Monday, January 21, 2013


I have found a new love.  Though I am just beginning to teach myself to knit, I find myself drawn to it.  The beautiful colors, the texture of the wool in my hands, watching it turn into something useful stitch by stitch.  I love the rhythm of it, and how I can do it anywhere, anytime, and still be conscious to the outside world.  Be able to watch the girls play, have a conversation, humor them and their latest adventures. 

So far, I have taught myself to cast on, knit, purl, and cast off.  Pretty basic, I know.  But with this, I have created a fluffy, cozy scarf for myself, a wool ball for the baby, dish cloths, and I am currently working on a cozy for my iPad mini.  But soon, I will teach myself to knit in the round because what I really want to make is longies for Kaybug.  The upcycled sweater longies will do for now, until mama can make them herself. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Our curriculum for 2012/2013

I stumbled upon an awesome website this past summer while looking for "the perfect preschool curriculum" for Cocobear.  Once I found it, I knew it was made for us.  Simple, nature and seasonal inspired, with lots of book recommendations (that I can find almost completely at the library!) nature study, and more.  Best part?  It's completely FREE. 

The wonderful gals at have created a prek/kinder curriculum by the season and it is absolutely fantastic.  Cocobear is 3, so we are only gently adding in the alphabet at this point, but I have taken this curriculum and woven it into our first/second grade curriculum ( we are using for Jujubee and they work together perfectly.  I am effortlessly able to combine a 3 year old and 7 year old together, I can't complain!  I also love the free planner pages Wee Folk Art includes.  I write each weeks WFA activities down on it, then the WE activities for Jujubee, and still have enough room to plan out daily breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.  It really is an amazing curriculum, I cannot believe they offer it for free, but I am eternally grateful. 

We started Wee Folk Art in September, and have loved every second of it.  It is a Waldorf inspired curriculum for ages 4-6 (though like I said, my 3 year old loves it, we just barely touch the alphabet portion).  I am not sure what we will do after this year, possibly re-do the curriculum?  Make my own?  Anyhow, after using it for a month I started looking into the Waldorf method.  It seemed to suit us, I was drawn to it, and one website in particular really spoke to me. 

Melisa Nielsen of Waldorf Essentials is one of the sweetest, most genuine people I have met.  Never did I intend to randomly message a maker of a curriculum and get the heart felt response she has given.  After speaking with her several times through e-mail, I decided to be a part of her Thinking, Feeling, Willing program, and to give the first grade curriculum a try.  I am SO glad I did.  Waldorf, at first glance, can be pretty overwhelming to try to start on your own.  With her guidance and the extremely well written curriculum I feel prepared every week to start our journey.  Have I mentioned how grateful I am to have found this path for our family?  It may not be right for everyone, but I can't help but feel like we were put on this journey for a reason.  We started in October and have enjoyed each lesson.