The Magic Onions http://www.themagiconions.com Handmade for the Natural Home Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:41:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 How to Build Your Waldorf Community :: Discovering Waldorf http://www.themagiconions.com/2016/06/build-waldorf-community-discovering-waldorf.html http://www.themagiconions.com/2016/06/build-waldorf-community-discovering-waldorf.html#respond Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:38:45 +0000 http://www.themagiconions.com/?p=21947 How to Build Your Waldorf Community –   by Meredith Floyd-Preston     “Finish up your snack. It’s time to go wait for Daddy.” It was 4:00 on a November Wednesday and I was preparing my 1-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son for the “wait for Daddy” afternoon practice that had been in place for months. ItIf you want to read more...click here

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How to Build Your Waldorf Community

–   by Meredith Floyd-Preston

 

 

“Finish up your snack. It’s time to go wait for Daddy.”

It was 4:00 on a November Wednesday and I was preparing my 1-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son for the “wait for Daddy” afternoon practice that had been in place for months. It was a somewhat ridiculous exercise for several reasons…

 

  1. It was a chilly November in a San Francisco suburb known for its depressing late-afternoon fog.
  2. I knew very well that Daddy wouldn’t be home for another hour and a half.
  3. Our suburban street was eerily quiet and unfriendly. Our long afternoon vigil would be a lonely and solitary activity.

Despite these arguments for abandoning the practice, after a long day at home alone with little ones, I looked forward to that “Daddy’s home!” moment with such longing, I was willing to brave the elements and create a little welcoming committee.

 

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When I look back on it, it is clear that what I was really longing for was community. My children were little and a few days each week I had a Waldorf-inspired childcare in our home, so my options for community felt really limited. The highlights of my days were the few opportunities for adult interaction that I had managed to create…

 

  • My long-held NPR habit became solidified as I snuck off to the kitchen during nap time to listen to soothing adult voices.
  • We never missed weekly story-time at the library (I’ll never forget the tears that ensued one day when we arrived and found the library closed – I’ll let you guess if the tears were mine or 4-year-old Calvin’s.)
  • I found a homeschooling group that met weekly a couple of towns over. Even though the academic-minded preschooler parents didn’t share my Waldorf leanings, we went as often as we could.

 

Community is Important

There is no doubt that community is important when it comes to raising children (it takes a village, after all.) According to the Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development,

“When parents receive parenting support, they are more likely to feel better about themselves and their parenting abilities, and in turn interact with their children in responsive and supportive ways enhancing the development of their children.”

I know that parenting support in the form of a community during those fog-filled days would have made me less lonely, a better parent, a more caring wife and a more fulfilled individual.

Unfortunately, though, some of our Waldorf ideals can actually make community building more challenging.

 

  • Waldorf ideals recognize and honor the importance of the home as the most appropriate place for the young child. Limiting exposure to the larger world and spending most of your time at home can feel incredibly isolating for many Waldorf parents.
  • Holding Waldorf ideals can cause us to feel estranged from the larger mainstream world. When your children don’t know the Frozen soundtrack by heart or you can’t participate in playground conversations about traditional discipline, you can feel a bit left out.

Truly, parenting the Waldorf way can be a lonely and isolating experience.

But it doesn’t have to be.

 

How to Create a Waldorf Community

 

That “Daddy’s Home!” ritual that my little ones and I practiced feels like yesterday but it was 17 long years ago. The following year my son started kindergarten and we joined a Waldorf community.

These days, when I ask my Waldorf alumni children what they miss most about Waldorf School, they always answer “the community.” We found a supportive group of parents, teachers and children to connect with and that made all the difference.

It took some time for me to find the right way to get involved with this established community, but here are some ways you can start to find your own unique place.

 

If you have a Waldorf school nearby . . .

 

  • Volunteer – Waldorf schools are always needing support. Donate your time, money or expertise to make the community a better place.
  • Sign up for a class or camp. Most Waldorf schools offer parent-child classes and summer break camps. If money is an issue, ask for a scholarship. Waldorf schools want their communities to be thriving, interesting places and they usually won’t let money get in the way.
  • Post playdates, childcare and activities on the community bulletin board or weekly newsletter. There are bound to be other people like you looking for opportunities to get together with their children.

