I remember what would happen this time of year when I was a child… I would be sitting in my classroom at school staring out the window, the warm weather tantalizing me, with the teacher and blackboard a distant reality! I have that same summer itch now as an adult. Our beach towels and swimsuits are brought up from seasonal storage and at the ready, our kiddie pool is set up and the Cedar Ring Mamas have put together a list of all the summer must-do’s!
(My children are planning ahead too… making sure next year’s crop of dandelions is plentiful.)
Last summer, I saw a list of all the summer activities Mama Erin wanted to enjoy on her fridge, many already checked off. This year, I suggested we compile our list together and she gladly agreed, reminiscing how her mother used to make this list with her every year when school was out.
Places To Go:
- The Beach (Build sandcastles, Bury Dad in the Sand, Barbecue at a Shelter)
- The Races (Yes, we have to see those fast cars at least once! The races brings out half the town, many local residents compete and it is the essence of summer around here.)
- Local Ice Cream Parlor (they have mini-golf too!).
- Berry-picking (Organic Strawberries, Blueberries, and Sour Cherries are a must for delicious summer pies, canning, and freezing for next year’s smoothies.)
- The State Fair
- Hot Air Balloon Show
- 4th of July Parade & Fireworks Display
- Amusement/Water Park
- Tent Camping (At least one night! Don’t forget to roast marshmallows and tell scary stories!)
- Run in the fountain in the main square in Corning (no, you’re not supposed to, but everybody does!)
Things To Do:
- Dance in the rain
- Have a Mudpie-Making Contest
- Watch a lightning storm together on the porch
- Go fishing
- Blow bubbles
- Have a water balloon fight
- Catch tadpoles, fireflies, and crawfish
- Chase waterbugs in the creek
- Host a summer barbecue
- Build sunflower houses and bean pole teepees
- Sleep under the stars
- Make elderflower cordial and elderberry body paint
- Stay up late on midsummer’s eve and hunt for fairies
- Sleep under the stars
- Sit on the porch swing and read some good books
- Attend the Waldorf Connection Homeschooling Expo
Ok, so it seemed like the perfect lead-in 😉
Donna Ashton is hosting her annual virtual Waldorf Homeschooling Expo, with an incredible line-up of topics and speakers, June 11-12. The Cedar Ring Mamas are so thrilled to sponsor this year’s Expo, and to celebrate, we are doing some great giveaways. Today, Donna is hosting a free call “Tips to Easier Homeschool Planning”, so be sure to head on over to The Waldorf Connection and register for this.
I’m excited to be planning for next year- First Grade with my 6 year-old, and plenty of simple stories, songs, and crafts with my 4 year-old and toddler. I’ve just purchased a simple, crisp planner:
With daily pages…
And full calendars.
This year, I’m ready to embark on a new adventure. The sense of community and years of experience gained from Donna’s Expo are invaluable– but as many of our Waldorf guides are quick to remind, Waldorf education is a living education that is not about conforming to a strict dogma or set of rules. We must bring the child what he or she needs- and to do this, it is essential to read some Steiner and go to the source for our educational philosophy to be sound, and to really accomplish what the circle times, stories, and lessons are meant to impart to the soul.
Running the Cedar Ring Circle Waldorf Supply Co-op, I’m lucky to get sneak peeks of Waldorf books that are ordered by co-op members. Recently, my friend and co-op member Elisabeth, who is involved in a Waldorf Teacher Training program, ordered a copy of Discussions With Teachers by Steiner, and (with her permission) I devoured it within a few days before mailing it to her. I was so pleasantly surprised to find it wonderfully enlightening and very easy to read (previous encounters with more philosophical volumes like Intuitive Thinking As a Spiritual Path had me re-reading lines 2 or 3 times just to fully comprehend the truths being suggested). I’m committed to making my way through the foundational education lectures available through SteinerBooks.org, and am also making them available to co-op members at 25% off the cover price (browse through our Bookshelf here). I have found reading these books gives me a basic understanding of what I am really trying to do. Then, when those wonderful people who offer years of putting these principles into practice in concrete, tangible ways offer advice through forums such as The Waldorf Connection, I know why I am doing it, rather than just following blindly because it sounds good ;). Besides, isn’t reading some good books on my summer list of things to do!?
Now for that giveaway you’ve been waiting for! One lucky winner will receive a copy of Steiner’s The Kingdom Of Childhood, and all you need to do to enter is post a comment listing one favorite summer activity you plan to do this summer, or one Waldorf book you’d love to read. For a second entry, share our Summer Reading Challenge (below) on Facebook or your blog and comment with the link! The giveaway will be open through next Wednesday.
Our winner, generated by Random.org, is Sandra M. Congrats Sandra & hope you enjoy the book!
Now back to summer daydreaming… and making the most of the last days of spring…
Every evening at dusk, as the air cools and the fragrance of the lilacs explode, we gather round and breathe deeply!
We are loving our chicks. This year we have 20 new chickens (and two mature hens), ranging the gamut from one week old to 4 weeks old to 6 weeks old and several who are 3 months old. Our breeds include Brahmas, Auracanas, and Golden Laced Wyandottes, to name a few. We’ll be getting some turkey chicks soon, too!
P.S. The co-op is adding organic cotton and organic cotton/silk blend undergarments (bras and nursing bras too!) and baby clothes for May by this weekend- stock up (and don’t forget your special discount code!), our next clothing order won’t be until end of August.