Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Biodynamic gardening is a work in progress! There is so much to learn. We are starting off with a compost pile, built according to biodynamic principals. Mommy took a workshop at Steiner College and got to see some large compost piles in action at Raphael Garden.
Once or twice per week, we check and record the temperature using a really long thermometer. We are hoping that the pile will get to around 130 degrees F.
Signs of decomposition! Mushrooms, bugs, earthworms....
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
On Fridays, we venture over to Steiner College where Margaret goes to school. We enjoy a healthy biodynamic lunch and learn German from her. She reads to us and we plan to sing songs in the future.
The older children write German phrases in their Main Lesson Books, and Mommy reads the same book that Margaret reads to us after circle time.
As we've mentioned in our eBook, learning a foreign language is all about speaking, singing, moving, and repeating! The more we do it, the easier it gets. And, we get more confident along the way.
We are enjoying finding the similarities between German and English words, just as we've done with Greek and Latin. One new resource that we love is http://www.alphabet-garten.com/. Bob & Nancy's has a few books in German, as does Steiner College Bookstore. Now, it's time to make a puppet that we can use for German conversations at home!
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Wilson found some beautiful Emerald stones at a new age store this week. They are at the feet of St. Patrick! He was felted by Jen DiMonte and is available for purchase in her new Etsy shop: www.ancienthearth.etsy.com.
The kids' latest watercolor paintings serve as backgrounds in the nooks. The three kids are taking Waldorf-inspired watercoloring, Eurythmy and handwork classes for homeschoolers: www.wholisticlearningresources.net.
Our winter nook is slowly changing from Winter to Spring....
Joey spun up some pink yarn for Valentine's Day. Ricky crocheted it into a nice hanger for our Syrendell Academy sign. Wilson learned how to crochet flowers this week out of his handspun yarn, so we added them to the sign.
Our Etsy shop is full of yarns, streamer sticks and sprites, perfect for the upcoming holidays.
Looking forward to reading stories, creating puppet shows and felting eggs! We can't wait to try the Ukrainian egg dyeing kit from Steiner College bookstore. A friend of ours is going to show us the technique next weekend.