Purposeful work and play

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As I potter around the house, Ruby and Max play.

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I wash the dishes. They play with their dolls.

I fold the clothes. They unfold playsilks to make doll hammocks.

I sweep the floor. They build a house from the playstands and playsilks.

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My purposeful work allows them to deepen into their play.

It allows them to learn through imitation.

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I check my email.

Their play stops and within moments they are beside me.

How did they know!

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A sweet and simple, yet sometimes frustrating reminder.

They want me to be present.

Mindfully present.

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And so, we re-connect and continue through our day.

You can read more about purposeful work in Waldorf environments here. Or how wearing an apron helps here.

πŸ’šπŸŒΈπŸƒ And follow along on Facebook and Instagram to see snippets of our days πŸ’šπŸŒΈπŸƒ

Blessings mamas, Kelly

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Ruby’s Waldorf kindergarten

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Waldorf kindergartens are beautiful. Truly they make my heart sing.

I was going to write about why Jason and I chose a Waldorf kindergarten for our children. But then I thought, I would ask Ruby what she likes about school instead.

Ruby told me that the best thing of all is swinging on the swings. She loves to go high. And swings as long as she can.

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Most days the children go on a nature walk with their teachers.

On their walks they go to ‘very good places’ where they see ducks, birds, lots of tree and bushes, and cars.

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During inside time, Ruby likes to make little houses to play in. She uses wooden frames for the walls and quilts for the roof. It makes them a little dark, but the light still shines through.

Her teacher told me, that a little boy asked to play in her house this week but Ruby wasn’t quite ready to share the space. So she suggested that he be her neighbour and build a house next door. Soon there was a whole row of little houses *smile*

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Through the day, Ruby tells me ‘they sing so much and play so much’.

At circle time they play a giant game, where they pretend to be giants stealing treasure from gnomes!

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And for lunch, Ruby eats eats vegetable soup one day, freshly baked bread rolls another and yummy millet bake.

At rest time, they lie on their mattresses and their teacher reads them whimsical stories about gnomes.

And Ruby tries not to sleep because she worries she will miss out on the best fruit for afternoon tea. She likes strawberries, apples, carrots and pears.

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Her teachers are good and kind. And they help her through the day, offering kind words and cuddles.

But the best things of all is going on the swings.

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You can read about Ruby starting kindergarten here and more about how they sing through the day here.

πŸ’šπŸŒΈπŸƒ And follow along on Facebook and Instagram to see snippets of our days πŸ’šπŸŒΈπŸƒ

Blessings, Kelly

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