Transitioning Rhythm

rhythm 2Sometimes it is hard to transition between the  musical improvisation of summer and the march of school year rhythm. The last couple of weeks of August become a jazz piece – with a steady beat but lots of improvisation thrown in.

I scramble to organize my calendar, school space, and household tasks. I make sure my school supplies and bookshelves are stocked, as well as checking the dresser drawers to see if they contain anything besides swimsuits and cover-ups.

When I was little – summer vacation ended and school began – changing everything about my day to day life in one swift swoop. It was exciting, but a little scary. Now, I slip from one rhythm to the next almost like embracing a new movement in the same symphony – a completely different tempo but carrying across the same motif.

Officially, we start our new rhythm the day after labor day – September 6th this year.

This is what I hope my new rhythm looks like:

Monday

8:00 – Wake, Brush Teeth, Get Dressed & Make Bed

8:15- 9:00 Mom coffee, Slow Cook Dinner, Sack lunches

9:00 Leave for Co-Op

10:30 – 11:30 Co-Op

11:30 – 12:30 Socialize & Lunch

12:30 – 5:00 Errands & Groceries (every other week)  Zoo (every other week)

5:30 – 6:30 Family Dinner

6:30 – 9:30 Church Home Group

9:30 Bible, Prayers & Lights Out

Tuesday – Thursday

8:00 – 9:00 Mom Coffee &  Bible Study

9:00 -9:30 Wake up, cuddle, Read-aloud in bed

9:30 – 9:45 Brush Teeth, Get Dressed & Make Bed

9:45 – 10:15 Breakfast & Dinner Prep

10:15 – 10:30 Trampoline

10:30 – 10:35 Candle Lighting & Memory Verse

10:35 – 10:50  Story Time

10:50 – 11:30 Circle Time

11:30 – 12:15 Art or Handwork

12:15  -12:45 Lunch

12:45 – 2:00 Household Chores

2:00 – 2:30 Snack

2:30 – 5:00 Health Club

5:00 – 6:00 Mom cook, Rose free-play

6:00  – 7:00 Family Dinner & Clean up

7:00 – 8:00 Free Time or Family Game TIme

8:00 – 8:15 Bedtime Snack,

8:15 – 8:40 Bath, Brush Teeth

8:40 – 9:00 Bible & Prayers

9:00 Lights Out – Bed

9:00 – 11:00 Mom – computer, reading, research and/or Mom & Dad time

Friday

8:00 – 9:00 Mom Coffee &  Bible Study

9:00 -9:30 Wake up, cuddle, Read-aloud in bed

9:30 – 9:45 Brush Teeth, Get Dressed & Make Bed

9:45 – 10:30 Breakfast, Sack lunch &  Dinner in Slow-Cooker

10:30 – 11:00 Household Chores

11:00 – 4:30 Forest Day

4:30 – 6:00 Free TIme

6:00 – 7:00 Dinner & Clean Up

7:00 – 8:00 Free Time or Family Game TIme

8:00 – 8:15 Bedtime Snack,

8:15 – 8:40 Bath, Brush Teeth

8:40 – 9:00 Bible & Prayers

9:00 Lights Out – Bed

9:00 – ? Mom & Dad time

Saturday

Sleep in as late as want

Extended Family Day

Family Field Trips

Free Time

Every other week – date night & babysitter

Sunday

9:00 Wake & Get ready for church, Mom

10:00 Breakfast & Lunch in Slow Cooker

10:30 – 12:30 Church

12:30 – 5:00 Extended Family

5:00 – 11:00 Mom’s much needed time alone, Dad’s turn with Rose

(Rabbit Trail: Notice I didn’t start early and we read aloud while cuddling in bed first. Being that neither Rose or I are morning people – I didn’t want to set us up for failure right off the bat. Also – I know that ART and HANDWORK should be separate events – but I also knew that if I pushed either back to after lunch – it wouldn’t get done. I also scheduled in flex time, driving time, and time away from Rose – for my own sanity.)

That’s my September march. My August jazz improv looks more like this:

rhythm 1Tuesday – Thursday

8:00 – 9:00 Mom Coffee &  Bible Study

9:00 -9:30 Wake up, cuddle, Read-aloud in bed

9:30 – 9:45 Brush Teeth, Get Dressed & Make Bed

9:45 – 10:15 Breakfast & Dinner Prep (That’s a crescendo from sleeping as long as possible every day)

10:15am – 8:00 pm Cut technology back to one hour a day for Rose: Free play; Run around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to do all the organization that I should have been doing all summer: Swim – don’t forget there are still swim days left in the year – so trying to take advantage! 

