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Happy Summer Days

Oh, happy summer days :: there’s nothing better! Sunshine, flowers, mending, crafting, carrot juicing and… making milk bubble with straws because, well, why not?   The kids thought that making milky bubbles (by blowing into a bowl of milk with a straw) and then eating the bubbles was the greatest thing ever. Sometimes the simplestIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Mud Kitchen : Autumn Fun

One big truth I’ve learned in the last 10 years is that parenting is an ever changing role. What works for one child isn’t necessarily the answer for the other child. And even, what flows for one child now, isn’t necessarily the thing that’s going to flow for him in a week, a month, aIf you want to read more…click here

Building Forts

We have a place we have recently discovered called The Stump Pile. It is in a nearby forest. The crazy thing about this place is that it is a city dumping ground for logs and sticks… nothing else, just logs and sticks! There are huge piles of the most gorgeous logs and big heaps ofIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: Health Benefits to Playing in the Dirt

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 isIf you want to read more…click here

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

“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

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 :: Propositions of Play

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