Sunday, August 5, 2007

Verses for home

We use verses or poems as part of our rhythm of the day to remember to give thanks and connect with nature

Meal times
Earth we thankyou for this food, for the rest, and home and all things good,
For wind and rain and sun above
And most of all for those we love.

Morning Verse
The golden sun is shining
Up in the sky so blue
Good morning happy morning
To you and you and you.

Star light, star bright, the first star I see tonight
I wish I may, I wish I might
Have the wish I wish tonight.

Verses in our day!

For Steiner playgroup

Morning Verse
The golden sun is shining
Up in the sky so blue
Good morning happy morning
To you and you and you.

Goodbye verse
The golden sun is shining
Up in the sky so blue
Farewell, my friends, farewell
To you and you and you.

Blessings on the blossom,
Blessings on the root,
Blessings on the leaves and stems
And blessings on this fruit.
Blessings on our playgroup and a happy happy day.

Cleaning up
I have my golden hands, helping today.
I have my golden hands putting things away

Hand washing
Flip and dip your hands like fish
Fly and dry them gently so
Flip and dip your hands like fish
Fly and dry them gently so

Gathering for Circle Time
Puffer train oh puffer train
Carry me through the sun and rain
Down and up the hills we climb
Taking me to circle time

Miller, miller, grind our grain,
Grow from sun and earth and rain,
With this grain we bake our bread
With this grain our friends we feed

Healing water cool and mild
Take the pain
From this little child

Lavender, Lavender from the soil
Lavender, Lavender give us your oil
Lavender, Lavender tell me true
How does the perfume get into you

These verses have been collected over time and I apologise for no references. I will add if I find them

Friday, August 3, 2007

A little about us

Right what have we been up to?
I have been having a big rethink about our routine, homeschooling plans and philosophies of late. One thing is for sure – they all centre on providing a positive creative environment for us as individuals and family.
We have been enjoying a Steiner playgroup for the last three years and have been slowly including some of Steiner’s philosophies at home.
Some things are
* A clean out of old plastic toys and introduce lots of natural play materials into our environment – wooden blocks, glass beads and stones, cottons and muslin play cloths.
* More creative discipline techniques i.e. sorry pictures, warming up cold hands to make them able to receive positive play better, walking in the garden to find happy self.
* Lots of sewing, clay play, wood construction, home based chores i.e. each child taking on two chores a day.
* New routine with a balance of active and quiet play. Also I have taken a step back and not having such an influence on their play. I am still keeping the routine flexible, as I believe Ds does need more stimulation. Just one of those active children that needs to be challenged or watchout. He is his father all over. Currently Dh has four major projects going!
* Nature table, candle at meal times and mealtime and nightly blessings.
* I made two Steiner dolls and the children love them. I am now adding felt and knitted animals

The children have received these changes really well. I feel it is a calm, respectful philosophy to include in our home life. I am not sure about the education side; I am still like the natural learning ideas. We have been natural learners from day one and it works well, so why change it!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Steiner Playgroup

The children and I have been attending a Steiner playgroup for three years now and it has given me the direction I have been looking for in my parenting and educating the children. Over the last year, I have stepped in and taken on a more programming role at this playgroup which i have loved. It has got me back in touch with my preschool programming days - but so much more fun.
Steiner Playgroup Ideas

· home based routine
· baking when first arrive
· morning verse and favourite songs
· free play with drawing and crayons
· finger and felt story
· fruit then baking

While children are in free play, parents sit down with craft basket and weave, doll making, knitting, sewing

Routine flows and parents watch for any behaviour guidance that maybe needed ie if being rough – warming hands up muslin wraps, wax or clay play, walk in the garden to find happy self.
I have lots of programs I can share during the course of the year. As we live in the southern hemisphere, it is based on Australian seasons and festivals

Welcome to my Blog!

Wow, here I am.
I am an Early Childhood teacher with a passion for the teaching of Rudolf Steiner so you will read alot of ramblings about my parenting and educating of our family following this philosphy. Our children are DS 5 yrs old and DD 3 yrs old and we live in Tropical Queensland.
I love any art and craft, growing our own produce and living a grass roots life.