Tom took the boys to a baseball game tonite and I’m home having a glass of wine and doing some organizing – wild Saturday night here at the farmhouse!! It was a little too quiet, so I put on Alison Manzer’s interview from the recent Waldorf Global Expo. I know Alison personally, and love her view of Waldorf homeschooling as something freeing, approachable and expansive. As I wind down another school year, and begin to think about the next, I am so thankful for her insights and enthusiasm as to what is truly possible when we homeschool with Waldorf inspired methods. She is like a breath of fresh air. If you find yourself with some free time, listen to Alison’s interview, aptly titled “Adapting Waldorf to You”. Donna Ashton has generously offered the Expo replays for free again this weekend. You can find them here. And if you listen, I’d love to know what you thought.

14 thoughts on “Listening

  1. I love seeing your beautiful house! Now I know where to picture you, as my mom likes to say. I loved Alison’s talk, and am going to listen to it again this weekend. Thanks so much (again) for connecting us.

    • I guess I never realized there wasn’t a photo of my house on the blog. Yep . . . that’s where you can picture me. I’m always home!

      Hope you are having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Thanks and blessings to “Hoodie” for his service.

  2. Thank you for the links. I look forward to listening.

    I’ve been thinking about you as I consider my upcoming year with a 5th and 3rd grader. I was wondering if you plan to get rid of any of your 5th grade materials? I am particularly interested in the Christopherus botany bundle materials and the Christopherus Ancient Mythologies materials. Will you be hanging onto them? Would you consider selling them? Loaning them out? Let me know. :)

    Also, coming from a mixed Waldorf and Charlotte Mason inspired background, I find it very difficult to wrap my brain around covering the HISTORY of Ancient Greece in only a month or so when most resources I might consider would make a better YEAR-LONG course. How on earth did you or are you covering Greek History in such a short time?


    • Hey Irie,
      I am planning to list a couple of things on the Used Curriculum yahoo group. The only grade 5 materials I am selling are Melisa Nielsen’s Grade 5 curriculum and Tales of Ancient Egypt. LMK if you are interested in either of those.

      I am posting my Greek mythology and history block on Wednesday, so you can get an idea of how we did it. There is so much material to cover in grade 5 if you decide to follow the Waldorf curriculum. Personally, I think fifth graders just need a taste of Greek history through the study of biography. We will visit this period in history again in high school and we can go deeper then.


  3. Is the Melisa Nielsen Grade 5 that you have the 2nd edition? Did you end up using it at all? What are your thoughts on it? I’m hesitant on that one. Feels like I should be able to pull it together on my own, but at the same time, a framework is always nice. :)

    • It is the new edition. I didn’t use it because it didn’t come out until the middle of last year. I really don’t have any thoughts on it. Sorry : )

      Yes, a framework is nice.

  4. Thank you for the support Sheila. This made me very happy. I wish I could have been there “listening” with you. A glass of wine with you in your cool farmhouse would be my idea of a great Saturday night.

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