 

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If you don’t have a Waldorf school nearby . . .

 

  • Attend meetings at your local La Leche League chapter. If your children are past breastfeeding age, contact the leader and ask if she has contacts for conscious parenting communities.
  • Talk to other parents at the park. Be on the lookout for the parents whose parenting choices reflect your own. Be brave and start conversations.
  • Use social media. There is an active Waldorf community online. Talk to people via forums on Mothering.com, Facebook groups or Twitter. The internet is a fantastic resource for adults. Using it to find community is not out of sync with Waldorf ideals.
  • Recognize that the benefits of community far outweigh the drawbacks of plastic toys or media exposure. Though the parents at my weekly homeschooling group didn’t share my Waldorf ideals, they were conscious, intentional parents and they provided my family with the community we needed.

 

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However you go about it, get out there and find yourself a community. You’ll be happier, your children will benefit, and Daddy won’t mind so much if you’re not home to roll out the welcome carpet.

 

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Meredith Floyd-Preston is a Waldorf class teacher and mother of 3 who blogs and podcasts about her experiences at A Waldorf Journey.

Meredith has a special treat for Magic Onion readers. Sign-up here to receive a free PDF download of Meredith’s Waldorf at Home Resource List.

If you are interested in bringing Waldorf philosophies into your home, I’ve put together a great workshop that will guide you through every step in the process : 8 Steps to a Waldorf-Inspired Home.

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This workshop explains and guides you through the beautiful and meaningful philosophies that you can bring into your home to create a calm and creative sanctuary wherein your children will thrive.

In today’s busy and over-scheduled world, so many of us are searching for ways to help our children enjoy an authentic and joyful childhood, one in which they have time for unscheduled play, building deep and meaningful connections with friends, animals and the earth and lots of magical time in nature.

I’m happy to let you know that a few key (and simple) changes can make all of this possible.

And, for a limited time only, I’m offering this workshop at a special discount for Magic Onions readers…

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Over the years, so many of you have got in touch to ask for help in creating a Waldorf-inspired home. You have asked wonderfully thought-provoking questions that have made me think and ponder, deeply, what the most valuable and life-changing aspects of a Waldorf home are.

I’ve promised many of  you that I would put together a workshop to help you easily and seamlessly bring Waldorf into your home and I’m happy to let you know that this workshop is now available : 8 Steps To A Waldorf-Inspired Home.

 

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This workshop doesn’t cover any aspects of a Waldorf education but rather explains and guides you through the beautiful and meaningful philosophies that you can bring into your home to create a calm and creative sanctuary wherein your children will thrive.

In today’s busy and over-scheduled world, so many of us are searching for ways to help our children enjoy an authentic and joyful childhood, one in which they have time for unscheduled play, building deep and meaningful connections with friends, animals and the earth and lots of magical time in nature.

I’m happy to let you know that a few key (and simple) changes can make all of this possible.

8 Steps To A Waldorf-Inspired Home will teach you EXACTLY how YOU can incorporate Waldorf philosophies in to your lifestyle. A step-by-step guide to help you create the lifestyle you are searching for.

Waldorf is more than an education… it is a way of life that EVERYONE can follow, regardless of whether your children go to a Waldorf school, a public school or are homeschooled.

Incorporating these key Waldorf practices into your home will have an astounding effect. Your children will blossom, your home life will become peaceful and joyful and you will start to feel that your family is living it’s BEST life.

I’m honored and excited to share my many years of Waldorf experience with you and help you incorporate the best Waldorf philosophies into your home.

For more information on the workshop please visit here : 8 Steps To A Waldorf-Inspired Home.

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These and many more Waldorf philosophies are discussed in the workshop : 8 Steps To A Waldorf-Inspired Home.

I look forward to connecting with you.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Today is the summer solstice, 2016. The longest day of the year. It is HOT here in Southern California today. VERY hot! It’s not quite noon yet and the temps are already 97 °F. My phone says that it will get well past 100°F today. This kind of heat is not my favorite.

