Yesterday after a relaxing morning, (going for a walk together, having lunch and then hanging around house), we decided to take a little drive out to the town where my husband and I grew up to visit our parents. We go there often in the summer. It is so nice to have family so close (half an hour away) to visit when we want. In winter we hardly go out, but summertime is always nice to go visiting. My parents live on the lake and Craig’s parents own some property out of town in the country where it is so quiet and peaceful, we call it ‘The Farm.’ The girls love to go visiting their grandparents and have so much fun at both places.
We packed up some food, books, music (and some board games just in case) and headed out! It has been so rainy and we have had thunder showers nearly everyday, multiple times a day, on and off for the past few days. The fields even look like lakes!
On the way I read the girls some stories like I usually do. I take advantage of every opportunity that I can to read them something, since life can seem so busy. We enjoyed the imagination poems from The Waldorf Book Of Poetry.
When we were driving the rain was coming down and we thought we might not get any time on the beach, but when we got there, the sun shone down and allowed us a few hours to be on the beach and in the water.
Serafina of course got naked right away, but then we got her to keep a swimsuit on. She also got to practice her surfing techniques. We didn’t know she was a surfer! 🙂
I had to go in too. I always say that I want to stay young and spontaneous as long as I can. The water is cold, you get all wet, it may not at first feel pleasant, but once you jump in, it is so much fun! I love to see the blue sky above me, the water all around me, the birds flying, the trees swaying, it really is very beautiful and peaceful. This was my first time in the lake so far this year, I had to brave it out. To my surprise, after teasing Craig to join me, he jumped in too and he hates being cold. My dad was around taking pictures for me (thanks dad).
After the lake, it rained again, a lot! We headed home, had a quick, late dinner, warm bath and a snack and it was time to read and get to bed.
Serafina was tired right out!
It was a lovely Saturday!
A perfect day!
Such a beautiful day! We are not used to swimming in a lake here in Greece but it seems so much fun and the landscape looks so peaceful 🙂
Do the girls like listening to stories while travelling? I myself adore reading at the beach or while travelling but I often wonder whether I’m letting the moments and nature around me escape 🙂
We’d love to learn more about the Waldorf books and ideas you’re using, too 🙂
Thanks Panagiota! I am thinking of starting a new Waldorf homeschooling blog. I actually have it all set up already, I just haven’t given myself that final push to begin. Your comment this morning makes me think it would be a good idea and that there probably are people interested in this method! Autumn has done some amazing work that I would love to share too. I was never sure if I should just add that aspect to this site or start somewhere else. I think I would like to have both this site and a homeschooling one separate from this one.
The girls like to listen to me reading on the drive. What I do, is just read one way, either on the way there or on the way back. Usually in the car I just read 30-40 minutes. It makes me feel sick if I read too long too.
It would be beautiful to be reading and following your ideas, tips and how it worked in practice from a mother’s point of view, Tifanny 🙂 Unfortuntely there are only a couple of kindergarden Steiner schools in the country here (no primary or high schools) and I guess a lot of work will be taking place at home when I’ll be blessed with the gift of motherhood 🙂
Another blog on Waldorf will be lovely and I’m sure it will be filled with your inspirational love, family unity and meticulousness. It would be nice to be in a seperate place but could also fit here as the word ‘learn’ is included in the name of the blog 🙂 We’ll definitely support you whatever you choose!
Thanks! There are no Waldorf schools in our area and even if there were, it would cost too much for us to send our girls. I am glad that I found Steiner and that both my husband and I are interested in spiritual science and Waldorf education. I have spent a long time studying anthroposophy now and for the past few months have felt that I may be ready to share some insights. I appreciate your encouragement. I feel that it could fit in here too, with the title of the blog having the learning aspect in it as well. I will let you know if I do start a separate one though too. 🙂
I wish that I had heard of Waldorf when I was homeschooling. It sounds somewhat like the Charlotte Mason method. I wish I could go back and raise my boys all over again. You are doing a fabulous job with your girls.
Thanks Wendy! I appreciate your encouragement. I so often worry and wonder if I am doing the right thing in all aspects of life and motherhood. After many years of searching around, researching and trying many different methods of homeschooling, I realized that the waldorf-inspired method fits us just right. 🙂
What a fun weekend!