Wednesday, May 24, 2006

 

Waldorf Curriculums with Daily Instructions

No real prep time needed

Cairns Homeschooling Curriculum
This curriculum is published by the Cairns Steiner School in Australia. It
provides:

1) A teaching guide developed by an experienced Waldorf teacher, which details day-to-day
lessons in language, math, home environment, craft, form drawing and music, etc. (depending on grade level).

2) A book of readings to accompany main lesson content.

3) Tapes of recorder music and songs (some levels).

4) Ongoing supervision by a Queensland registered Steiner teacher.

All materials remain property of the school and are returned at the end of the school
year. As of this writing this curriculum runs 1st through 6th
grade.

Oak Meadow
I think this curriculum is the oldest available Waldorf-inspired K-12
curriculum source. It is still based in Waldorf principles in the early years, but no longer follows a pure Waldorf curriculum progression, they have adapted various influences over the years as they found what worked for them and responded
to their clients' needs.

They also have options from just buying books, to teacher support, to even registration in
a "private school" if you need that option. Oak Meadow has the only Waldorf-influenced high school that I have seen for homeschoolers, and online classes for upper grades.

 

Waldorf curriculums - Mostly Complete, Just Customize

Mostly Complete, Just Customize

The teacher needs only minor prep time
to personalize a flexible lesson.

Live Education
This K-8, purely Waldorf curriculum is as close as you can get to a Waldorf school in a structured curriculum. Leading from that idea, the education will need to be alive and some parts you will create yourself, with guidance; nevertheless, prep will be relatively short.

One advantage to Live Ed is that curricula can combine elements from multiple years--you can purchase half 5th grade and half 6th grade, for example, depending on your family's individual needs. A couple of teacher consultations are included in the package with more available at additional cost.



Enki Homeschool Curriculum
An innovative, developmentally based education that supports the integration of body, heart, and mind by weaving together many diverse elements:
• the multicultural emphasis of the United Nations International School,
• the integrated arts approach of Waldorf Education,
• the neurological focus of Sensory Integration therapy and Brain Gym;
• the skill building techniques of traditional Western education, and
• the independent project learning of theme studies programs.
You can purchase any grade-level package at a significant discount, or just buy the individual books you feel will support your child(ren).


Everyday Waldorf's Seasons of Joy

This curriculum is full of hands-on, practical ideas for exploring the seasons with your child in an age-appropriate, Waldorf-inspired manner. (Kindergarten only - but more to come)

 

A Look at the Waldorf Curriculum

A Look at the Waldorf Curriculum


by Kathe A. Conti


"Receive the Child with Reverence,
Educate them with Love,
Send them forth in Freedom."
- Rudolf Steiner, Founder of Waldorf Education


At Waldorf schools worldwide, children are treated with special reverence. Like delicate, newborn flowers, they are nurtured in sheltered gardens, protected from the harsh, natural elements until they are ready to stand on their own. And, just like flowers, they are allowed to grow gently, without being inundated by "too much" fertilizer that often prompts premature growth. The unfolding of the children in Waldorf schools happens as naturally as carefully tended flowers that bloom forth into poignant sweetness.

The curriculum of a Waldorf school is designed to meet the various changes in development that occur naturally throughout childhood. Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), who was both a universal humanist and a scientist, initiated this unique and vibrant educational system. He offered invaluable suggestions for the renewal of mankind - not only in education, but also in medicine, agriculture, the arts and the sciences. His most enduring work perhaps, is that of his education program for children from kindergarten through high school.

Waldorf education is unique in many ways, primarily in how children are taught and when they are taught various subjects. Though Steiner offered specific direction to his teachers, he also felt strongly that an individual teacher should be free to create lessons from his or her own artistic strivings and world experience. The ultimate goal of a Waldorf teacher is to help the children connect with their own innate capacities for imitation and imagination, and for their educational experience to truly live and grow within them - a flower of learning within the flower that is the child.


All Waldorf teachers share the following concepts, no matter what grade they teach. These are the foundation of the Steiner method.


- Balanced Rhythm Every day, and in every lesson, children thrive on a balanced rhythm - a taking in of experience and then a breathing-out through artistic expression. Out of this "breathing", concepts are "born"within the children.


- Artistic Concepts All concepts presented to the children are done in an artistic manner, clothed in stories and woven into the being of the child through the arts, such as painting, drawing, sculpting, singing, Eurythmy (an art of movement), handwork, speech and drama.

- Multi-Sensory Approach Learning is approached through a multi-sensory experience that naturally recognizes children learn in many ways, and this allows each one the opportunity to succeed.

- Appreciation The children are encouraged to work carefully and thoroughly. A natural result of this attitude is an appreciation by the children for beauty and a reverence for the great works of the world.

A Brief Look At The Waldorf Curriculum
KINDERGARTEN
Waldorf schools recognize that the young child learns primarily through imitation and example. Great care is taken to create an environment that brings nurturing warmth, guidance and cooperation to a child’s world of constructive fantasy and imagination. The Kindergarten week is rhythmically structured to include: storytelling and puppetry, creative work and play, singing and creative movement, games and finger plays, baking and crafts, art activities, and fairy tales.
The Kindergarten year also follows the natural cycle of Mother Nature and includes many festivals that become cherished activities for the entire family.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
During the elementary school years, the children’s individuality emerges. While they acquire competent skills, intellectual ability and academic knowledge, they also develop their own inner world of feelings. By educating them through a conscious appeal to their feelings as well as their thoughts, Waldorf education succeeds in meeting the true needs of an individual child.

The class teacher is central to Waldorf education. This teacher continues from grade to grade with the same children and is responsible for their main lesson subjects through the 8th grade. Thus the teacher’s unique life experience and passion for teaching becomes integral in their students’ educational experience. This teacher has the advantage of often knowing his or her students from 1st grade on, a powerful tool in helping each child achieve their innate potential.

