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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Waldorf is Lovely

LovelyFinally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8)

As Christians, we are to fill our minds with beauty. Waldorf education is beautiful – just google image it. The lazure walls, the play silks, wet -on-wet painting, natural toys, outdoor play and gardening, verse recitation, music, and dance all surround the child with things that are pure, lovely, excellent, and worthy of praise.

Let’s take a look at some of the elements of a Waldorf education from a Biblical point of view.


Verse

VERSE Walter Crane

The Bible says, “Take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5)

You’ve heard the saying “Garbage in, garbage out.” What children fill their mind with is what will come out in their habits and character. Freya Jafke wrote for International Waldorf Kindergarten Association, “Human speech surrounds the newborn child from its first day. It creates an atmosphere permeated with spirit into which the child “breathes himself.” The child imitates, listens, absorbs and at the same time forms himself.”

The use of verse fills a child’s mind with those things which are worthy of thought.

God commands that we memorize His Words, and keep them with us. “Lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul.” (Deuteronomy 11:18)

By mixing beautiful verse and Bible verse throughout the day – day in and day out – we are helping Children take control of their thought, which will eventually build their character and be the basis of their decisions.


Music

Music

In early education, vocal song, verse and directions are interwoven throughout the day. The Bible states that we should, “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.” (Ephesians 5:19) According the The Well Balanced Child, by Sally Goddard Blythe, “Singing is particularly powerful in entertaining the listening and voicing skills which underlie spoken and written language.” Learning vowels and consonants a well as developing the memory are important outcomes of music.

But the importance of music is even deeper. It touches the soul. God created us to be instruments of His praise. From Genesis to Revelation, music runs throughout.

Making musical instruments was one of the first professions in the Bible – recorded right after the account of Adam and Eve. “His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe. Zillah also bore Tubal-cain; he was the forger of all instruments of bronze and iron.” (Genesis 4:21 – 22)

In early Hebrew history the musicians were charged with being in front of the army. God’s praise preceded the battle, which God had already declared victory over. (Read 2 Chronicles 20)

The Psalms are songs written for the purpose of magnifying God through verses covering every aspect of life.

As teacher parents, our ultimate example is to be like our Heavenly Father – and HE SINGS OVER US!

“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. he will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 2:17)


Dance/Movement

Night Dance

Waldorf believe that there is a clear connection between dance and movement and brain development – with much scientific proof to back it up. It is used in eurythmy to enhance speech and it is used in recitation to memorize. Let’s be practical, anyone working with small children knows that working with the wiggles is so much easier than containing them.

Like music, dance is a bodily expression of the soul. Sprinkled throughout the Bible are passages about praising God through dance.

“Let them praise His name with dancing.” (Psalm 149:3)

“David danced before the Lord with all his might.” (2 Samuel 6:14)

“Praise Him with tambourine and dance.” Psalm 150:4


Art

Painting

God is the Greatest Artist. The Creator. Psalm 8 describe the earth as “the work of His fingers.” Not only did God create, but He was the first art critic. After each day of creation, He evaluated his masterpiece and said, “It is good.” Psalm 104:31 states, “The Lord rejoices in His works.”

Humanists have stated that from the beginning of man, art has been an integral part of human nature. The Bible tells us why. God created man in His own image. God is the great artist, and we were created to reflect His character.

God also commissioned artists. After Moses lead the people out of Egypt, the Lord tells Moses to have a man named Bezalel artistically design a temple. Not only did He commission him, but God states, “I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft.” (Exodus 31:3 – 5)

God delights in the creativity and artistic expression of His people. Thus, as Christian educators, why would we neglect such an important aspect of who God designed us to be?


In conclusion, I believe Waldorf methodology can be ued successfully to teach kids to glorify God. In doing so, we must evaluate everything we teach by Philippians 4:8:

Is it true? Is it Biblical, since this is the measuring stick for truth?

Is it honorable?

Is it just?

Is it pure?

Is it lovely?

Is it commendable?

Is it excellent?

Is it worthy of praise?

If the answer is yes, fill the kid’s minds to the brim with it – so there is no room for junk.