A hearth is the heart of the home. It is where we come to gather, especially at the end of the day. We draw about the fire to warm ourselves; we take in the smells of the cooking, nourishing our bodies; we come to tell stories of our day, nourishing our spirits. Yearning for the wisdom of the past, I hope those who come to this blog will feel the warmth of the hearth.
I am homeschooling my Grade 5 twin girls using Waldorf inspired education and that is the primary focus of this blog.
I have spent quite a bit of time documenting our Grade 1 year, which can be found through the links below. Grade 2 is sparse and for that, I apologize. Grade 3 is even more sparse as life keeps us more and more pressed for time. Nonetheless, I have decided to leave this blog up because I know how much I have relied on other blogs to enhance my children's lives and even if I don't have time to put as much content up as I did when my twins were younger, I hope the efforts I have put out in prior years will help inspire other families who have embarked on their own unique journeys.
This is an absolutely gorgeous book by Gerda Muller called, "Circle of Seasons". It is currently out of print, but was originally published in the Netherlands as four separate books (one per season). The board books are available at many waldorf bookstores, as well as amazon (see links).
The books are beautifully illustrated with just few words, allowing the imagination of the parent and children to tell many different stories from the gorgeous pictures. And there is always something new to discover. It is easy to get lost in these pages and I would have loved to have known about these when my girls were toddlers. Highly recommended books for little ones! A few of these pictures can give you the idea better than my words could :D
These books (or "Circle of Seasons", if you can find a used copy) would be wonderful to have on your permanent bookshelf for generations of appreciation. They help usher in the seasons and add a wonderful sense of rhythm to our children's lives!