Nature in Waldorf : Discovering Waldorf Education.

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I love it when I rediscover something beautiful, something that moved me years ago… and find that it moves me still, just the same. Such is how I feel about this Discovering Waldorf Education post I stumbled upon a few days ago. In fact, it was the very first article in the Discovering Waldorf series,If you want to read more…click here

Singing in Waldorf Education : Discovering Waldorf Education : www.theMagicOnions.com

Singing in Waldorf Education : Discovering Waldorf Education : www.theMagicOnions.com

A series that explores the ideas and philosophies behind Waldorf Education… For more information on Waldorf Education, please visit the Discovering Waldorf Series from the Waldorf tab in the Navigation bar. Blessings and magic, Donni

Storytelling : Discovering Waldorf Education

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A series that explores the ideas and philosophies behind Waldorf Education…   For more information on Waldorf Education, please visit the Discovering Waldorf Series from the Waldorf tab in the Navigation bar. Blessings and magic, Donni

The Waldorf Homeschool Handbook : Discovering Waldorf

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At last! A book that will lovingly hold your hand and guide you through all you are searching for with Waldorf homeschooling. This book is pure gold. Let me present The Waldorf Homeschool Handbook, written by my friend and Waldorf homeschooler extraordinaire, Donna Ashton. I’m so excited for you, Donna – congratulations! But I’m MOREIf you want to read more…click here

Outdoor Play : Discovering Waldorf

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A series that explores the ideas and philosophies behind Waldorf Education…     For more information on Waldorf Education, please visit the Discovering Waldorf Series from the Waldorf tab in the Navigation bar. Blessings and magic, Donni

Educating the Head, the Heart and the Hands : Discovering Waldorf Education

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A series that explores the ideas and philosophies behind Waldorf Education…     For more information on Waldorf Education, please visit the Discovering Waldorf Series from the Waldorf tab in the Navigation bar. Blessings and magic, Donni

Treat Creativity With The Same Status As Literacy.

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Creativity is as important now in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status – Ken Robinson Millions have watch Ken Robinson’s thought provoking and highly entertaining Ted talk, Do Schools Kill Creativity?  Have you? If you agree, let’s all do ONE thing this year to help change things. Blessings andIf you want to read more…click here

Overcoming Fear :: Discovering Waldorf

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Welcome back Nicole. Your articles are always so wonderfully honest and thought provoking. Overcoming Fear and the Perception of Judgment within the Waldorf Community This past year, after discovering Waldorf during Fall 2010, I finally visited my first Waldorf school. Everything up to that point that I knew about Waldorf and my experiences with itIf you want to read more…click here

The Autumn Nature Table : Discovering Waldorf

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Our Autumn Nature Table is always our favorite of the year. Mother Earth gives us so many autumn gifts to collect and our Nature Table looks wonderfully ‘earthy’ very quickly. Right now, ours is covered in acorns, pine cones, colorful Fall leaves and a pumpkin or two. We’ve made autumn-themed gnomes to play with andIf you want to read more…click here

Why Is Art So Good For The Developing Brain : Discovering Waldorf

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Kitty spends hours drawing. She uses a pencil and eraser at first and then, when she’s happy with her work, she traces over her drawing with black pen. Her concentration is intense. And, her desire to draw is intense too. I’m so proud to see her working so hard at it. Amazed to see theIf you want to read more…click here

The Music Curriculum in the Waldorf School :: Discovering Waldorf

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Do you want to learn more about the music curriculum in a Waldorf school? Here’s a wonderful grade by grade explanation from the Association of Waldorf Music Education… The Music Curriculum in the Waldorf School Kitty is learning Violin and Viola in Fourth Grade this year at our Maple Village Waldorf School. For more infoIf you want to read more…click here

Landfill Harmonic :: Discovering Waldorf

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This is one of the most uplifting things I have ever seen… it’s magical! And shows how music can be in everyone’s life, no matter who we are or where we come from. What struck me the most are the amazing and inspiring adults who share their time and talent to give the gift ofIf you want to read more…click here

Cultivating a Waldorf Home :: Discovering Waldorf

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Cultivating a Waldorf Home by Nicole Justice-Kleeman    “Children were most relaxed and played best if the space was fairly simple but pleasing to the senses. It should be calming and lovely, but not so beautiful and complete that the children hesitate to move anything or disturb the order”. -Joan Almon, Coordinator of the U.S.If you want to read more…click here