Throughout the elementary school years, the students create their own carefully written and beautifully illustrated lesson books for each subject studied. These personal creations become a treasured record and reminder of all their learning over the years. A fuller description of the main lessons taught at each grade level follows.

- 1st Grade Fairy tales, folk tales, nature stories, pictorial and phonetic introduction to letters, form drawing, reading approached through writing, qualities of numbers, introduction of the four processes in arithmetic, lower multiplication.

- 2nd Grade Fables, legends of saints, nature lore, reading, phonetics, spelling, composition and grammar, development of basic arithmetic operations including carrying and borrowing.

- 3rd Grade Old Testament stories introduce history, study of practical life (farming, housing, clothing), reading, spelling, writing, original compositions, grammar, punctuation and parts of speech, cursive writing, higher multiplication tables, weight measure and money.

- 4th Grade Norse mythology and sagas, composition, letter writing, local geography and map making, Colorado history, study of the animal kingdom, fractions.

- 5th Grade Greek myths, ancient civilizations through Greek times, American geography related to vegetation, agriculture and economies, composition, grammar, spelling, reading, arithmetic (decimals, ratio and proportion), botany.

- 6th Grade Roman and Medieval history, European and South American geography, mineralogy, physics (acoustics, electricity, magnetism, optics and heat), composition, grammar, spelling, biographies, introduction to algebra, geometric drawing with instruments, botany and astronomy.

- 7th Grade Arthurian legends, voyages of discovery, the Renaissance, world geography, physics (mechanics), physiology (blood and muscles), astronomy, chemistry, composition, grammar, spelling, literature, arithmetic (pre-algebra, geometry, graphs).

- 8th Grade American history and the industrial revolution, world geography, meteorology, chemistry, physiology, business writing, practical writing, reporting, reading and discussion, Shakespearean literature, epic and dramatic poetry, algebra, solid geometry, volume computation, world climates, oceanography, black and white drawing.

- In Addition to the Main Lessons Foreign languages, speech, music (singing, recorder, instruments), form drawing, painting, clay and beeswax modeling, woodworking, drama, physical education, creative movement, and computer skills in the upper grades.

Kathe A. Conti is a parent at Shepherd Valley Waldorf School in Niwot and the editor of the school newsletter, The STAR.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

 

Teaching Knitting to children

I had to (re)learn to knit having only knitted a scarf for myself when I was 14. My daughter has been keen for a while probably a year but was not ready until now at 6 1/2. At 5 she learnt how to finger knit and made cords for bags.

I got some great children's books out of the library and started working through projects myself and my daughter wanted to help me and it was obvious she could remember how to do the knit stitch. So we purchased some child sized knitting needles and some wood ones which I will be able to saw down. Shorter size is easier to manage - we tried both.

We got size 5mm (US 8) and 7mm (US 10.5). She could do both but I wanted her to work with the thicker needle and thicker yarn (suitable to the needle as stated on the pack of yarn) so that she would see results faster and hence be more encouraged. At night I would often do one or two rows so it would grow quicker. Her first project was a bag. A rectangle 20 or so stitches casted on and knitted to 1 foot or so in length. Then fold over and overcast the sides. She wanted a flap at the top to open and close so we made it a few inches longer and then sewed a button on the bag and braided a loop for the button which we braided into the flap.

Then their is a cotton wash cloth with size 5mm (size 6) needles or just a bit smaller then a headband cast on 10 stitches of bulky wool on 10mm needles knit until it is long enough.

The books at the library taught me how and contained projects that progressively got more difficult - starting with basic
Kids can knit : fun and easy projects for your small knitter Clewer, Carolyn
this is the one I learnt to knit from
Kids Knit - simple steps to nifty projects
Kids's Easy Knitting Projects

 

Free Waldorf E-lessons online

http://members.cox.net/e-lessons/

They have available nearly 400 e-lessons available on the internet, as well as other lessons reasonably priced at $20. They make these e-lessons available free. The lessons contain stories, dramas and many art and craft activities.

Multiplication stories and fraction stories with activities. Lots of ancient civilisation packs with stories and activities.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

 

Letterland - Waldorf influence reading program

It is a multisensory approach to learning with songs (CDs), actions, and phonic fables (stories). We find Letterland absolutely wonderful. The children enjoy the characters and their well developed personalities. Every characters name has their sound at the beginning of their name like Clever Cat and Dippy Duck.

For example, the robot gang who steal vowels so they don't sound like they normally would like Arthur Ar and the Er, Ir, Ur brothers. Ernest Er has the longest legs and runs fast and often appears at the end of words and in more words, while his brother Urgent Ur wears boots of curly fur and plods along. Harry Hat man doesn't like noise so he goes barefoot, for the Ch sound when his cat, Clever Cat, sits next to him she always sneezes because of the hair on his hairy hat.

I just purchased the following:
1. LETTERLAND TEACHERS GUIDE (primary/elementary school not the early one) for all the phonic fables
2. LETTERLAND ABC - SOFTBACK which I read to the kids
3. 3 song CDs (digraphs and blends, alphabet, handwriting) which we mostly listen to in the car.

The children do word building with letters which you can make yourself by photocoping the letters from the front cover of the book onto card.

We homeschool and older my daughter has picked up reading seamlessly and immediately grasped the rule as it is so memorable. My 3 year old has learned her sounds without trying actually by accident!!

http://www.letterland.com/

 

Jump Rope Songs and Rhymes

Kookaburra sits in the old GUM tree
Merry, merry king of the BUSH is he,
Laugh kookaburra, luagh Kookabuura, gay your life must be.


Counting

One Two buckle my shoe
One two buckle my shoe Three four close the door Five six pick up sticks Seven eight shut the gate Nine ten start again {continue until someone makes a mistake}

When I was three

When I was three I banged my knee
When I was four I shut the door
When I was five I learned to jive
When I was six I picked up sticks
When I was seven I went to heaven
When I was eight I learned to skate
When I was nine I climbed a vine
When I was ten I caught a hen,

16 Bluebirds
Sixteen bluebirds sitting on a fence.
Flapped their wings and started to dance.
Upward, downward, All along the line,
Brightly preened and looking fine!
Count 1, 2, 3 . . . . .



