August 28, 2014

Waldorf Inspired Kindergarten Homeschool - Lesson Plan for Week of September 2nd

Waldorf Inspired Kindergarten Homeschool - Lesson Plan for Week of September 2nd | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

This year, Sola will “officially" be in kindergarten. For those of you who are not familiar with Waldorf inspired learning, Waldorf kindergarten does not usually include academics. Instead, the focus continues to be on rhythm, story telling, poetry, music, art, handwork, and most of all, lots of playtime. This year, I thought I would share the Waldorf inspired homeschool lesson plans.

If you want to use our lesson plans for the year, we are using some basic Waldorf books as our resources for stories, poetry, and songs. These resources are:

           

    

Each week will have the following elements included: a nursery rhyme, a seasonal poem, a seasonal song, a seasonal story, drawing time, painting time, modeling time, and one, or more, seasonal activities, such as crafts, baking, gardening, etc. 

  • Nursery Rhyme – Humpty Dumpty 

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, 

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. 

All the king's horses and all the king's men 

Couldn't put Humpty together again.

  • Seasonal Poem – Around the Year – September
  • Seasonal Song – The Singing Year – Apples and Fruits (Page 65)
  • Seasonal Story – Tell Me a Story – Do What You Can (page 165)
  • Drawing – draw a picture from week’s story
  • Painting – use week’s seasonal poem for inspiration
  • Modeling – make an ear of corn
  • Seasonal activity – plant late-summer/early-autumn flowers, such as asters, mums, salvia, goldenrod, helenium, and sedum

So please, feel free to join us in this wonderful year of Waldorf inspired kindergarten homeschooling. If you use any of our lesson plans or ideas, I’d love to hear from you! 

Disclosure: Some item links in this post are affiliate links. I will make a small amount of money if you click on them and make a purchase. All opinions expressed, however, are 100% my own.

Maureen

August 23, 2014

Homeschool Science: Soap Souffle

Homeschool Science: Soap Souffle - from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells #homeschool #science

Sola is definitely on a role with doing homeschool science experiments as much as possible, so I have been racking my brains to remember which ones I did with my older children that were successful. Certainly this soap soufflé experiment is fast, easy, amazing to watch, and good clean fun. The hardest part of the whole experiment, in fact, is tracking down original Ivory Soap bars. I've found them at our local drug store.

What kitchen science experiments have you been doing in your homeschool lately? I'd love to hear about them, so please share in the comments below with links to your posts or internet directions, if you have them.

Maureen

August 13, 2014

Homeschool Science - Color Changing Milk

Hi! I’m sorry for my absence the last couple of weeks. We’ve had a lot going on around here, so I haven’t had a chance to post. We still have two weeks left of summer, but Sola has recently entered a phase where she wants to do experiments all the time. By this, she really means that she wants to mix random things together to make a concoction, especially if it involves food coloring. This has been proving to be quite messy, so this week, I decided to try do some more structured science experiments that allow her to mix as she wanted to do, but still somewhat contained her mess.

The first experiment that we did was called the Color Changing Milk Experiment. I first read about it several years ago. I found a good set of instructions on Steve Spangler’s website. The only change we made was that I just had Sola drop a blob of dish soap right from the bottle in the milk, instead of using a cotton swab. Apologies for the blurry video, my phone couldn’t focus on the milk very well).

Maureen

August 4, 2014

Seashell and Driftwood Wind Chime

Seashell and Driftwood Wind Chime - from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

I’ve always loved wind chimes, but have never owned one because I didn’t want to disturb my neighbors. The last couple of summers, I saw several seashell wind chimes on Pinterest and thought that would make a lovely alternative, since the shells wouldn’t be too loud. I was intimidated, however, by the thought of drilling holes into shells. Finally, this summer I convinced myself that this would be the summer - I would make a wind chime, if it killed me!

Seashell and Driftwood Wind Chime - from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

While searching Etsy for shells (we’re not allowed to collect seashells from the beaches in Washington) I was ecstatic to find shells and driftwood that were already drilled!

