As many of you know, I’ve been working all summer on the new and improved Bella Luna Toys website, and it’s very close to being ready to go live.
The new site is scheduled to be launched within a week, and I am so excited to share the results with you! Not only will you find a site that’s more user-friendly, but you’ll also find the addition of many new wooden toys and playthings throughout the fall, leading up to the holidays.
In the meantime, we have the complete line of children’s costumes from Sarah’s Silks in stock for Halloween, and I have an early bird offer for you. Receive free shipping on any Sarah’s Silks costume, ordered between now and September 30! Just enter the code COSTUMES at checkout to receive FREE SHIPPING within the continental U.S.
Princess, Knight, Mermaid, Dragon, Unicorn and Fairy Costumes from Sarah’s Silks are made from 100% silk, and are designed to nourish the senses and inspire the imagination. Great kids Halloween costumes that are also fun-year round for dress up play!
Use code COSTUMES at checkout. Offer expires 09/30/2010.
My second guest post as a contributor appears over at Simple Homeschool today.
In my piece, Waldorf Toys: Choosing the Best Educational Toys for Your Children, I describe games that, as a Waldorf teacher, I shared with the parents of children in my classes. These hands-on experiences would shed new light on how young children experience toys, and allowed parents to experience the very different ways that children play with typical Toys ‘R’ Us type toys versus the kinds of natural playthings typically found in a Waldorf classroom.
I wish I could give every one of you the same direct experience, because there is nothing that beats experiential learning, but my hope is that you’ll head over to Simple Homeschool, read my description of the exercises and try them yourself. (Better yet, try them with a friend!)
This was one of my very favorite “parent evenings” to offer, and the insights gained were often profound. I owe credit to my dear friend Louise de Forest who first introduced me to similar exercises many years ago when she was my son Harper’s kindergarten teacher. Thank you, Louise!
Try picking up and handling different kinds of toys and objects from your child’s toy box with your eyes closed. No peeking! Experience them with all your senses. What did you discover? Share your thoughts here.
Photo by Derek Gavey
The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you.
Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.
-Robert Louis Stevenson