Saturday, 24 September 2011

Snippets from our first week of 'school'

Because of our boating holiday we only started our official "school" work this week. As some of you know we loosely follow the waldorf/steiner curriculum for its gentle and very creative approach to education. What I find wonderful is the rhythms that are used in the day.
It is very age specific to work with childhood developmental stages. However, it is not easy to separate the children when you have four at home all day, so instead everyone joins in to their ability with most things and when it is time just for the older two I set up different projects for the younger two.
We also make sure that when the sun is shining we go out and play :) Here Kiki made a pond for fairies that she was very proud of.

K taking the neighbour's dog for a walk.
The first block that we are covering is man and animal. After discussing the human form they made clay models.
They enjoyed discovering how they couldn't make a human with proper proportions out of clay if they wanted it to stand up.

After shaping their little human forms, the kids stood them up but they wobbled over much to Kiki's delight :)
Once dried, the kids wanted to paint them. K made a tiny mouse too.
We also got stuck into bookwork. With new books to fill the kids were eager to work.
A different day, a different lesson :)

B called me outside one evening to look at the sunset. I grabbed the camera and snapped away at the pink sky.

"No, Mom, look that way!"

This week we also visited a wood workshop. I wish I had taken more pictures not only of the workshop but it's setting. It was amazing!


Pip said...

great to see you home safe and enjoying your first school week! We have been working with clay today as well. making walnut shell tortoises!
Stunning sunset as well!

Kelly said...

Lovely to see glimpses of your first week of learning. I love the sunset. Autumn is such a wonderful time for spectacular sunsets. Those humans have lots of character too. Will need to catch up on your boat holiday later.

Jackie said...

The pictures are wonderful. Thanks for sharing them. The kids look like they are enjoying school very much, especially while making the clay people. :)

Jackie who stays busy homeschooling a high-spirited 14 year old dyslexic sweetie.

Moogie said...

Thanks you guys, it feels great to get back into the swing of things, although with this gorgeous weather we have spent all our days this week outside.