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Weaving Spring Ideas Into Homeschooling

April 02, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 79

The Turning of the Clocks has become a celebration of its own in my household. I love having longer nights of light and being able to take a walk after dinner or sit on the porch and watch the twilight birds. Living in a warm climate, spring bulbs and early flowers bloom in February and by the actual Spring Equinox life is up and around. Spring is my favorite time of year as all things are reborn. In ancient cultures and in the astrological calendar, Spring was the New Year, or the Vernal Equinox. (Being an Aries myself, I may be partial Bringing this feeling of newness and rebirth is easy to weave into your homeschooling lessons. Waldorf homeschooling is very steeped in nature and observation and festivals.

Yesterday, we took a walk where we observed the signs of spring. You can have your child draw and/or write in a Nature Notebook. Recording what they see each week or comparing flowers or buds as they emerge. Also, squirrels and birds are making nests and this is a real treat to seek and watch. Changing out the nature of seasonal table is a great way to display small flowers or items you find to designate spring. On Spring Equinox, we always plant our wheat grass seeds.(though I try to time this so that the grass is ready for Easter) This year should be great timing, as the grass takes about 10 days to grow full. Trim as need with sharp scissors. We also plant our spring garden at this time. You will need to adjust depending on your region. But many early spring seeds can be started indoors until after threat of last frost. (check with local garden center on last frost date where you are)Sweet peas, snow peas, lettuce, spinach, chard, broccoli and tender greens can be sown for tasty picking mid-spring.

Wet felting Easter Eggs is another wonderful project and easy for younger hands. (remember to tape your eggs shut before you start felting, learned that the hard way) Wrap thin layers of felt around the eggs and opposite directions and rub gently under soapy warm water. Keep rubbing. Keep rubbing. Let eggs dry on a towel for 24 hrs. There are so many crafts for this time of year. A great resource is the book "All Year Round" by Hawthorn Press. We bake Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick's Day and Hot Cross Buns for Easter. There are so many options! Easy and fun!

Donna Ashton has devoted over 5 years to learning Waldorf Education and homeschooling her twin girls. She brings her experience with raising her 8½ year old in a mindful way to help struggling homeschoolers and parents trying to balance their daily rhythm and get clarity in homeschooling. In 2009, she created The Waldorf Connection to bring the experts directly to online homeschoolers. She is now a certified Simplicity Parenting Group Leader so she may bring this amazing wisdom to her families and help them simplify and balance their homes and lifestyles. You can learn more about Donna and her programs, workshops and products at and

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