Archive for June, 2010

Fourth Grade Finds

June 30, 2010

Found this site today and thought I would share. There is Norwegian Folktales,  Norwegian, Norman, Norse, and Older tales, and even some of THE BOBBSEY TWINS stories.

And here is another resource for 4th grade. (Play)

I am keeping it here for safe keeping . 🙂

Has anyone else been busy planning out 4th grade?


Our Grand Opening

June 30, 2010


to our new toy store.

Well Papa has had some extra time on his hands lately and thought this was a great opportunity to teach Miss Sky all about measurement and woodworking.  Here is the link to our Esty store. (DAD here is the link 🙂 )

The way I see it we really don’t have anything to lose but time and since Papa has plenty it works out . I don’t know where this journey will lead but it sure has been fun working together as a family to get this shop off the ground.

We are selling completely natural toys that were made by Papa for The Little’s as gifts over the years and since they have been so well-loved by our girls I thought we would share the love with other Little’s too.

Well here’s to our new journey.

Ps did anyone happen to catch the beautiful colour of the sky the other night?


Summer Has Landed

June 26, 2010

There are a few signs that prove to our family that summer has indeed come.
1.  Fireflies
2. Music from cicadas

3. Strawberry picking

4.Sunflowers beginning to open

(above photo taken by Miss Sky)

5. And my most favorite food in the whole world

(fried green tomatoes) one of the main reasons we grow tomatoes.

Summer welcome !!!!!!!!!! We are so glad you are here.

Food 4 Thought Friday

June 25, 2010

It’s never to early to see this movie. You can watch it instantly on netflix or even on youtube.

It truly changed our families life.

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Favorite Third Grade Resources

June 24, 2010

I said I would make a post of what resources “we” liked best for third grade. I will start out by saying I have developed a pet peeve against Waldorf “dogma” I already made a post about that rant entitled What Is Waldorf Education? where in my opinion I stated you can not fit Waldorf Education in a “box” It comes from us the teacher. So to make a long story short I am not one to use “materials” just because they have been used in a Waldorf school for the last 20 years. I meet my children with their interests. Now saying that there will be some of these resources that may not work for you, or even Little Sis when the time comes around for her to enter third grade.

We are a literature loving family, we would much rather curl up on the couch and listen to a story then watch tv any day. When the weather is bad outside more likely that is what you would find us doing. So the majority of my school budget is spent on literature.

Here is my list of our most favorite resources for third grade. To be added to the list it must pass a certain test. Has it been read more than once? Everything on this list passed this test.

For me:
I loved The Family Treasury of Jewish Holidays by Malka Drucker.
This has everything you need to understanding Jewish festivities, recipes, stories, and handwork.

A Pioneer Sampler by Barbara Greenwood
I can not say enough about this book, this was my most used resource. It has everything you need to teach about farming, fibers, and even math topics discussed in third grade.

North American Indians by Marie and Douglas Gorsline
This little book covers the majority of Native American shelters all in one resource.

(Update) I can’t believe I forgot my most treasured cookbook

Feeding The Whole Family by Cynthia Lair     I used this book for the majority of our baking projects this year, including our study on the 7 grains and the Native Americans.

We read a lot of wonderful books this year but these are ones that will stay in our personal library.
I recommend the whole Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder but Farmer Boy is a must.

Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Naya Nuki by Kenneth Thomasma (These 2 are a must for girls)

Mountain Born by Elizabeth Yates
Children of the Longhouse by Joseph Bruchac
Though we are not gendered specific I recommend these a must for boys.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz  L Frank Baum (updated to add) and the rest of this series.

James Herriot’s Treasury for Children This was by far the most read book this year.

Miss Sky’s favorite readers:
These spoke to her the most and was spotted reading them on her own several times.
A Grain of Rice Helena Clare Pittman

The White Stallion Elizabeth Shub

A Horse named Doodlebug by Irene Brady

The Night Crossing by Karen Ackerman

The Josefina Story Quilt by Eleanor Coerr  This has been Miss Sky’s favorite book for 2 years in a row.

I hope this can be helpful to anyone getting ready for their third-grade journey. I have to say I enjoyed this year way more than I thought I would.

Now to start on my fourth-grade outline.

What’s Wrong With Today’s World?

June 24, 2010

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Please take the time to watch this, it is an eye opener.

Stormy Weather

June 22, 2010

Here lately thunderstorms have become part of our daily lives as we have had one pretty much every day for the last two weeks. Well, I guess the ground has had quite enough because our yard began to flood. Do you think that would stop my children from playing outdoors?


It just gives me more laundry to wash.

