Lavender's Blue Homeschool's Top Posts from 2015

I'm taking a blogging break until the new year but I wanted to round up some favorite posts from the past year!  This year I focused a lot on rhythm, with (almost-monthly-but-didn't-quite-pull-it-off) Rhythm Challenges.  The most popular ones are listed below!  Circle time was another big theme this year, with a post on Active Math and four full circle times making it to the top-ten list. So here are the top most-read blog posts from 2015 - I hope you enjoy them too!  :)

Thank you for reading along here at Lavender's Blue Homeschool in 2015!  I am SO happy you're here and I'm wishing you all the best as we head into the new year!

xo, Kelly

P.S. The reader survey has closed and the giveaway winners are A. Billingsley, Sarah L., and Sarah B.  You'll receive an email from me - congratulations!!!

Lavender's Blue Homeschool's Top Posts of 2015
Lavender's Blue Homeschool's Top Posts of 2015

1. A Little Red Hen Circle Time

This circle is based on The Little Red Hen story, and is one of my favorites for nursery/kindergarten. This is a complete circle, with music recordings, and it's lovely during any season of the year.

A Little Red Hen circle time from Lavender's Blue Homeschool
A Little Red Hen circle time from Lavender's Blue Homeschool

2. July Rhythm Challenge: Housework

Our 2015 Rhythm Challenges tackled a different area of home life each month. Not surprisingly, July's challenge on Housework resonated with the most readers! Laundry, dishes, cleaning, errands. It all has to happen to keep your home in order. The downloadable worksheets in this post (and each of our Rhythm Challenge posts) will help you make a plan that works for the ebb and flow of your family life.

The July Rhythm Challenge: Housework | Lavender's Blue Homeschool
The July Rhythm Challenge: Housework | Lavender's Blue Homeschool

3. February Rhythm Challenge: Bedtimes and Morning Routines

For most families, a solid rhythm around bedtimes and waking times provides an anchor for peaceful family life. The rest of the day can fall into place when evenings and mornings are humming along smoothly. This month's challenge will help you create bedtime and morning routines that you feel great about!

The February Rhythm Challenge - Bedtimes and Morning Routines - from Lavender's Blue Homeschool
The February Rhythm Challenge - Bedtimes and Morning Routines - from Lavender's Blue Homeschool

4. Apple Orchard Circle

This circle is excerpted from the Lavender’s Blue Kindergarten curriculum.  In this blog post you'll find a circle journey to an apple orchard that's suitable for preschool through the early grades.  The full kindy curriculum includes a slowly evolving seasonal circle for autumn through spring, with audio recordings of every song and verse.

Apple Orchard, a fall circle time by Lavender's Blue Homeschool
Apple Orchard, a fall circle time by Lavender's Blue Homeschool

5. The Root Children Circle Play

A new circle this year, and one of our favorites for my second grade and kindy girls!  This complete circle is based on The Story of the Root Children by Sibylle von Olfers, perfect for early spring when flowers and trees are awakening from their long winter's nap.

The Root Children original circle play by Lavender's Blue Homeschool
The Root Children original circle play by Lavender's Blue Homeschool

6. Handwork in Kindergarten

Handwork is a fundamental part of the Waldorf curriculum from kindergarten through the grades and high school.  It’s so good for children to learn how to make beautiful and useful things with their hands.  This post dives into how we can teach handwork at home.  (Have an early grades student?  The Handwork in First Grade post is here.)

Kindergarten Handwork
Kindergarten Handwork

7. Halloween Circle Time

Here is a circle play to enjoy around Halloween time!  It's one of our all-time favorites and worth bookmarking for when you need it.  :)

An original Halloween circle time by Lavender's Blue Homeschool
An original Halloween circle time by Lavender's Blue Homeschool

8. Active Math in Circle

Circle time in the early grades is much more than singing and silks. You can use your morning gathering for music lessons, learning poetry, playing string games, learning to jump rope, practicing math, and more. Here's an in-depth post on how to keep math active and alive in your homeschool!

Active math in circle | Lavender's Blue Homeschool
Active math in circle | Lavender's Blue Homeschool

9. March Rhythm Challenge: Family Meals

Family meals can be a lovely in-breath each day when your family takes time to talk and laugh and be together as well as eat. But behind the scenes of a delicious, healthy, and relaxed family dinner is a parent (or two) making it happen! This post will help you get organized with rhythms around family meals and all your meal prep chores.

The March Rhythm Challenge: Family Meals | Lavender's Blue Homeschool
The March Rhythm Challenge: Family Meals | Lavender's Blue Homeschool

10. How to Teach First Grade Math

Even if you didn’t enjoy math growing up you can still love teaching it.  And your child can have a completely different experience than you did. This post will show you how to work with the whole child while teaching First Grade math to make this subject come alive!

How to teach first grade math | Lavender's Blue Homeschool
How to teach first grade math | Lavender's Blue Homeschool

Stay tuned for more in 2016!  :)