Thursday, November 25, 2010

Everyone join in....

If I finish my introduction, maybe you will all jump in and introduce yourselves? and contribute to this blog? Even if you are brand new to Waldorf, it's okay, this is a forum for sharing and connecting, it's fine to jump in right where you are at.

Carrie and Kelly are signed in as contributors. Come on in and write on this blog! Send me, lisaboisvert at yahoo dot com, your e-mail address and I'll send you an invitation to participate as a contributor. I envision this as a co-operative writers blog where each of us can contribute, maybe we can get some topics going, build on each other's writings, ask questions, support each other, mix it up, make it juicy and fun for all! Come on in!

Today is Thanksgiving and I am blessed with the luxury of time and so thankful for that rare gift. My mom is cooking today and I am going to the football game later on with the boys and my dad whose alma mater is playing. The children are sleeping, the house is quiet.

To wrap up my introduction,  I am using a combination of resources, I have Sieglinde de Francesca's fabulous book on the fables ( I could not resist the pun!)  and I ordered the Aseop's fables book she recommends which is beautifully illustrated and has lovely illustrations which inspire my drawing. I also have the Saint Francis Little Book of Flowers and various other books on Saints and legends. I am struggling with the Native American legends because the ones I find do not resonate with me at all even though we live smack in the center of the place where the french, english and native americans collided. My ancestors came from farther north in Quebec and are french, english and native american so I am wondering if I hear stories of those people, will they resonate? Any advice?

Math circle time has propelled me into the realm of the grades and rhythmic movement as something new to learn. I am an early childhood teacher and at ease with circles for three, four, five and six year olds but this realm of second grade is oh so new. And fun. I have not found any inspiring resources out there so I am creating my own.

I love all of it. I think we are still in the honeymoon phase of homeschooling where it is all so new and precious and exciting. I have been a wanna be homeschooler for many years since we quit homeschooling with my oldest. I love seeing my child learn and I am amazed at how the culture of learning at home imbues everything we do. It  truely is a live education! 

My challenge is time. I wish I could go off for two weeks and immerse myself in the curriculum and chew on throughts for the whole year. Also community. I wish we all could come together for a cup of tea and maybe handwork while our children played and sing together and do a play as a group. This is what I wish for and perhaps the impetus for starting this blog.

We have a lovely Waldorf school in our community and very few families doing Waldorf homeschooling. Our connection with the school life and community is strong though it is different than a community of homeschoolers. There is something so vibrant with homeschooling.

We recently celebrated Martinmas with a group composed of Morning Garden families, friends from the school and a homeschooling famiy that journeyed from across Lake Champlain to meet and join us. This is my youngest, my second grader, at Martinmas.

You may know that I blog at Celebrating the Rhythm of Life with Children and have FaceBook pages, one is the Waldorf Homeschool Network and the other is Waldorf Early Childhood Education ~ Bringing it Home. Please join and post links to your blog posts there for others to find.

I recently initiated and helped produce the Elements of  Early Childhood Program for Donna Ashton at the Waldorf Connection of which our own Carrie Dentier was a dynamic speaker.

I am currently working on a project to support Waldorf education in the home.

Warmly and thankful for each of you in the online community,


1 comment:

  1. Hi Lisa
    Thank you for sharing! I have been very longwinded contributing but I have had the best intentions! You cover many interesting resources and activities. This home educating life is incredibly fulfilling for both parents and children! Your Martinmas celebration must have been very magical. For Native American tales, your own suggestions sounds great. Drawing from English, French and Native American tales, weaving it together to include your own history, your own family and creating your own special block just for your son. What a rich family history you must have!
    Enjoy this special weekend of celebration.
    Best wishes