Christopher Columbus Sailed the ocean blue
In fourteen hundred And ninety-two.

Robin Hood, Robin Hood dressed so good,
Got as many kisses as he could.
How many kisses did he get? 1, 2, 3 . . . . .


Butterfly, Butterfly, throws a kiss, kiss, kiss,Butterfly, Butterfly, get out before you miss, miss, miss.


Bubble gum, Bubble gum in a dish how many pieces do you wish?1..2..3..4..5..


What would a woodchuck chop if a woodchuck could chop woodIf the woodchuck could chp wood how much wood would the woodchuck chop

Not Last Night but the night before.Twenty-four robbers came knocking at my door,They called me out for the world to see,And this is what they said to me--'Spanish dancer turn around,Spanish dancer touch the ground,Spanish dancer do the kicks,Spanish dancer do the splits!'(the child should do each of the commands while skipping * ( the "splits" is more like making a V)
Spanish dancer, do the split.Spanish dancer, give a kick.Spanish dancer, turn around.Spanish dancer, get out of town.
Spanish dancer, do the splits,Spanish dancer, do high kicks.Spanish dancer, clicks a shoe, Spanish dancer, chooses YOU!

Spelling Hipp-o-pot-a-musYou've got the hip (put hand on hip)The "O" (put arms up in the air in the shape of an O)The "Pot" (put arms in front of you -- still in the O shape -- imagine you're hugging a big pot in front of you)The "Toe" (lift one of your legs up and touch your toe with your hand)And the "Miss"! (stop the skipping rope by jumping over it, one leg on each side, when it's on the ground)(the child should do each of the commands while skipping (er, the "splits" is more like making a V with your legs unless you're really talented)
How do you spell Mississippi?M (cross arms over chest)I (point to your eye)S Crooked letter (cross legs and jump)S Crooked letter (cross legs and jump)I (point to eye)P Hunch back P Hunch backI!


I'm a little Dutch girlDressed in blue.
These are the thingsI like to do:
Salute to the captain,
Bow to the queen,
Turn by back On the submarine.
I can do the tap dance,
I can do the split,
I can do the holka polka
Just like this.


more here
http://www.homeschool.co.uk/resource/skipping-rope-jump-rope-hopscotch-songs.html

Honey Bear, Honey Bear touch the ground Honey Bear, Honey Bear turn around Honey Bear Honey Bear how old are you? 1...2...3...4...


MY NAME IS ALICE: Jump Rope Rhymes




Had a little sports car 1949,
Took it around the co-o-o-orner
[Person jumping has to get out, go around one end person, and jump back in]
Slammed on the brakes,
Police man caught me, put me in jail,
All I had to drink was diet ginger ale,
For 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10- etc. [Thanks to Janine]




Blue Bells
Taco shells
Evvie ivy over
I like coffee, I like tea, I like the boys and the boys like me!
Yes no maybe so
(Repeat till mess up) (Thanks to Brent and Lorena)




My boyfriend's name is Fatty,
He comes from Cincinatti,
With 48 toes
And a dimple on his nose,
And this is how my story goes:
I L-O-V-E love him,
I'll K-I-S-S kiss him,
I'll H-U-G hug him
In the p-a-r-k park park park.
My boyfriend gave me peaches.
My boyfriend gave me pears.
My boyfriend gave me 50 cents to kiss him on the stairs.
I gave him back his peaches.
I gave him back his pears.
I gave him back his 50 cents
And kicked him down the stairs. (Thanks to Azlyn).


Teacher, teacher
Oh so tired
How many times did you get fired?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, (etc.) (Thanks to Tiffany)

Not last night but the night before,
twenty-four robbers came knocking at my door

I asked them what they wanted, and this is what they said:

Spanish Dancer do the splits, the twist, the turnaround and touch the ground, and out the back door

Spanish Dancer please come back, back, sit on a tack, read a book and do not look,
(jump with eyes closed, everyone counting out loud: 1, 2, 3,
4, 5... until you miss) (Thanks to this excellent jump rope website)

A my name is Alice and my husband's name is Andy and we come from Alabama and we sell apples
B my name is Betty and my husband's name is Bob and we come from Buffalo and we sell bananas
C my name is Connie and my husband's name is Cornelius and we come from Cucamonga and we sell cell phones[Etc.]

1 potato, 2 potato, 3 potato, 4
5 potato, 6 potato, 7 potato more.
Acha bacha, cucaracha, out goes Y-O-U

Cinderella, dressed in yella
Went upstairs to see her fellow,
How many kisses did she get?..one...two... [Thanks to Arachne]

Another version:

Cinderella, dressed in yella,
Went upstairs to kiss a fella,
Made a mistake, kissed a snake,
How many doctors will it take?
2-4-6-8 etc [Thanks to Janine]


Another version:
Cinderella dressed in green,
Went upstairs to get ice cream,
By mistake,
She spilled her shake,
How many napkins did it take? [Thanks to Jannie C.]


Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
Turn around (turn around)
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
Touch the ground (touch the ground)
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
Tie your shoe (hit your shoe)
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
How old are you?
1-2-3-4........... (etc)...[Thanks to Emily]


Cinderella dressed in yellow
Went upstairs to kiss a fellow
Made a mistake and kissed a snake
How many doctors did it take? One...Two...Three... [Thanks to T.L. DelaPuente]

Apple on a stick makes me sick, makes my tummy go 246,
Not because I'm dirty, not because I'm clean, not because I
Kissed a boy behind a magazine.
Uh - oh here comes Nette with her pants on tight! she can wiggle,
She can wobble, she can do the splitz, but I betcha $20.00 that she can't do
This!
1-2-3-4...[Thanks to MiniMaidens]

Nette and Kenneth sitting in a tree K-i-s-s-i-n-g
How many kisses did she get? ...one...two... [Thanks to Arachne]
OR
Nette and Kenneth sitting in a tree
K-i-s-s-i-n-g
First comes love
Then comes marriage
Then comes xxxxxxx in a baby carriage [where xxx is another kid in the game.] [Thanks to Kmkat]

Down in the valley where the green grass grows
there sat Nette, sweet as a rose
she sang, she sang, she sang so sweet
along came Kenneth, and kissed her on the cheek
how many kisses did she get that week?
1, 2, 3, 4.... [Thanks to Sam I Am]

Sea shells, cockle shells
Evie Ivy Over
My dog's name is Rover
He died in last October
How many doctors did it take?
1, 2, 3, 4..... [Thanks to Sam I Am]



Saturday, May 13, 2006

 

Chants and Clapping Games

CHANTS and CLAPPING GAMES

Miss Mary Mack Clapping Game
Two friends can clap and chant together almost anywhere.In the following rhyme, the clapping pattern is --

1. Cross own arms in front of own chest (right shoulder with left hand and left should with right hand) 2. Clap own hands together on "Ma-' 3. clap right hand to partner's right hand on '-ry' 3. clap left hand to partner's left hand on 1st Mack 4. Clap hands with partner two times on each last two Mack ...Follow pattern for each line

or 1. Clap own hands together 2. Cross arms in front of chest 3. Clap own hands together 4. Clap hands with partner three times

Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack.
All dressed in black, black, black
With silver buttons, buttons, buttons
All down her back, back, back
She asked her mother, mother, mother
For fifty cents, cents, cents
To see the elephant, elephant, elephant
Jump over the fence, fence, fence
He jumped so high, high, high
He reached the sky, sky, sky
And he never came back, back, back
‘Till the end of July, ‘ly, ‘ly.

Pease Porridge Hot

Pease porridge hot!
Pease porridge cold!
Pease porridge in the
pot Nine days old.
Some like it hot,
Some like it cold.
Some like it in the
pot Nine days old!

Clapping partern: 1.clap own hands together on 1st word Pease/pot/Some 2. clap right hand to partner's right hand eg on porridge 3. clap left hand to partner's left hand eg on hot/cold/in the 4. Clap 2 hands with partner on Old

Chants




Clapping Games












MARY MARY MACK MACK MACK: Clapping Games








Reta Sceeter checked the meter

Lucy Goosey eating moosey

Fannie Connie looks like honey

Jackie Mackie likes Palacky! [Thanks to Sydney.]






I am a little fresh pot

As cute as I can be be

And all the boys around my
way

Would like to get with me me

My boyfriend's name is Jello

He lives in
Alibello

With a ring in his nose with twenty-five holes

And this is how the
story goes

One day I was a walkin

My boyfriend was a talkin

To the ugliest
girl in the wide world

And the shortest hair you ever seen

He said "I K-I-S-S kiss you

I M-I-S-S miss you

I W-A-N-T want you."

So I went to a lake and
caught me a snake

And then I caught a tummy ache. [Thanks to Whitney B.]





I met my boyfriend at the candy store.

He bought me some ice cream and a candy bar.

He brought me home with a belly ache.

Mama, Mama, I feel sick

Call the doctors quick, quick, quick.

Doctor,doctor will I die?

1,2,3,4,5 I'm alive! [Thanks to Kayla B.]







Double double this this,

Double double that that,

Double this, double that,

Double double this that.



Imstructions: Hold your hands up, your fingers
pointing to the ceiling, as if you're showing someone your new ring!

As you're saying the rhyme, turn your hands back and forth as
certain words are said.

Whenever you say "double," both hands are facing out. (So your palms
are facing you.)

Whenever you say "this," and "that," your palms are facing away from
you. It sounds simple, but it's not!!

You can use almost any compound words, like:

Double double ice ice,

Double double cream cream.

Double ice, double cream,

Double double ice cream. [Thanks to Ciara A.]






Lemonade, crunchy ice

Beat it once, beat it twice.

Lemonade, crunchy ice

Beat it once, beat it twice.

Turn around, touch the ground, FREEZE. [Thanks to Raven and Ciara]






Welcome to McDonald's

May I take your order?

Big Mac, a Filet-o-Fish,

Quarter-pounder, french fries,

Icy cola, milkshakes, sundaes

And apple pie.

1--2--3--4--5 (thanks to Ciara A.)






A spade is

Two hearts in heaven

Working together

To bring back

My true love to me

What is the meaning

Of all the flowers

That tell the story

The story of

L

O

V

E

The story of love. [Thanks to Debbie S.]




(Sit in a circle with your right hand on top of the person to your right's left hand

and your left hand under the person to your left.

Clap in a circle... the person whose hand gets hit on 5 is "out"
unless they move their hand away quick enough, and then number 4 is out.)


Stella ella ola

Quack quack quack

Say es chigo chigo

Chigo Chigo Cack Chack

Es Chigo Chigo Vallo

Vallo, Vallo vallo vallo

Say 1-2-3-4-5 [Thanks to Janet L.]








(Sit in a circle)

Bubble gum, bubble gum, in a dish

How many pieces do you wish?

(Stop at that person and ask for a number and then you count it out one-potato two-potato style) (Thanks to Claire G.)




(Sit in a circle. Place one hand over the palm of another's hand and your other hand under -- repeating over and under throughout the whole circle-- someone starts and slaps the child's hand which lays in her palm sitting next to her--)



Potato chips go crunch crunch crunch

Into my tummy- yummy yummy yummy

Some more, some more, some more, some more, some more

1-2-3-4--

(Then the child tries to slap the palm of the child sitting next to her before the girl pulls her hand away.
If she manages to slap it, the girl is out.
If she doesn't-- she's still in. (Thanks to Claire G.)





