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How to Build Your Waldorf Community :: Discovering Waldorf

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

8 Steps to a Waldorf-Inspired Home

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 putIf you want to read more…click here

7 Virtues to Teach Through Song : Discovering Waldorf Education

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 tuneIf you want to read more…click here

Favorite Waldorf Morning Verses for The Grades

It is customary to say a morning verse at the start of each day in Waldorf schools, in kindergarten and in the grades. One of the reasons why Waldorf education is so successful in educating kids who excel, is that teaching methods meet students where they are developmentally, in a deep and authentic way. TheIf you want to read more…click here

Favorite Waldorf Morning Circle Verses for Kindergarten

The beauty of Waldorf education is that it meets the child where he is developmentally. The synergy of Waldorf teaching methods and child development is discussed wonderfully in an article by Dr Reggie Melrose called ‘Waldorf from a Neuroscientific Perspective‘. The Morning circle is a great example of how Waldorf meets the young child whereIf you want to read more…click here

5 Favorite Waldorf Mealtime Blessing Verses

Blessing our food with a favorite Waldorf mealtime blessing verse before we eat it is cherished everyday tradition that is meaningful in so many ways. And not just for children. Blessing our food is just as meaningful for adults too. Firstly, it gives us a moment to calm and collect ourselves before we eat. WeIf you want to read more…click here

Making A Waldorf Pocket Doll :: FREE Pattern DIY Tutorial :: Discovering Waldorf Education

It’s so exciting to find a budding new Waldorf Blog. Cathy, from the beautiful new blog Faith & String and shop Brambles & Blossoms is sharing her tutorial on how to make a WALDORF POCKET DOLL. Please visit Cathy’s sites for other great Waldorf doll tutorials and to purchase the most lovely Waldorf dolls. ::::If you want to read more…click here

Little House on the Prairie :: Best Waldorf Books :: Discovering Waldorf Education

Ask Waldorf inspired families what their favorite books are and most will respond with a resounding, the Little House on the Prairie series, by Laura Ingalls Wilder.   Kitty and I started with the first in the series, Little House in the Big Woods, when Kitty was 5. We would read one chapter each eveningIf you want to read more…click here

A Perpetual Waldorf Calendar :: Discovering Waldorf Education

We have the most beautiful perpetual circular Waldorf calendar hanging on our wall. It’s drawn by Phoebe Wahl and depicts a delightful gnome family going about their seasonal days. My children consult it often. They turn the season dial at the start of each season (March on top now on top). They write in importantIf you want to read more…click here

The Nine Year Change :: Discovering Waldorf Education

As my littlest approaches nine, wonderful and great changes are staring to show. He is moving out of dreamy early childhood and into a more conscious state, where he is starting to recognize that he is different from the people and things around him. He is becoming aware of himself as an individual, separate fromIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf Education :: Creating a Waldorf Inspired Home

I have exciting news today… I’m happy to announce that I am bringing back the Discovering Waldorf Education series. So many of you have requested its return as it gave us all such a beautiful, every-day, insight into the Waldorf way. The Discovering Waldorf series is a compilation of articles about the Waldorf way ofIf you want to read more…click here

The Six-Year Transformation :: Discovering Waldorf

The Six-Year Transformation By Michelle Brightwater The six-year transformation or change is an amazing and tumultuous time in the life of your youngling (and for you!).  This time is referred to as the “first puberty,”  which gives a great deal of insight into the kind of behavior you might expect during this time.  Although itIf you want to read more…click here

Overcoming Fear :: Discovering Waldorf

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 it were from books and online. When I first got the invitationIf you want to read more…click here

Cultivating a Waldorf Home :: Discovering Waldorf

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

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

One Family’s Waldorf Experiences :: Discovering Waldorf

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

The Magic Of Beautiful Books :: Discovering Waldorf

Discovering Waldorf The Magic Of Waldorf Storybooks by:  Joey van Oort 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 born my mother in law introduced us to a few of the Waldorf story books thatIf you want to read more…click here

The Dragonfly Story : Helping Kids Understand Death

We are very sad. On Saturday, a gentle giant in our small community passed away. It was sudden and unexpected. He leaves behind his beautiful wife and three young children. We held a meditation/prayer meeting at our school last night so that we could come together as a community to grieve, support each other andIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: Waldorf Homeschool Tips

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

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

The Gift of Unscheduled Time

It is amazing what happens when we allow our children regular, free and unscheduled time… time to ‘just be’. We live in an over-scheduled era and we have a tendency to over-schedule our children’s lives too… soccer, scouts, art classes, piano lessons, playdates and… the list goes on forever. We mean well, of course. WeIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: On Handwork with Renate Hiller

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 :: Dolls in Early Childhood

(Please feel free to add the above Discovering Waldorf button to your blog. You can do this by saving the above image to your desktop and then adding it to your blog as a Picture Gadget that links to this code: http://themagiconions.com/search/label/Discovering%20Waldorf ) Discovering Waldorf is a weekly series of articles written by ‘everyday’ WaldorfIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: Discipline in a Waldorf School

