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School for all Seasons Curriculum and a Giveaway

Today it’s such a great pleasure to bring you news of a wonderful new publication by Donna Ashton called School for all Seasons.

Seasons EbookIn Donna’s words:

Waldorf with your Preschooler

I remember when my girls turned 4. It was the time when I started researching homeschooling options and wondering if I really could actually “do it.”

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Waldorf landed in my lap and I was hooked. It seemed to be everything I wanted for my girls and I was eager to learn more.

For families with 4-6 yr olds, this can be a high pressure time. You are just trying to figure it out and other kids are off to school already learning to read. Your confidence is not yet there as you are going on faith that this approach to holistic education will work. It does!

Waldorf homeschooling doesn’t officially start until 1st grade- 6 1/2-7 yr olds)

So, what do we do with younger kids not yet ready for official school?

We see amazing photos of the Waldorf kindergarten with beautiful wooden toys, kitchen sets, playsilks and painting supplies and think “That’s what I want!”

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But, something you may not have realized is that the Waldorf kindergarten is set up to re-create the home. Yes. Read that line again.

So, don’t fall into that circle. Home is already a step ahead. You have a kitchen for chopping and kneading and baking. Your child can participate in keeping up the house by helping fold laundry, dry dishes, plant vegetables. Chores are a wonderful way to let your preschool aged child help maintain the home.

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The biggest tip I can give is to let them play. Their job is to play during these early years. The benefits of allowing your child free play are documented everywhere these days.

Exploring nature, climbing, running and “being” is what this age is about.

Yes, you can start creating a rhythm with circle time and stories.

You can sing and dance and play with silks and color.

You can celebrate seasonal festivals.

You an enjoy crafts, finger knitting and very
basic sewing.

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Just be patient and let them explore the world through child’s eyes. There will be plenty of time for academics.

Giveaway:

School for all Seasons Curriculum Guide & Training

For moms who need a bit more structure to their days schooling a 4-5-6 yr old.

This pack contains simple steps to creating a “school lesson” with your young child – which means stories, crafts, outdoor play ideas and much more.

Though playing is your child’s main job at this age, you may find getting a rhythm in place and having a base of ideas to draw from highly beneficial (saves time and energy!).

The pack includes:

* 10 month curriculum guide with weekly themes,
* Done-for-you Circle Time including songs you can listen to so you can learn them!
* Plus Bonus training audios that compliment the curriculum
* Bonus video How-to’s on painting, block crayons and storytelling.

Congratulations to: Keenan you have won the School for all Seasons curriculum guide from Donna Ashton!!

Donna is giving away one of these packs described above to one Natural Suburbia reader, to stand a chance to win, please leave a comment. If you would like to earn extra entries, please share on your Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest etc.. and comment here again each time you do for extra entries:)

Donna’s Bio:

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Donna Ashton is the founder and CEO of The Waldorf Connection, an online resource that provides workshops, courses, and training for homeschooling families all over the world. She is committed to delivering how-to guidance and support to moms seeking to educate their children in a waldorf-inspired, conscious way.

Donna offers mentoring, advice and resources to thousands of families worldwide. To get started with the very basics of homeschooling with Waldorf, download her Starter Waldorf Homeschool kit.
Her book The Waldorf Homeschool Handbook is a step-by-step introduction into how to homeschooling with Waldorf-inspired methods.

Thank you so much for sponsoring with Natural Suburbia, Donna.

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April 1st, Germandolls

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Welcome to our new sponsor Ulla, who creates the most beautiful handmade dolls and sells them in her Etsy shop, Germandolls.

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In Ulla’s words:

In an age when everything is made of plastic and synthetics, my cloth dolls are handmade with pure wool and cotton, natural materials that warm to body temperature as they are held. Have you ever hugged a plastic baby doll on a cold winter morning?

My soft, warm dolls are unique, huggable, and as individual as the children – young and old – who love them! I fashion my dolls using Waldorf techniques. It is an old tradition of making cloth dolls developed in Germany around 1900.

