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The child-as-apprentice, parent-as-teacher role is still the task, but most of the plot and scenery has changed. How do we find a way to understand this relationship in our complicated sophisticated, mechanized, computerized, synthesized world? We can do this by focusing on the basic concept that our task is to prepare the child to live in the world, by providing an environment in which the child can learn about the world, by being sensitive to the child's needs and abilities and by timing our teaching to coincide with her ability to learn.

~Parenting a Path Through Childhood :: Dotty Turner Coplen

Grade One Supplies

I had a whole afternoon to organize school supplies this past Sunday.  It hadn't occured to me to do so, but I wanted our hutch to be tidy and couldn't quite settle into finalizing school plans.  Willow has been tremendously excited to learn to play the recorder.  Enki uses a story to introduce it, of course, and instill reverence in the instrument, so I have been especially careful to keep it out of reach until the time is right.  We'll be doing more with modeling wax and actually using the beanbags I made for first grade.  This year will have a lot of artistic digestion and output--those new crayons will cover many sheets of paper and manipulatives will be a part of every week.  I really am trying to jump into first grade with both feet and keep my preparedness and self-discipline at the center.  Willow has been asking to begin since July, but I have needed all this time to prepare.  I still need more time, honestly.  Maybe I'll get one last burst of focused time this Sunday.

Some Math Manipulatives


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Aug. 26th, 2015 06:06 pm (UTC)
Looks nice!

I need more time, too, and will not get it this week. Oh well.
Aug. 26th, 2015 08:34 pm (UTC)
It will work out. We can start slowly, right? Better for all involved.
Aug. 26th, 2015 06:12 pm (UTC)
Waldorf (and probably Enki, though I know less about it) feel counterintuitive to my personality and beyond my abilities in my parenting life, but, gosh, I wish I could send my kids over to your house! Maybe I could be your student too :)
Aug. 26th, 2015 06:13 pm (UTC)
Also, those geometric manipulatives are so beautiful. Can you tell me about them?
Aug. 26th, 2015 08:33 pm (UTC)
Waldorf and Enki are very similar on the ground--main lesson books, copper rods, movement, active academics, things taught through stories, child studies. Enki is a bit more child-led than Waldorf.

The puzzle is from Grimm's. They have various puzzles in trays like that and they are all beautiful. You can make patterns in the tray or pictures on a table.
( 5 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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