Rhythm of Grace K6 Sample

 

Here is a sample of a day in the curriculum for Rhythm of Grace K6 Curriculum -this day comes from January.

I. Light Candle & Recite Psalm 8 

II. Storytelling

Parent-Teacher tells story “Runaway Shadow” by L. Frank Baum with props, add more Spanish words to replace the English ones in the story. 

  1. Winter – invierno
  2. Snow – nieve
  3. Cold – frio
  4. Itś cold – Hace frio
  5. Iḿ cold – Tengo frio
  6. The prince is cold – El príncipe es frío
  7. Shadow – Sombra

III.  January Circle Time

Hear the sledges with the bells – March with bells

Silver bells! Shake bells as march

What a world of merriment their melody foretells!

How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle, Shake one each side of body

In the icy air of night! While marching

While the stars that oversprinkle Shake on each side of head

All the heavens, seem to twinkle while marching

With a crystalline delight; Shake on sides of body

Keeping time, time, time, while marching

In a sort of Runic rhyme,

To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells       Stop marching – shake at

From the bells, bells, bells, bells, Feet,Knees,hips waist

Bells, bells, bells- Shoulders, ears, overhead

From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells. Shake overhead

 

It’s the coldest day of the winter – King Winter’s Birthday! Speak

 

¡Qué felicidad, el invierno llegó! Arms out – spin around

¡Qué contento estoy pues no tengo frío hoy!

Ropa muy gruesa me he puesto yo, Touch toes, touch neck

botas, bufanda y abrigo de lana. Wrap arms around body

Las florecitas secas están, Arms over head like flow – droop

Over to  floor

los pajaritos emigraron ya. Fly like bird around circle

Porque el sol no ha salido, Hold arm in circle above head

ya no ha salido, Bend waist – sun toward ground-

Roll sun right    

ya no ha salido Roll sun left

MÁS. Roll sun middle of legs

 

What bliss! Winter has come! Arms out – spin around

How glad I am, for I’m not cold today!

 

Jack Frost’s playing pranks to his heart’s content – nipping ears and noses, pinching toes and fingers

 

Use a large white silkie (preferably long and skinny like a long scarf – throughout the song, run, jump, twirl – pretending the  scarf is snow covering the ground)  

Little Jack Frost tripped ’round and ’round

Spreading much snow on the frozen ground,

Nipping the breezes, icing the streams,

Chillin the warmth of the sun’s bright beams. Scarf down on ground in heap

“I’ll freeze their shadow” Jack laughed

 

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,   Go in and out

And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.   

He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head; Touch head & toes

And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.     Jump

The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow—   “Grow” slowly

Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;     

For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball, “Grow fast”

And he sometimes gets so little that there’s none of him at all. Grow small

He hasn’t got a notion of how children ought to play,                 Patty-Cake

And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.     

He stays so close beside me, Move close

he’s a coward you can see;

I’d think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!  

One morning, very early, before the sun was up, Sun over head

I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup; “Pick” flowers

But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head, Rest head on hands
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed. 

 

(Finish out circle time)

Only with his shadow back could Prince become a King.

The world is so full of a number of things

I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings 

 

Circle TIme is over, Candle’s almost gone

Blow it out so gently, let’s finish with our song

 

All things bright and beautiful,

All creatures great and small,

All things wise and wonderful,

The Lord God made them all.

The cold wind in the winter,

the pleasant summer sun,

the ripe fruits in the garden,

he made them every one.

He gave us eyes to see them,

and lips that we might tell

how great is God Almighty,

who has made all things well. 

IV. Art/Modeling

Play-dough

Play Antonio Vivaldi, “Winter” 1st Movement from Four Seasons as you play with play-dough.

V. Read Aloud

Winter Story (Brambly Hedge) by Jill Barklem

VI. Handwork: (Cashmere) Quilt for baby doll

Supplies

  • 3 or 4 100% wool sweaters (preferably cashmere)
  • Embroidery thread in contrasting color to sweaters
  • Large embroidery needle

Preparation for Parent-Teacher

  • Pick up 3 or 4 100% wool sweaters at the thrift store – cashmere is the best because it is the softest, but other wools will work.
  • Wash the sweaters on the hot cycle of the washer machine. Dry in dryer. You want them to shrink as much as they are going to.
  • Cut the sweaters to quilt squares.
    • Cut off sleeves (use these later for leg warmers)
    • Cut off collar and button band
    • Cut at seams
    • You can leave the ribbing or not depending on how you want the quilt to look and feel
    • Make 5X5 inch squares.
    • Don’t worry about small holes. You can patch these with a small square of fabric and the quilt looks even better.

