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Waldorf Art Supplies Giveaway from Bella Luna Toys & Wee Folk Art!

Wee Folk Art

This week,  Bella Luna Toys is partnering with our dear friends Kimara and Michelle over at Wee Folk Art, one of my very favorite blogs for crafters and homeschoolers, to offer one lucky reader a very special giveaway of Waldorf art supplies.

Got a minute? Then head on over to Wee Folk Art, and leave a comment to be entered to win the following package of high quality art supplies!

Crayon Holder

Coloring With Block Crayons by Sieglinde de Francesca

This giveaway has a total value of $99.00!

You may enter twice—first by indicating your choice of style of Crayon Holder, and then again by visiting Bella Luna Toys and leaving a second comment at Wee Folk Art naming your favorite Waldorf toys from the website.

Comments will close on Sunday, March 13.

Good Luck!!!

If you are new to Wee Folk Art, let me know what you think!  Feel free to leave questions here (or tell me how much you love this giveaway!), but remember, you must leave your comment at Wee Folk Art to be entered to win.

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“Rhythm of the Day” in a Waldorf Kindergarten

Waldorf-kindergarten

As part of SimpleHomeschool’s ”A Day in the Life” series, I have contributed another guest post which appears today: “A Day in the Life of a Waldorf Kindergarten.”  I describe the “Rhythm of the Day” in a Waldorf kindergarten classroom. Or more specifically, a day in my Waldorf classroom. The picture I give is of a typical “Soup Day,” as the children would fondly refer to Tuesday.

Cooking in a Waldorf Kindergarten

© Sarah Baldwin

Names of the days of the week are a meaningless abstraction for young children, but the children in my class knew that Rice Day was always followed by Soup Day, and then in turn comes Bread Day, Millet Day and Oatmeal Day.

The children also knew that on Rice Day we painted, on Soup Day we chopped vegetables, on Bread Day we kneaded dough, on Millet Day we colored with beeswax crayons, and on Fridays we polished and cleaned our classroom. It was all part of the “Rhythm of the Week.”

Seasonally, the children would experience the “Rhythm of the Year” by preparing for and celebrating the festivals of the year—Michaelmas in September, All Hallow’s Eve, Martinmas, Advent, St. Nicholas Day, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and May Day. Festivals are a much more meaningful way for a child to mark the passage of a year than dates on a calendar.

Waldorf May Day Festival

© Sarah Baldwin

As human beings, we are creatures of rhythm—from the moment we are born, our hearts beat, our blood pulses, and our lungs beat to a steady rhythm. We give children a gift and nourish their healthy development by being mindful of a young child’s need for rhythm, and offering them consistency, and the comfort of knowing what comes next, as we move through our days, weeks, and years together with them.

How do you find ways to honor the rhythm of the days, weeks and years with your children? Do you find it challenging to be consistent? Please share your suggestions and struggles!

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