Today is also the first day of summer vacation. 3 whole months of slow, unscheduled freedom. Yay!

Here are some photos from our last week of school. Teddy was The Father in his school play, St Francis and the Wolf of Gubio. When I asked him to tell me his words, he recited the whole play, thinking with that far-off look he gets when he concentrates.

He felt giddy after the play… all smiles and giggles. I loved seeing the rush of excitement pulse through him and his eyes sparkling.

Kitty’s 6th Grade Report was on Lewis and Clark. She loved going back in time to when living was surviving. And, the fact that we had visited Oregon just a few months ago, which made it all the more real for her to imagine how life was back then. In true Kitty style, she painted a portrait of Sacagawea that is so beautiful. I’m in awe of this talent she has found and nurtured.

Lots of time is spent in the Sunny House cuddling Skat (that’s his new name, our sweet cat).

I’ve been crafting and will soon have another awesome video for you. PS… do you see the pretty felt flowers we made the other day on the mantle in the first photo?

I was looking for a baby shower gift and stumbled upon such a sweet baby shop. Don’t you just LOVE the pompom mobile hanging from the wire of a lampshade?

I found some gorgeous wallpaper. Flowers taped to the wall. You’d feel like you were in Kensington Gardens all day long (I’ve just finished the last season of Downton Abby and am mourning it’s passing. Why stop it now?)

We are finally putting a real kitchen into the Sunny House. We’ve used hutches and stand-alone cabinets until now, which we have loved, but, as big changes are afoot and the Sunny House will soon have new people to love her, we feel she needs to be all perfect and finished. Can you believe how many boxes it will take to give the Sunny House the kitchen she deserves! I’ll show you a photo when it’s all done.

Hope you are having a lovey first week of summer too, with lots of fun, sun and happy times.

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I’ve been having fun making videos again.

Here is one so many of you have asked me to make… felt flowers in less than a minute!

This should show you just how easy and quick these flowers are to make. All you need is felt, scissors and a hot glue gun.

There are so many gorgeous things you can make using these flowers. Here, I show you how to make a bouquet of flowers for your mantle.

 

 

If you prefer a photo tutorial, I’ve shared the same craft here.

 

Make beautiful Felt Flowers in a few simple steps DIY Tutorial with The Magic Onions Blog

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Happy crafting,

Blessings and magic,

Donni

 

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DIY Crafting Video :: Fairy Babies http://www.themagiconions.com/2016/06/diy-crafting-video-fairy-babies.html http://www.themagiconions.com/2016/06/diy-crafting-video-fairy-babies.html#comments Mon, 06 Jun 2016 13:00:41 +0000 http://www.themagiconions.com/?p=21898 Oh my gosh… I’ve been having so much fun! I stepped out of my comfort zone and into a place that I NEVER thought I’d venture into… YouTube.  Eeeek!   My 12 year old daughter encouraged me. ‘It’s all in YouTube these day’s Mom’, she said.   She critiqued my video and had a lotIf you want to read more...click here

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Oh my gosh… I’ve been having so much fun!

I stepped out of my comfort zone and into a place that I NEVER thought I’d venture into… YouTube.  Eeeek!

 

My 12 year old daughter encouraged me. ‘It’s all in YouTube these day’s Mom’, she said.

 

She critiqued my video and had a lot of suggestions of improvement but gave me the go-ahead to put it up.

 

So, here it is ::  The Magic Onions YouTube channel. Pop on over, have a look around and subscribe.

 

If you’d prefer to watch on here, I’ve added this video tutorial on how to make the sweetest fairy babies (you might have to put the volume up a little as I haven’t quite worked out how to set the right volume on the video yet)…

 

 

I’ve also recorded this same tutorial in photographs if that’s more your style. You can find it here.

 

Make delightful FAIRY BABIES for your little ones with this easy DIY NEEDLE FELTING tutorial on The Magic Onions blog

Yay for new adventures!

 

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Do you believe in fairies?

I do.

To me, believing in fairies means more than just believing in little creatures with wings.