Teach Child how to hand sew

  1. Practice on two pieces of leftover sweater fabric before beginning quilt.
  2. Thread the needle – (do not separate out the embroidery thread – use its full strands)
  3. Tie a knot at the end of the tread.
  4. Place the two pieces of fabric together
  5. Put the needle through both pieces.
  6. Go back to the first piece (the one you originally put the need through) about two fingers away from the first stitch.
  7. Put the needle and thread back through both pieces of fabric.
  8. Continue sewing until the two fabrics are sewn together.

Making the Doll Quilt

  1. Your quilt will be either 3 by 3 (15 square inches) or 4 by 4 (20 square inches)
  2. Allow your child to arrange the quilt squares any way they so choose.
  3. Take a picture (you don’t have to leave the squares out to remember the order)
  4. You are first going to make 3 (or 4) rows across
    1. Start by sewing the first two squares together
    2. Sew the third one onto the same row (the forth if doing four)
    3. Sew the next row
    4. Sew the third row
  5. Sew the rows together
    1. Sew row one to row two (Parent-Teacher – it helps if you sew one or two stitches into each of the hem lines – this keeps the quilt straight while sewing)
    2. Sew the next to the two rows
    3. Sew the third (and forth) to those
  6. Use scissors to cut off any loose threads.

Parent-Teacher

While your child is sewing the quilt – either make a baby quilt yourself, make leg warmers out of the sleeves, or learn to needle felt.

V. Bible

Read Son of Laughter from The Jesus Story Book Bible

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Elements of Waldorf: Circle Time

Night DanceI look out our picture windows and see the neighbor, who is walking his dog, staring in and laughing. I don’t blame him. He’s probably never seen a mom dancing and skipping around the front room. I laugh too – not out of embarrassment, but out of delight – delight that is intensified as I look into the sparkling eyes of my daughter as she dances around with me. Circle Time may be our favorite part of the school day.

In a Waldorf education, Circle Time does not end in preschool or even kindergarten, but continues through elementary school. It holds an important place in the beginning of the school day, as a transition from free play or outdoor play into more focused school time. But it is more than  simply a method of transition – it is important to the Waldorf philosophy of learning. 

circle-1Why do Circle Time?

  1. Brain Development – Science has proven that the development of the body is in direct correlation with the development and ability to learn academically. Like any other body part, when the brain is exercised, it developes and can more easily be used to learn new information.
  2. God’s Word. What could be more important for raising children who are passionate pursuing God than a love for His Word. Circle Time is the ideal time to memorize verses and passages of scripture – that God will use to sustain and ground your children throughout their lives. Psalm 119: 11 “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”
  3. Language – both foreign and native. Through poems and songs children acquire enunciation, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and language comprehension as well as a love for the flow and sound of language.
  4. Math Facts – Children move from counting to skip counting to multiplication tables in daily recitation, song and movement – making the facts hard to forget. Mental math and verbal story problems are also added into circle time as the grade progress.
  5. Memorization – Days, months, seasons, grammar facts, historical timelines, scientific information – anything that can and needs to be memorized can be done with a song and a dance.
  6. Music – Through singing, playing rhythm and wind instruments, and rhythmic movement children’s brains are being exercised. Numerous studies show there is a direct correlation between music and speech, language, reading, larger vocabularies, and the ability to memorize.

circle-2How to create a Circle Time?

  1. Establish a rhythm. Just like daily rhythm – circle time has a rhythm – breathing in and out moments. Breathing out includes big motor, movement, dance, rhythmic instruments, loud recitation. Breathing in may include the lighting of a candle with a verse, sitting on the floor doing finger plays, and quiet voice recitation. For best results – alternate breathing in and out.
  2. Establish goals and move towards specifics. Start by setting up what you want to memorize (Skip counting by 7s, Months of the Year, Greetings in Spanish.) Then find poems and verse to fit what you want to teach. Then add the detail of movement, rhythm and song that you will teach each with – keeping in mind the alternation of breathing in and breathing out. 
  3. Establish a base. Use two or three verses for the entire year. Change a couple seasonally. Switch 3 or 4 for each new block. The idea is to progress through the learning of new facts, but new facts are learned within a safe, established, comfortable rhythm and verse. – Keep in mind that the 2 or 3 verse you use as your base are more likely to be remember for life, so make them count.
  4. Establish a time frame. Think 20 – 40 minutes for circle time depending on the age of your child and the amount of material you want to recite.