Seashell and Driftwood Wind Chime - from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

I threaded some embroidery floss through the driftwood and tied a knot on top. Then Sola threaded the seashells and wrapped a loop around them to keep them in place. I then used more embroidery floss to create a hanger.

Seashell and Driftwood Wind Chime - from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Since we finished our wind chime, I’ve seen lots of other pretty DIY wind chimes, such as this one made with sea glass,

 

this one made with miniature nature sun catchers,

 

this one made with keys,

 

and finally this one made with silverware.

 

This was lots of fun and a great way to celebrate summer. The shells just make a gentle tinkling sound.

Maureen

July 31, 2014

45 Places to Buy Books and Supplies for Your Waldorf Homeschool

45 Places to Buy Books and Supplies for Your Waldorf Homeschool - from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells
Buying Waldorf materials for homeschooling can get expensive and confusing. Here is a list of suppliers that we have used. Please feel free to share any experiences you have had with these retailers or others that I’ve not mentioned

  1. A Child’s Dream (a large variety of books and supplies)
  2. Baby Naturopathics(a Canadian store with a large variety of books and supplies)
  3. Bear Dance Crafts (craft and handwork supplies)
  4. Bella Luna Toys (a large variety of books and supplies)
  5. Bookstore at Rudolph Steiner College (large variety of books/curriculum)
  6. Casey’s Wood Products (wood craft supplies)
  7. Christopherus Homeschool Resources
  8. Dragonfly Toys(an Australian store with a large variety of books and supplies)
  9. The Enchanted Cupboard (Etsy store that sells wooden toys and seasonal table items)
  10. Enchanted Forest Toys (large variety of toys and seasonal table items)
  11. Family Pastimes (cooperative board games)
  12. Folkmanis (high quality puppets)
  13. Georgia Wooden Toys (Etsy store that sells wooden toys and seasonal table items)
  14. Green Mountain Woolies (Etsy store with peg dolls, toys, and seasonal table items)
  15. I Used to Be a Tree (Etsy store that sells unfinished wooden peg dolls, eggs, etc.)
  16. Jamie York Press (Making Math Meaningful) (curriculum)
  17. Katjas Flower Fairies (Etsy store that sells Waldorf flower fairies, root people, etc.)
  18. Little Acorn Learning (Etsy shop that sells play stands, beeswax crayon holders, etc.)
  19. Little Acorn Learning (curriculum)
  20. The Little Hedgerow (Etsy store that sells fairy garden supplies)
  21. Live Education (curriculum)
  22. Mamakopp (Etsy store that sells wooden toys and seasonal table items)
  23. Mamaroots (Etsy store that sells wooden toys and seasonal table items)
  24. Math By Hand (curriculum)
  25. Meadow Sweet Naturals (a large variety of books and supplies)
  26. Nova Natural (a large variety of books and supplies)
  27. Palumba (a large variety of books and supplies)
  28. Paper, Scissors, Stone (a large variety of books and supplies)
  29. Personhood Press (curriculum)
  30. Pied Piper Press (curriculum)
  31. Promethean Press (curriculum)
  32. Simple Gift Toys (Etsy store that sells wooden toys and seasonal table items)
  33. Specialty Bottle (jars, bottles, and other storage containers)
  34. Steiner Books (large variety of books/curriculum)
  35. Teach Wonderment (books and coloring with block crayons DVD/book)
  36. A Toy Garden (a large variety of books and supplies)
  37. Two Raccoon Hollow (Etsy store that sells wooden toys and seasonal table items)
  38. Waldorf Books (Bob and Nancy’s Bookshop) (large variety of books/curriculum)
  39. Waldorf Essentials (curriculum)
  40. Waldorf Publications (large variety of books/curriculum)
  41. Waldorf Toys (a German store, but has the largest variety of Waldorf postcards)
  42. Waldorf Treasures (a large variety of books and supplies)
  43. Walter T. Kelley Co. (candle making supplies)
  44. WECAN (large variety of books/curriculum)
  45. The Wooden Wagon (large variety of toys and seasonal table items)

Maureen