Kinder Rhythm & Verse

Daily Rhythm

2015

Mom – Inner Work: Bible Study

Breakfast & Bible Memory

Storytelling While Cleaning

Outdoor Work & Play

Lunch & Bible Memory

Daily Focus

Family time

Yoga

Bath

Bible Story, Prayer & Rose Bed

Morning Song

This is the Day by Pace by Joseph W. Ii.

This is the day, this is the day.
That the Lord has made, that the Lord has made.
We will rejoice, we will rejoice,
And be glad in it, and be glad in it.
This is the day that the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
This is the day, this is the day
That the Lord has made

Memory Verse 

 Said at all meal times before prayer – until memorized

O Lord, our Lord,

how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.

Out of the mouth of babies and infants,

you have established strength because of your foes,

to still the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,

the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,

what is man that you are mindful of him,

and the son of man that you care for him?

Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings

and crowned him with glory and honor.

You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;

you have put all things under his feet,

all sheep and oxen,

and also the beasts of the field,

the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,

whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Lord,

how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Psalm 8

Chores

Daily Cleaning

Clean up, Clean up

Everybody, everywhere

Clean up, Clean up

Everybody do your share

When we clean up

We have some space

For prancing and playing all day

http://themysticalkingdom.blogspot.com/2009/04/tidying-up-verses.html

Story telling while Cleaning:

September:

Black Sambo

http://www.mainlesson.com/display.php?author=lmr&book=k1rainbow&story=sambo

October:

Little Red Hen

https://www.gutenberg.org/files/18735/18735-h/1

November:

Little Red Riding Hood

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2591/2591-h/2591-h.htm#link2H_4_0023

December:

Gingerbread Man

https://www.gutenberg.org/files/25877/25877-h/25877-h.htm

January:

Stone Soup

http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type1548.html#hunter

February:

The Fairy

https://www.gutenberg.org/files/29021/29021-h/29021-h.htm#The_Fairy

March:

Elves and the shoemaker

https://www.gutenberg.org/files/2591/2591-h/2591-h.htm#link2H_4_0041

April:

Princess and the Pea

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/27200/27200-h/27200-h.htm#princess

May:

The Musicians of Bremen/ The Bremen Town Musicians https://www.gutenberg.org/files/19734/19734-h/19734

laundry

Daily Laundry

Corner to corner
Meet and greet
Fold our cloth so nice and neat!

http://blog.bellalunatoys.com/2014/waldorf-verses-songs-for-children.html

Outdoor Purposeful Work

Outdoor play

Seasonal Verses:

Summer:

We are the sunshine fairies
And with our sparks of light
We shimmer and glimmer in the air
Hugging flowers with colors so bright

http://themysticalkingdom.blogspot.com/2010/06/summer-verses-and-circle.html

Fall:

Like a leaf or a feather
In the windy Autumn weather
We twirl a-round and twirl a-round
And all float down to-gether.

https://oranaplaygroup.wordpress.com/2013/02/03/seasonal-songs-windy/

Winter:

Furry bear

If I were a bear,

And a big bear too,

I shouldn’t much care

If it froze or snew:

I shouldn’t much mind

If it snowed or friz-

I’d be all fur-lined

With a coat like his!

A.A. Milne

 

Spring:

Spring is coming, spring is coming,
birdies build your nests.
Weave together straw and feather,
doing each your best.

Spring is coming spring is coming,
flowers are waking too.
Daisies, lilies, daffodillies,
all are coming through.

Spring is coming, Spring is coming,
all around is fair.
Shiver, quiver, on the river
joy is everywhere!

http://waldorfmama.typepad.com/waldorf_mama/2009/04/spring-is-coming.html

                                                       Daily BathBath

Bible and PrayerDaily Bible, Prayer & Bed

Read: The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name –

by Sally Lloyd-Jones

http://www.amazon.com/The-Jesus-Storybook-Bible-Whispers/dp/0310708257


White Day (Sunday) Church & Rest Day

Rest Day


Red Day (Monday) – Day Out

Day Out


Orange Day (Tuesday) – Cooking Day

cooking Day

Bless the food that I now take,
Bless my hands that I may make
Something good to cook or bake.

from A Child’s Seasonal Treasury, page 30 http://themysticalkingdom.blogspot.com/

First we add the flour
then we add the yeast
next we add some warm water
and mix it up like this

Now let’s make a nice round ball
squish and squash like that
knead and knead again

http://themysticalkingdom.blogspot.com/2009/04/special-verses-for-kneading-dough.html


Yellow  Day (Wednesday)  – Painting Day

Painting Day

Story from Simple Homeschooling: 

“One morning, Tippy Brush woke up and looked outside his bedroom window. It was a crisp autumn morning. As he looked outside his window, he saw bright red leaves falling from the maple tree and blowing in the wind, filling the sky with their color. ‘Oh, I want to play with red today!’ he thought.

