Seasons of Joy

Looking for a way to bring peace and joy to your day? Seasons of Joy is my 10-week seasonal guidebook to add rhythm and fun to your daily routine. Each guidebook has ten weeks' worth of circle times, stories, arts, crafts, and handwork, painting, playtime activities and more!
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Seasons of Joy seeks to empower families to create peaceful rhythms and routines and joyful celebrations that follow the circle of the year. The blog also chronicles our adventures in living simply, loving exuberantly, and Waldorf inspired homeschooling.

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A (brief) introduction to Reggio Emilia

I shared a month or so ago that I am now working at a Reggio-inspired child development center full-time now. I also threatened… um… I mean proposed… that I would be writing a little more about the Reggio Emilia influence on early childhood education. While many readers of my blog might be familiar with Waldorf education, another method that has greatly inspired me, curriculum modeled after the schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy might be less well known.

Summer Seasons of Joy

Summer Seasons of Joy was my very first ebook! Because it was my first, it is the least flushed out. Every year I say I will revise it. Who knows? Maybe this will be the year! Meanwhile, you benefit, as this seasonal guidebook is only $10 instead of $15 like the others. You can read more about Summer Seasons of Joy here or at our blog store. Meanwhile, here’s a rhyme you and your little ones might enjoy!

And here’s a green leaf. (show other hand)

Here’s a bud. (cup hands together)

Crying Infants and Moral Judgments

crying baby As my daughter Katie Grace just had her 13th birthday (happy, happy birthday, darling girl!)and as I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in the Infant Wing at school,  I’ve been thinking a lot about babies and crying and our discomfort with hearing their cries. More specifically, about the moral significance we seem to place on crying babies and the judgment we heap on their parents.

Another update

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It seems I’m all about update and not about content lately. But I’m hoping that will be changing soon, as I miss writing. Obviously, this is no longer a homemaking/homeschooling/Waldorf blog, since the children are going to school, I’m working full-time at a Reggio-Emilia inspired early childhood center, and I’m getting a divorce. Some things you might see include

  • music and early childhood
  • music in general
  • early childhood in general
  • comparing and contrasting various schools of thought on child development and early childhood education
  • single motherhood

Tickle Rhymes for Little Ones

Hello! It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

There have been a lot of changes around here. If I can ever find a way to explain it all, I will eventually, but for now I’ll give the short and sweet bullet-points version

  • We are schooling four different ways, which is enough to make my head spin. The youngest two are spending their days with my friend who also has three little ones and are having an amazing time. The middle two are at our local elementary school a couple of blocks away and are adjusting nicely. Oldest daughter is homeschooling using Palomar K12 and oldest son is cyberschooling and will be going to CAPA, the public arts magnet school, next year. I’m so proud of all of them.

An Apology

Dear Mothers of the World:

In the past, I probably judged you. I might have snarked on you on MDC or done something to make you feel inferior or as if you were doing things wrong.

I would like to apologize from the bottom of my heart. If it makes you feel better, God sent me twins. And they have gone from this

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to this

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and now they are potty training.

2014… One Little Word

This is my third year participating in one little word or whatever it’s called this year. It started out as someone’s idea that was freely shared, morphed into a for-pay workshop, then this year I saw it’s reincarnation as One Word 365. I don’t know. I’m going to keep calling it my watchword for the year.

Simple Toys for Sweet Babies

6 kids in, I consider myself somewhat experienced in the area of toys and children. We’re currently going through a season of clearing out and simplifying, and I thought I would share with you some of what I consider indispensible toys, especially as we are in the thick of the gift-giving season. Here are a few things I consider to be essentials for sweet little babies.

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Daniel with the essential three: a blanky, a playsilk, and a teether/rattle.

Happy Almost-Advent!

TODAY THROUGH MONDAY! Buy the Advent Seasons of Joy e-book and I’ll throw in Winter for free! If you already have Winter and would like another book instead, just let me know in the notes. Please feel free to spread the word!

I’m looking forward to getting back to blogging this Advent.

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Seasons of Change

Lately, I’ve been waking up at 4 AM every morning. I think about a lot of things—my children, my life, how I’ll spend the day ahead and how tired I’ll be with this two hour space in the middle of what was supposed to be my sleeping time. I think about song lyrics and staging and opportunities. I wonder what I would be dreaming if my mind were still at rest. I wonder what’s going on in all the other places in the world where people are awake and I wonder what’s going on with other people who are supposed to be sleeping but can’t. I think about lesson plans and story ideas and yes, even blog posts. Most of all, I think about change.