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Dangling Off the Cliff by Amber Hellewell

  This post is for those of you who are dangling off the edge of the parenting and homeschooling cliff; you may be feeling exhausted, alone, frustrated, angry, depressed or just plain worn down by the pressures of life. The cliff feels enormous, your shoulders are aching from the over-sized backpack you are carrying… the sun is beating on your back… you are sweating,
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Spring Song Book!

We are happy to bring you our newest pentatonic song book!  This one is full of Spring.  Below is a sample from the book and a link to it in our store   Blessings! Super Sam and the Snail  It was a crisp spring morning and Super Sam opened his eyes excited to work. He had been asked by Hummus,  the head garden gnome
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The truth about inner work…

I am going to try not to make this book length, but this topic takes more than a few lines to tackle so stick with me I get a lot of requests for a more secular approach to Waldorf or ways to use our curriculum in a more secular way.  In the years that I have been working with Waldorf families, I have found
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Beginning zoology… (from the archives)

From the archives, October 2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ To start the zoology block for grade four, it can be helpful to discuss the differences between a rock, a seed/plant and then an animal.  I like to let this unfold by asking questions like “What is this rock? how is it different from the seed?”  Once they understand the line of questioning, it is easy to pick
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Nature tables and the new year, Brigid (From the Archives)

        From the Archives, January 2010 Like many mothers of older children, I have found the nature table begins to shift from being something they actively participate in to something that might get forgotten to something that you remember and then revive on your own.  One of my goals this year was to have more excitement about it so that it
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This Year I Will (From the Archives)

From the Archives, February 2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Here I sit… my house is quiet. Candles are lit. I am breaking one of my own rules.  The rule of getting in bed early. I have an excuse.  Candlemas is my birthday. I know that I have four children eager to make me breakfast in bed come morning and if I go to bed on time then
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I got out of the car yesterday, after spending the morning at the beach, reflecting on dreams. What does it mean to have them and more importantly what does it mean to follow them.  January is a weird month. Christmas is over and it is time to get back to living life, but this for many of us just feel off. We work with
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Happy Holidays + Stuff

We have been busy getting used to the holidays without snow… let me tell you just how hard it is! NOT.  We are loving our new space and working hard to make green grass and palm trees feel as festive as our familiar snow and sleds.  We have Jacob here for a visit for a few more days and we thought it would be
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Excerpt: Main Lesson Crash Course

This is an excerpt from our Thinking Feeling Willing program. The biggest question I tend to get with regards to the main lesson is “HOW???” **PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE DISCUSSING GRADE 1 AND UP. THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO KINDERGARTEN.** Being attracted to Waldorf’s beautiful lessons is a great place to fall in love, but then there is often a gap in translating
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Creating a Home of Order and Beauty: Part Four

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Creating a Home of Order and Beauty

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Creating a Home of Order and Beauty  Organizing and Cleaning Your Family Room- Creating a Space that is Multifunctional By Amber Hellewell For this session you will need: pen, paper, duster, rag and wood polish, window cleaner, vacuum, bins and baskets, bags or containers for: Trash, Donate, Giveaway/Sell, Other Room I know for many
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