Twists and Turns

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My life has been a rollercoaster ride for the last few weeks. Between getting sick off and on, my son having onset heat exhaustion, and getting a new job, I haven’t been very focused on WIKH or on my own writing.

I did get a few more projects updated as Serials on their own websites. I think I am going to focus mostly on that sort of publishing for right now, get some comments and suggestions and critiques before publishing them.

I also started up my photography again. I am not all that worried about getting clients, mostly because client photography is not my main goal. I want to be able to sell my nature shots as prints and items.

I am struggling right now. I am sick, I am overheating, and I am tired. I am seriously exhausted. Life is taking its toll on me. I hope I am strong enough to make my way through all of this.

WIKH Lesson Plan Week Four

Waldorf Inspired Kindergarten Homeschool (WIKH) Lesson Plan Week Four
August 29th through September 2nd

The last week of August carries with it the coming of Autumn. This is the last week of Summer. We will put aside our lazy days and begin to fill them with more activities and opportunities for learning. We will take a bit of time out this week to review what we have already learned about ART and we will spend the ART slot of Main Lesson working on an image based on the seasonal story for August: The Wind and the Sun. We will also work on creating Moonstone’s first COLOUR WHEEL, which we will do in her Main Lesson Book.

Circle Time


Morning Verse

Good Morning Dear Earth (hands as if holding earth on abdomen)
Good Morning Dear Sun 
(stretch arms above head in a circular arc)
Good Morning Dear Trees 
(stretch arms to side, like tree branches)
And the Flowers Everywhere 
(hands holding flowers on ground)
Good Morning Dear Beasts 
(hands as if petting a dog,etc..)
And the Birds in the Trees 
(hands “fly” away like birds flying away)
Good Morning Dear You and
Good Morning Dear Me. 
(hands reaching to each other, then hands cross over our chest)

Weather and Calendar (Verse and Perpetual Block Calendar)

Weather Verse

Whether the weather be fine
Or whether the weather be not
Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot
We’ll weather the weather
Whatever the weather
Whether we like it or not

August Verse

August brings soft, quiet days

for carefree summer fun–

For storing up sweet memories

and lots of summer sun 

Seasonal Verse

The golden sun, so great and bright
Warms the world with all its might.

It makes the dark earth green and fair
And tends each thing with ceaseless care.

It shines on blossom, stone, and tree
On bird and beast, on you and me!

Oh, may each deed throughout the day,
May ev’rything we do and say

Be bright and strong and true,
Oh! Golden sun! Like you!
— 
bare feet and a free spirit

Morning Yoga (Verse and Sun Salutations)

The sun the sun,
the nice warm sun,
I open my heart,
to everyone,
the sun rises,
the sun sets,
the whole world
in my heart rests.
— 
storytime yoga

Meditation 

During this time, I will read the Seasonal Story as a sort of ‘guided’ meditation for Moonstone’s imagination.

Seasonal Story

This story will be the Circle Time story for all of August. It may seem repetitive to read this story every day, but Moonstone enjoys hearing the same stories all the time. Most kids at this age prefer repetition because it gives them a sense of rhythm and also because of their short memories and love of visuals (with every day you read the same story, they create more and more complex images in their minds).

THE WIND AND THE SUN

THE Wind and the Sun once had a dispute as to which was the stronger of the two.

“Do you see that traveler plodding along the road?” said the Wind. “Let us both try our strength on him, and let the one who can first strip him of his cloak be the winner.”

“Agreed,” said the Sun.

The Wind began first. He blew a blast which sent the leaves flying through air; he raised clouds of dust in the road, bent the tops of the trees to the ground, and even tore up one sturdy oak by the roots. But the traveler only drew his cloak the [60] more tightly around his shoulders, and kept on his way.

Then the Sun began. He burst out from behind a black cloud, and, little by little, darted his sultry beams upon the traveler’s head and back. The man did not notice this much at first, but soon the heat was so great that he stopped to wipe the sweat from his face.

“Ah!” he said, “I cannot stand this. It is so hot that one might as well be in an oven!” Then he threw off his cloak, and carried it under his arm; and when he came to a tree by the roadside he sat down under its shade to cool himself.

After that, the Wind never claimed to be stronger than the Sun.