Version Numero Uno



I went to a Chinese restauraunt

To buy a loaf of bread.

They asked me what my name was,

And this is what I said:

My name is E.I., E.I. Nickelye, Nickelye

Pom pom poodle, willy willy whiskers.

My name is

FREEZE (thanks to Sailor Mimi)



Version Numero Dos



I went to a Chinese resturant to buy a loaf of bread bread bread

The waiter asked my name and this is what I said said said:

My name is Eli Eli

Chickali Chickali

Pom Pom Beauty

Extra Cutie

I know karate

Punch you in the body
Oops! I'm sorry

Tell my Mommy

Don't wanna miss yah

Don't wanna kiss yah

Chinese

Chapstick

Indian

Freeze! (players point to each other and freeze) [Thanks to Mary]






Bo-bo ski watten totten,

Ah-ah-ah, boom boom boom

Itty bitty wotten totten

Bo bo ski watten tatten

Bo bo ski wotten tatten-BOOM. (Thanks to Azlyn)




(A longer version)



Bo-bo ski watten totten,

Ah-ah, ah-ah boom boom boom

Itty bitty wotten totten

Bo bo ski watten tatten

Bo bo ski wotten tatten

Freeze please American cheese (stop clapping)

Please don't show your teeth to me

(Resume clapping and repeat verse with additions of different things to hide; lips, eyes (eyes shut) (Thanks to Claire G.)




When Lucy was a new born baby, baby

She went a little like this: Wah Wah

When Lucy was a toddler

She went a little like this: Wah Wah, give me a sucky

When Lucy was a kid, a kid, a kid

She went a little like
this: Wah Wah, give me a sucky, tie my shoe

When Lucy was a teenager

She went a little like
this: Wah Wah, give me a sucky, tie my shoe,

eww, ahh, lost my bra, left it in my boyfriend's car

When Lucy was a grown up

She went a little like
this: Wah Wah, give me a sucky, tie my shoe,

eww, ahh, lost my bra left it in my boyfriend's car,

shh shh baby don't cry

When Lucy was an old lady

She went a little like
this:
Wah Wah, give me a sucky, tie my shoe,

eww, ahh lost my bra, left it in my boyfriend's car,

shh shh baby don't cry WHERE'S MY TEETH (yelled REAL loud)

When Lucy was dead

She went a little like
this: Wah Wah, give me a sucky, tie my shoe,

eww, ahh, lost my bra left it in my boyfriend's car,

shh shh baby don't cry, WHERES MY TEETH?

I can fly I can fly!

[Thanks to Kristy and Ashley Smith]





Down by the banks of the Hanky Panky

Where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky

Where the eeps, ops, sodapops

Hey Mr. Lilypad and went kerplops

[Then hit your partner in the head; whoever hits first, wins.]

[Thanks to Chloe McCloskey]





Four versions of "Rollercoaster"






Sweet sweet baby, down by the rollercoaster

Sweet sweet baby, I'll never let you go

Shimmy shimmy coco pop, shimmy shimmy pop,

Caught you with your boyfriend, naughty, naughty,

Didn't do the dishes, lazy, lazy,

Jumped out the window, crazy, crazy,

Shimmy shimmy coco pop, I like popsy

And a keleration beleration

I love you tutti-frutti! (Thanks to T.J.)



Down down baby, down by the roller coaster

Sweet sweet baby, I'll never let you go

Shimmy shimmy coca pop shimmy shimmy pow

Shimmy shimmy coco puff shimmy shimmy pow

Grandma grandma sick in bed, she called the doctor and the doctor said:

Let's get the rhythm of the head, Ding Dong, get the rhythm of the head

Ding Dong (move your head from left to right)

Let's get the rhythm of the hands, Let's get the rhythm of the hands (clap twice)

Let's get the rhythm of the feet, Let's get the rhythm of the feet (stomp
twice)

Let's get the rhythm of the hot dog, Let's get the rhythm of the hot dog

Put it all together and what do you get (repeat the rhythms)

Put it all backwards (then do it alL backwards from the rhythm part) (Thanks to Melissa)





Down, down baby, down by the rollercoaster,

Sweet, sweet baby, I'll never let you go,

Shimmy shimmy cocoa pop, shimmy shimmy rock,

I met a girlfriend, a triscuit, she said a triscuit, a biscuit,

Ice cream, soda pop, vanilla on the top,

Ooh Chelley, walking down the street, ten times a week,

I said it, I meant it, I stole my mamma's credit,

I'm cool, I'm hot, sock me in the stomach until I forget it. [Thanks to Michelle Duncan]





Down down baby

Down by the rollercoaster

Sweet sweet baby

I'll never let you go

Kissed my boyfriend

Naughty naughty

Won't do the dishes

Lazy lazy

Stole a piece of candy

Greedy greedy

Jumped off a building

Crazy crazy

Two chinese men sittin' on a bench

Trying to make a dollar outta eighty five cents

Twist twist

Twist like this

This is how me and my boyfriend kiss


When you 'twist' you grab the other person's hands and cross them and uncross
them and when you are done with the rhyme whoever's arms are crossed they
kiss their boyfriends and whoever's arms aren't crossed, you don't kiss. [Thanks to BLlnKMeE182]



I wish I had a nickle,

I wish I had a dime,

I wish I had a boyfriend

to kiss me all the time.

My mom gave me a nickle,

my dad gave me a dime,

my sister gave me a boyfriend

to kiss me all the time.

My mom took back the nickle,

my dad took back the dime,

but no one took the boyfriend

who looked like Frankenstein. [Thanks to Rifter.]










Crocodile-oh-my

Croc croc croc

Stay see mah ji-gga jigga jigga jock

Flow flow flow flow flow

One two three four

Five!



You do the arm crossing thing with that one too and whoever is crossed loses or
is out of the game. [Thanks to BLlnKMeE182]













What's your name?

