Waldorf Education

Waldorf is just one of the many educational styles that we have tried during our decades of homeschooling. We found several aspects of Waldorf education to really resonate with us, which we like to share with our readers.

Seasonally Inspired Learning - Celebrating Martinmas With Children | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells


Halloween is over and Martinmas is next Friday, November 11. Saint Martin was a Roman soldier who cut his cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snow storm so that the beggar would not freeze to death. “That night he dreamed that Jesus was wearing the half-cloak. Martin heard Jesus say to the angels, “Here is Martin, the Roman soldier who is not baptised; he has clothed me.” (Source, Wikipedia) From a non-religious perspective, Martinmas is a time to celebrate charity by donating clothing to the poor. Martinmas also falls at the end of the harvest and during medieval times was the main harvest/Thanksgiving festival of the year. Finally, because Martinmas falls during some of the shortest days of the year, it is a time to celebrate light, hence the lanterns walks that are associated with Martinmas.

Ways to Celebrate Martinmas

Here is a list of the ways that we will be celebrating Martinmas.

Do you have any special customs for Martinmas? Have you started preparing for Thanksgiving? Is it just me, or does this autumn seem to be flying by? I hope you all have a good week!

Seasonal Activities for Michaelmas | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Michaelmas is coming up next week, on the 29th. It is a not a holiday that we have traditionally celebrated, but since we are Waldorf influenced homeschoolers, we at least make Dragon Bread, sing a Michaelmas song, and read a story. Song – Music Through the Grades: Michael Song, page 29 Poem – The Waldorf […]

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Seasonal Lesson Plan - Apples, Nuts, and Seeds | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

When Sola was in Kindergarten, I shared our weekly lesson plans, which included all of the seasonal activities we did, since that was pretty much what kindergarten was all about. Then last year, I started to do the same thing with her first grade lesson plans, but life got in the way with Noctis’ school […]

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Where to Buy Waldorf Homeschooling Supplies | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Waldorf homeschooling supplies aren’t always easy to find. So every year, I share a list of places where you can find Waldorf materials for your homeschool. Every time I go through this list, I am once again reminded of all the wonderful aspects of Waldorf! I am sad to say, however, that this year, there […]

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Homeschooling First Grade Lesson Plan - Week 3 | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/

The school year is starting next week, though it still feels like summer here. Like I did last year, with kindergarten, I’ll be sharing our lesson plan for the following week every week. For those of you who are not familiar with Waldorf inspired learning, Waldorf kindergarten does not include academics, so first grade covers […]

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