Story: The Foolish Hare

This is my retelling of the Jataka story from ancient India: The Foolish Hare (pulled from the Lavender's Blue Second Grade curriculum). Like the Aesop's Fables, the Jataka stories use animal characters to portray human nature - the good, the bad, the ugly, and the humorous. Second graders love animal stories - and especially humor - and the soul lessons of these stories are perfect for the eight-year-old as well.

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Getting Started with First Grade

Are you starting Waldorf-inspired first grade homeschooling soon - or jumping into your planning? Let’s help you get started!

Moving from the kindy years into first grade is not just a stair-step from one grade to the next. It’s a bridge into entirely new territory. Children change as they move from early childhood to middle childhood, and our teaching must change to meet their needs. The first grade year bridges the gap.

 

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Getting Started with Kindergarten

Waldorf-inspired homeschooling offers a unique perspective on education in early childhood. In this approach, young children are respected as whole persons and their healthy development is the top priority. We don’t rush early childhood but instead we take the long-game seriously. We do the right things at the right time (instead of more! now! sooner!) in order to lay a foundation for joyful life-long learning.

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Make a Self-Care Plan that Sticks

Helping you and your family thrive with holistic homeschooling is my mission here at Lavender's Blue. And I know for you to be successful, it isn't just about understanding what and how to teach and having a great curriculum.

I believe one of the best things you can do to thrive for the long-term as a homeschooling family is to make self-care part of the plan.

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How to Teach First Grade (and a Curriculum Giveaway!)

It’s October - an exciting month here at Lavender’s Blue!  We are hosting Curriculum Giveaways all month, plus our annual Birthday Flash Sale! Today’s giveaway is for the Lavender’s Blue First Grade Curriculum. This beautiful, integrated Waldorf-inspired homeschool curriculum includes detailed daily lesson plans for main lessons in language arts, math, form drawing, and nature, plus a full circle time, drawings, and more!

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How to Teach Kindergarten (and a Curriculum Giveaway!)

It’s October - an exciting month here at Lavender’s Blue!  We are hosting Curriculum Giveaways all month, plus our annual Birthday Flash Sale!  Today’s giveaway is for the Lavender’s Blue Kindergarten Curriculum. This beautiful, integrated Waldorf-inspired homeschool curriculum includes detailed weekly lesson plans for 36 weeks of kindergarten, as well as video tutorials and guidance on creating a rhythm that works for your family.

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Why Rhythm Matters

One of the best things you can do to create a peaceful family life is to bring rhythm into your days. 

Rhythm is an intentional, predictable pattern which you have crafted to guide your days, weeks, and seasons. 

Rhythm helps children feel secure and comfortable – it provides a safe container for all of their beautiful energy, imagination, and creativity. 

Rhythm is a foundational piece of Waldorf-inspired homeschooling from the early years all through the grades because it helps children connect better and learn better.

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The Most Important Step in Homeschool Planning

The most important step in homeschool planning is to start with the Big Picture! Making the choice to homeschool with Waldorf methods gets you part-way there. Working with an excellent curriculum goes a long way toward setting you up for success. But you still need to know how this will look for your family, because there isn’t one right way to do it!

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Welcoming the May Circle

I have a new circle for you today - let's welcome in the May together! This circle is also now available as a digital download. The circle download includes:

  • A beautiful pdf of the full circle
  • Detailed movement suggestions throughout
  • Mp3 recordings of each song and verse to make it easy for you to listen and learn!
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Our Favorite Read-Alouds (Kindy through Fourth Grade)

I wanted to share a list of our favorite read-alouds with you today! I set myself the fun but somewhat painful challenge of choosing our top five favorites for kindy through grade four (ok, I fudged a teeny bit by including more than one per author). These are the books we all adored, that made us laugh out loud, that we were excited to visit with more than once like a most cherished friend.

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The Magic of Fingerplays

One of the principles of Waldorf education is to teach efficiently. Effective teaching is not about putting in hours and hours of drill or repetitive bookwork. It’s about finding ways to engage the whole person in memorable, active lessons. It’s about just the right amount of consistent practice. And it’s about choosing activities that build capacities in multiple ways.

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