— Fairy Stories and Fables   by  James Baldwin

 

Main Lesson

Main Lesson Verse

The stars above
dance and dip
and see the farthest
gods in heaven
shining with joy
and kindling light.
Mighty they are,
so never ending—
O
how perfectly
in quiet, radiant
streams of time
they arouse their veils
of warmth and weave
six of Yahveh’s 
(yonder stars)
zigzag rays.
— Alphabet verse 1, Reg Down

Main Lesson Monday through Friday

Monday:

  • LANGUAGE Introduce OH vowel sound with OH verse and movement
The Rain kisses the Flowers fingertips to lips, blow kisses to the ground
The Child picks the Flowers bend over and pick the flowers
She gives the Flowers to her Mother give the flowers to someone
The Mother hugs the Child. move arms into OH pose
OH. breathe out in love
  • ART Review: Starting Colours (inside out and outside in), Blending/Mixing Colours, and Figures.
  • ART Technique: Explain a colour wheel. Watch Colour Wheel video from Earthschooling
  • ART Technique: Start A Colour Wheel (RED)
  • ART Free art time (regular crayons and blank paper)

Tuesday:

  • LANGUAGE OH verse and movement
  • LANGUAGE The Search for the Magic Lake (Earthschooling Curriculum)
  • ART Technique: Add the Second Colour to Wheel (ORANGE)
  • ART Free art time (regular crayons and blank paper)

Wednesday:

  • LANGUAGE OH verse and movement
  • LANGUAGE The Search for the Magic Lake (Earthschooling Curriculum)
  • ART Exercise: Add Third and Fourth Colours to Wheel (YELLOW and GREEN)
  • ART Free art time (regular crayons and blank paper)

Thursday:

  • LANGUAGE OH verse and movement
  • LANGUAGE The Search for the Magic Lake (Earthschooling Curriculum)
  • ART Exercise: Add Fifth Colour to Wheel (BLUE)
  • ART Free art time (regular crayons and blank paper)

Friday:

  • LANGUAGE OH verse and movement
  • LANGUAGE The Search for the Magic Lake (Earthschooling Curriculum)
    • ML Story artwork.
  • ART Exercise: Add Final Colour to Wheel (PURPLE)
  • ART Draw image from Seasonal Story for MLB
    • If need be, re-read the story for clarity.
  • ART Free art time (regular crayons and blank paper)

 

End of Main Lesson Verse

The morning has ended
We’ve done our best
Good bye ’til tomorrow
And have a nice rest.

After Main Lesson, we will have a snack (going to try and get us into the habit of saying a blessing before each meal, no matter how weird it may seem). Then it will be nap time.


 

Two New Titles

Well, to be realistic, there is one new title and one that has received a bit of an upgrade. Remember how I told you that I decided to continue with Bran and Bryn? Yeah, well, I have turned their tales into a full website. There are so many different topics that their tales will cover, from The Alphabet to Art to the Esbats and everything in between. Academic and Spiritual/Pagan topics. I am really excited for it.

The Tales of Bran and Bryn LOGO Continue reading “Two New Titles”

WIKH Lesson Plan Week Three

Waldorf Inspired Kindergarten Homeschool (WIKH) Lesson Plan Week Three
August 22nd through August 26th

Circle Time


Morning Verse

Good Morning Dear Earth (hands as if holding earth on abdomen)
Good Morning Dear Sun 
(stretch arms above head in a circular arc)
Good Morning Dear Trees 
(stretch arms to side, like tree branches)
And the Flowers Everywhere 
(hands holding flowers on ground)
Good Morning Dear Beasts 
(hands as if petting a dog,etc..)
And the Birds in the Trees 
(hands “fly” away like birds flying away)
Good Morning Dear You and
Good Morning Dear Me. 
(hands reaching to each other, then hands cross over our chest)

Weather and Calendar (Verse and Perpetual Block Calendar)

Weather Verse

Whether the weather be fine
Or whether the weather be not
Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot
We’ll weather the weather
Whatever the weather
Whether we like it or not

We will continue to work on number recognition and the days of the week, as well as working on describing the weather–we are having a bit of a problem with the difference between just cloudy and actual stormy, between sunny and cloudy and windy… I don’t know. Moonstone just seems to have a problem with paying attention! 😀 We will continue to work on it all, I gauruntee it.

August Verse

August brings soft, quiet days

for carefree summer fun–

For storing up sweet memories

and lots of summer sun 

Seasonal Verse

The golden sun, so great and bright
Warms the world with all its might.

It makes the dark earth green and fair
And tends each thing with ceaseless care.

It shines on blossom, stone, and tree
On bird and beast, on you and me!

Oh, may each deed throughout the day,
May ev’rything we do and say

Be bright and strong and true,
Oh! Golden sun! Like you!
— 
bare feet and a free spirit

Morning Yoga (Verse and Sun Salutations)

The sun the sun,
the nice warm sun,
I open my heart,
to everyone,
the sun rises,
the sun sets,
the whole world
in my heart rests.
— 
storytime yoga

Meditation 

During this time, I will read the Seasonal Story as a sort of ‘guided’ meditation for Moonstone’s imagination.

