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SPECIAL SPRING GROUP OFFER

Are you looking for something special for your Grade 8 students for an end-of-the-year or graduation gift?   Follow the 2013 example of Jeannette Voss of the Waldorf School of Lexington and order our comprehensive, annotated Waldorf High School reading list, Books for the Journey, for each student.  This invaluable, 346-page resource was compiled by [Read more...]
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Real Grass for your Easter or Spring Basket

Spring is here and Easter is just a week away. Why not use “real” grass instead of using plastic shredded grass for your decorations?  It’s not too late. Even if you have less than a week, here are directions with photographs showing examples of our family’s table decorations for Easter in years past. Containers? Look [Read more...]
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Introducing Poetry to Children

April is National Poetry Month and what better time to introduce children to the delightful sounds of language with a collection of nursery rhymes. I’ll make some book recommendations at the end of this post, but first—why should we start with nursery rhymes? Sound and Rhythm In our Make Way for Reading: Great Books for [Read more...]
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Henry Knox: Bookseller, Soldier, Patriot

Evacuation Day—March 17, 1776—might not have happened if it weren’t for the efforts of young Henry Knox and his courageous men: a biography for grade school by Anita Silvey, illustrated by Wendell Minor. Children’s literature expert and author, Anita Silvey, brings us a little-known story of a former Boston bookseller, now soldier, who brought an idea [Read more...]
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March 17th – What else do we remember?

March 17th – Evacuation Day If you live outside of the Massachusetts, you may not know that Evacuation Day coincides with St. Patrick’s Day on this date. The significance of this day was not discussed in my classes growing up in this Commonwealth, but in my home. ( I’ll recommend a book after I describe [Read more...]
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For your Valentine

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Lunar New Year—Year of the Horse

I always look forward to new stamps issued by the US Postal Service.  My favorite times to seek out new stamps are in November for Christmas and then in January for the Chinese Lunar New Year. I’ve been known to buy a whole sheet of them and then not even use them on envelopes as [Read more...]
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One Family’s Advent Wreath

Although my children are adults and out in the world, I’ve continued our family observance of an Advent wreath in December. Some years I have used four candlesticks and other years I’ve used a ring—a circular base with four built-in holders for the candles. My latest Advent wreath is a blue ceramic ring. Since it [Read more...]
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Advent in a Waldorf Classroom

We are now in the season of Advent. The following scanned article is from our book,  Waldorf Education: A Family Guide and located in the Celebrations section and written by a former member of the faculty at Marin Waldorf School. San Rafael, CA              
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All Hallows’ Even: From Samhain to Halloween

Halloween is the one festival with perhaps more ancient beginnings than any other holiday. Few of these origins are known commonly with the result that for many, Halloween has lost any serious meaning. A look at its origins might help us place this festival in perspective both in our hearts and in our calendars. The [Read more...]
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