It means believing in magic and miracles.

It means opening your heart to the possibility that anything and everything is possible.

It means perceiving that there is so much we don’t yet know and will never understand… and that’s JUST FINE.

In fact, it’s more than fine because within this realization, lies life’s magic.

We aren’t meant to know and understand everything. We aren’t meant to know all the answers… or even half of them.

If you wait until you know all the answers, you will be waiting all your life.

Sometimes life is meant to be lived on a whim.

Sometimes we can act on instinct and make decisions on hope and optimism.

We can follow our dreams and let faith guide us.

We can open our heart to receive the Earth’s blessings and let her fill our actions with joy.

We can walk in the knowledge that love will guide us to the right place.

 

Always believe in Fairies

 

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Believing in fairies can set us free from the limiting constraint that seeing is believing.

It can allow us to cast off the unrealistic notion that we have to know the answer before we take action.

It can open us to a world magical world possibilities.

Do you believe in fairies?

Blessings and magic,

Donni

 

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Make beautiful Felt Flowers in a few simple steps DIY Tutorial with The Magic Onions Blog
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There are so many beautiful ways to craft with felt.

Felt brings such an earthy rich texture into your home. I recommend crafting with the the best quality felt, always. There is such a huge difference with using the best felt. You are spending time and effort in your crafting and using the best possible materials will make your crafting experience that much more enjoyable.  Plus, the results of your crafting efforts will be all the more beautiful when you use better mateirals.

I get my felt from the most delightful shop called A Child’s Dream. They have a huge selection of the prettiest colors. Choose the naturally dyed wool felt if you want to use extra special felt in your projects. It’s simply gorgeous to work with.

Kitty and I have just made such lovely felt blossoms that we glued onto a few twigs and have put in a vase on the mantel.

Best of all, you won’t believe how simple these felt flowers are to make and I’m sharing the quick and easy tutorials with you today.

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TUTORIAL : FELT BLOSSOMS

 

1.  Use scissors to cut the felt into a scalloped spiral about 6 inches in diameter. My favorite felt-cutting scissors are small and sharp and I turn the felt as I cut instead of the scissors.

2.  Roll the scalloped spiral of felt into a flower.  Start with the outside of the spiral. Roll it up on itself, keeping the petals even on top.

3.  You can let the center (bottom) of the flower span outward a little. And even pull the petals a little to widen your flower into an open shape.

4.  When you come to the round center of the spiral at the end, put a little glue onto the underside of the felt and stick it over the bottom to hide the messy rolled up felt.

5. Choose pretty twigs from the garden and glue the felt flowers onto the twigs.

Put your pretty felt blossoms into a vase in a pretty place in your home to brighten your days.

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I love the soft and gentle colors that Kitty chose with the brighter POP colors of the mustard and the bright pink. I would never have grouped these colors together but they are utterly perfect and I’m glad I trusted her intuition.

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Here’s an image for you to Pin to Pinterest if you are wanting to save this tutorial for later.

 

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Here are some other ways I’ve crafted with felt flowers : Felt Flower Hair Barrettes and Felt Flower Ornaments.

Happy crafting,

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Here are some fun photos from our days.

Kitty is growing up. He’s a big boy now. I baked ‘fet cook’, a South African fried bread recipe. Yum! Kitty shone magnificently (all the beautiful kids did) in their school play, Demeter and Persophne last night. She bought herself (been saving forever) an insta camera! We had a fun evening at our school gala. Kitty painted the beautiful poster. Teddy’s been building epic car tracks. Timone came for a snack.

 

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Happy days.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Teddy, the baker in the house, baked the most delicious UPSIDE-DOWN peach cake from one of my favorite recipes (which I’ll share with you below).

Our peach tree is laden with peaches and so we are doing all kinds of fun baking with peaches. This cake was a HIT and is all gone now.

 

Fresh Cake Recipe with photos of kids baking from The Magic Onions Blog

 

There is something supremely satisfying about eating from your own garden. I love it so much and can’t wait until I can have more space to grow more kitchen produce.

 

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Here is our recipe.

