This is an amazing resource; definitely something to bookmark on your computer if you're interested in pursuing a study of anthroposophy further!
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
- 1. FREE - Read The Education of the Child in the Light of Anthroposophy by Rudolf Steiner. This will explain WHY the kindergarten curriculum is the way it is. If you don't like what he has to say, stop here. Waldorf isn't a good fit for your family. May as well get that figured out right off the bat!
2. FREE - Join the Waldorf Today weekly newsletter. Join Suzanne Down's Juniper Tree Puppets monthly newsletter. Join Marsha Johnson's waldorfhomeeducators Yahoo group. She has a lot of helpful files and concrete advice.
- 3. FREE - Read back issues of the Waldorf Clearing House Newsletter -- a newsletter TO and FROM Waldorf teachers. Spring 1978 focused on preschool/kindy. What you'll find there is what you would find in any authentic Waldorf curriculum for that age. NO day to day specific suggestions. NO lesson plans.
4. If you want some more specific suggestions on what to do with your child, this is where I recommend some titles.
If you can go a little higher than that, and you want more support for creating rhythms (both daily rhythms and seasonal rhythms), I suggest adding on:
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
The first thing I thought of with this book is how cool it would be to do papermaking with vegetables with the kids (The Gourmet Paper Maker by Ellaraine Lockie comes to mind) and then have a special display in the library of great picture books about vegetables. Or, if you're a homeschooler, you could go to the library and ask the librarian for recommendations and check out a whole bunch of books.
Here's a start to a list like that; feel free to share!
More thoughts (and if I spend an hour being inspired by every book in my box, I'll never get my homework done in time...)
Her website is here: http://www.aprilsayre.com.
She also did a companion book on fruits called Go, Go, Grapes!: A Fruit Chant
This would be fun for older kids to go into art lessons like watercolor paintings or sketching veggies. We are doing a residency with a local artist as part of our Local Lunches cooking lessons where we photograph the produce and then will make oversized paintings that celebrate their colors and textures. This book is a great intro to a concept like that! Someone also does funny art where veggies are made into animals... I have to see if I can find it. Ah! Here it is.
Of course, then you could always go in the direction of Renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo...
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Wilfrid Swancourt Bronson also wrote lots of other well-researched and accessible books, including volumes on Cats, Goats, Coyotes, Grasshoppers, and Ants.