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.
“Festivals, Family and Food” is another wonderful
I would love to hear how you celebrate. Please