Mary Jane, ask me again and I'll tell you the same.

Where do you live?

Down the drain.

What do you eat?

Pig's feet.

What do you drink?

Black ink. [Thanks to Deb.]







Have you ever, ever, ever,

in your long legged life

met a long legged sailor

with a long legged wife?

No, I never, never, never,

in my long legged life

met a long legged sailor

with a long legged wife

Have you ever, ever, ever,

in your short legged life....

....pigeon toed life...

....bow legged life...

....spoon headed life... [Thanks to Sam I Am]





A sailor went to sea sea sea

To see what he could see see see

And all that he could see see see

Was the bottom of the deep blue sea sea sea. [Thanks to Matilda]






Version #2:


Three sailors went to sea, sea, sea,

To see what they could sea, sea, sea,

But all that they could sea, sea, sea

Was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea



Three sailors went to China

To see what they could China

But all that they could China

Was the bottom of the deep blue China



Three sailors went to ooh-watch-ee-kah

To see what they could ooh-watch-ee-kah

But all that they could ooh-watch-ee-kah

Was the bottom of the deep blue ooh-watch-ee-kah



Three sailors went to Pepsi Co

To see what they could Pepsi Co

But all that they could Pepsi Co

Was the bottom of the deep blue Pepsi Co



Three sailors went to sea, sea, sea,

To see what they could China

But all that they could ooh-watch-ee-kah

Was the bottom of the deep blue Pepsi Co [thanks to Molly]




When Billy Boy was one, he learned to suck his thumb

Thumb-ioka [rhymes with tapioca], Thumb-ioka, half past one! Cross, down

When Billy Boy was two, he learned to tie his shoe

Shoe-ioka, shoe-ioka, half past two! Cross down

When Billy Boy was three, he learned to tap his knee [or whatever], Knee-ioka, knee-ioka, half past three! Cross down

[Instructions: On the word "cross" you cross your arms so your right hand goes to your left shoulder and your left hand to your right shoulder. On the word "down," you pat both knees and start the game over.][Thanks to Juno.]





Oh, Mary Mack Mack Mack

all dressed in black black black

with silver buttons buttons buttons

all down her back back back

She asked her mother mother mother

for fifty cents cents cents

to see an elephant elephant elephant

jump over the fence fence fence

He jumped so high high high

he reached the sky sky sky

and didn't come back back back

til the fourth of July ly ly [Thanks to Sam I Am]






Version #1:


Miss Sue

Miss Sue

Miss Sue from Alabama

Sittin' in her rockin' chair

Eatin' up her underwear

Watching the clock go

Tick Tock Tick Tock Shawala-wala

Tick Tock Tick Tock Shawala-wala

A B C D E F G

Wash those boy germs off of me

A - Moonshine - A - Moonshine - A - Moonshine

FREEZE [Thanks to Rachelle R.]



Version #2



Miss Sue [clap three times]

Miss Sue [clap three times]

Miss Sue from Alabama

Her real name is Susanna

Sittin' in a rocker eatin' Betty Crocker

Watchin' the clock go

Tick, tock, tick tock banana wanna

Tick, tock, tick tock banana wanna

A b c d e f g

Wash those spiders off of me

Mooshiga mooshiga I want my mommy

Mooshiga mooshiga I want my daddy

Mooshiga mooshiga I know karate

Mooshiga mooshiga oops I'm sorry

Mama's havin' a baby

Daddy's goin' crazy

If it's a boy give it a toy

If it's a girl give it a curl

If it's twins, wrap 'em up in toilet paper

Kick 'em down the escalator

First elevator says "STOP"

Second elevator says "STOP"

Third elevator says "Keep on going till your hands get hot."

[Thanks to Chloe McCloskey]







A MY NAME IS ALICE: Jump Rope Rhymes







Had a little sports car 1949,

Took it around the co-o-o-orner

[Person jumping has to get out, go around one end person, and jump back in]

Slammed on the brakes,

Police man caught me, put me in jail,

All I had to drink was diet ginger ale,

For 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10- etc. [Thanks to Janine]






Strawberry shortcake, blueberry pie,

Who's gonna be my lucky guy?

A-B-C-D (Keep on repeating the letters of the alphabet until you mess up, and say you mess up on R, then, your "lucky guy's" name will start with R (Richard, Ronald..etc))

[Thanks to Jannie C.]



Some extensions [thanks to Janine]:



Will we go on a date?

Yes, no, maybe so, yes, no.....



What will I wear?

Tops, bottoms, everything, nothing, tops, bottoms....







Blue Bells

Taco shells

Evvie ivy over

I like coffee, I like tea, I like the boys and the boys like me!

Yes no maybe so

(Repeat till mess up) (Thanks to Brent and Lorena)








My boyfriend's name is Fatty,

He comes from Cincinatti,

With 48 toes

And a dimple on his nose,

And this is how my story goes:

I L-O-V-E love him,

I'll K-I-S-S kiss him,

I'll H-U-G hug him

In the p-a-r-k park park park.

My boyfriend gave me peaches.

My boyfriend gave me pears.

My boyfriend gave me 50 cents to kiss him on the stairs.

I gave him back his peaches.

I gave him back his pears.

I gave him back his 50 cents

And kicked him down the stairs. (Thanks to Azlyn).





Teacher, teacher

Oh so tired

How many times did you get fired?

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, (etc.) (Thanks to Tiffany)




Not last night but the night before,

twenty-four robbers came knocking at my door


I asked them what they wanted, and this is what they said:


Spanish Dancer do the splits, the twist, the turnaround and touch the ground, and out the back door


Spanish Dancer please come back, back, sit on a tack, read a book and do not look,

(jump with eyes closed, everyone counting out loud: 1, 2, 3,

4, 5... until you miss) (Thanks to this excellent jump rope website)





A my name is Alice and my husband's name is Andy and we come from Alabama and we sell apples

B my name is Betty and my husband's name is Bob and we come from Buffalo and we sell bananas

C my name is Connie and my husband's name is Cornelius and we come from Cucamonga and we sell cell phones
[Etc.]





