I love crystals and have been using them for years in various ways. I've tried to carry them around with me but often found they got lost, ended up in the washing machine or poked into me through my clothing. This inspired me to make beautiful, simple jewellery using crystals and semi-precious gemstones. I like the boho chic style and have used this as my inspiration for many of my pieces. Below are some pictures, for more information and prices, please see my etsy page. The listings on etsy explain the benefits of each crystal.
http://www.waldorfpublications.org/blogs/book-news/being-nine-years-oldAside from the curriculum I have purchased, I am gathering free resources to help me prepare to teach third grade. If you have any to add, please message me.
Millenial Child, block rotation for Grade Three
Possibly the best Pinterest board for Waldorf ideas
Shelters from around the world, free eBook.
Waldorf Inspirations, a website designed to help inspire teachers
http://waldorfinspirations.com/index.php/grades/3rd-grade Waldorf Inspirations - 3rd Grade
The Parenting Passageway
http://theparentingpassageway.com/?s=third+grade The Parenting Passageway on WordPress.com
Mrs M's files - lots of free files for all grades and access to a huge group of Waldorf HE families worldwide. If you are not a member already here is the email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Great chalkboard guidance for all grades
Third grade reader, free ebook
Journey to the Promised Land. Free ebook
And There Was Light. Free ebook.
An English Grammar - The Language Before Babel - free eBook
An article by Waldorf Publications on Being 9 Years Old
I'll add the resources I bought soon.
I've been eating organic food for over ten years, biodynamic where possible. I recently adopted some hens. To my surprise they came from the very same place where my eggs usually come from. I pay significantly more for these eggs because they are organic, free range (and local). I had visions in my head of what the hens would look like and the conditions they lived in. When I brought my hens home, I was surprised by how shabby they were.
All of them had feathers missing, this is to be expected I guess when you place that many chickens together in one place. Four out of six of the hens had very sore bottoms, three of them looked underweight and one of the died in the first six days after not eating the whole time she was with us. (We had a funeral today for Willow, the deceased hen, you do that kind of things with an 8 and 5 year old around)
This shook me up quite a bit. I had assumed that because the hens came from an organic, free range farm, they would be in great shape but this is far from the case. It reminded me of another disappointing experience two years ago at an organic dairy farm. I took my children to see how things worked and to meet the cows and calves. I came home confused and upset. The cows were not treated badly but when I considered the quality of the calves' lives, I felt seriously disappointed.
The farmer's wife told me that the reason they had chosen to go organic was because of what they had witnessed in their fathers (who were farmers). They had seen these farmers die younger than they needed to and they had linked it to the heavy chemicals they were exposed to in farming work. I can appreciate why they chose to become organic.
For me, part of the organic appeal is that everyone involved is treated healthily, with respect. The cows, especially the calves, were not treated naturally or with respect. The babies were placed in a small enclosure, in a grid system that was placed on concrete. They each had a plastic pod large for shelter plus food containers. This was set up for convenience but I found it shocking. We fed the calves with milk, each receiving a set ration. Every calf quickly drank the milk and then continued to seek more. I felt very uncomfortable watching them, it was obvious they wanted more.
We were invited into the barn to feed a calf that had just been born. The farmer's wife explained that they give the calf the colostrum, the first milk that comes in. As with humans, colostrum is very nutritious. The cows were brought in to be milked, the colostrum was taken first before the main milking session began. The farmer's wife took the colostrum from the milking area and took it to the barn so we could feed the newborns. After feeding the calf it repeatedly butted me and pushed me, trying to get more milk. It looked hungry and desperate. Maybe I'm over exaggerating how hungry the calf was, this is how it felt and looked to me.
When the chicken died this morning, it triggered many thoughts in me about what we are doing in regards to our food choices. Even though I choose to live as naturally, simply and healthily as possible, choosing organic or biodynamic produce where possible, I still have a very long way to go until I am showing the earth and her creatures the love and respect they deserve. I'm trying to strike a balance in keeping healthy and respecting all forms of life. It's quite a hard balance to strike but I'm striving.
The wisest and healthiest approaches to farming I have discovered so far are permaculture and biodynamic farming. Ideally all farming would happen on a small scale, within small communities of people working together to create provide their own food. Thing is, the world we live in today is far from ideal. All we can do is our best. For right now, I don't have all the solutions but I'm interested in and open to exploring what these may be and doing my best to implement them the best I can.
A letter from Albert Einstein to his daughter:
In the late 1980s, Lieserl, the daughter of the famous genius, donated 1,400 letters, written by Einstein, to the Hebrew University, with orders not to publish their contents until two decades after his death. This is one of them, for Lieserl Einstein.
