Two miles down a dirt road sits our little home, as the road twist and turns it moves deeper and deeper into the woods, tree branches reach over to touch one another creating a tunnel, the sunlight dances in the shadows, a smiling face on an ancient oak greets you as your round the turn welcoming you to our home.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Waldorf Concepts to Simplify
I know many people will be horrified at the "rigidness" of some of these ideas, but as a single mama of three children, a 17 year old, a 25 month old and a 21 month old I believe adding these to our family's rhythm will make things much simpler and allow us to focus our energy on more creative and productive outlets than what to make for meals and what to wear. I also hope it will add a little more certainty to my children's lives that things are cycular, they come and go and come again.
Using the correspondences for the days of the week found in many Waldorf books, honestly I am not sure who created these correspondences I do know I was familiar with them before I became interested in Steiner, I believe they are fairly ancient to humankind and Steiner adapted them to some of his philosophies. I have seen them in Greco-Roman texts. However as a Waldorf family we will just use the chart found in "The Waldorf Kindergarten Snack Book" for our daily grains and this chart for our colors (it also contains the grains and many other correspondences such as Steiner's biodynamic preparations).
For colors of the week I am creating outfits that correspond to the daily colors for myself and the littles, honestly they wear natural colored woolies most of the winter so I just need to knit them vests, or overdresses to wear on top. My hope is this will eliminate trying to pick out clothing in the morning, we all will know its Monday, is baking day and purple day! I also will try to highlight things in are home of that color to help them recognize what day it is, simple things as using purple napkins on Monday or creating a centerpiece at the table with a collection of their purple toys.
Kiera washing dishes at school on "Red Day"
I have also incorporated the grain of the day into my meal plans. We get a box of local produce from a local farmers market twice a week which really dictates what we eat, but I have been adding the grains in for their days. Yesterday was "Rice Day" so the children had sticky rice with ginger baked pears for breakfast, and a mixed veggie stir-fry for lunch and dinner served over rice. Today was "Barley Day" so we enjoyed barley pancakes with cooked cinnamon apples for breakfast and made a large pot of curried vegetable barley soup. Tomorrow is "Millet Day" so I am making cranberry millet squares for breakfast and Cauliflower Millet casserole for dinner we often eat the same thing we had for lunch for dinner, again its just easier,
Pears waiting to be baked.
So far it has been much easier having parameters to work with, I know I have to use this certain grain, and I have the food from the farmshare to use (I do add things that I can't buy from local farmers but I try to make the bulk of our food from our local farms). We are only a few days into this experiment but so far I am really enjoying the ease of it. Rudolph Steiner I do believe you were a genius!