1 potato, 2 potato, 3 potato, 4

5 potato, 6 potato, 7 potato more.

Acha bacha, cucaracha, out goes Y-O-U





Cinderella, dressed in yella

Went upstairs to see her fellow,

How many kisses did she get?..one...two... [Thanks to Arachne]




Another version:


Cinderella, dressed in yella,

Went upstairs to kiss a fella,

Made a mistake, kissed a snake,

How many doctors will it take?

2-4-6-8 etc [Thanks to Janine]



Another version:

Cinderella dressed in green,

Went upstairs to get ice cream,

By mistake,

She spilled her shake,

How many napkins did it take? [Thanks to Jannie C.]





Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,

Turn around (turn around)

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,

Touch the ground (touch the ground)

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,

Tie your shoe (hit your shoe)

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,

How old are you?

1-2-3-4........... (etc)...[Thanks to Emily]




Cinderella dressed in yellow

Went upstairs to kiss a fellow

Made a mistake and kissed a snake

How many doctors did it take? One...Two...Three... [Thanks to T.L. DelaPuente]




Apple on a stick makes me sick, makes my tummy go 246,

Not because I'm dirty, not because I'm clean, not because I

Kissed a boy behind a magazine.

Uh - oh here comes Nette with her pants on tight! she can wiggle,

She can wobble, she can do the splitz, but I betcha $20.00 that she can't do

This!

1-2-3-4...[Thanks to MiniMaidens]



Nette and Kenneth sitting in a tree
K-i-s-s-i-n-g

How many kisses did she get? ...one...two... [Thanks to Arachne]

OR

Nette and Kenneth sitting in a tree

K-i-s-s-i-n-g

First comes love

Then comes marriage

Then comes xxxxxxx in a baby carriage [where xxx is another kid in the game.] [Thanks to Kmkat]





Down in the valley where the green grass grows

there sat Nette, sweet as a rose

she sang, she sang, she sang so sweet

along came Kenneth, and kissed her on the cheek

how many kisses did she get that week?

1, 2, 3, 4.... [Thanks to Sam I Am]





Sea shells, cockle shells

Evie Ivy Over

My dog's name is Rover

He died in last October

How many doctors did it take?

1, 2, 3, 4..... [Thanks to Sam I Am]


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jump rope (skipping)

Activities for K-3
Try these jump rope activities with younger children in your Jump Rope For Heart event.
Jump Over Rope -- Lay a rope on a flat surface, then ask the children to jump back and forth over it.
Limbo -- Have two children hold the jump rope horizontally, while the other students pass under it. The two children will lower it slightly for each successive pass.
Hopscotch -- Children can toss objects into an area or figure that's outlined by the rope on the ground.
Rope Hurdles -- Children can jump over the jump rope while it's raised a few inches from the floor.
Alphabet Soup -- Have students group together to spell simple words with their ropes and bodies.
Counting Activities
Count Turns -- Have two older children or parents turn the rope, while the younger children count the number of turns.
Mathematics -- Have the children do an addition problem like 2 + 2 = 4, then ask them to make a "4" on the gym floor using a rope.
Count Jumps -- Have a child jump up and down while the other children count the number of jumps.
Letters and Numbers -- Have the children form letters, shapes and numbers using the jump rope and their bodies.
Basic Jumping Skills(Activities to teach students how to formulate their jumping skills)
Jumping Jacks -- Children start in a standing position, then jump to a position with legs spread and hands touching overhead, then jump back to the original position.
Bunny Hops -- Children take small hops.
Plastic Hoops -- Children jump over plastic hoops while the hoops rest on the floor.
Music -- Music is key for this level. Choose music students like with a strong and steady beat, with a tempo between 125 and 135 beats per minute, and that suits the style of jumping. Use music while the children jump; encourage them to jump with the beat. Try the Jump Rope For Heart CD. http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=965

Skill Builder: Jumping Rope Learning to skip like a champ
By Jennifer Kelly Geddes
To teach all the right moves, as explained by Amy Stavig of the United States Amateur Jump Rope Federation:
• Get into the rhythm. Practice jumping with your child, sans rope, about three to five inches off the ground, with knees slightly bent. Once she’s able to mimic your pace, she’s ready to add the rope.
• Measure the length. Have her “try on” her jump rope by standing on the center of it and pulling the handles up. They should extend to just below her shoulders.
• Turn the rope. With her feet together, the rope behind her, and her arms bent at the elbow near her waist, have your child swing the rope over her head so it lands in front of her, then step over it and repeat. This will help her judge the time it takes the rope to travel.
• Jump! Have her start off by turning, jumping, stopping, and repeating. If she’s having trouble, have someone help you take over the swinging for her (turn at the same height as if she were doing it herself).
• Bust a rhyme. To help her stick to the beat, teach her a chant, such as “A-My Name Is Alice” or “Miss Mary Mack.”
Parenting, April 2005

 

jump rope aka skipping

K-3 activities
http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=965

 

TONGUE TWISTERS FOR KIDS - CHILDREN'S TONGUE TWISTERS

http://www.indianchild.com/tongue_twisters.htm

Thursday, May 11, 2006

 

FREE online books

this one has curriculum books for Waldorf and Ambleside (Charlotte Mason)
http://www.mainlesson.com

This has so many books even audio books which you can save to CD.
http://www.gutenberg.org/

story hour readers book 3 http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext04/sthr310h.htm#THORN_ROSE

Kingdom of childhood
introductory talks on Waldorf education
http://steinerbooks.org/research/archive/kingdom_of_childhood/kingdom_of_childhood.pdf

This website makes available the texts of many of our books, some long out of print and others available on the http://steinerbooks.org/research/archive.php

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

 

Waldorf Inspired Homeschooling Group Information Email

Thanks for expressing interest in our "Waldorf Inspired" Homeschool group. I'm a homeschooling Mum of two children 6 and 3. Education is a passion of mine. I'm a trained Montessori primary teacher and did a MEd in Integrative Learning. My in class experience with Montessori along with the needs of my highly sensitive daughter and her negative response to Montessori preschool lead me on a journey back to Waldorf. I have been torn between the two for years, but presently feel that Montessori lacked the artistic soul expression that my daughter needs. She has responded so positively to the crayon drawing that she is drawing stories all the time. She had stopped drawing before attending this group and it has been a positive experience for her, which is why I am so keen on it.