8:00 – 8:15 Bedtime Snack (I have three weeks to re-establish the bedtime routine we threw out the window when the days were long and nights were warm)

8:15 – 8:40 Bath, Brush Teeth

8:40 – 9:00 Bible & Prayers

9:00 Lights Out – Bed

9:00 – 11:00 Mom – computer, reading, research and/or Mom & Dad time

Night Dance

So – I’m trying to start and end the day with the new rhythm – with total improve in the middle. As the days grow cooler and the march approaches – I can feel the excitement in my bones. My dance step is changing as I anticipate the andante days of summer turning into the allegro of a new school year.

What does you school year rhythm look like? What do you do to transition from summer?

 

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Spring Rhythm

We’re walking to a slightly faster beat than we did last semester. Here’s our new weekly rhythm:

Weekly

Mom Time

Breakfast

Walk Dogs

Circle Time

Daily Chores

Snack

Art

Monday: Wet-on-Wet Painting

Tuesday: Clay/Modeling

Wednesday: Drawing

Thursday: Nature Craft

Friday: Seasonal or Holiday Craft

Fairy tale Story time

Lunch

Bible Study (Drawing pictures from Psalms)

Daily Focus

Monday: Farmers Market

Tuesday: Cooking

Wednesday: Handcrafts

Thursday: Outside

Friday: Gardening

Snack

Outside Free play

Dinner

Family time

Yoga

Snack

Bath

Read Aloud

Prayer

Bed

Mom and Dad Time

Mom daughter forest

Forest Day

*Every Thursday is Forest Day – We drive to a nearby forest after breakfast and spend the day. We do circle time, crafts, story time, lunch, and Bible study outside. We also have lots of free time to explore, collect, and play.

Night Dance

Circle Time (6 Week each)

January – Mid February: Dragons

Mid February – March: Fairies

April – Mid May: Mermaids

Daily Chores

Clean one room a day, as well as general pick up. Rose helps with the cleaning.

Fairy Tales (3 weeks each)

Dragon Theme: The Dragon of Ghent, The Reluctant Dragon

Fairy Theme: The Fairies, Sleeping Beauty

Mermaid Theme: The Little Mermaid, The Golden Mermaid

*Fairy tales are modified to be age appropriate, but as close to original as possible.

Justification 4

Read Aloud Books

Dragon Theme: Chapter Book –My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett,  Picture Books – The Land of Long Ago by Elsa Beskow, The Knight and the Dragon by  Tomie dePaola

Fairy Theme: Chapter Book – The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz, Poetry/Picture Book – If You See a Fairy Ring: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Poems Illustrated by Susanna Lockheart

 Mermaid Theme: Chapter Book – Mermaid Magic by Gwyneth Rees, Picture Books: Mermaid and the Shoe by K.G. Campbell, Can You Catch a mermaid? by Jane Ray
What does your Spring semester look like?

 

 

 

 

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

God Created Rhythm

Reading

Rhythm is the routine of living – learning, sleeping, eating, working, playing, celebrating.

Rhythm is natural because it was created by God.

God marked days and nights.“And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.”  Gen 1: 3-5

God created the earth in six days, rested, set some days as holy (which means set apart).“For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” Exodus 20:11

God controls the seasons.“He changes times and seasons;God instituted celebrations. “ Daniel 2:21

God ordained celebrations.The Bible is full of celebration. The biblical God loves a celebration: feasting, rituals, uniting with family and community was mandated by God.

Living and teaching with a yearly, seasonally, weekly and daily rhythm is good because it connects us to  God Himself.

Rhythm is the baseline of Waldorf-inspired education.

Children crave rhythm. How many times can you read the same book, tell the same story, or sing the same song to your child?

When a child witnesses leaves falling off of a tree, the tree laced with snow, the new leaf buds, and the green canopy overhead, he is experiencing God’s rhythm in nature. Going along with that rhythm, in as to how and what to teach at various times of the year, only seams natural and logical.

Daily rhythm helps a child feel secure because they know what to expect. Most parenting books will tell you the importance of a nighttime routine aids in the sleep process. But when rhythm sloshed from a simple bedtime ritual into the sunlight, I saw many of Rose’s anxieties wean, and she developed a greater sense of peace and security.

Create an external rhythm, is helping her create a greater internal rhythm. And the nee for discipline has decreased. I believe this is because many of her discipline problems stemmed from stress, not knowing what was expected, lack of sleep, and over-stimulation. Many of these issues are eliminated by balancing the daily rhythm in our home.

I’ve also noticed a heightened expectation around holidays and birthdays. When we do the same thing from year to year, there is excitement in the preparation, and peace in the presentation.

Ultimately creating rhythm in our family’s life and in education process has brought about greater peace and joy.