Seasonal Story

This story will be the Circle Time story for all of August. It may seem repetitive to read this story every day, but Moonstone enjoys hearing the same stories all the time. Most kids at this age prefer repetition because it gives them a sense of rhythm and also because of their short memories and love of visuals (with every day you read the same story, they create more and more complex images in their minds).

THE WIND AND THE SUN

THE Wind and the Sun once had a dispute as to which was the stronger of the two.

“Do you see that traveler plodding along the road?” said the Wind. “Let us both try our strength on him, and let the one who can first strip him of his cloak be the winner.”

“Agreed,” said the Sun.

The Wind began first. He blew a blast which sent the leaves flying through air; he raised clouds of dust in the road, bent the tops of the trees to the ground, and even tore up one sturdy oak by the roots. But the traveler only drew his cloak the [60] more tightly around his shoulders, and kept on his way.

Then the Sun began. He burst out from behind a black cloud, and, little by little, darted his sultry beams upon the traveler’s head and back. The man did not notice this much at first, but soon the heat was so great that he stopped to wipe the sweat from his face.

“Ah!” he said, “I cannot stand this. It is so hot that one might as well be in an oven!” Then he threw off his cloak, and carried it under his arm; and when he came to a tree by the roadside he sat down under its shade to cool himself.

After that, the Wind never claimed to be stronger than the Sun.

— Fairy Stories and Fables   by  James Baldwin

 

Main Lesson

Main Lesson Verse

The stars above
dance and dip
and see the farthest
gods in heaven
shining with joy
and kindling light.
Mighty they are,
so never ending—
O
how perfectly
in quiet, radiant
streams of time
they arouse their veils
of warmth and weave
six of Yahveh’s 
(yonder stars)
zigzag rays.
— Alphabet verse 1, Reg Down

Main Lesson Monday through Friday

Monday:

  • LANGUAGE Introduce EH vowel sound with EH verse and movement
    hold arms out to either side
    Sun awakens as Moon drifts to sleep with hands cupped bring left arm up for the Sun
    And Moon kisses Sun goodnight bring left hand down and raise right arm
    They meet in the sky rarely, raise both arms, hands cupped, to create a circle over head
    But are always balanced in the Heavens. bring arms down into EH pose
    EH. breathe out in harmony and balance
  • ART Review: Shading, Colour, and Value
  • ART Terminology: Paper Directions and Names of Sides
  • ART Technique: Telling Colour Stories
  • ART Exercise One: Using Primary Colours
  • ART Exercise Two: How to Start With Colour from the Inside Out
  • ART Free art time (regular crayons and blank paper)

Tuesday:

  • LANGUAGE EH verse and movement
  • LANGUAGE The Shoemaker and the Elves (Earthschooling Curriculum)
  • ART Review: Paper Directions, Names of Sides, and Primary Colours
  • ART Exercise Three: How to start with the second colour from the outside in.
  • ART Exercise Four: How to finish the frame
  • ART Free art time (regular crayons and blank paper)

Wednesday:

  • LANGUAGE EH verse and movement
  • LANGUAGE The Shoemaker and the Elves (Earthschooling Curriculum)
  • ART Review: Frame Work
  • ART Exercise Five: How to blend & mix colors.
  • ART Exercise Six: How to create a body
  • ART Free art time (regular crayons and blank paper)

Thursday:

  • LANGUAGE EH verse and movement
  • LANGUAGE The Shoemaker and the Elves (Earthschooling Curriculum)
  • ART Review: Blend and Mix Colours and Creating a Body
  • ART Exercise Seven: How to create and add clothing
  • ART Exercise Eight: How to add and create the head and face.
  • ART Free art time (regular crayons and blank paper)

Friday:

  • LANGUAGE EH verse and movement
  • LANGUAGE The Shoemaker and the Elves (Earthschooling Curriculum)
    • ML Story artwork.
  • ART Review: Adding Clothes and Creating the Head and Face
  • ART Exercise Nine: Edging techniques and how to add finishing touches.
  • ART Free art time (regular crayons and blank paper)

 

End of Main Lesson Verse

The morning has ended
We’ve done our best
Good bye ’til tomorrow
And have a nice rest.

After Main Lesson, we will have a snack (going to try and get us into the habit of saying a blessing before each meal, no matter how weird it may seem). Then it will be nap time.


 

Decision

So, I’ve decided to give The Tales of Bran and Bryn another try. I am going to primarily work on the Sabbats and Esbats stories, mostly because making a container story for them is very time consuming and requires a lot of effort on my part. It takes a lot to write those stories, even though it may not seem like it. If I get the inspiration I will continue with the Language Arts container story, and perhaps move onto a Math container story.