A typical day would entail:-
The children start with circle time in which they share something that is happy to them this week, i.e. something the 'sun shines' on for them. Then they do a mix of about 10-12 verses, finger rhymes, songs, and marches. The rhymes, verses and songs incorporate full body movement and actions that are good for coordination and memory by integrating their brains left and right hemispheres - like brain gym but more fun. And most important it is fun and a positive social experience!!! My daughter comes home singing songs and doing movements and she teaches them to me and we all do them together then at home. Still in the circle - they also sometimes do a counting rhythm with movement to help them feel, sing, and say skip-counting for multiplication like taking five steps while clapping and then stopping and opening their arms and emphasising 5 then the 10 for skip counting by 5. They also do work with Maori pois sometime to strengthen their wrists and for rhymn.

Still in the circle they have a story told or read to them. The story is to spark their imagination. If she reads a story from a book she will also have children pick out words on a page. Then at a communal table they all draw a scene or their impression of the story with the Waldorf block crayons and write a sentence or a paragraph about the story depending on their ability. A child who does yet read learns to read through writing by reading the words he/she writes.

They have a short tea break outside. Then do some maths. The teacher will tell the story of one of the operations, where the math operation is embodied in the character. For instance, she develops a story about a single character like "Devina Divider" who is generous and likes to share equally. The children presently have been enjoying making their own bingo board and putting in numbers within a range determined by the teacher, i.e. like 10-20. They also make up their own math stories. She will give them problems and they mark off their bingo boards if they have the answer. They also sometimes write out the equations - depending on their age and ability. Because of the different age groups she gives the children individual problems to suit their math level. They can use shells as manipulatives if they want or need to in order to solve the problems. They also then sometimes do a form drawing after hearing a short story and doing some movement like tracing the form in the air with the whole arm or making a mountain form each time the teacher said mountain in the story. The drawing is a crystallization of the movement made by the person drawing the form. Form drawing uses all four of the lower senses: spatial orientation, body geography, inner visualization and observation.

At 12:30 the children have lunch together and run around playing games. I come and have lunch with the children and then after lunch I have been doing handworks with the children. We have made clay animals on several occasions, fairies with wood beads felt and silk flowers, felted balls, planted seeds and made a seed chart, and visited the gardens. I will teach finger knitting to those who don't know it, some weaving with cardboard looms that we will make ourselves, and possibly sewing depending on the children and their needs and desires. I am open to suggestions and parent participation.


The group meets Mondays in a meeting room in the admin building of the Opawa Community Church, which is on the corner of Ansley Terrace and Opawa Road where Garland road ends - just south of Brougham. It is a sunny warm room with, a kitchen and toilets just down the hall. We use the Opawa Community Gardens just 1 minute walk from us, there is a playground right around the corner (3 minute walk), and we are just at the river by theOpawa children's library and walking distance to Hansons park and playground and Rapaki track. We are also walking distance to the Opawa shops and the Steiner school. We are a nondenominational group.

Our first teacher had started the group and then I took over managing the organization of the group when she was preparing for maternity leave. At the moment we have 4 children ages 6-9. I also organize a homeschooling watercolour painting class.

Our teacher is Steiner trained teacher from England who teaches at the Steiner school both in the upper and lower school. The day runs from 10am to 3pm. You can come for 1/2 of it or all of it. It is $15 per child if the child comes for the teacher session, as this is the teacher's fee. Possibly the teacher would give a discount for 2 children - I can ask. I don't charge for my time. I haven't charged for handiwork resources either, but people bring in wool sometimes or clay if we need to supplement my stocks. Then we split the charge of the room hire amongst families. So room hire is $4 per family if we have 5 families. You pay on the day as you come to classes not per term, but we would ask that people pay the church fee for missed days.

Hope you find this information helpful.

Any more queries just email me back or phone me.

 

Waldorf HomeSchooling Curriculums

Here are some Waldorf homeschooling sites off the top of my head:
http://www.waldorfhomeschoolers.com this one is the greatest sites has so much
http://mysite.verizon.net/res2216j/wonder/

Curriculums
http://www.waldorfcurriculum.com FREE kindergarten curriculum online!!!
overview http://www.waldorfhomeschoolers.com/curriculum.htm
http://www.live-education.com/ has sample lessons online
http://www.millennialchild.com/ has outline of curriculum
waldorf without walls http://web.tusco.net/barbara/www/
www.oakmeadow.com waldorf influenced - I have curriculums for 1st grade (6 years old) and second grade they have sample curriculums on line
http://www.waldorfhomeschoolers.com/preschoolcurriculum.htm preshool curriculum

Waldorf books
http://www.waldorfbooks.com/
www.bobnancy.com

online articles & newsletters
http://www.waldorflibrary.org

general information
http://www.openwaldorf.com/
http://www.waldorfworld.net/

General homeschooling information
http://www.holtgws.com/

here is Canterbury's Home Educators (CHE) group http://www.che.org.nz/
they arrange so many activities and have a play group open to anyone on the Monday 12:30-3 at Lansdowne community centre
Join them!! It is only $25/year and you can start getting to know homeschoolers and go to activities. We do museum activities, science alive classes, swimming classes and more with other homeschoolers. There is another organization South Island Home Educators - I think they are in the phone book, but they don't have much.

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