"When I proposed the theory of relativity, very few understood me, and what I will reveal now to transmit to mankind will also collide with the misunderstanding and prejudice in the world.
I ask you to guard the letters as long as necessary, years, decades, until society is advanced enough to accept what I will explain below.
There is an extremely powerful force that, so far, science has not found a formal explanation to. It is a force that includes and governs all others, and is even behind any phenomenon operating in the universe and has not yet been identified by us. This universal force is LOVE.
When scientists looked for a unified theory of the universe they forgot the most powerful unseen force. Love is Light, that enlightens those who give and receive it. Love is gravity, because it makes some people feel attracted to others. Love is power, because it multiplies the best we have, and allows humanity not to be extinguished in their blind selfishness. Love unfolds and reveals. For love we live and die. Love is God and God is Love.
This force explains everything and gives meaning to life. This is the variable that we have ignored for too long, maybe because we are afraid of love because it is the only energy in the universe that man has not learned to drive at will.
To give visibility to love, I made a simple substitution in my most famous equation. If instead of E = mc2, we accept that the energy to heal the world can be obtained through love multiplied by the speed of light squared, we arrive at the conclusion that love is the most powerful force there is, because it has no limits.
After the failure of humanity in the use and control of the other forces of the universe that have turned against us, it is urgent that we nourish ourselves with another kind of energy…
If we want our species to survive, if we are to find meaning in life, if we want to save the world and every sentient being that inhabits it, love is the one and only answer.
Perhaps we are not yet ready to make a bomb of love, a device powerful enough to entirely destroy the hate, selfishness and greed that devastate the planet.
However, each individual carries within them a small but powerful generator of love whose energy is waiting to be released.
When we learn to give and receive this universal energy, dear Lieserl, we will have affirmed that love conquers all, is able to transcend everything and anything, because love is the quintessence of life.
I deeply regret not having been able to express what is in my heart, which has quietly beaten for you all my life. Maybe it's too late to apologize, but as time is relative, I need to tell you that I love you and thanks to you I have reached the ultimate answer! ".
One of my goals this year is to be better prepared, life is more enjoyable for me when I am well prepared. So with that in mind I am beginning to weave together our celebration for the Spring Equinox. This year it falls on March 20th.
This is probably one of my favourite celebrations of the year, to me, this feels like the new year. I recently discovered that it is the ancient Persian (Iranian) new year. I feel so vibrant at this time of year and I love the quickening feeling I can sense in nature all around me.
We enjoy visiting the Chalice Well (a very special holy well in Glastonbury, UK) to celebrate the various seasonal festivals throughout the year. This quote from their website perfectly describes the spring equinox,
"The sun rises due east and sets due west, there is equal day and equal night. The earth greens, the sap rises and the leaves burst their buds in verdant response. This is a time of awakening, experiencing life with youthful vigour and childish delight."
In addition to our visit to Glastonbury, we enjoy honouring this special day at home. We do a simple activity or craft each year and store the things away, enjoying seeing them the following year. This helps the growing child to feel held and nourished within a rhythm.
I like to have a black and a white candle, exactly the same size and shape and we burn these during meal times and prayers. We sometimes roll our own candles from coloured beeswax sheets. I made up a simple verse to share at these times;
"It is the spring equinox today, which is followed by Easter and then May Day.
There's a perfect balance between the light and the dark
And a time to give thanks now the dark days have passed"
We sing this to a simple made up tune along with many other spring songs we know.
We enjoy a special meal and decorate the table with the first spring flowers. This is the time when we seriously get going with our goals for the year, putting them into action with full force.
There are many ways to celebrate the spring equinox outwardly but as with any festival the real work and activity happens in the inner world. These festivals provide anchors for me to explore my inner world as I journey through the year.
Blessings on your path.
Please have a look at the Chalice Well website and do visit if you get a chance,. http://www.chalicewell.org.uk/
Someone recently asked me about our family bed time rituals. Bedtimes are one of the areas that have always flowed well for us at home. I knew from the early stages I could not spend all evening doing bedtime stuff, so I came up with a simple plan to ensure my children would go to bed (relatively) quickly and easily. I'm grateful to say it works and ensures I get me time in the evening (to work, plan lessons, tidy up ..... .lol!)
Here's our bedtime ritual.
A light snack (to ensure they don't wake up too early due to hunger). Then we do PJ's, teeth, wash face and hands etc, I give them a foot rub with lavender essential oil and almond oil. I then read stories and get into bed with them for cuddles. This is followed by prayers and a song or two. The prayers are simple and sweet, I've noticed how the children take great comfort from them and so I have continued doing this. I stay with them until they are asleep. I use this time to look back over the day and observe what went well and what didn't. There's no judgement here, just observing. It helps me see things objectively. The lack of judgement on myself helps me to see what's working and what could do with more effort. I also enjoy keeping books beside the bed to read. It matters less how quickly they fall asleep if I have something enjoyable to read. This usually results in them falling asleep very quickly (10 minutes or less).