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Let’s not over-intellectualize Circle Time. It is fun! It makes learning fun – and this is a good thing. A 2012 German Study  found that 85% of Waldorf students had a positive attitude towards school and and were enthusiastic about learning. The students in the study reported that school was “fun” and “not boring.” (Jiménez, Fanny “Wissenschaftler loben Waldorfschulen”, Die Welt, 27 September 2012). I know that on the top of my list of “Why I Homeschool” is “To create a love of learning” and “To create lifelong learners.” Circle Time helps do this.

 

 

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So, I may look silly twirling circles with my daughter in my living room – but I’m so glad we do it.

Dragon Circle

Dragons are too much fun to bypass just because we don’t celebrate Michaelmas. So we are starting the New Year with a Dragon Circle theme – and reading about Dragons, and storytelling about Dragons. I for one am looking forward to it.

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This is the day

The Lord has made

I will rejoice

And be glad

(Psalm 118:24)

Each week add new motion

1) Stand Still – Move Arms

2) Do 1 + say as March

3) Do 1, 2 + Clap Rhythm

4) DO 1, 2, & 3 + March & Clap together

Dragon 13Fairies are flying,

Elves are skipping,

Dwarfs are dancing,

Giants are tramping,

Hunters are galloping,

Dragons are prancing,

And the children tip-toe

(Follow the Leader by Dorothy Harrer )

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I’m tired of being a dragon, (March)

Ferocious and brimming with flame, (Stomp)

The cause of unspeakable terror (Stomp louder)

When anyone mentions my name. (Stomp louder)

I’m bored with my bad reputation (March but drag the beat)

For being a miserable brute, (March lower to ground still dragging)

And being routinely expected (March lower to ground still dragging)

To brazenly pillage and loot. (March – Hands grabbing imaginary things off floor & out in pouch)

I wish that I weren’t repulsive, (Stomp in Place)

Despicable, ruthless, and fierce, (Making Fists – show strong arms)

With talons designed to dismember (Show Claws)

And fangs finely fashioned to pierce. (Show teeth)

I’ve lost my desire for doing (Sigh)

The deeds any dragon should do, (Slump shoulders, shake head)

But since I can’t alter my nature, (Snap to attention – shrug shoulders)

I guess I’ll just terrify you. (Run Around Room Roaring & Tickling)

 (A Dragon’s Lament by Jack Prelutsky)

Dragon 10

Turn around once (whee)

And Swing your dragon tail (wiggle bottom)

Turn around twice (whee, whee)

And flap your wings like sails (flap arms)

Turn around three times (Whee, whee, whee)

Then Stomp your foot and roar (Stomp & Roar)

Jump up high, then sit on the floor. (Jump, sit)

(1,000 Fingerplays & Action Rhymes by Barbara Scott)

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 Dragon, dire and dreadful beast

Deep in darkness dwells.

The evil deeds he does and sees

None dare ever tell

(http://thewaldorfconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Waldorf-Academy-Verses-Lesson-8.docx)

Pounding on the floor with hands to rhythm as you chant – 2 or 3 times get faster each time.

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 One little,  Two little. Three little dragons

Four little, Five little, Six little dragons

Seven little , Eight little. Nine little dragons

Ten little dragons roar

Ten little. Nine little. Eight little dragons

Seven little. Six little. Five little dragons

Four little. Three little, Two little dragons

One little dragon snores

Finger play –  counting fingers

Now in Spanish

Uno, dos, tres Drogones

Cuatro, cinco, seis Drogones

Siete. Ocho, nueve Drogones

Diez Drogones rugido

Dies, nueve, ocho Drogones

Siete, Seis, cinco Drogones

Cuatro, tres, does Drogones

Uno Dragon ronca

Count Fingers again

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 (Act out:)

All curled up in my small little shell

Rolling around in this place which I dwell

Wondering what the world will be

I’m ready to break out – I’m ready to see.