According to the Waldorf philosophy dolls should be made from what nature has given us: natural fibers such as sheep’s wool, mohair, and cotton. The dolls have a unique inner head construction which gives form but not detail to the face. Often the dolls have very simple features, sometimes no features at all.

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This beautiful doll can be found in Ulla’s lovely Etsy shop Germandolls.

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willow in basket with bunny copy

Ulla’s recently started selling her work on Indiecart where independent dollmakers offer their finest collectible wares for sale. Hope you visit her upcoming auction. Willow and her sweet bunny baby will be for sale there on Wednesday the 2nd of April!

Here is the link for the auction and here is the link for the Ulla’s Indie Store.

Other places where you can find Ulla:

Flickr
Blog
Twitter

For sponsorship / advertising information you can contact me here: lindadawkins@mweb.co.za

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October 1st Natural Suburbia Sponsors

Welcome back to Natural Suburbia sponsor Woolies:

Woolies:

At Woolies you will find the most beautiful heirloom quality stuffed animals and toys made from natural materials.

 

Thank you so much to all these businesses and blogs for their continued support:

Super Skivvies

Steph is the owner of this lovely business. She designs and makes the most wonderful cloth training pants for little ones.

GermanDolls:

In Ulla’s words:
 ”I am German doll maker living in the US. I have been making cloth dolls in the Waldorf tradition since 2000. In an age when everything is made of plastic and synthetics, my Cloth Dolls are handmade with pure wool and cotton, natural materials that warm to body temperature as they are held. Have you ever hugged a plastic baby doll on a cold winter morning? My soft, warm dolls are unique, huggable, and as individual as the children – young and old – who love them! Hope you get a chance to visit my shop and blog.”

This Whole Family:

A truly lovely eco friendly blog with pages of delicious recipes, natural cleaning recipes for your home, gardening and crafting. A wonderful place to visit…

Sparkle Stories

Sparkle Stories is an amazing online resource that offers beautiful audio stories for children and families.

Waldorf Essentials:

In Melisa’s words:
We started almost six years ago with our first book, A Journey Through Waldorf Homeschooling, Kindergarten.  Today we have a full curriculum for the grades and a book on inner work “108 Days”. We also have a brand new program for Waldorf homeschool teacher training.

Vistaprint:

For all your printing needs, Vistaprint. Offering wonderful printed cards, calenders and business cards.

Nest:

Such a beautiful shop, stocking the most gorgeous eco-friendly, heirloom toys and practical things for your home.

Brighton Park:

A lovely, Waldorf inspired, homeschooling and homesteading blog. Make yourself a cup of tea and enjoy browsing through Katie’s many beautiful pages, a wonderful read.

Please do visit these wonderful businesses and blogs and see what they have to offer.
Thank you to our lovely sponsors, we do appreciate you very much. Your support allows me to share our life via blogging and also contributes financially to the home education of our children, thank you.

The Blog Maven:

Jeni is an amazing blog migration specialist, offering various services to help improve and update your current blog tremendously.

Please do visit these wonderful businesses and blogs and see what they have to offer.
Thank you to our lovely sponsors, we do appreciate you very much. Your support allows me to share our life via blogging and also contributes financially to the home education of our children, thank you.
For sponsorship / advertising information you can contact me at: lindadawkins@mweb.co.za
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Thank You to My Sponsors!

I would just like to take this opportunity to thank my wonderful sponsors for being a part of this blog and for your continued support for the month of November:)

Sponsorship:
It has been a very exciting month, we have had 23 763 hits on our blog this month and 40 000 page views and growing each day! Thank you so much to all who visit here, it is wonderful to hear your thoughts that you leave in the form of comments and for all those who share on Creative Friday each week, Thank you:)
If you are interested in a sponsorship with us to advertise your business or blog, you can contact me at
Happy Sunday
Linda
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