Greek Myths

Allyson  finished reading D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths.  She’s been reading it for the past 2 months… just a story or two at a time.

I told her to pick her favorite Greek God, draw a picture, and write a little report about it.  She picked two!

Eos

 

 

Melampus

And we took the family to see “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief” which we all LOVED but Allyson didn’t. *sigh* at least, that’s what she said to me.

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief 

Alright, so I know this is typically what grade 5 would be learning, but since this was my first year homeschooling then Allyson needed a background on the Greek Myths before we could move ahead with Rome.  I fought tooth-and-nail with her to be interested in Greek Myths.  and she is NOT interested in Rome.  I am so proud that she actually got this assignment done!

Has anyone else had to deal with a situation like this?  I feel like we haven’t gotten much schooling done this year because we are stuck. 

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St Patrick’s Day

so I sorta failed with having anything traditional this year but the kids and hubby did wear green shirts (I don’t have a green shirt although I really want one). and we did have green scrambled eggs for breakfast, and green jello with our dinner.  lol!

The important thing is that we (all 6 of us) spent the day together. the kids are on spring break, and hubby took the week off from work.  I’m crafting like crazy to get some swap deadlines met, and the kids are playing.  Shawn introduced the girls to “Back to the Future” movies! 

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Why Waldorf?

I’ve been asked the question “Why Waldorf?”  many times.  Well, here’s the answer (in a nutshell… so to speak.)

Rudolf Steiner gave birth to the Waldorf philosophy of education following World War I.
He championed a method of learning that embraced the “whole child.” Waldorf education acknowledges:
1.The unique physical,
2.Academic,
3.Behavioral,
4.Emotional,
5.The spiritual needs of children.
Lovingly and gently, Waldorf education cultivates those needs through activity and imagination.

Steiner said, “Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings, who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives.” (AWSNA)

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Curriculum

I’ve had several curious friends ask me about the curriculum we use for school.  Most of the people I know have never even heard of Waldorf.  So, here’s a link for a 60+ page free sampler  (CLICK HERE) that covers 11 books that Melisa and Erik Nielsen have written.   If you like what you see, you can purchase the curriculums from their SHOP.    They are working on the curriculum for 7th grade right now and I couldn’t be more excited about it since that’s where Allyson will be next year!

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Shamrock Pillows

 since  the school has only one more week before spring break, I figured we’d get a head start on St Patrick’s day crafting. 

I found the perfect shaped shamrock online and turned it into our pattern.  we used all the *green* fabric’s that the school had. 

this was by far the hardest class to teach the elementary kids since there was so many different ages and levels of sewing (most of the kids don’t know how) but it was totally worth it in the end. 

One boy (10 or 11 years old) told me that he likes sewing now.  way to melt a teacher’s heart!

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Valentine Cards

I’m a week late in posting this since I was getting ready to go out of town for the Valentine’s weekend. 

Remember how we made Recycled Paper?  Well, we used our paper to make Valentine cards!  The parents that receive these can plant the homemade, recycled paper which will grow into pretty wildflowers.

 

and here’s the ones my kids made:

 

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Paper Making

Our first craft for February!   

I showed the kids how we can make paper by recycling other paper products. 

  • the pale lavender = plain white paper
  • grey = newspaper adds
  • brown = brown grocery bags

We used THIS SITE for basic instructions on making our paper.

We sprinkled wildflower seeds on the pulp before smashing the water out of it.  some of the kids got a little carried away!  some of us also used flower petals and leafs from the plants in the school yard.

Everyone had a ton of fun even though it was chilly and the clouds looked like it would rain on us! (we made the paper outside since it’s such a messy project.) 

Next week we’ll be making a special craft with the paper we made.

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