Friday, March 28, 2008
So I just read "Kindergarten with your 3-6 Year Old" by Donna Simmons, and want to move towards Unschooling with a Waldorf bent (for now anyway). Most everything Waldorf meshes well with Unschooling (at this age). Some of the discipline ideas aren't completely "power-with", so I wouldn't use, but much is. One of the keys of Waldorf is to incorporate a rhythm into the days/years. I think this can help us a lot. We did two rhythm days this week. The days were along these lines:
Breakfast (with candle and verse)
Morning walk (yesterday we did walk in Stuy Town and then to playground, today we walked to natural grocery store for ingredients for chicken soup)
Songs/stories (and today we cut veggies and got chicken soup going)
Lunch (with candle and verse)
Quiet time / books
Dinner (with candle and verse)
Yoav was getting a bit nutsy today just before we went out to the playground. Once we got out though, he was relaxed and happy. We went on a long walk, sat by the fountain and ate a banana and then went to the playground. I think I'll be able to work it out so we keep somewhat of a rhythm day-to-day so the days will be smoother - we'll get outside before Yoav starts to get wacky, eat before he gets too hungry, etc.
Our only issue now is that we bought a OLPC laptop computer for Yoav in December and it just came a few days ago. Jeremy wants to give it to Yoav and I no longer want him to have it. I have to do more research and thought. Jer agreed to hold off so we can talk more.