 

UPSIDE-DOWN PEACH CAKE RECIPE FOR KIDS

 

Ingredients :

– 3/4 cups butter (room temperature and divided into 1/4 cup and 1/2 cup)

– 1/2  cup brown sugar

– 3 cups sliced peaches with skins on

– 1/2 cup sugar

– 3/4 cups butter (room temperature and divided into 1/4 cup and 1/2 cup)

– 1 fresh egg

– 1 t vanilla extract

– 1 1/4 cups flour

– 1 1/4 t baking powder

– 1/4 t salt

– 1/2 cup milk

 

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Method :

  1. Clean and cut peaches into slices. Eat some if you can’t help it.
  2. Melt 1/4 cup of butter. Pour into the bottom of a 9 inch cake pan (no need to grease it). Sprinkle the brown sugar onto the melted butter. Arrange the peach slices on top of the brown sugar.
  3. In a bowl, cream 1/2 cups of soft butter with 1/2 cups of sugar. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
  4. Combine flour, salt and baking powder into a separate bowl. Add this mixture to the creamed butter bowl… a little at a time, alternating with a little milk and beating well until all the flour and milk is mixed into the creamed sugar mixture. Spoon over the peaches.
  5. Bake at 350 °F (180 °C) for 45 minutes. Allow to cool for 8 minutes and turn out onto a clean plate.
  6. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Trust me, it’s delicious!

 

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Teddy’s favorite part is licking the spoon and bowl while waiting for the cake to bake. I caught him putting his whole head into the bowl… lucky it’s hair-washing night tonight!

I know some of you might think it is dangerous to eat uncooked egg and I want you to know that I do take the dangers of eating raw egg into consideration. I licked the spoon and bowl when I baked with my grandmother when I was a kid and it’s one of my favorite childhood memories. I consciously want Teddy to have these same memories when he thinks back on his childhood with me. We buy our eggs from a local farmer and our eggs are always very fresh. Supermarket eggs are usually at least over 30 days old before they even get to the store… that’s why eating eggs could be dangerous. Farm fresh eggs are fresh and don’t carry the same dangers. As a parent, this is your decision to make.

 

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While waiting for the cake to bake (and while Teddy was licking the bowl), I noticed how beautiful the Sunny House looked as the afternoon light gently filtered in to smell the delicious baking smells.

 

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Teddy and I made this sweet NATURE MOBILE  a little while ago.  It’s so pretty, hanging from my kitchen chandelier.

I share many of our favorite recipes if you are looking for fun other easy baking projects to entice your kids to cook.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

 

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Singing With Children – 7 Virtues To Teach Through Song

by Jodie Mesler

 

I’ve narrowed down 7 meaningful virtues that you can teach your children through song and music.

At the end of this article, I’ve shared some free songs from my new children’s album so that you can follow along with the tune with your children.

It is my hope to inspire you to teach your children seven wonderful virtues that will have lifetime benefits. Simply by singing the songs and teaching them to your child, you will actually be instilling great moral character.

 

7 meaningful virtues to teach your child through song and music on the Discovering Waldorf Education Series with The Magic Onions

 

  1. Appreciation for the New Day

Sweet Song

“Today is a new day, and the birds are singing.
Singing so sweetly, it’s gonna be a good day.
It’s gonna be a good day, ’cause I am listening,
To their song so kind, everything’s gonna be fine.
Let them know you’re listening to their sweet song,
Surely you’re listening to their sweet song.”

 

If I have learned anything that has really helped me celebrate this wonderful life, it would be to start my day off in the feeling of appreciation. The first music I hear in the morning is the birds singing along with the sweet fragrance of a fresh new morning.

 

My kids are delighted on the days when I gently wake them with song. A great habit to give your children, sing to them as they wake and establish the feeling of appreciation.  After singing a song, I begin naming things that I appreciate, “ it’s such a beautiful day today, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, we are going to have a great day, what beautiful flowers are in bloom today, I love spring…” Once they wake up and after breakfast, I ask them to name things that they appreciate.

