Life with Kids at a Waldorf School

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

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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

Hawaii

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Summer Already?

Crud, I had so much more stuff I was hoping to get done, and here we are, last two days of the school year. Of course, my smartie pants finished her academic work up a few weeks early, so I’ve been “inventing” work these past few weeks. (When we weren’t on vacation.)

She’s got a few pen pals now, she’s working through her 4th grade math book, and I believe she plans to finish that by the end of summer. Not that I’m gonna even try to stop her.  Continue reading

Vacation and Next Year

There have been lots of things happening for us recently. GM finished all her 3rd grade work, and extra credit work, and we took a family vacation, which was lovely.

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We  recently went on vacation to Honolulu, Hawaii. It was a wonderful trip after the initial difficulty of getting there. I won’t bore you with the details, but after this trip I’m questioning airplane travel. Ugh.

As far as school goes, we’ve decided that even though we loved online school academically, for me, as the main parent involved, I cannot balance her school and my work, and at this time, I simply don’t have the luxury of not working.  Continue reading

A Good Day

Today we found out we got a sizable scholarship to a school we really want to go to, but money might have been an obstacle, which is a huge relief! I also got an unexpected contract at work, which means I feel a bit more solid about where the rest of the tuition money comes from, so in this moment, I am feeling very relaxed, happy and thankful! 

Tomorrow is day two of MCA testing for GM. Today went well and she felt really confident about her performance on the tests. It’s always such a great feeling to know you’re acing a test. I still remember that from elementary school. 

Also, the sun was out for most of today which melted most of the snow finally. While there are predictions from snow later this week, today was truly the first day that I could really fell spring coming in Minnesota.

All in all a wonderful day.

-CM