So Tippy jumped out of bed, but before he went outside, he had a nice foot bath…

[Here I would demonstrate rinsing the bristles clean in the jar of water]

…and dried his feet clean with his towel [the rag]. Then Tippy ran outside and cried, “Good morning, Red! I’ve come to play with you!”

[At this point Tippy (my brush) dips his “toes” (the bristles) in the red paint.]

The red leaves were happy to have a playmate, and Tippy joyfully danced among the falling red leaves, until there were piles of bright red leaves all around.”

http://simplehomeschool.net/painting-wet-on-wet-waldorf-watercolors-for-children/#sthash.c7S7ACrH.dpuf


Green Day– (Thursday) – Forest Day

forest day

Read: Winnie the Pooh & The House at Pooh Corner

Verse: 1 Chronicles 16:33 “Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the LORD”

Song (different stanzas different weeks):

 All things bright and beautiful 

Refrain:
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flow’r that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.

The purple-headed mountains,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning
That brightens up the sky.

The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.

The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
To gather every day.

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

Cecil F. Alexander


Blue Day (Friday) – Handwork Day

handwork

May our fingers be nimble,
And our hearts be glad,
In every task we do.

http://themysticalkingdom.blogspot.com/2009/04/great-collection-of-waldorf-verses-part_7834.html


Purple Day (Saturday)  – Extended Family Day

Extended Family

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Whistle While You Work

Work is Good. In the beginning, God made man. He put him in the Garden of Eden and gave him work to do. “The LorMeaningful workd God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” (Genesis 2:15)

Man was given work BEFORE sin entered the world. Man was created to find purpose through work. Work is not a result of sin, work is good and perfect.

I believe sin distorted the concept of work. One of God’s punishments for Adam’s disobedience was that there would now be toil in the work. The work would now be hard. And somehow man interpreted it as work itself is part of the punishment for evil.

God is glorified when we work – because that is what He designed us to do.

The Bible tells us to work, to work with a good attitude, and to work for the Lord and not for man.

“Whatever your hands find to do, do it with your might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10

“Do all things without grumbling or disputing.” (Philippians 2:4)

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for man.” (Colossians 3:23)

If we were designed to work – shouldn’t we teach our children to do so?

Waldorf is a big proponent of “purposeful work” – especially for early education, but I believe it should run throughout.

What is purposeful work and how is it accomplished?

The idea is that teachers, in homeschoolers case parents, keep busy working, so the children can imitate and work along side. When indoors, parents can cook, wash dishes, dust, sweep, do laundry, mend clothes, etc. Outdoors, parents can weed, rack, garden. According to Rudolph Steiner simply watching adults work is bendficial to a child’s development. “If before the seventh year children see only foolish actions in their surroundings, the brain will assume the forms that adapt it to foolishness in later life.” (“The Role of Purposeful Work in a Waldorf Kindergarten” http://www.waldorflibrary.org/articles/736-the-role-of-purposeful-work-in-a-waldorf-kindergarten)

As I researched, I read a wide array of ways teachers accomplish purposeful work. I have to admit I found some to be outright funny. Carving a spoon, to me is not purposeful work – washing, drying and putting a store bought one in the drawer is. Carving a spoon is at best handwork, a craft project – but purposeful work it is not. I  have also read that “purposeful work” is living like it was 1950 – washing clothes and dishes by hand, etc. But for those of us living in the 21st Century – it is not overly purposeful, unless your purpose is to live off the grid – in which case you are probably not reading this blog.

To me, purposeful work is doing the things that need to be done to live NOW – cooking, cleaning, laundry, car repair, yard work, caring for animals. Seriously – I have enough to do without creating more work for myself. I personally have no objection to a washer and dryer and gasp – a dishwasher.

Working 2

Children develop in multiple ways when they engage in purposeful work – physical, mental, character, social and spiritual.

Physical – Sweeping, racking, pulling weed all take muscles. What you can’t see is many of the of these movements also develop right left brain connection through cross-over movement.

Mental – Kids can learn problem solving through figuring out which is the flower and which is the weed. They also learn pay attention to detail as they wash a dish and examine it to see whether there is still food stuck on it.

Character – – “Research indicates that those children who do have a set of chores have higher self-esteem, are more responsible, and are better able to deal with frustration and delayed gratification.(http://centerforparentingeducation.org/library-of-articles/responsibility-and-chores/part-i-benefits-of-chores/#benefits)

Social – When kids work along side their parents and siblings they see themselves as being an intricate part of the family unit and to society. They can be proud of being a  contributing member of a group.

Spiritually – If we teach our kids to “work as unto the Lord” they are connecting to their Creator as He designed them to be.

Work is good. Work is good for kids.

Have have you incorporated purposeful work into your daily rhythm?