Wednesday, October 9, 2013

making, knitting, reading (and homeschooling)

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Rather than being made of wool, this little doll is made of wood. She is Chloe's "fancy" woman from England. Carved one day at the land and then dressed at the house...


In my Waldorf mind, I imagine my little baby with the simplest of play things around her, and very few of them. A wooden tree and a knit animal. Perhaps a set of felted nesting bowls for her first birthday.
But this little Waldorf baby has two older sisters who already have a forest of trees, and are ready to knit up a whole entire farm for her!


Sometimes, actually most of the time lately, I feel like I have turned into the slowest knitter in the world.  I'm pretty sure I just spent at least several months knitting one little pair of pants. Finally they are finished. Elsie is wearing them all the time, just as cute as can be. But I don't think they are long enough! Fine for now, but we are only at the beginning of autumn, and she just keeps growing. I think I am going to have to take apart the bottoms and add some length. But that means that I'm not really done with them yet! Oh goodness. At least I have a new bonnet almost finished...


We have been slowly starting our homeschool year. It is October after all, I couldn't put it off much longer.

We have been enjoying so many Jakob Streit books lately. His stories are just right for everyone right now, having spent much of last year with stories of Saints for Chessa's 2nd grade, and with Chloe beginning her main lesson work on the Middle Ages.

A very useful book to me these days, which I wish I had gotten years earlier, is Teaching History by Christoph Lindenberg. Subtitled "Suggested Themes for the Curriculum in Waldorf Schools". I guess that makes it somewhat self explanatory. I am glad to have it now as I plan the middle school grades, and I'm sure it will be incredibly helpful to us when we get to high school. (!!)

I was so unable to keep up with homeschool posts here this past year that I hardly know where to begin. Perhaps some belated 2nd and 6th grade posts, and then I will be able to move on...


And to those of you who wondered what I was sewing over the weekend... Who said it was me sewing on the machine?


Joining my Friends Ginny and Nicole... (if I remember too...)


Happy making and reading to all...


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5 comments:

Jules said...

Dear Renee,
We are still on vacation, in a hotel room with kiddies in the tub...and I really must talk with you soon because all those Jakob Sreit books ~ where do you find them? I can't seem to find any English translations anywhere. And I haven't seen that knights book before by JS, though the one little Chessa is reading, well those are a favourite here for sure. I love the language. And those pants are darling. All your girls are most definitely sisters..so beautiful.
xo Jules

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Plain and Joyful Living said...

Hi Renee,
Abby and I are reading Age of Discover this year:)
Love your beautiful photos with so many handmades.
Love,
Tonya

impossibleway said...

Beautiful photos and knits! Things like that come in seasons--some are fast and some are slow.

SuzyQ said...

I love your wooden "fancy doll" she's beautiful! Your little one looks very happy surrounded by all her sweet knitted animals :)