[op_liveeditor_element data-style=””][text_block style=”undefined” align=”left”]Main Lessons for Grades 3 & 4 (Jean & Alison)
In this workshop, we will experience a day in a Waldorf homeschool with a third and/or fourth grade child and the two-day rhythm of a main lesson. Lesson topics will include those from both grades: shelter, animals, farming, local geography, math, Old Testament stories and Norse myths. Together, we will create the main lesson time including warm-up, lesson content, the lively arts, summarizing and writing. We will share ideas and practice the lesson activities as a group so that you can carry this back home. You are welcome to come either day, but to get the full experience of the two-day rhythm and all topics, you should plan to come both Friday and Saturday afternoons.
Handwork: Knitting (Alisha)
Beginning in first grade, the Waldorf handwork curriculum introduces knitting to the awakening child. Knitting is revisited in third and fifth grades with more challenging projects that build on the first grade experiences. In our Taproot session, the beginning knitter will learn the basics of knitting (the slipknot, casting on, knit stitch, and casting off) and make a small project; and knitters who have the basics down will begin to make a knitted hat.
Math Movement Games(Barbara)
We will learn and practice the Waldorf math movement games which help the children memorize basic math facts in a fun and exciting way, by marching, passing bean bags, skipping, jumping rope, and playing with rhythm sticks. Get ready to MOVE!
Child Development According to Steiner (Royse)
Royse will present the different stages of development of the child as Rudolf Steiner gave them, and then will discuss how the Waldorf curriculum meets these changes in each child, starting with the preschool-kindergarten program all the way to the eighth grade and beyond. Bring your questions!
Simple Pentatonic Songs for Recorder (Jodie) The pleasure and ease of pentatonic songs (with just five notes) are the pathway and foundation to learning music in a holistic way. Learn what they are, and the value and importance of them. Take home several pentatonic and festival songs and add them to your family celebrations. You will learn to sing and play them using recorder. This workshop is for all, even those with little or no musical education. Bring a recorder, if you have one; we will also have some to loan out. [/text_block][/op_liveeditor_element]
[op_liveeditor_element data-style=””][text_block style=”undefined” align=”left”]Creating a Puppet Play (Jean) In this workshop, we will explore one way of creating a puppet show from a fairy tale. (Remember, drama is one of the lively arts!) We will explore how to write a script, and then we will create a puppet theater and make simple rod puppets. This process is a great mixed-ages activity. We will perform the play for everyone on Saturday evening!
Simple Pentatonic Songs for Recorder(Jodie)
The pleasure and ease of pentatonic songs are the pathway and foundation to learning music in a holistic way. Learn what they are, and the value and importance of them. Take these songs home to your family as you learn to sing and play them using the recorder. This class is for all, even those with little or no musical education. Bring a recorder if you have one; we will also have some to loan out.
Painting & Drawing (Royse) Learn how to work with watercolor and to find form in wet-on-wet painting. We will also explore how to work with complementary colors in both painting and drawing. This session will offer an overview of painting and drawing through the curriculum, and participants will create pictures from a few different grades’ main lessons.
Math Movement Games(Barbara) We will learn and practice the Waldorf math movement games which help the children memorize basic math facts in a fun and exciting way, by marching, passing bean bags, skipping, jumping rope, and playing with rhythm sticks. Get ready to MOVE!
Conversations with Alison (Alison)
During late afternoon tea time each day, Alison will be available to facilitate a discussion focused on taking the ideas and information you have been gathering during the morning and afternoon sessions and applying them to YOUR family’s homeschool. Join us as we brainstorm and share ideas and plans that will make your unique, one-of-a-kind homeschool blossom in the coming year. Some topics include: learning challenges, balancing everyone’s needs, creating a multi-age, family-centered approach, and fostering community and social connections.