I knock and I scratch, I push and I shove

I hear the shell crack and I see blue sky above

I bust out and shake the dust off from inside

I stretch my bones tall and spread my wings wide

I leap to my feet and breath my first fire

To soar through the air is my greatest desire

(Dragons Coming Out Party by Joyce Pinero – my first attempt at writing a verse)

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 Good job my courageous one

Now our circle’s almost done

To be brave you must see

God is always with you and me

(Give child a hug and squeeze)

dragon 14

Jesus, help my eyes to see
All the good Thou sendest me.
Jesus, help my ears to hear
Calls for help from far and near.
Jesus, help my feet to go
In the way that Thou wilt show.
Jesus, help my hands to do
All things loving, kind, and true.
Jesus, may I helpful be,
Growing every day like Thee.

(Little Folded Hands, Prayers for Children) 

Face you child, Hold their hands and say prayer together

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For Storytelling I’ll be telling the tale: The Dragon of Ghent

Read Aloud Book: My Father’s Dragon,

 

 

 

 

 

Confessions of a Slob

Cleaning 5

When I told my son I was writing a blog on organization – he laughed. It is kind of funny. I admit I have no authority – other than my own struggle. I hate to clean. I hate that I hate to clean. Over the years I have made lots of excuses to try and alleviate the guilt:

Excuse our mess – the children are making memories

Good moms have sticky floors, messy kitchens, laundry piles, dirty ovens, and happy children

And my favorite:

Today’s House Keeping Tip: Always keep several get well cards on the mantel. That way if unexpected guests arrive they’ll think you’ve been sick and unable to clean. 

Years ago I learned a valuable lesson. My husband and I had a life changing decision to make and needed advise – so we stopped by a friend’s home. Their house was a wreck. However, they did not apologize but pushed clothes off the couch, told us to take a seat, and stopped what they were doing to listen to us. I felt welcomed, despite the fact I had to step over toys to get to the couch.  If they would have apologized for the mess, I would have felt guilty about stopping by. I vowed to never make people feel uncomfortable at my home – no matter how it looked.

Cleaning 10I now vow, to never again use the fact that I am a mom, or a homeschooler, or a grandma to excuse my own laziness. I CHOSE to do other things besides cleaning.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. I am getting off the merry -go-round. I am going to change my habits, and though I may never have a perfect house, I am going to clean it up and keep it up. Here’s my plan.

I will do the following before starting school in September:

Step One: Rethink the Space

Write down everything you use your home for.  Rethink your home space and figure out what purpose each room and corner has. If you don’t throw formal dinner parties, repurpose your dining room.  I have realized that in the 9 years we have lived in our home our needs have changed. When we moved into our home, we had one unmarried adult child who didn’t live at home, one teenager, and an older elementary child. I turned the dining room into a library. We have since adopted two children and three of our kids have gotten married and had babies. We now have a son who is going off to college this fall, a five year old, and seven grandbabies who come to the house regularly. Two or three of the grandkids find it fun to pull books off the shelf and fling them across the room, another loves to use the shelves as a jungle gym and climb to the ceiling. The toys were all in the front room where the adults sit and visit – which makes a decent sized room seem very small with multiple babies and toddlers at the feet of the adults on every chair. So, I repurposed the dining room turned library into a play room – which can still be seen by the adults in the front room.

Step Two: Purge

Purge. Purge. Purge. Less stuff means less to clean. Only keep things you are currently using out in the open. Store things you KNOW you will use in the future in storage boxes and label the boxes well. I purged 23 years of homeschool books, how to books, and novels I haven’t read for years.

Step Three: Find a Home

Reorganize and make sure everything has a home – from the throw pillows to a pair of scissors. If it doesn’t have a home – give it one or get rid of it. Always put it back when done with it. We’ve been fairly good about this, once things have a home – at least now things aren’t just thrown on the counter.

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Step Four: Just do it.

Organizing it in my head and planning it out is fun. Making it happen is WORK. Just do it. I am trying to get a room done a week over the summer. Purge, store, give away or throwing it away. Reward yourself once a week. When I have done a good job – I go to a movie, or get a pedicure, or buy myself a book (which I get rid of as soon as I have read it!).

Step Five: Keep it up.

Once you have done it. Don’t let it get behind again. Pick up every day – whether you feel like it or not. The laundry is the hardest part of this for me. My wonderful husband helped me do over 20 loads of laundry to get it all done at once. I now am working on doing two loads a day – from start to finish. Actually matching socks and putting them in the drawer instead of throwing them in a box and matching them when they are needed – which frustrates the daylights out of my husband who can never find a match in his drawer.