Our prayers at the moment include a traditional one but with a change - now I lay me down to sleep I pray to God my soul to keep, please wrap me in your love all night and wake me with the morning light.
The other prayer we are enjoying this winter is by Rudolf Steiner - around me many beings live, loving me, protecting me. And through my heart God speaks to the world, and He does this best when I can love everything and everyone.
We change prayers monthly/seasonally and include many different kinds, whatever ones speak to our heart and bring comfort.
Songs we are enjoying this winter - "The lady moon up yonder, is like a silver boat. Upon a dark blue ocean, all silently afloat. And when the fairies awaken, they dance the moonbeams white, And far across the heavens, go sailing in the night". (from a book by Wynestones)
"Sleep my child and sail away beyond the land of dreams, your angel guides your ship along the silver sea of dreams
You'll come once more to journey's end to your heavenly home of gold
The sun will wake you in the morn, a new day shall unfold."
Now if I were braver, I would record the songs and include them with this post but I won't do that because I don't want to scare you off, ha!
What makes this bedtime ritual work for us is my commitment to doing it every night, the same order. I do not get any resistance to bedtime or sleep because my children know this is just what we do at that time of day, they accept it. It took a few weeks to establish but once they understood this was my firm plan, they relaxed into it.
If ever they seem unsettled or have nightmares,I remind them that they their angel is there with them and can help if they are frightened and that any of the loving beings we talk about will come to them and protect them if they ask. I tell them about the golden bubbles I put around them that only allows love through and keeps all negativity away.
We talk about our dreams in the morning, if they remember them. They often see me jotting things down in a dream journal. I encourage them to remember and share their dreams. We don't analyze them at this young age, we just enjoy the details.
Sweet dreams to you and your little ones!
I have been thinking about water, how I use water, how much I use and if I waste it.
One of the biggest uses of water in a modern house is via the toilet. I have a brick in my cistern to reduce the amount of water that gets flushed away. I also have a little moto about flushing the toilet during the night time, “if it’s yellow, it’s mellow, if it’s brown it flushes down.”
For many years I have wondered why us westerners are flushing our poo away (Really. Bear with me, it will begin to make sense…I hope).
I just wanted to say, it's okay, you don't need to hide anymore. I no longer fear you, deny you, ignore you nor despise you. I did for many years and hid you away from the world when you dared to surface. Did it make you laugh or cry as I did everything I could to deny your existence and present to the world a face that is the opposite to who you are? Did you peep out from behind my pretty, shiny mask to wave at the shadows so carefully hidden away in others?
I've come to see that the more I ignore you, the more powerful you become and the more wretched too. When I call your sh*t, fairly and truthfully you freeze, like a rabbit caught in the headlights. I won't let you destroy me or take full control, I've come too far for that. Besides, that's not your true destiny, nor mine. There's something far bigger in store for both us.
Full article http://www.elephantjournal.com/2015/09/a-love-letter-to-my-shadow/
Sometimes it can be very challenging caring for young children, especially if you do it day in, day out.
They have this wonderful, wild free spirit that wants to do its own thing. As endearing at this is, it does not always work well for us when we need to get things done.
I allow a child’s free spirit to be wild and free as much as I can but there are times when they need reigning in. I have never been one to yell and those times I have resorted to yelling, I have always felt rotten afterwards. Instead I use a harsh, mean tone of voice, but that too makes us, me and the children, feel rotten. So I went on a mission to discover alternative ways to get young children to cooperate with me when it’s required and let them be crazy wild things the rest of the time.
Here are three tried and tested methods that will ensure young children respond favourably to your requests:
I have been working on my sh*t for years and have explored many different ways to do this. Some of them were effective and others less so. Many of them were painful and dramatic—sometimes this was necessary, many times not.
Here is a simple tool I wanted to share with others who are committed to sorting out their baggage so they can be their true selves and enjoy true freedom.
What I love about this technique is that you can do it yourself under conditions that suit you, it’s free, it’s (relatively) easy if approached with determined focus and most importantly, it’s effective.
Briefly, here is the technique. I call it Becoming the Neutral Observer:
Carole celebrates simple, natural, intuitive living. For many years she taught yoga, meditation and Reiki and provided therapeutic massage, readings and healings. Carole is interested in permaculture, the rhythms of the cosmos, child development and spiritual science. She loves to create, explore, write, heal, teach and play.
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