 

2.The Wonder and Magic of Nature

 

Fireflies

“Stop what you’re doing and look outside,
There are fireflies in the summer sky.
Magic fills the air and they’re dancing everywhere,
Soon I will have one in my hand.
My heart starts glowing and my passion burns bright,
Telling me my secrets as a whisper in the night,
Soon I will have one in my hand,
My own living lantern, a star in my hand.”

 

Singing about the wonder and magic of nature came out of my reverence for nature as we explored many days outdoor together in our backyard, our local parks, and on our vacations. If we as parents are reverent and full of wonder, our children will absorb this reverence and awe.

 

Fireflies or lightning bugs, as we call them in the south, are the most magical of all the bugs. Summer evenings here in Georgia at dusk, we begin to see the lightning bugs flying around the bushes and trees. They fly at a low level and pause in mid-air as they blink their lantern, as if they are inviting us to catch them!

 

We are fortunate because not everybody has lightning bugs where they live. We found that out from our relatives from England as they came for a visit. When their children first saw them, they were extremely excited! They ran and ran after them and easily caught them. Consequently, every night at the moment at dusk, they couldn’t wait to catch them once more. How magical!

 

This summer, take some time each night at dusk as a part of your daily routine to catch them. If you are a little afraid of bugs, you can begin to relieve your fear by starting with this harmless bug, because it is so gentle and wonderful, and never bites. It is a very exciting activity for children.

 

7 meaningful virtues to teach through SONG - a Discovering Waldorf Article from The Magic Onions

 

Let’s Find a Ladybug

 

“Let’s find a ladybug, a ladybug today,

‘Cause when we find one our wish will now come true.”

 

My daughter sings along with this song, she was about 6-years-old. Try to sing it together with your child and share the different singing parts as you hunt for ladybugs. Finding a ladybug is easy for us, they seem to be in a lot of places. We find them near flowers and on bushes, and especially in gardens. Sometimes they are slowing flying in the air.

 

I think ladybugs want us to catch them, too! Before you go hunting, you can have your child make a wish. It will be fun trying to find one, sing this song and then once she finds one, you can tell her that her wish will now come true. Children’s wishes are so sweet. They have such a heart full of wonder. I have done this with my children, and it is amazing because we always seem to find one.

 

  1. Understanding the Wisdom of Storytelling through Song

 

The Great Smoky Mountains

“We went hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.
We took the trail marked Alum Cave Bluff.
We crossed the footbridge over the river,
The water we saw rushed loud and fast.
We climbed up the arch made out of stone.
The cool smooth stone was etched with steps.
The trail went higher and higher,
We came to a point, saw other mountains,
We stopped for a while to enjoy the view,
A squirrel come up and we shared our food.
At the top, at last, we saw the big bluff,
It was ninety feet high hanging over our heads,
We made it to the top and we felt so fine.
It was one of the best times of our lives.
That’s our story of the Great Smoky Mountains.
We’re gonna go again to the Great Smoky Mountains.”

 

About a week after we came back, I wrote this song and my kids all sang along as I imitated their singing on my pennywhistle. It tells our story and when we listen to it, we can go right back to that moment in time so clearly. I’m sure you have heard a song during a moment in time, and when you hear it years later, it takes you right back to that moment. I love how music does that.

 

We have so many songs that tell stories. I love teaching children folk songs because it gives us a story of how it was like to live years ago. We have so many great songs from years ago to help us learn about our heritage. I have used so many of them to teach my children about history.

 

Pick out some children’s folk songs that fit your family. You can tie so many songs into your homeschooling to really make their lessons come alive.  I highly recommend the book, American Folk Songs for Children by Ruth Crawford Seeger.  Her two kids, once grown made a CD of her work, Mike Seeger and Peggy Seeger. Pete Seeger, the famous folk singer, was her stepson.

 

  1. Respect for Life

 

“When bees come out, life is sweet,
When bees come out, the sun must shine,
When bees come out, there’s harmony.
When bees come out, we build community, When bees come out.
We’re filled with joy, we’re filled with life,
We’re filled with love, we’re filled with light,
And together we unite.”