Wishing everyone a day free of storms, Peace

Happy Summer Solstice

June 21, 2010

Well, summer is officially here. I have to say we had a great time at our summer solstice celebration. For all the local readers, Danielle is a mother who has two of the cutest blond hair and blue-eyed Littles. They live in a log cabin and share ten acres with chickens, cows, and sheep. The only down fall to the evening was my lack of photo taking of the night’s festivities.

The evening started with a tour of their farm where Miss Sky and Little Sis got to gather eggs

help feed their cows

and their sheep. After the tour, we went in and chowed down on all the wonderful foods all the families pitched in to bring. Before our meal, Danielle led us in signing the blessing over our meal. I really enjoyed this with a group and being able to see all the transitions in action and how well they worked with the children, it’s about as close to a Waldorf kindergarten I will probably get.

After our meal, we took the activities outside while The Little’s painted firefly lanterns and the grown-ups tried their hand at basket making. There was also mulberry picking and a sunflower spiral that was cut short due to a storm that blew in from nowhere.

Once we came back inside Danielle put on a lovely puppet show for all The Little’s, again singing a transition song gathering the children around the table. I can not say enough how easy she made this look, the room quieted down while Danielle told the story of how the fireflies got their lights. Then it was time to head home.

We couldn’t have had a better time welcoming in summer and I for one can not wait for her next celebration. Danielle has set her home up to be a place of gathering and would really like to start celebrating more festivals and meeting more local Waldorf families which I am very excited about.

Wishing everyone a wonderful summer.

Calling All Locals From Indy

June 17, 2010

A local Waldorf Mama has put together a summer solstice celebration trying to gather all us local Waldorfians :). Here is her info, if interested leave a comment bellow and I will send your request her way. I myself am looking forward to this adventure of starting a Waldorf movement here in the midwest.

King Sun he climbs the summer sky
Ascending ever higher
He mounts his bright midsummer throne
All made of golden fire
His glowing mantle flowing free
His shining gifts he showers
All golden on the earth and sea
On men and beasts and flowers.

June 18, this Friday evening,
4/5:00 ish(whenever your kiddos wake up from nap)- 9/10:00 ish (whenever the fireflies start their magic)
A Waldorf-Inspired Summer Solstice/Midsummer Celebration!
Join us for a potluck and campfire with a few fun activities to savour the season and its turning to summer. 

Here is what I have in mind and other ideas may come or change my mind…
Arrive/ visit farm and allow kids free play
Make a berry collecting basket and go shake down a few Mulberry trees(yum!)
Possibly a story and/or some summer songs to share with your children
Make firefly lanterns
Enjoy campfire and lanterns as dusk falls…usually not until 9:30

She is located in Greenfield if commuting is an issue.

“And That’s A Wrap !”

June 15, 2010

Oh so much to do in so little time, but Miss Sky’s brain has left for summer vacation. I have to say I am pretty pleased how third grade played out.  I had every intention to complete the rest of our math block but having Papa home full-time has really threw our rhythm off making it difficult for any of us to focus. I still hope to measure out the ark at our next park visit and maybe compare it with Miss Sky’s new-found interest of the Titanic. We still also have a backyard campout in the works if the rain would hold off for 24 hours, other than that I am calling it a wrap while we finish up our end of the year project.

It was time for our pioneer family to visit the general store to get some fabric to make our handwork project. I explained to Miss Sky how in the pioneer days the merchant measured out a “cloth-yard” by stretching the fabric out in his arm from nose to thumbtip. We each took turns seeing how close the measurements were to “todays” yard.

Both of us were about a half yard short of the precise measurement.

Next Miss Sky measured

and cut out 9 5×5 inch blocks

to make her pillow.

She layed out her design and stitched the first two blocks together while I read On The Banks Of Plum Creek. We are almost finished and Papa has enjoyed being able to sit in during storytime.

I still hold the same rhythm during summer keeping with storytime and handwork but allow our main lesson topics to “sink into seeming oblivion”.

We ended our math block with Miss Sky making her own ruler.

I wanted to wood burn the numbers on but our wood burner decided to go on a permanent vacation so she decorated her ruler however she wanted.

While looking back over her MLBs I asked what was her favorite part of third grade. She replied ” It is hard to just pick one thing because I REALLY liked third grade, but I enjoyed our pioneer (math) blocks because I like working in the kitchen with you” (words that went straight to my heart ,gulp).

I think I will make a separate post on what our favorite resources were for those of you getting ready to journey down this road next year, but for now I am headed outside to enjoy the sunshine releasing third grade out into the universe before the next thunderstorm hits.

Wishing you all a wonderful “wrap” to your school year. Peace