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The First Week

Jumping Mouse Letter Picture

The first week of our school year passed happily, I think.  While I could see that academic work was too contrasting last Winter, it is clear that is no longer the case.  Willow has very much enjoyed making letter pictures.  Balancing a copper rod on her head was fairly easy for her, as well.  Forms were fun and it was interesting to see that she could pretty well picture the form from simply walking it.  Last week was an easing in, getting used to the modified pattern of days.  I can see we have a little catching up to do this week as we firm up our footing (myself, especially), but I don't think she will mind the few minutes of extra work.  Drawing in the lesson books has to be her favorite, for sure, until the long-awaited day when Willow receives her recorder.


( 3 trees — Plant a Forest )
Sep. 8th, 2015 01:53 am (UTC)
What an amazing drawing!

Ok, what are forms, and what do you do with the copper rod?
Sep. 8th, 2015 02:20 am (UTC)

Here's a link that explains it: http://www.sfwaldorf.org/grade-school/gs/our-program/main-lesson/form-drawing

For Enki, it's a method of handwriting preparation, creativity (seeing the forms in story images), and working to diagnose concerns within the child. It's a way to seek balance, too. The first week we did a straight line and a curve. We walked them several times, made them in sand, drew them on a chalkboard, and finally put them into their own lesson book.

Right now, we use the copper rods to work on balance and proprioception, so sensory integration. It means that Willow balances one on her head and moves carefully with it still on there. Other uses include games where you pass the rod in rhythm with a verse and catch it with several variations. We will work with them when learning vowel sounds and how they combine with consonants.

I'll try to write more about these things as we do more with them. I really want to have it well-documented here, because it's certainly an experience. :-)
Sep. 8th, 2015 03:34 am (UTC)
Fascinating! And totally unlike education I know, but makes sense.
( 3 trees — Plant a Forest )

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