Life with Kids at a Waldorf School

Back to school

Horaay! We’ve made it. We are back. Big in 5th grade and Little has begun her first of two years in Kindergarten at Waldorf. This means that both children are in the same school! Yippie! For mom’s sanity this has been amazing. I have managed to arrange my schedule with clients to accommodate an earlier pick up time for both girls than  we had last year, and that’s been wonderful to spend more time with them before the dinner to bedtime slide.

Michaelmas is coming up this week, and the children are getting ready for the celebration. This year has been the easiest school year we’ve had yet, and I’m so thankful to have found a school that has nurtured both my children. The lack of stress and tears has been lovely and very easy to get used, and it feels like we established a rhythm earlier this year than last, and that has gone a long way to alleviating stress and anxiety for both the children and my husband and I.

More updates soon.

-CM

Spring is coming

Today is a balmy 15 degrees ABOVE zero. Predictions for above freezing possible next week, and I have to admit I’m excited about Daylight Savings time. Not the transition, but I do enjoy having more light in the evening.

I recently found a book Heaven on Earth, that I’ve begun to read and so far I am really enjoying. It is more of a reference guide and tools and ideas kind of book, not the kind you sit down and read start to finish. It’s useful to help me incorporate more of the Waldorf philosophies at home. It’s also full of fun ideas for how to encourage my children’s nature based play, even when being outdoors can be challenging. My younger child will be turning 4 soon and there are some really fun ideas about birthday celebrations that I’m excited to incorporate in to our birthday routine. Above all, simplicity is key.

What are you reading? 

-CM

Winter…continued

Everyone I’ve talked to has just about given up. I always used to joke that Minnesotans love to talk about the weather, but given that we’ve had over 50 nights below zero and almost as many days not reaching past 0 that weather has become a taboo topic, unless you’re looking to annoy people further.

Yesterday was reported to be the “last day under zero” for a bit, so fingers crossed that will actually be accurate.

Meanwhile, we haven’t come close to getting our fill of winter exercise and experiences, as it’s been too frigidly cold. Hopefully, if it actually “warms up” to around 20 or so we’ll be able to get back outside and explore.

Maybe it’s just me, but there is something demoralizing about taking a half an hour to bundle enough to be able to go outside. Especially if you can only be outside for 10 minutes before extremities go numb.

Here’s hoping for warmer weather!

Snow (or Polar Vortex) Day!

We are now in our 4th day of missed school due to “unseasonably cold” weather. I think that’s a flowery way of saying soul sucking, mind numbing cold. (-10 to -25 standing air, and windchill up to -40+.)

On the up side, we’ve been having a lovely time baking bread, reading, harassing our sibling and on occasion throwing boiling hot water outside to watch the steam cloud. (Mom had that honor.) 

Is Spring here yet??

CM

Aaaand we’re back!

Goodness, it’s been entirely too long since I updated. As referenced in the previous post before the hiatus we had a bit of a traumatic start to summer. With some time and distance things are  getting better. We’ve had a series of “doggy play dates” to help us all acclimate to having dogs around again and feeling more comfortable being around dogs generally.

The school year is flying by, Big has really enjoyed meeting new friends and getting in to the rhythm of the Waldorf day.  She’s reported that woodworking is a definite highlight and she seems to have picked up the cello with impressive skill.

Little has begun dance at her Montessori school once a week, which is one of her favorite activities.   She is really enjoying her school, however, she keeps asking when she can start kindergarten. (She’s 3 1/2 so she still has plenty of time in pre-school.)

More soon

-CM

Dealing with Trauma – A New Phase

A little over two weeks ago my eldest daughter was attacked by a dog. Not bitten, attacked. She is ok. Physically she’ll make a full recovery, but emotionally we are all still adrift.

Without getting in to the specifics of the trauma, since then I have noticed a marked change in her behavior and how she responds to dogs. While the self-preservation instinct that has been triggered is completely justifiable, it breaks my heart to watch her react to dogs this way. She’s matured in a way that trauma often forces and it causes a breathtaking ache in my chest to watch. She woke up last night twice with nightmares. This has become one of those moments I knew was coming when I can’t kiss her and make everything better and it is much worse than I imagined it would be. Continue reading

Summer Madness

Happy almost 4th!

We’ve had a busy few weeks, some how I delude myself in to believing that things slow down in the summer, but that is far from accurate. If anything work lately has been a whirlwind of activity.

Big has been in a multitude of summer camps, including an art camp at Minneapolis College of Art and Design,  Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Northern Clay Center, the Textile Center and a few others.

Little has recently started in Pre-K and loves her new room and teachers. Her favorite activities in the summer are swimming and this summer feeding the Giraffes at the Minnesota Zoo.

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Additionally, we are looking at some really fun opportunities for Strawberry picking (or the next week or so) and Pied Piper Crafts.

What are your favorite summer camps/activities?

-CM


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