I have so much respect for the homeschoolers who write their own stories to use. Seriously. Ya’ll have some balls.

Our First Week

So, even though Sunstone started school on August 4th, I waited for the first full week of school to be over for both of them. Sunstone has been doing amazingly in his new class. The school is perfect for him–it is a Charlotte Mason inspired experience, which seems to be well suited for him.He is super happy. We did our First Day of School Ritual of taking pictures. I did this as a child, pictures on the first day and on the last day. Even though I will let him do school pictures, I doubt I’ll be getting prints because I like my pictures better. Being a photographer, especially one that works primarily with natural lighting and scenery, I definitely prefer my pieces.

Moonstone and I had a rough first week. Monday, we definitely started off on the wrong foot. We didn’t do any school at all, not even reading. I was down and out, exhausted and just out of spoons. We started on Tuesday, strong and willing with an open mind and heart, which was amazing. However, on Wednesday, Sunstone stayed home because he wasn’t feeling good, so we missed out on doing school that day. Which was fine, I wasn’t feeling the best either. Thursday we continued with what we did on Tuesday, but Moonstone asked for a different story. It took a minute to figure out which story to use for the vowels, instead of The Golden Key. On Friday, we did our Circle Time and we read the new story, which she liked even better because of the length.

These were taking on Sunstone’s first day of school, but they are much better than the ones taken on Monday for Moonstone. They destroyed that bush behind them, which was right in front of our home. It is nearly completely gone at this point, which is both disappointing and unnerving because we live in a community and there are hoodlums and derelicts around here that like to peer into homes. *shrugs* Just glad we have curtains.

Moonstone is really enjoying the perpetual calendar I made for Sunstone at the beginning of homeschooling. She is really into it, and she is learning the months and days of the week as well as number recognition. We do the weather first, then the day of the week, then the month, then the numbers.

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I messed up by putting the month before the weekday, but I’ll fix that starting tomorrow. I haven’t been all here this last week, I’ve been sort of struggling. But I’m working on getting out of that funk. I had a seizure today–not epilepsy, I have PNES (psychogenic non-epileptic seizures). It takes a lot out of me, which I am sure that anyone who has seizures of any sort can understand. I’m usually laid up for a few hours, if not more, afterwards with a raging headache. It’s been about 2 hours since it happened, and my headache is just starting to recede.

I think I might look into continuing with the Bran and Bryn stories, and use them for Moonstone. I am unsure because writing them takes a lot of effort and I’m wary about putting that much time and energy into something that we will only use once. They both showed genuine interest in those stories that I did finish, which was nice. The concept would make for a wonderful container story, though.

Well, I am going to look into doing some work on the lesson plans for the coming weeks. To end this post, I shall leave you with a lovely picture of one of my familiars:

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~Tori~

WIKH: A Change Has Been Made

All right, so the story we are using right now (The Golden Key) is a bit drawn out and Moonstone is getting tired of it. I’ve decided to change the story, as she is not interested in it anymore. She asked me if we could read a different story tomorrow. Upon searching, I was able to find a story that is quite a bit shorter: The Land of the Singing Sounds. We will be reading it tomorrow and will be reviewing it on Monday. I will update next weeks plan to reflect this.

WIKH Lesson Plan Week Two

Waldorf Inspired Kindergarten Homeschool (WIKH) Lesson Plan Week Two
August 15th through August 19th

We won’t be introducing Form Drawing or actual artwork until we have moved through the lessons on Block Crayons and colours (this will take about 2 weeks, perhaps up to 4 depending on Moonstone). I will be breaking up the Earthschooling Block Crayon lessons so we don’t get overwhelmed. This first week of art will be dealing with colour, value, shading, and learning about how we can all be artists, even if we don’t think we can. Moonstone loves colouring and drawing, but this is going to be a big change for her and it will take some time for her to get used to it. I am very excited to teach her Block Crayons though.

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Waldorf Inspired Kindergarten Homeschool Lesson Plan Week 1

Waldorf Inspired Kindergarten Homeschool (WIKH) Lesson Plan Week One
August 8th through August 12th

Before school even starts on Monday, we will get dressed up in special clothes and take pictures and do a simple ritual to commemorate the First Day of School — we will light a special candle and say a prayer to Spirit and Moonstone will make a commitment to trying her best in school.

Note: The following outline is what we will be doing this week, August 8th through August 12th. Generally, school will start around 8AM and by 10AM we should be finished. It could go on longer, depending on how Moonstone does. Hopefully, in the end, when we have added in all the desired parts to the Main Lesson portion, we will go no later than 12PM.

I hope you enjoy the lessons as I publish them, on Thursdays each week starting on August 11th. Stay tuned for more Lesson Plans and supplimental posts in the future. 

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