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Here’s my Plan for the new school year:

Daily with the help of my five year old:

  1. We will clean one room a day, directly after breakfast (get the stuff I don’t want to do done first, so we can play outside, and paint, and cook, and have fun the rest of the day) One room a day is not overwhelming to accomplish, and if I miss a day it is not a big deal, we do the room the next day.
  2. We will wash, dry, fold and put away two loads of laundry.
  3. We will pick up and put everything back in its home when we are finished using it.
  4. We will do dishes and wipe down the kitchen after every meal.

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Things I’ve started doing which have helped me change my attitude about cleaning:

  1. Use cleaners I feel good about – I like using essential oils and natural cleaners which smell amazing and have a calming effect.
  2. Talk to my daughter about how we use the room as we clean it, and pray over it.
  3. As we fold clothes, pray for the person whose clothes we are folding.
  4. Verbally tell stories while cleaning. We’ve started doing this – this month I am telling “Goldie Locks and the Three Bears” – sometimes I even get so wrapped up in the story that the cleaning goes by faster!
  5. Ask for help when it is needed. My 17 year olds friends practically live with us on the weekend – I have no problems asking them to take out the trash or clean up the coke cans they leave in front of the Nintendo.
  6. I have an accountability partner – not a neat freak, but someone who struggles like me. We text each other when we clean. We pray for one another. I hope we can help each other out before each of us has company over. And I hope to go out with my accountability partner once a month to celebrate our victories.

And the last piece of advice I’ll bestow upon you is:

Give yourself grace.

You would give it to anyone else – so don’t be a bully to yourself. Forgive yourself when you get behind. Start over; you’ll always have more dishes tomorrow.

Freedom From Expectations

raggedy Ann booksI had something to prove. I homeschooled when  it wasn’t cool to homeschool.  My kid couldn’t fall behind; in fact he should be smarter than everyone else his age. I played the one upmanship – like every other mom – my kid could sing his ABCs and count to 20 before most other kids, read fairly early, and memorized  bible verses faster than his friends.

23 years later …

I have nothing to prove. If you haven’t heard, homeschooling works. I’ve graduated 4, and 3 have gotten into college, they are productive citizens of this great country – they even vote … unlike most of their peers.

Raggedy Ann thrown

As I start fresh, with a new child, I commit

  1. Not to worship my child, but worship God, her creator
  2. Not to play the one upmanship game, but encourage other moms to be true to themselves and their children
  3. Not to use my child to define myself
  4. To listen patiently and kindly to other people’ s advise, then ignore what doesn’t work for us
  5. Not to compare my child to other children, but record her individual progress
  6. To enjoy my child where she is now, rather than wishing or pushing her forward
  7. To realize I have 13 years to teach her before college, and she doesn’t need it all now
  8. To listen more than lecture
  9. To give time to “do it myself” vs doing it for her because we’re in a hurry to get somewhere or do something
  10. To observe and respond, rather than fabricate lessons
  11. To include her in my adult activities (like cleaning) instead of arranging my life around activities I design for her
  12. raggedy Ann fairiesTo sing together
  13. To look for fairies under leaves together
  14. To play together
  15. To memorize Bible verses together
  16. To paint together
  17. To lay and watch the clouds together
  18. To tell fairy tales together
  19. To use all of our senses to experience the world, not just read about how it works
  20. To stop and smell the roses we planted together
  21. To dance under the stars together
  22. To sit and be quiet together

After looking at me like I am a relic from the past when I state I don’t believe in early academics, the shock wears off,  and I’m often asked  “Why?”  I like to answer the question with a question, “Why do you believe in early academics?” Although it is the socially acceptable thing to believe in, most can’t give a good reason. I can defend my position scientifically and logically, but more importantly I can defend my position from experience and heartfelt emotion. My daughter has years of academics ahead … I want to enjoy her childlike wonder as long as I can.

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Read more about it:

One of the first articles I read – that started changing my mind – on early academics:

Teach our Children to Write, Read, and Spell by Susan R. Johnson, MD

http://www.youandyourchildshealth.org/youandyourchildshealth/articles/teaching%20our%20children.html

Other awesome reports:

Lively Minds: Distinctions between academic versus intellectual goals for young children by Lilian Gonshaw Katz, PhD

https://deyproject.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/dey-lively-minds-4-8-15.pdf

Crisis in the Kindergarten Why Children Need to Play in School

http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED504839.pdf

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