Natural Art Supplies :: Discovering Waldorf

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Wonderful Joey is back to discuss the beauty of crafting with natural craft supplies. Discovering Waldorf:  The beauty of natural art supplies by:  Joey van Oort I have to say the best part of “discovering Waldorf” for me was making the switch to natural art supplies.  I have loved art supplies since I was aIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: Fostering Multiple Intelligences

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Here is an article from Spring Garden Waldorf School detailing the Waldorf curriculum and how it fosters multiple intelligence, educating the whole child and nurturing each child’s individual gifts… Waldorf Education Fosters Multiple Intelligences Visit my Waldorf page for more information on Waldorf education. Blessings and magic, Donni

Children Prefer Simple Pleasures :: Discovering Waldorf

Simple Pleasures :: Discovering Waldorf

According to The Telegraph, the list is out for the best child-ranked Summer activities… mud-pie making, bike rides with friends, tree climbing. Children would rather build dens in the garden and have water fights than go on expensive outings to theme parks. Here’s the article… Children Prefer Simple Pleasures. Get out your hose, dust offIf you want to read more…click here

One Family’s Waldorf Experiences :: Discovering Waldorf

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I love it when a reader shares her own family’s Waldorf experiences with us. It’s refreshing and motivating to see how others incorporate Waldorf ideas into their homes. Today, Sara shares her Waldorf journey with us. :::::: What is Waldorf for us? For those who know it from afar Waldorf might mean wooden toys, basketsIf you want to read more…click here

Celebrating Summer :: Discovering Waldorf

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Did you know that the official first day of summer is tomorrow? With this in mind, I’m excited to share this article written for The Magic Onions by the wonderful Maureen (aka Twig and Toadstool) a few years ago. Let’s Celebrate Summer!   If you wish to find out more about a Waldorf lifestyle, pleaseIf you want to read more…click here

The Benefits of Having a Screen Free Week :: Discovering Waldorf

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I loved reading how Franziska and her family coped with a screen free week… Disconnecting to Reconnect: Discovering how freeing a screen free week can be. Photo credit : Simplicity Parenting Blog For more article on Waldorf education, please visit my ‘Waldorf’ tab on the navigation bar above. Blessings and magic, Donni

The Magic Of Beautiful Books :: Discovering Waldorf

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Discovering Waldorf The Magic Of Waldorf Storybooks by:  Joey van Oort Thanks so much for having me back Donni!  As I mentioned in my last post we do not have a Waldorf School close by to enroll our children, however, we have chosen to live a Waldorf lifestyle at home. When my children were bornIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf : The Paradox of Choice

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Consider this… The Paradox of Choice Short Ted Talk by Barry Schwartz. For more information on Waldorf Education, please visit the Discovering Waldorf Page. If you would like to see an article on a specific Waldorf topic (or would like to write one for me), please contact me with your ideas and thoughts. Blessings andIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: Waldorf Homeschool Tips

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Welcome to our Discovering Waldorf Series, where everyday families share their Waldorf thoughts and experiences. Sheila is a Waldorf homeschooling mom of two boys, Grade 1 and Grade 5. She shares her wonderfully honest experiences and tips on how to come to Waldorf Homeschooling with an older child… it’s never too late!   Waldorf HomeschoolIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: The Waldorf Lifestyle

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Welcome to Discovering Waldorf, where everyday families share their Waldorf thoughts and experiences. Today, Joey is here to talk about how she brings Waldorf into her family’s life. :: Discovering Waldorf::  Living and learning about the Waldorf lifestyle by:  Joey van Oort We live over an hour’s drive from the closest Waldorf School so unfortunatelyIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: Health Benefits to Playing in the Dirt

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This article (by Susan Wyatt / Kings) aught to make you feel better the next time your 6 year old comes in with grimy fingernails and dirt all over his face PLAYING IN THE DIRT MAY MAKE YOU SMARTER   For more info on Waldorf Education, please visit my Waldorf page. Discovering Waldorf is aIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: Why No Homework in Waldorf Schools?

