Waldorf Homeschooling- Weaving in Spring

Weaving Spring ideas into Homeschooling

The Turning of the Clocks has become a celebration of
its own in my household. I love having longer nights
of light and being able to take a walk after dinner or
sit on the porch and watch the twilight birds.

Living in a warm climate, spring bulbs and early flowers
bloom in February and by the actual
Spring Equinox life is up and around.

Spring is my favorite time of year as all things are reborn.

In ancient cultures and in the astrological calendar, Spring was
the New Year, or the Vernal Equinox.
(Being an Aries myself, I may be partial ;)
Bringing this feeling of newness and rebirth is easy to weave
into your homeschooling lessons. Waldorf homeschooling is
very steeped in nature and observation and festivals.

Yesterday, we took a walk where we observed the signs of spring.
Here are a few pictures..

 

 

 

You can have your child draw and/or write in a Nature Notebook.
Recording what they see each week or comparing flowers or buds
as they emerge. Also, squirrels and birds are making nests and this
is a real treat to seek and watch.

Changing out the nature of seasonal table is a great way to
display small flowers or items you find to designate spring.

On Spring Equinox, we always plant our wheat grass seeds.
(though I try to time this so that the grass is ready for Easter)
This year should be great timing, as the grass takes about 10
days to grow full. Trim as need with sharp scissors.

We also plant our spring garden at this time. You will need to adjust depending on your region. But many early spring seeds can be started indoors until after threat of last frost. (check with a local garden center on last frost date where you are)

Sweet peas, snow peas, lettuce, spinach, chard, broccoli and tender greens can be sown for tasty picking mid-spring.

Wet felting Easter Eggs is another wonderful project
and easy for younger hands. (remember to tape your
eggs shut before you start felting, learned that the hard way)

Wrap thin layers of felt around the eggs and opposite directions
and rub gently under soapy warm water. Keep rubbing. Keep
rubbing. Let eggs dry on a towel for 24 hrs.

There are so many crafts for this time of year.
A great resource is the book “All Year Round”
by Hawthorn Press.

Baking is another great way to bring spring festivals
into your Waldorf homeschooling lessons.

We bake Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day and
Hot Cross Buns for Easter.
There are so many options!

“Festivals, Family and Food” is another wonderful
book resource.

 

I would love to hear how you celebrate. Please
comment below.

 

 

  • Pamela

    Spring for us in East Hawaii on the Big Island means fruiting guava and the golden haze of blossoms on the avocado trees; rains can be heavy and unpredictable ( it even hailed on the beaches over on O’ahu!!!). Thunder storms may mean snow up on the slopes of Mauna Ke’a. Citrus blossoms and night blooming jasmine scent the air. Today we cut guava branches and will festoon the branches with our collection of wee wooden ornaments; pompom chicks,knitted bunnies and diffusing paper butterflies are among the projects for the two week holidays coming up. Then, during the night of April 7th, the Easter hare hides the children’s baskets, rain or shine somewhere in the tangle of tree ferns, anthurium and hibiscus bushes; to find them means following a series of nature clues. We’ll enjoy a shared potluck meal with a few o’hana (family and close friends) afterwards.

  • Brandy

    Spring time is exciting. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  • Cari

    We love spring here too – and Reg Down. ;-) Thanks for the post.

  • http://heartfelthomemaking.blogspot.com/ Elizabeth

    Spring is a funny one for us here in northern New England. There is still lots of snow on the ground and the temps are right around freezing. We will be skiing for two more weeks at least. And then we will have mud season, not the lush green spring most have. But oh how we love to play in the warm sticky mud after the long long frozen winter. Thanks for the chance to win Reg Downs newest book. This would be such a treat.

  • http://www.anartfamily.com Joy

    We celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by reading about his life and making rainbow fruit kabobs, a rainbow cake or green (spinach) soda bread. We generally celebrate the spring equinox by searching our yard, neighborhood and nearby woods for signs of spring and new life. And of course, our spring book basket and spring nature table are updated. :)

  • Sarah

    Spring is a time of rebirth and celebration. We love to plant our garden and welcome all the song birds back. Our Easter celebration is a large part of Spring. Reg Down’s new book sounds lovely. Would love to add it to our collection.

  • charlotte

    We love spring! we visit the farms to see new baby animals and plant lots of flowers! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  • Stacey

    I love and miss the fantastic weather where you guys are, we used to live not so far away, in Savannah, GA. My oldest (almost 7) has her birthday on the 6th, sometimes coinciding with Easter…which I always associate with the arrival of Spring.
    Even though Spring comes ‘late’ in Bulgaria, where we’re living now, we’ll be super lucky this year, because we’re in the process of a big international move to a place with a kind of eternal Spring! After a good many long winters here, we’re ready…Costa Rica here we come! (Finally!!)

  • http://www.mosey.etsy.com jes anthonis

    living in a cold cold climate we reeeeally look for those first signs of spring…and sometimes we make our own (planting our wheatgrass, starting our seedlings!)
    thanks for the post

  • Hannah

    Love Spring! The newness of it all – flowers blooming, tress buding, grass growing, baby lambs and chicks. We love to welcome the sun and warmth with more time outside, especially picnics. Thanks for the chance!

  • Melanie McCulloch

    Thanks for the lovely post. We’re searching hard for signs of Spring here in Eastern Canada. It’s still snowy and cold most days but the children have dug out the bikes and all the tools necessary for mud pies! Come on Spring!

  • http://meinutrimentus.blogspot.com/ Elizabeth

    Spring is upon us here. We have spotted so much wildflowers, planted our own blueberry bush, palnted a border garden, removed a bush to make room for a ediable garden. The colors we are noticing now are yellow and lots more green. So excited.

  • Michelle

    Spring is my favorite time of year! We are planning on wet felting some Easter Eggs this year. I also love the idea of planting real grass for the Easter basket. I wanted to do it last year but thanks to your reminder I think we’ll try it this year!