Discovering Waldorf : 14 Easy Ways to Bring Waldorf into your Home

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I enjoyed reading this article from Victoria Fedden on 14 easy ways to bring Waldorf into your home.   14 Easy Ways To Bring Waldorf Into Your Home     Here’s a tutorial on how to make these gorgeous Waldorf Origami Stars. If you want more information on Waldorf Education, please visit my Waldorf PageIf you want to read more…click here

Protecting our children and what to do when inappropriate content filters through.

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Yesterday, I shared about how messy parenting can be in my post ‘Every Day, All Day and All Night… I am a Mother‘ – and how we, as parents, are always on call. Even when we are tired, sick or in a bad mood… our children need us. And this is a beautiful thing… onlyIf 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

Natural Toys : 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

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

Seasonal Crafting

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Have you visited my ‘Seasonal Crafts’ tab in the navigation bar above? It’s a super resource for crafting by the season. Click on the heading to be taken to the year-by-season page. You can also visit a particular season by clicking on it in the drop down menu. Easy to find what you are lookingIf you want to read more…click here

Harvest Faire : Mapel Village Waldorf School

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On Saturday, our Maple Village Waldorf School had the most delightful Harvest Faire. It was such a magical experience for the children as they toured the interactive Medieval Village put on by the families of the school. The village had a peasant farmer, a miller, a baker, a candle maker, a blacksmith, Gemfolk, a spinner,If you want to read more…click here

Kitty’s Drawing

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I want to record some of Kitty’s recent drawings for prosperity. She continues to amaze me -her raw talent… but also the amount of work she puts into her art. She draws for hours each day; she practices endlessly. The ipad has been marvelous for her as it allows her to research a subject matterIf 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

Friday’s Nature Table

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Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table where we share our nature-inspired activities and creations. Here’s such a fun link from last week… a ‘Forest School Birthday Party‘ in the woods! If you’d like your link to be featured next week, be sure to link back to The Magic Onions somewhere on your blog. Can’t wait toIf 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

Educating Children for the Future :: Discovering Waldorf

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Jack Petrash, is a Waldorf teacher. He has over 30 years of classroom experience. Our world is changing at a rapid and dramatic pace. Every decade brings technological advances and unforeseen social change. So how can we prepare our children for a world we can’t envision? Here’s Jack’s answer… If you are interested in findingIf you want to read more…click here

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

Friday’s Nature Table

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Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table where we share our nature inspired activities and creations. Each week, I feature a link from the week before… Kitty and I fell in love with this sweet Nature Table from Maaike… And, I’m definitely going to make this yummy granola from We Bloom Here… If you’d like your linkIf 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

Friday’s Nature Table

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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 :: 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

Discovering Waldorf – Getting Started With Waldorf Homeschooling + Giveaway!

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Donn Ashton from The Waldorf Connection is here to answer our questions on getting started with Waldorf Homeschooling. And she has a GIVEAWAY for one of us too… one lucky reader will get a free subscription to Donna’s Waldorf U  Online Series – The step-by-step course that shows you how to understand Waldorf Education ,If 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

The Gift of Unscheduled Time

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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

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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

Friday’s Nature Table

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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 :: 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

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

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

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 :: 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

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

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 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

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

Waldorf Knitted Story Blanket Playscape

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I can’t bring you Friday’s Nature Table today… why? Because I can’t wait a moment longer to show you the knitted Waldorf story blanket we made to raffle off at our Harvest Faire on Saturday. Just look at it… isn’t it quite the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen!! It is a Maple Village traditionIf 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 :: Waldorf and Neuroscience

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I had the pleasure of attending a lecture given last night by Ruth Ker, a well known Waldorf Early Childhood expert and author. It was a brilliant talk which left me inspired and motivated. Upon leaving the lecture hall at the end of her talk, Ruth handed out informational material. When I looked down atIf 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 :: Modeling In Waldorf Education

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With the kids home for the Summer and being around them all day (or rather, them being around meall day) it has amazed me (once again) how they imitate what I do. Modeling what they see is such a huge part of how they learn. With certain things, I can tell them what to doIf you want to read more…click here

The Role of Media in Our Home.

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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

The Importance of Community.

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Living simply in a city is not always easy. We live in Long Beach which is a city in the heart of the Los Angeles/San Diego metropolis. Living simply is certainly not the default way city people go about their lives. In this concrete jungle we often have to re-evaluate the way we do thingsIf you want to read more…click here

Learning Math with Gumnuts :: Second Grade

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I love Waldorf education so! Kitty is in Second Grade. One day a week, her class has ‘outside school’. The children and their wonderful teachers start the day with a 20 minute walk to a local park. The rest of their school day is spent having their lessons under the sky, amongst the trees, squirrelsIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf – “The Grain of the Day”

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(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 ) Today, I welcome my good friend Laura from the blog Crooked MoonIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf – “Eurythmy”

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Please welcome wonderful Carrie from The Parenting Passageway. I asked Carrie to write about Eurythmy as I am completely unfamiliar with what it is, why it is important to development and how one learns how to do it and teach it. Thank you, Carrie, for explaining all of these questions in this great article… *If you want to read more…click here

Our May Faire

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We held our May Faire on Saturday. It was a wonderful success, a day of smiles and laughter and dancing, a fitting climax to hours of thought, planning and hard work. My family was in charge of the terrarium craft and making the May Pole. Both turned out splendidly. Here is K helping me paintIf you want to read more…click here