Saturday, August 27, 2011

Vermicomposting

Today I bought red wigglers.




Our school year starts on Monday. We are doing the first great lesson (required for Montessori), sewing felt beanbags to use with our morning circle time, beginning form drawing and watercolor painting, making applesauce with the crab apples that grow locally, and starting a new topic for Hands which is Gardening. I am hoping to have a Gardening lesson every week on Fridays. This week's topic is setting up our classroom vermicomposting bin.

Our poems for circle time this week are "Here is a Tree" and "Five Little Soldiers," both from Eric Fairman's Path of Discovery volume 1 : grade 1.


Five Little Soldiers

Five little soldiers
Standing in a row
Theree stood straight
And two stood so

Along came the captain
And what do you think?
They all stood straight
As quick as a wink

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

900

My Yahoo Group hit 900 people today!

I am back from vacation (snorkeling, sailing, swimming, canoeing, fishing, and visiting the beautiful Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, New York) and made a small change to the pricing structure on the website. Instead of $30.00 every six months, I've changed the subscription fee to $45.00 for the school year. It does NOT auto-renew. I've also added a new option, which is Consulting. Many people have asked for email support during the school year so I have added a consulting option which provides this, a FREE subscription to the website so that you can download whatever you need, plus use of my lending library if you want to borrow a book and see it before you decide whether to buy it, and more!

I hope these new pricing options are convenient for people. I also accept money orders if you prefer not to use PayPal, and barter if you prefer to pay by way of some product that your family produces. I've received wonderful items this way, including a beautiful Waldorf doll, hand-knitted play kitchen food, a fairy dollhouse and set of flower fairies, and dress up costumes for my girls. My children are older now so I'm not in need of toys, but I still think that barter is a lovely option.

In a few days I'll be attending some Waldorf training for parents homeschooling in grades 5 & 6 so if you have any particular questions that you want me to ask at the workshop, I'd be happy to do so and pass on the responses.