To paraphrase Maple Village School’sAdministrator, Christina Sbarra, parents who have chosen to send their children to Waldorf schools have chosen a unique education, an education with great depth, wisdom, and richness.   By taking up the task of understanding that education more fully, parents can support their child’s (children’s) learning that much more. We need toIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: Rhythm

Today, Donna Ashton is here to revisit the importance of rhythm in our days. ::: Why is Rhythm so Important?  by Donna Ashton of The Waldorf Connection Rhythm, rhythm, rhythm. You see this word everywhere, right? In my opinion, it is the foundation of our days and “the” secret to having a happy, smooth runningIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: The Daily Rhythm in a Waldorf School

My family has been blessed in so many ways. I am constantly thankful for all we have… our lives are rich and deep and full in the most wonderfully simple way.  A big reason for our happiness comes from the beautiful community we have found in our local Waldorf school, Maple Village School. Kitty startedIf you want to read more…click here

Teaching Kids To Knit

Kitty has become quite the knitter. She loves to sit peacefully in a comfy spot and knit quietly. She has knitted herself a hat, a chicken, her dolls a blanket, her animals some scarfs. I find it magical to watch her in her own world while she works with her hands and the lovely wool.If you want to read more…click here

The Role of Media in Our Home.

Some of you have asked questions about the role media plays in our home. Do we watch television, do we watch movies, do we play video games?I feel this is a very touchy subject and am hoping I can share how our family handles media in our home in a non-judgemental and truthful way. OurIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: What is a Waldorf School?

Please visit the Maple Village School’s blog to watch a super video profile on Waldorf education, featuring students from early childhood through high school, as well as teachers, parents, prospective parents, and Waldorf-educated college students and adults…What is a Steiner (Waldorf ) School? To read the other interesting Waldorf articles, please visit my Discovering WaldorfIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf – ‘Waldorf and Wonder’

 What a treat for us… we have Meredith from A Waldorf Journey here today with an incredibly inspiring article for us.  : : : Waldorf and Wonder   by Meredith Floyd-Preston So many of us are initially drawn to Waldorf Education because of the beauty of the materials, the connection to the natural world, andIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf – ‘The Magic Of Play Silks’

Welcome back to Discovering Waldorf, Jennifer. So glad to have you back and talking about one of our favorite playthings… silks. For those of you who don’t know Jennifer, she is one of the coolest mama’s I know… as we speak, she is 9 and a half months pregnant and has been having contractions onIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf – ‘A Comparison: Waldorf and Montessori’

I am often asked about the differences between Waldorf education and Montessori education. Many mistakenly think of them as having the same basic philosophies. While they have a few similarities, the two are very different indeed. Here is an article that explores the similarities and differences wonderfully, a great comparison between Waldorf and Montessori education.If you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf – ‘Waldorf and Reading’

Discovering Waldorf is a weekly series of articles written by ‘everyday’ Waldorf families. The contributors to this series share their ‘real-life’ insights and inspirations on all kinds of Waldorf topics. This series is not meant to be Waldorf philosophy in its purest form, but rather a snapshot of how we can all incorporate Waldorf ideasIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf – Learning To Read The Waldorf Way

Discovering Waldorf is a weekly series of articles written by ‘everyday’ Waldorf families. The contributors to this series share their ‘real-life’ insights and inspirations on all kinds of Waldorf topics. This series is not meant to be Waldorf philosophy in its purest form, but rather a snapshot of how we can all incorporate Waldorf ideasIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf – ‘The Morning Rhythm’

Nicole, from Frontier Dreams, was kind enough to share her families daily rhythm with us a while back. Today, she is back to revisit their morning rhythm… Welcome, Nicole. : : :    Good Morning Dear Earth       Good morning dear earth Good morning dear sun Good morning dear flowers and fairies, everyIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf – Explaining the Waldorf Curriculum, Kindergarten through 8th Grade

Explaining the Waldorf Curriculum, Kindergarten through 8th Grade by Dr Rick Tan   Sedimentary rocks settle back to their bins inside the science closet. The chalkboard compass acutely rests deep in my desk. My sword leans against a wall like a seasoned knight retired from his last battle. From studying rocks to Rome, knights toIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf – ‘Healthy Boundries for Children’

“Fences and Walls, and Great Big Falls!”- Contemplations on creating healthy boundaries for children. By Amber Greene.  www.mamamoontime.com Have you ever watched as your children spend a lifetime (or maybe half an hour?) building up the most incredible of structures only to knock it down with gusto within minutes?  Working in my kindergarten, this kindIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf – ‘Waldorf from a Neuroscientific Perspective’

Last year, I attended a lecture given by Dr Reggie Melrose. The topic of the lecture was on brain development and, specifically, how cutting-edge neuroscience supports Waldorf theories. She was utterly fascinating and her insight into the developing brain was truly enlightening. I couldn’t believe our luck when she agreed to share her expertise withIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf – ‘Rhythm in the Home’.

I have the honor of introducing Nicole, from Frontier Dreams, today. When I asked Nicole to write a post for Discovering Waldorf, the first thing that came to my mind was how her life reflects the gentle rhythm of her home. She really seems to have worked out a clam flow to her family’s day.If you want to read more…click here