course! I missed the first time around, and was so thrilled to read about the August September course in a Waldorf listserve.

    Look forward to connecting with you and the other parent teachers!

  20. I am very excited to hear about this. We are a new homeschooling family and I'm nervous about how to do it all! I have a fourth grader, second grader, kindergartener and two year old. The materials that I have thus far are not Waldorf, but I would like to explore Waldorf more - especially for my younger two. My question is regarding the program - does it matter if I am on a different time zone? As in a MUCH different time zone? We are currently living in Japan, so it's hard to coordinate with things in the States. Thanks for any input!

    1. Hi Laura, All the material is online. The calls are recorded and available 24/7 and I try to schedule one conference call each week for folks on the other side of the earth at an hour when they are likely to be awake. We have folks from Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Europe and Asia in the group.

    2. Thank you so much! I'm signing up now!

  21. Yay! So, so excited for this. What luck to stumble upon it! Off to sign up right now. Can't wait till Monday!!

  22. Hi There, Wondering how I can join in on this? I'm in Canada.

    1. Hi Sheena, We have lots of folks from Canada in the group. Above where it sats CLICK TO JOIN in yellowish orange, click there and it will take you to PayPal.


  23. Just signed up excited to get the year all planned out! Well I receive something via email as far as how to access all the goodies?

  24. Lisa, thank you so much for offering this! I signed up yesterday through PayPal and look forward to all the goodness and planning our year out!

  25. I just signed up. Do I wait for an email with login info?

    1. Welcome, I just sent you a welcome note and invitation to the site.

  26. Hi,

    I wanted to sign up for the monthly membership right now. How can I do that? Do I have to start from January? What is the best way to sign up? I am very much interested in your program, but can't afford the lifetime membership at this time.

    Please guide me on which month should I sign up to start the program or am I too late in the program to sign up?

  27. Hi Shipi, thank you for your interest in my program. yes it is possible to go month by month and eventually become a year round member.

    I suggest you begin with September, you can sign up here: http://www.celebratetherhythmoflife.com/p/monthly-program.html

    Send me an e mail at lisaboisvert (at) yahoo.com if you have more questions.

    Warm regards,

  28. I would love to access the pdf and mp3 for the planning session! How do I go about purchasing those? desireehaigh(at)gmail.com

  29. Is this available as a recording to those of us who missed it initially?


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