We are very excited about our new eBook! Often, teachers, parents and homeschooling families ask about how to teach children about reproduction. Rick has been developing this eBook for the past three years, and it is now available for pre-order through our Etsy shop!
The eBook is currently featured in the Global Waldorf Expo at The Waldorf Connection June 13-15, 2014. Click here to register!
Some information about the book....
You might remember when you were a teenager and your parents gave you “the talk.” You sat down on the family room sofa and they started lecturing about birds and bees. You were slightly baffled about the reference to flying garden creatures! Mostly, you were feeling squirmy and awkward. You realized, as they lectured on, that they were equally uncomfortable.
Fast forward. Somehow, you became the proud parent of a teenager. Well, it is not really somehow. You know how you became a parent. It is the most natural thing we humans do. And yet, you are sitting with your teenager and finding yourself in the same position as your parents a few years before. This time, however, you decide not to use the birds and bees metaphor. This time, you are so ready. You have read Let’s Talk Biology and Biography, an eBook about facing your adolescent child with compassion and courage.
Let’s Talk Biology and Biography gives a positive and healthy message about human sexuality. It contains a unique and beautiful diagram that connects reproduction with relationship, an illustration that compares male and female reproductive organs, and of the female fertility cycle. With simple descriptions that accompany the illustrations, this eBook can serve you as a parent through “the talk” or, as an educator and homeschooling parent, offer you an introductory set of lessons you can do with your students.
More than ever, in this tech age of casual (mis)information, we owe it to our children to be the ones to offer heartfelt words that affirm the celebration of a healthy sense of self and relationships.
Beautifully written and illustrated eBook by Waldorf Teacher Rick Tan, MD of Syrendell, based on his own teaching in the middle grades, his medical degree background, and homeschooling his own children. All contents are copyrighted. This eBook is for your own personal use, only. Please contact us if you are interested in utilizing this in a school setting and need permission to reproduce information/artwork.
Friday, June 13, 2014
Monday, June 9, 2014
The album is such a special gift for us to keep as a family, and we enjoy sharing it with friends and relatives. It also serves as a nice reminder of what we accomplished during the year...always more than we remember!
Summer is a great time to analyze and evaluation the previous homeschooling year in order to better prepare for the coming year, and the photo album may be used as an evaluative tool.
More than anything, we really just love flipping through the pages and saying, "Oh yeah...remember that?" and launching into discussions about what we learned together as a family. Click below to take a peek at our album from 2013-2014!
The new way to make a photo album: photo books by Shutterfly.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
In January, Jennifer had the privilege of leading a wet felted tapestry workshop for teachers at the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education Conference. Teachers from public charter Waldorf school attended from all over the United States.
The workshop was held at the magical campus of Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, California.
Participants tirelessly and patiently drafted bits of luca sheep wool to create a base for their tapestries. We sang good-bye to Winter and welcome to Spring!
Next, we drafted bits of plant-dyed wool from Mama Jude. She is a Waldorf handwork teacher in Georgia who dyes the most amazing vibrant colors naturally. Here is a link to her Etsy shop.
One of the participants joined Jennifer the following week for a Tunisian crochet class and she brought her finished (dried!) tapestry to share. Here it is! Beautiful.
Monday, April 21, 2014
We are please to announce that our guest blog post is up at The Waldorf Connection! Please take a peek and leave a comment.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Monday, March 31, 2014
Staying organized as a homeschooling family is important. At times, it can feel like learning is taking over every space of the home! Here are some of the ways that we stay organized during the homeschool year.
magnetic ropes on a wall to showcase recent artwork. It is easy and inexpensive. We rotate artwork and then store them away. Eventually, some watercolors get cut into cards, gift tags, notebook covers and book markers.
We dedicate one open bookcase for current books, projects, supplies and reference material. We found some magazine holders at a thrift shop and added chalkboard stickers on the sides. Handwork is kept in a basket that may be carried anywhere. A large basket with commonly used art and other supplies is on the floor.
We dedicate a space for a nature table...mantle, bar, top of bookcase or other spot.
A table space is clean and available for written work and artwork during the day, and is cleaned up before dinner each afternoon.
We found an antique caddy for all of our writing and drawing supplies. Reused food jars and cylindrical gift boxes hold pens and paint brushes.
Sometimes, organizing feels like it takes as much time as planning! Daily, we organize and clean the table space. Weekly, we organize the bookcase. Seasonally, we rotate the nature table, artwork and reorganize the magazine holders in the bookcase. Curricula and supplies that are not being used will be stored in a bin in the garage, sold, gifted or recycled.
Monday, February 3, 2014
As a conscious parent, your goals are to nourish your child as a whole individual, give them confidence to express themselves in their unique way, nurture creativity balance and independent thinking, allow them to focus on what interests them, cultivate a love for learning and more important- allow them enjoy being a child.
“School for all Seasons”, gives parents the opportunity to learn within a structured program that will guide but not overwhelm. It lays out the main elements to providing a Waldorf-inspired structure for a young child. Complete with real life examples, templates, videos & week-by-week curriculum, this course will clear away the confusion and replace it with understanding. It will allow you to say, “Yes! I can do that.” It will show you how. Wherever you may be on this path, “School for all Seasons” will meet you there with practical nuts-n-bolts solutions, time-saving steps, and answers to your questions. There is great cultural pressure to “hurry” our children into… everything. Academics, sports, classes, and basically a scheduled life. This course is designed to provide you with the way to give holistic education to your child to nourish their body, mind and spirit. Click here to find out more!
Monday, December 23, 2013
One of the more unique and fascinating part of Waldorf curricula is the study of Nordic tales in grade 4. This is presented often through the teaching of Norse mythology, stories about Vikings, information about Scandinavia and Finland, and the Finnish Kalevala. We chose to cover this block during the coldest and darkest time of the year at home, enjoying reading Thorkill of Iceland, D'Aulaires Norse Myths and the Kalavela while naalbinding yarn and sipping hot chocolate....
Main Lesson Book page on Norse God Balder.
Symbols from ancient Finland.
Wet-on-dry watercolor of heroes fighting at Asgard in Norse Mythology.
Lucetting a gift for big brother for Christmas.
Designing and carving Thor's hammer, "Mjolnir" out of clay.
Yggdrasil = The nine worlds in Norse Mythology
Making a raw vegan "Odin's Yule Log"
Creating rune stones out of clay
Baking vegan Santa Lucia buns
A handwork basket filled with Scandinavian tools: nostepinne, lucet, double-lucet, naalbinding needle
Oil crayon drawn, then wet-on-dry watercolor painted Vainamoinen playing the kantele from the Kalevala
Wet-on-dry watercolor of a Viking ship
Monday, December 2, 2013
We love doing handwork projects as a family! Our new eBook was written to inspire families to create beautiful handwork projects as a family at home. Available in our Etsy shop.
1. Knitted gnome and bed
2. Crochet/Knit Baby Blanket
3. Natural Silk Gift Wrapping
4. Handspun Woven Table Runner
Information about supplies, planning, importance of family handwork and resources included. 18 pages. This listing is for one digital copy that is in pdf format. Upon purchase, you will be able to download it directly through Etsy. eBook is for your own personal family use, only. Schools and co-op groups may email us for information on a custom listing for their organization.