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!

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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