If I tell people that I don’t make my children clean their rooms, they often look at me like I’m a little nuts. And I will be the first to admit that no spot in our home is perfect. (We have as many random socks, toppling book stacks and art explosions as the next family.) […]More
Welcome to the Holiday edition of Rhythm of the Home
As the cooler weather is upon us, and the holidays are fast approaching, we hope that you will find joy in the pages of this edition of Rhythm of the Home. The holiday season is one of magic, on so many levels, and a true opportunity to bring our families, our friends, and our communities together. This edition is filled with many reflections, crafts, and recipes that we hope will become holiday traditions and seasonal joy in all of your households for years to come. As always, our contributors poured their hearts into this edition, and we are blessed to have so many amazing writers, artists, creators and parents joining us once again.
This edition is our 16th, and it is one we cherish so very much, for it is also our last. The holidays are where we began, and so we felt that it would be a fitting season to end. Saying goodbye is never easy, but this goodbye feels particularly hard. Rhythm of the Home has been so much a part of our lives these last four years, and we have loved every minute. We hope that you will take the time to read our farewell letter, as we put into words just how much this incredible community means to us. .
From our family to yours. Thank you, Happy Holidays, and Many Blessings.
It’s been a long day. One of those days. Mama’s temper is short, Daddy’s been at work for many long hours, and the kids, Little Girl and Baby Boy, are quite put out. There’s a schism where our family unity and rhythm used to be and no one is sure what they can say to […]
A slouchy hat, inspired by one of our favorite fairy tale creatures. Size Preschool, Child, Teen, Adult To Fit Head Circumference 20”, 21”, 22”, 23” Gauge With Size 8 needle (or size needle needed to obtain gauge): 18 stitches = 4 inches 24 rows = 4 inches Materials 2 skeins of Cascade 220 – […]
“Play is the mechanism by which children learn— how they experience their world, practice new skills, and internalize new ideas— and is therefore the essential “work of children”. – Dr. Vivian Paley from her book, “A Child’s Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play” “Through play, children learn about the world and engage in activities […]More
Summer slips into autumn so quickly. Days stay warm but nights get longer and suddenly the pool and the lake are not quite as warm anymore. Spending the day splashing around shifts to only running in to cool off; time at the beach becomes less about seeing how far we can swim and more about […]
“All Aboard the Train please! More more All Aboard the Train PLEEASE!” come the cries from the backseat. Our two-year-olds are waving their hands, bouncing, and crying out for their favorite song one more time. My husband rolls his eyes and looks at me to ask if he should play it again. I silently curse […]
“How does it feel to be …?” is the question I ask my children on their birthdays. Their response is almost always the same. Despite being children who are articulate about their feelings, they tell me: “It doesn’t feel any different.” But when my eldest child turned 13 this year, I knew it was different. […]More
As we say goodbye to Rhythm of the Home, we look to those who are continuing the work of fostering a love of creativity, natural learning, and family traditions in our community. Liz Sniegocki has been a frequent contributor to ROTH, and last year she began her own set of Nature E-Books for each season. […]
Celebrating the season’s festivals is one of the most beautiful aspects to Waldorf education, and a favorite with children as well. Here is our collection of the many of the season’s festivals (for 2011), and a few resources to help make each a cherished tradition for years to come. :::::::::::: Autumn Halloween :: October […]
When we are little ones, basking in the glow of imagination and play, we dream of becoming something extraordinary. If we are lucky, we are read books and told stories with wild adventures, exotic travels, and magical endings. We find ourselves dreaming of becoming the astronaut, the teacher, or perhaps even, the storyteller themselves. For […]More
Fall is here and another school year is underway. I’m grateful for the difference I feel when I compare this year to last. Last year my 2 ½ year old son, Jonah, declared he was ready to start going to preschool three mornings a week and although it felt too soon to me, he wanted […]
Four years ago, this past August, I got together with one of my best friends. It was a normal day. Bernadette and I were going to eat soup and cheese, drink wine, and chat for a few hours while the kids played. It was a day like so many others we had enjoyed in the […]