 

Many children that I see are scared of bees. They either run from bees or swat at bees. Children can be taught the beauty and importance of bees. I taught my kids to be at ease around bees and I tell them, they won’t sting you if you become aware of the them around you.  Respect them and they will not harm you. Our favorite bee is the bumblebee.  When my son was six, he actually caught a bumblebee and carried it around with him on his finger, I was amazed with his bravery, as he did not have any fear. The bee never stung him. Bumblebees are fuzzy and curious. They like to come up to us and look at us and then quickly fly away!

 

There are so many other great things about bees. One great thing you can teach your child about bees is respect for life. Without bees, we wouldn’t have food. Also, it is true, “when bees come out, we build community, and together we unite.”  You only see bees when the sun is shining and it is warm. When the sun is shining, people come out of their houses and we come together again as a community. What a beautiful way to see the significance of bees.

 

Butterfly Photo on The Magic Onions Blog

 

  1. Awe of the Universe

 

The Mighty Ocean

“The great big mighty ocean,
Powerful and strong,
Making ocean breezes,
Sing and dance their summer song.
Together sing the seagulls and his waves he crashes down.
Happy in the sunshine,
Happy in the water,
Happy in the sand,
Happy in the breezes.”

 

Instilling awe of the universe is at the heart of our teaching. We know that our beautiful earth that we live on is filled with awe. We are just a tiny intricate part of the entire universe. The ocean is a magnificent place to teach this because it is so grand and vast.

 

It is also a good time to recognize all 4 elements of nature integrated in one place: earth, air, fire, and water. How refreshing we all feel after basking in the sun, playing in the sand, swimming in the water, and feeling and breathing in the ocean winds.

 

Nature with The Magic Onoins

 

  1. Reverence

 

Reptiles and Crocodiles

“Reptiles and crocodiles,
Way back then they didn’t smile.
Turtles, snakes, and lizards, too,
You’d see them so sad and blue.
The sun rose up and he did shine,
He shined down on them, said one time,
“Listen, you can live in the water and the land,
You got the whole world at your demand.
You are old and you are grand, You have the wisdom to understand.”
Now a days I see them smile,
Those reptiles and crocodiles,
A great big smile all the time,
Those reptiles and crocodiles.”

 

Reverence is also at the heart of our education. If you are on this similar Waldorf inspired journey, then you recognize that there is something greater than what is with us. My family is of the Christian faith, and we give reverence to God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

 

Reptiles are fascinating creatures. They have been around so long and they can live on the water or the land. There is so much wonder to instill about them as well.

 

  1. Understanding the Beauty of Waldorf

 

“We gather together to share with one another.
All around us, surrounds us, with love and harmony,
We give life we give love for all living things.
With reverence, with respect, with responsibility.
In the living, in the living extraordinary wondrous human being.
Recognizing and uniting the mind, body and spirit.
Our life is a joyful creation and our life is a joyful celebration.
In the living, in the living, in the living heart of the human being.”

 

Waldorf education has provided us with a great journey of nature walks, free play, lots of time in nature, playing with natural toys, living our life in a natural rhythm celebrating each season with reverence to nature and to God as we celebrated our holidays and festivals.

 

We spent most our time investing in the arts- painting, drawing, music, singing and literature that included morals, puppet shows, poems, movement and games. We found a great community to share our life with along our journey.

 

What a blessed and magical childhood and motherhood adventure. I hope that you will be inspired with my songs to have the most magical and meaningful adventure with your children, too!

Here are some songs from my new album for children, called Sweet Songs.

 

 

Jodie Mesler is the creator of Living Music From the Heart: Music Curriculum, which is a homeschooling kit for moms to teach her child music using the pennywhistle. She has been a conference speaker for Waldorf Essentials, The Waldorf Connection and The Parenting Passageway. This August, she will be a presenter for the 10th annual Taproot Teacher Training conference in Ohio with Jean Miller and Barbara Dewey. It is her passion to help inspire parents to bring families together to create music during special festivals, holidays and seasons.

Follow Jodie on her website, Home Music Making.

Visit the Discovering Waldorf Education series if you are looking for other fabulous Waldorf articles.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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