Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Waldorf Fifth Grade - Ancient India


Here are some lesson book photos from our first Ancient Civilizations block. We spent about three weeks on India. I planned this block mostly using Charles Kovacs' Ancient Mythologies book for our stories with some extra guidance and inspiration from Christopherus.

When Chloe read that there have been many poems written about Krishna and Radha she asked if we could find some. She wrote this verse into her lesson book, along with this pretty picture.

We read the Mahabharata (Donna Simmon's very nice retelling in the Christopherus book) and Chloe wrote some of her favorite parts from the Bhagavad Gita. She also drew this picture of Arjuna and his bow. She really enjoyed this adventurous story!

We finished the block with the story of Sidhartha. I feel like the message of compassion and kindness towards all beings really made an impression on Chloe. I know that these stories will always stay with her.



FrontierDreams said...

K would be so excited to see Chloe's drawing of Krsna and Radharani... I may be a bad waldorf mama and let her see ;)

Oh and Arjuna <3 Oh you are bringing backsomanymemories of my daysat the temple <3 I miss you dear friend. I am going to send an e-mail your way so we can catch up!!

a little crafty nest said...

Dear Renee...Chloe's work is so inspiring!!! She really is such a fantastic artist and her Main Lesson Book on India is simply beautiful. I love that the Waldorf way encourages such beauty. Homeschooling is rather wonderful in that we can also learn (or re-learn as the case may be) from what our children are studying. Your homeschool days seem full of delight!
xo Jules

suzanne said...

Hi Renee'

I just love seeing Waldorf in action. Chloe's books are beautiful and the content so impressive. There is to me a spiritual connection with our lessons everytime we learn here.

So nice to hear from you . I dont blog or visit very often but it is so nice to see you are all well.

Stay warm and cozy Renee'
Lots of love

Mama Ash Grove said...

Dear Renee, Chloe has done such beautiful work!!
My girl really enjoyed this whole block. Perhaps I'll get myself organized to show her work too!

GreenMama said...

I have never seen before such a wonderful designed exercise book.
You are a great homeschool mama!
Do you teach your girls alone, or is your husband involved, too?

Many Greetings

Cindie said...

Simply Stunning! The time and care put into her work is priceless. Thanks again for sharing.

S said...

So lovely to see another girl on the other side of the world studying the same main lesson - I love that about Steiner education...class five is class five and the themes remain constant...

barefoot mama said...

oh my...so incredible beautiful and what a wonderful keepsake.

Crooked Moon Mama said...

Oh! Lovely block mama!

Sarah-Our Island Home said...

Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing it!