Saint Nicholas Day 2011

The girls were here to celebrate St Nicholas day this year.  I retold the story of Saint Nicholas and then they made sure their shoes were full of carrots for his horse.

Saint Nicholas brought bags of (chocolate) gold, peppermint sticks, oranges, and cute animal stickers

The girls were so excited to see their treasures. Samantha even put her shoe in the same spot the next night hoping he would return 😉

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Daily Rhythm

As I have been preparing for my preschool, I have come across a few articles that might help others as they have really helped me…

http://www.waldorftoday.com/2011/11/daily-rhythm-at-home-and-its-lifelong-relevance-by-helle-heckmann/  this article is so good! It made me think about my own situation and how I could’ve done so many things different, yet it didn’t make me feel like I was a bad parent.  Now that I have two little ones under 7 and starting a waldorf preschool, I have a better awareness of HOW to keep the rhythm.

http://theparentingpassageway.com/2011/11/14/one-mothers-experience-with-thinkingfeeling-willing/ This a wonderful review on the Thinking-Feeling-Willing (TFW for short) program by Melisa and Eric Neilsen that I’m taking part in.  I couldn’t have said it better myself!  I absolutely LOVE how the program is set up in two parts.  1) helping the parent/teacher learn how to teach the children, and 2) all the curriculum needed to teach the preschool aged child.

here’s a peek at what the mom/teacher learns in the program http://waldorfjourney.typepad.com/a_journey_through_waldorf/2011/10/peek-at-thinking-feeling-willing.html

and this is a sample of what the children are taught http://waldorfjourney.typepad.com/a_journey_through_waldorf/2011/11/sample-childrens-lessons-for-thinking-feeling-willing.html

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New Adventures

Whenever I think about a job, I always come back to teaching Waldorf inspired pre-school.  (I think someone is trying to tell me something, don’t you?! LOL!!)  The funny thing is that I’ve wanted to do this ever since I found out about Waldorf but I kept putting it out of my head thinking “it wouldnt pay enough”,  “I’m not patient enough”, etc, etc, etc….. all that was just excuses.  The truth is that I love kids and they seem to like me too. So that’s what I’ve decided!  I’m going to just go for it! I don’t have any type of college degree so I don’t think I can be a certified teacher in a school.  I still need to come up with a Waldorf lesson plan so I can do the pre-school.  I’m so excited! and a little scared too!

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The Hobbit

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Allyson’s 8th grade class wrote and put on a musical of the Hobbit at the end of the school year. They did an amazing job! (Allyson is the tall one in the purple top) The production lasted 1 and a half hours and worth every single ant bite 🙂

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Wildcraft!

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My kids love playing Wildcraft!  It’s a game to teach them about herbs and what we use them for.  Well they think it’s so funny that there’s a card talking about diarhea. lol!

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Magical nature

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Allyson In Italy

Allyson’s 8th grade class went to Italy for 8 days! They visited Rome, Assisi, and Florence. She even turned 14 while in Rome. How’s that for an exciting birthday?!

Enjoy Allyson’s pictures!

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