Sunday, July 15, 2012

Live Education

Molly's curriculum is ready to go thanks to Oliver's teacher from the Davis Waldorf School and now I'm on the fence for Oliver's 6th grade year. If I do Live Education, which is just beautiful, I may have to pay out of pocket do to some of the spiritual nature of the curriculum. The only Waldorf inspired curriculum avaiable through South Sutter Charter is Oak Meadow and it's OK. It doesn't follow the along with the Waldorf education the way that Live does and is not nearly as beautiful but would be covered by the state. Once I have a conversation with our education specialist from South Sutter I'll be able to ask them the questions I need to ask to make my decision. Getting close to school time! If you are looking for a beautiful Waldorf curriculum, Live Education is it!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Mother Earth

During an evening walk, we stopped by the plum tree and filled our shirts with plums so ripe you could suck the flesh through a tiny bite in the skin. The sweetness of the tree hovered around the edge of the community garden where we harvested a small amount of potatoes. This one Oliver called "Mother Earth". Yep, this potato is definitely female!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

5th Grade Waldorf Curriculum

Pictures from the Botany book by Karen Holt

I'm so excited! Oliver's teacher handed over her 5th grade curriculum for Molly next year and it is beautiful. Every main lesson book beautifully illustrated and lesson plans already in place, perfect. Not only is it a huge money saver but it is exactly what I want for her. One down, one to go! Oliver is next and I'm on the fence about which curriculum to do. Live Education is just gorgeous but extremely detailed and most likely not paid for by the state, Oak Meadow doesn't really have the beauty or the details nor does it follow a traditional Waldorf school theme for the 6th grade year but it's paid for and would make things simpler to teach both. Hmmmm, thinking more. School starts August 8th so I better figure it out soon!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Point Lobos, An Outdoor Classroom

Watching the Sea Otters

Hiking out to the tide pools

Oliver enjoying the beach

Molly and her friend exploring the tide pools
The windy drive home up the coast
 This year, the world is our classroom.