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Most Waldorf Schools do not ask their students to do any homework at all in Kindergarten and the early Grades. When my children come home from school they can play outside, climb a tree, read a book. My heart breaks when I see the crazy amounts of homework my friends children (who are in ourIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: Can Play Get Your Child into University?

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“Parents, educators, psychologists, neuroscientists, and politicians generally fall into one of two camps when it comes to preparing very young children for school: play-based or skills-based. These two kinds of curricula are often pitted against one another as a zero-sum game: If you want to protect your daughter’s childhood, so the argument goes, choose aIf you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table

Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table. I want to thank you all for the wonderfully inspiring links you share here each week. Everyone is welcome to share what they have been up to in nature, with nature, for nature and even, with nature in mind Kitty, Teddy and I go through your links each week andIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: Why Kids Need Nature with Richard Louv

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There is a special radiance that shines from my children when we are playing, free, in Nature. Their eyes sparkle, their cheeks flush… they smile. It’s beautiful! Here’s a great article from the wonderful Richard Louv on kids and Nature. WHY KIDS NEED NATURE For more info on Waldorf Education, please visit my Waldorf page.If you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: On Handwork with Renate Hiller

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The other day I was feeling anxious and stressed. My temper was short and I found myself snapping unnecessarily at my kids. It was raining and, although I knew I needed a good walk to shake the bad mood, I couldn’t face putting on my coat and braving the cold. So, instead, I nestled intoIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: Propositions of Play

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I know we talk about the importance of play a lot here on Discovering Waldorf and here it is again.  I thought this article had a very interesting take on the benefits of play throughout the ages. I particularly loved these two sentences … “Play, then, is about process, not product.  It has no goalIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: The Scientifc Nature of Play

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Waldorf Early Education (Pre K to Kindergarten) focuses on play based learning… children learn through structured and unstructured play, storytelling, verses and circle-time. I have often watched my Kindergartener and his friends at play… they will position a wood plank on a log and roll a Liquid Amber seed down their ramp into a holeIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: Why Limit Computer Time

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Here is a though provoking article (from Waldorf Today) about the effects that computer time has on the development of our children. As you may know, Waldorf education is for the most part, computer free. In fact, in the last few years, it has been nicknamed, ‘Schooling Unplugged’. Why limit computer time in this dayIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: First Grade Readiness

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With Teddy loosing his first tooth this week, a Good Man and I have been reconsidering First Grade for him for the next school year. It is a difficult decision. Teddy’s birthday is May 1st which means he’ll either be young for his class (if he goes next year) or old for his class (ifIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: The Six Year Change

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Every month, the teachers from our Maple Village Waldorf School host a Parent Education evening where they discuss a Waldorf topic that is relevant to us and our children. These evening have been so helpful in understanding my children from a Waldorf perspective. The topic for discussion last month was The Six Year Transformation. MyIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: What Is It Like To Be A Waldorf Teacher

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I am deeply grateful for our teachers at Maple Village School and the love and care they bring into Teddy and Kitty’s Waldorf classroom every day. Their level of commitment continues to amaze me. They gift so much of themselves into everything they do. Their teaching day does not stop when my children go home…If you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: The Joys of a Waldorf Autumn

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At the beginning of Autumn each year, I often go back to this beautiful guest article by Marueen from Twig and Toadstool, on the joys of celebrating Autumn. I know I say this at the beginning of each new season but I really think Autumn is my favorite! :: CELEBRATING AUTUMN IN THE WALDORF HOMEIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: Why Limited Media?

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Waldorf schools request, to varying degrees, that their families limit the exposure their children have to media in the home. In my years as a Waldorf inspired mom, I’ve had many friends who have questioned my efforts to do without mainstream media. I’ve had many friends exclaim that they would go stir-crazy without the timeIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: An Overview

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For those of you who are wondering what Waldorf education is all about, here is a great overview written by Dr Christine Gruhn, a parent with children who attend the Davis Waldorf School. via : Chicago Waldorf School “The Waldorf curriculum is not boring, even for very bright children, as children paint, draw, garden, dance,If you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: Celebrating Summertime with Twig and Toadstool

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Thank you Donni for inviting us back to be a part of your beautiful space here. This is Maureen…one half of  the blog Twig and Toadstool .  At Twig and Toadstool we try to encourage parents to be creative by offering loads of great, simple craft tutorials, and some random musings on our own experienceIf you want to read more…click here