Monday, May 31, 2010

The Waldorf Connection Expo!

The Waldorf Connection Homeschool Expo workshops!Rick and Jennifer are speaking this month at The Waldorf Connection.
Dates: May 27 – June 29  5pm Pacific/6pm Mountain/7pm Central/8pm Eastern
Calls length: approx. 60-70 minutes

Replays are available for 48 hours after live call for free.  You may also purchase mp3 files.  You must register in advance.  Free registration:


“Grade Decisions- what level is my child ready for?”-Rainbow Rosenbloom

“Simplicity Parenting- using the power of less to raise calmer, happier children”- Kim John Payne

“Steiner’s 12 Senses”- Kristie Burns

“7 Skills Parents Can use to Invite Cooperation”- Adele Faber

“Recorder/Penny Whistle Intensive”- Jodie Mesler

“Creating Rhythm in your Day”- Shariffa Oppneheimer

“From School to Home School”- Tammy Takahashi

WEEK 4 Super Saturday! June 19
“Grade Overview 1st-3rd” by Rick Tan

“Grade Overview 4th & 5th”Sylvia Hurdle, Linden Waldorf School Teacher

“Grade Overview 6th-8th” by Barbara Dewey

“Juggling Homeschooling with Multiple Children”- Tanya Burgoyne

“Pentatonic Music & Color Program”- Aurore Henze

“Rites of Passage & Rhythms”- Shea Darien

“Handwork: Planning Your Year”- Jennifer Tan

“Planning Your Homeschool Year”- Melisa Nielsen

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Tie-dyeing is one of our favorite crafts to do while at the Griffin Dyeworks Dye & Fiber Retreat each year.  This year, we dyed a shirt for each of us, socks for Joey and a silk scarf.

Ercil is the best teacher!  She taught us how to prepare and fold the fabric.  We soaked the shirts in water and soda ash. 

Then, we squirted dye colors on, bagged them up, and let them sit overnight.  We also dyed shirts for children who were flood victims.

The next day, we rinsed them, and then washed them when we got home.
Jacquard Tie Dye Kit Large

Monday, May 24, 2010


Our brilliant sister-in-law, Tiffany, has created a blog showcasing the lunches that she makes for her children each day.  Stop by her blog to get some lunch ideas for your family!  Lunchability also has a page on Facebook.

An excerpt from the blog:

Confession #1: I love food. Food that is tasty and fresh, diverse and creative. Don't even ask me to pick my favorite foods. I simply can't decide.

After many years of homeschooling, my two daughters began attending a brick-and-mortar school this year. To my dismay, I was suddenly faced with the agony of PACKING LUNCHES on a daily basis. I had visions of soggy sandwiches and bruised banana halves -- eeeeew!

Confession #2: Boredom and I don't get along very well.

Oh, sure. I asked veteran school-mom friends for advice. I researched recipes on the internet. I just didn't find many ideas that were particularly inspiring. I like a classic PB&J or veggies with ranch dip as much as the next guy ... once in a while. NOT every week.

Confession #3: I can't resist a good challenge.

Now what? Succumb to bland brown-bagging, or reinvent the notion of the packable lunch? I think you can guess the answer. I found myself on a mission to banish lunchbox boredom!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Dye & Fiber Retreat

Our family attended the annual Griffin Dyeworks Dye & Fiber Retreat this year in the beautiful mountains above Castaic, California.  This was the 4th year for the whole family, and Mommy and Joey's 5th year attending.  Definitely one of the highlights of our year!

Camping on the Hillside

Punch Needle Rug Hooking



Natural Dyeing

Splash Dyeing


Soldering a Pebble Dish

Making a Spindle



Card Weaving

Cross Stitch

Graduated Dyeing

Teaching Tunisian Crochet

Selling our Fiber Arts Tools, Books and Totes

Time out for fun -- basketball, star-gazing and musical improvisation

It was a jammed-pack weekend filled with sweet, wonderful, talented people -- and teaching, learning, sharing and creating.  Thank you to the amazing staff and supporters of Griffin Dyeworks for hosting this event!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Math Dice

We love our math dice!  Thank you very much to Jen DiMonte of the Ancient Hearth blog and Etsy shop.  She makes beautiful wood math dice, perfect for games, computations and more.

The kids enjoy using the all the dice together, including the one with Roman numerals!

One of their favorite things to do is to test Mommy or older brother and sister.

We keep our math dice in one of our naturally dyed silk velvet pouches so that they stay protected when we put them away or take them with us on trips.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Aromatherapy Tele-seminar

Jennifer will be presenting a tele-seminar on Aromatherapy Thursday night at 5pm PST/8pm EST!  It's free to listen. Sign up at

Lots of wonderful tele-seminars coming up at The Mindful Connection:

*Life Organizing- How not to get lost in the cracks!

*Aromatherapy for Parent, Child, & Home

*Raising Eco-Friendly Children

*Children as Healers

*Finding Sacred Moments in your Everyday Life

*Beyond Natural Cures

*Nurturing Ourselves as Women & Mothers

Monday, May 3, 2010

May Crowns

1.  Twist strands of wild vetch.

2.  Coil floral wire around the vetch.

3.  Measure the child's head and twist the wire together where the ends meet.

4.  Trim off dry pieces or roots hanging down the back.

5.  Add sprigs of rosemary, lavender, oak leaves, dandelion flowers, roses and more by gently pushing the stems under bits of wire or twisted vetch.

6.  Mist with water and keep in a cool place to enjoy for days!  Take off wilting flowers and add new ones to refresh the crowns.

Voici le Mois de Mai
This is the Month of May (French Folk Song -- thank you to Kristie Burns from Earthschooling for this one!)

Voici le mois de Mai
Ou les fleurs volent au vent.
Voici le mois de Mai
Ou les fleurs volent au vent.

Ou les fleurs volent au vent
Si jolie mignonne.
Ou les fleurs volent au vent
Si mignonnement!

Here is the month of May
When the flowers sway in the breeze.
Here is the month of May

When the flowers sway in the breeze.

When the flowers sway in the breeze.

They are so pretty and cute.
When the flowers sway in the breeze. 
They are very precious.