November?? How did that happen?? Below you will find our last formal blocks of the semester, although I don’t know how this is even possible. Time. Flies.
Vincent, 11 3/4 years old, Grade 6: Vincent will begin geology this month. We will take the subject from whole to parts by first studying the composition of the entire earth, then take a look at mountains/mountain ranges and finally examine different types of rocks. I have chosen not to do a Waldorf main lesson book for this block, but rather, Vincent will be completing a lapbook. (It is this one from Hands of a Child.) I have a few different artistic projects, some field trips and quite a bit of poetry that will add some Waldorf flair, but the lapbook feels like a load off my shoulders. (Plus, Vincent loves stuff like that!) If there is time, I would also like to study salt, which coincidentally is the only rock we eat. I have heard great things about Mark Kurlansky’s book, Salt and I have wanted to read it for a while now. Depending on Vincent’s interest level, I think we will either listen to the adult audio book version or just read Kurlansky’s children’s adaptation, The Story of Salt. (You can see my collection of resources, links and ideas for grade 6 here. I think of it as a gathering space of inspiration that I update frequently. I’m never, ever going to use half of what’s there, but it is good to draw from.)
Jude, 8 years old, Grade 2: Jude will be finishing up two animal fables that we did not get to in September, and then move onto a three-week form drawing block centered around the Uncle Remus Tales. I did a block of form drawing and fairy tales last year that worked well, and I am hoping for a repeat. We have read a picture book version of Uncle Remus during storytime some time ago, but for this block I will be using the Julius Lester edition which seems to be the gold standard. Jude finished his knitted sheep (“Mutton”) and will be moving on to a knitted rabbit. I found this pattern that makes a rabbit from just a garter stitched square. And although I don’t think this adorable little bunny captures any of the mischievous spirit of Br’er Rabbit, the point is to just keep those needles clicking. (You can see my collection of resources, links and ideas for grade 2 here.)
Sheila: Let me preface everything in this little section by saying that Carrie Dendtler is my dear friend. I know her personally and she has been instrumental in my journey to homeschool with Waldorf. I love her blog, The Parenting Passageway, and was reminded what a treasure trove of information it is when I recently spent a lot of time printing a bunch of archived posts for reference. This gem about Science in Waldorf Homeschooling was extremely helpful to me as I continue to try to wrap my head around science from a Waldorf perspective. I also did a bunch of research into Carrie’s thoughts on Second Grade. Why I didn’t do that this summer is beyond explanation. Better late than never, I guess. Anyway, if you are teaching Second Grade (or any grade for that matter) you want to make use of her deep knowledge and practical suggestions. Thanks Carrie!!