november update

Due to some health issues, we have been having a fairly relaxed schooling month. It isn’t to my liking, but I am always so tired and in so much. We have been doing a lot more unschooling than Waldorf work, and that truly saddens me – but, here is an update, in pictures, of what we have been doing.

14 November

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word family work

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The Hare and the Tortoise

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The Hare and the Tortoise

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The Hare and the Tortoise

15 November

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Moon’s Letter Book – I made this for her to practice her letters in.

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Cutting and gluing, making something wonderful

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We had cookies for snack!

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And of course, there were milk mustaches.

19 November

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I stamped the abbreviations for the days on the week on the Gnomes.

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I did a thing! I made this nifty nature table!

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The Gnomes are quite enjoying their new home on our nature table.

21 November

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We made folders to hold all of our previous block work. Moon made donuts.

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Sun decided to make a donut cake – I see a pattern here…

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I made a drawing of the three of us studying a flower… Because I have high expectations… LOL

Coming up, we will be starting Sun on the Vimala Alphabet (he has already shown better control with it than traditional cursive), finishing Moon’s Alphabet/Language Arts block and Sun’s Animal Stories block, and celebrating the festivals for December in simple ways. I will definitely be posting the different things we are working on starting next week!

I am nervous for the New Year – mostly because we will be adding in wet-on-wet watercolour painting – which I am completely nervous about, because I just received Painting and Drawing in Waldorf Schools (eep! yay!) and I did always love it – and on top of that, we will be working more closely with the recorder and with singing (mostly for Moon, who isn’t quite ready for the recorder). I am still trying to understand our household, and personal, rhythms which makes things a bit more difficult to work in. Especially since Sly had hip replacement surgery and I have hit a wall with my own health concerns. But overall, I am proud of my little Stars. They truly make me happy each day, regardless of the challenges they place before me.

For all those celebrating, I hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! We will be taking the rest of the week off, mostly, and will be back to lessons on Monday.

random crafts

My children have wild imaginations and are always wanting to make something, glue something, or cut something. So, to help curb their crafting appetites, I let them use the scraps from the Word Family things I was cutting (and some glue and tape) to make headbands. From there, they wanted to put leaves on their crowns, so I printed some out and let them colour and cut their leaves.

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Moon is fantastic with scissors, but for some reason, she is generally fantastic at anything she puts her mind to. She has so much fun cutting and glueing things!

Sun had some issues and, after getting frustrated, he went to his room to have some quiet time. I cut his leaves out and left them for him to glue on – he didn’t end up glueing them, so I asked if he wanted me to finish his crown and, of course, he said yes.

Moon wanted to dress up in the skirt she received for her birthday (it also came with a flower and leaf headband) and it was just too perfect. I had to get photos of her skipping and playing! My little Nature Sprite has such a huge imagination!

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This little girl is so perfect. She is so bright and bubbly, yet so sensitive. I will be the first to admit that she challenges me every single day, but there is nothing compared to her smiles and joy.

Sun has been having a difficult time since Sly came home from hospital (she had hip replacement) – we all have been struggling. However, in those moments when there is joy in his heart, he is amazing. Just like his sister, Sun finds new ways to challenge me daily, but I don’t know where I would be without his good and bad days.

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They are teaching me to just let some things go – my idea of perfection is being dismantled and has begun the slow process of change. No longer is perfection clean and neat and, well, picture perfect – no, it is bits of paper and dirty fingers and lots and lots of messy hugs and sloppy kisses.

I wouldn’t change my kids for anything, they are perfect in all of their imperfections.

october blessings

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Autumn is officially here – the mornings are chilly and I find myself slipping into my most cuddly of knit jackets with my cuppa before the children wake up. Autumn is, by far, my favourite season, even though we do not have the excitement of leaves changing their colours here (most of the trees are drought resistant and evergreen). Because of this, I have brought the traditional Autumn colours into the home in the way of fabric flowers and Autumn artwork.

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Our Autumn Gnome (the drawing in the second picture) watches over us as we do our lessons, and the Wheel of Days is from Daily Colours. Our board will have more on it, as the days progress. There are some things I really want to include, just not quite sure how or when I will be able to. I need to figure out a better way to hold it up (since this place is rented, we cannot really leave holes in the wall with pins), and once I get that done, it should be easier to focus on what to put on it.

While searching through Pinterest, I keep coming across Copywork – this is definitely not a Waldorf thing, but I am open to all methods. From what I have seen, this is primarily used in the Charlotte Mason method, and most of the resources available have religious overtones. Because of this, I have had to make my own copywork printables! Which is super fun, I have to say. I went on a hunt for quotes, and have compiled 46 that will be used, one per day, until the Winter Solstice. I will also share them with you! Just click the link below for a simple PDF of the quotes:

Autumn Quotes for Copywork

If you are interested, I have also provided a PDF of the pages, including the cover, that we will be using starting October 16th.

Autumn Copywork Book Week 1

If you use any of my printables, I would really love to hear back from you about how they worked for you! Also, if you want to share them with anyone else, please direct them here!

I am super excited to start using these. I will obviously share our experiences throughout the process.