Today we went sliding and to the park with our neighbours! We are two weeks in on the Advent season (see our calendar in pic).  Every day the children take down one of the cones from the cranberry wire with the date on it, and inside they find a surprise! We light our candles every day and say the verse of the week, adding one candle each week until the solstice when the sun returns! This week we head to high level for a little trip.
Advent Candle lighting verse
The first light of advent is the light of stones,
Light that shines in crystals, in seashells and in bones.
The second light of advent is the light of the plants,
Plants that reach up to the sun and in the breezes dance.
The third light of advent is the light of the beasts,
the light of hope that we may see in greatest and in least.
The fourth light of advent it is the light of man,
The light of love, the light of thought, to give and understand.

 Main lesson: Math Block 1 Week1
We are learning number qualities and Roman numerals. I am teaching all blocks in both French and English. We are using the Christopherous shepherds story to introduce Roman numerals. The children each have a bundle of little sticks, and everyday I read part of the story about a little shepherd boy who has to keep track of his flock, and each day he counts another sheep. To prepare for the four processes in the next block, the children use pinecones to manipulate the numbers. In waldorf, we start with the whole not the parts, so 4 = 1+1+1+1, as well as 2+2 and 2×2 and so forth. We don’t examine parts first, as in 2+2=4.
After the story, we do some  art, eurythmy, and poetry related to the number of the day, and then we copy the lesson into our main books.
I have added a french grammer lesson to each day, and we are working right now on French verb tense, mood and voice. The Rosetta stone homeschool course will bulk up this lesson.
Form Drawing
We are working on running forms with a story about a king who has lost his queen. I tell part of the story, while drawing the form on the board. Hana stands at easle, following slowly and we do line at a time. Then we examine the form with manipulatives, explore the form in nature and then copy the lesson into our books.
Hana has earned her first badge in figure skating! We are done skating and gymanstics until the new year. There is however, a rink in the park behind our house. Girl scout to start in the new year! We have also been doing alot of swimming. Hana can now do a full lap!
10 Ashura stories for children (Dec.5th)
The Buddha (Bodhi day Dec. 8th)
Hanukkha (dec.8-16)
A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)
Christmas in the Big woods (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
Christmas in noisy village (Astrid Lindgren)
Kwanzaa(national geographics holidays around the world)
The nutcracker and the mouseking (ETA Hofman)
Hans Brinker (Mary Mapes Dodge)
Solstice stories for Children
Mother Holle (Brothers Grimm)
Finger knitting,Tree decorations, Window stars, Paper snowflakes
Origami stars, Candle making, Winter placemats, Winter mobile
Origami candle holder,  Advent log centerpiece, bird feedersnature table figures (beeswax, felt, etc.), fabric/felt winter banners

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