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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Winding strings and other silly things

For Raven's 6th birthday we wound and wrapped and wrapped and wound. These small movements with the hands are known to help condition the fine motor skills for writing. The kids didn't notice that they were actually practicing for writing - they were just having fun winding up spider webs of yarn and wrapping mummies large and small. A fine trait of the Waldorf aesthetic is to mask the "work" of children through their play. It's a fine laced web not seen by the children that the teachers educate through. This was an attempt to incorporate this idea into birthday party fun.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Thursday, March 20, 2008

A tisket a tasket!

There is so much beauty to be discovered inside a Waldorf Kindergarten classroom. The atmosphere is so warm and nurturing with all the surrounding natural colors and textures.

The teachers give so much love and attention to detail to their rooms, everything so neat and tidy.

"I saw a little dusty gnome. He said it's time to clean our home." Ms. Jennifer sings, when it's time for the children to tidy up.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Role Model

Each week Ms. Jennifer invites a helper from the Rose Kindergarten to assist with the snack time in her Chickadee Parent-Tot-Class, while the parents have their parenting discussion in the room next door. This week was Emerson's turn to be the helper. I peaked out to catch a glimpse of him taking on his role of "lentil soup server" very seriously. At the same time, I overheard his younger brother, Tate, exclaiming proudly to his friends at the table "this is my brother, he's bigger than all of you".

Thursday, March 13, 2008


"Not only are we part of a wonderful, creative, and imaginative school, we've also found a warm community of like-minded parents: who care not just about good academic standards but want their children to grow into happy, well adjusted adults with a life-long love of learning!"


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Tooth Fairy's first visit

Raven lost his first tooth at school yesterday - his friend Emerson kindly offered to pull it out. He's been anticipating this event for quite sometime, as his friends have all started to lose their teeth as well.  It is believed that the loss of teeth, amongst other physical and emotional changes in children from 5-7 years of age, is an indicator that children are ending a physical cycle which started in their mother's womb. This is a period of rapid physical growth that should be fostered with imaginary play and nurturing of the body through wholesome food, plenty of rest, and warmth.   As Raven starts making his way into the next cycle of life, he is ready for an environment that requires more concentration and less physicalness.  The Waldorf philosophy respects this development by introducing academics in the first grade.

Tavin and Cam build a "base"

"Children over-scheduled with structured activities are missing the chance they have to dream, to fantasize, to make their own work the way the want it. That, to me is a very important part of childhood"

Dr. T Berry Brazelton

Monday, March 10, 2008

lunch time

The children carry their lunches in baskets with cloth napkins. Parents are urged to pack healthy and whole foods in reusable containers. Lunch scraps are taken out back to the compost pile.  

Growing grass for easter baskets

Through seasonal festivals, stories, plays, and nature table scenes the children learn the rhythm of the earth. Instilling a deep connection to the natural world creates a deep respect for Mother Earth.

"...the seeds of reverence and gratitude are being  sown."

Freya Jaffke

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Birthday celebrations

"We wish you a Happy Birthday
A joyous and celebrated Birthday
To our dear Camden
May he have a joy filled life".

-Waldorf Birthday song

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Toothless Tavi loves his sister!

I had hoped that the boys would love having a baby sister, but never expected such adoration. Tavin cannot keep his hands off her and she revels in the attention. I have to attribute something to the fact that he has so many younger girls in his class. He will make a wonderful husband and father some day:)