Here's what we're doing this week in our new homeschool-ish life as we await starting the school with friends this fall. We'll be exploring the four elements of AIR, FIRE, WATER and EARTH,. There's an episode on my podcast, Whole Heart: Crunchy Parenting about the value of four elements for developing the inner child if you're interested. It ties in directly with the four temperaments the Greeks were kind enough to put into context for us a million years ago.
I recommend writing the verse for the week (or two weeks if you have younger children) and illustrating with the colors of the elements. Remember, Waldorf values BEAUTY and color play excites the soul.
Mother Earth, Mother Earth, take our seed and give it birth
Sister rain, Sister rain, shed thy tears to swell the grain
Father sun, gleam and glow, then the blade of green will grow
Earth and sun, and wind and rain, turn to gold the living grain
This can be acted out as a show with figurines or used as inspiration for your nature table if you haven't created your spring table yet!
Little guys may practice writing the word S-U-N and S-E-E-D with your help and older children may write the names of the elemental spirits in full. Perhaps you discuss the vocabulary word "swell" and showcase this by making oatmeal or chia seed pudding. Watch it SWELL.
Explore the elements each day by taking a nature walk, gardening, baking bread, cooking over a fire, flying a kite, blowing bubbles, or making bark boats together for playing in a nearby creek. Sprinkler play is fun if it's already hot where you are.
You, and the children can illustrate the elements by drawing a simple flower, which is perfect for spring. The EARTH (root babies underneath), the stem growing towards the heat of the fiery sun, the rain fairies wetting the leaves and stems waving in the cool breeze.
It would be great to read Rumplestiltskin this week as your fairy tale. Look for the four elements in the story! Use form drawing of circles and spirals when illustrating the story. Focus on Queen Curve as featured in the spinning wheel. Purpose you can build a pretend spinning wheel by turning a bicycle upside down and playing out the parts. The K-I-N-G is very boastful in the story. Illustrate the letter K by turning it into a King. Turn the letter P into a princess and R into Rumplestiltskin.
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