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  1. My son will be eight in the fall, and is a second grader. He is a natural reader- he can read anything- and I am wondering about maybe using another grade for language arts/reading. When I looked at the second grade, I think he would enjoy some time with tongue twisters and playing with beanbags/blends, but he won't be learning anything new with that. I understand that his experiences need to be dev. appropriate, and do not at all want him pushed, but I need to keep him interested. What do you think? I haven't yet looked through the higher grades, but would there be a disconnect if I mixed and matched?
  2. Do you offer 4th, 5th and 6th grade lessons?
  3. I need to view the member FAQs but it is asking for a password. Why doesn't my personal password work?
  4. What is wool roving?
  5. Do you have information on starting a Waldorf Enrichment Program? I heard you had a packet that helps people get started.
  6. I am starting a Waldorf preschool co-op in my home. I found your Waldorf Enrichment Packet very helpful. Do you have any additional resources for us? What do I need to be qualified as a teacher for these children ages 1-4?
  7. We are a French family using Waldorf unschooling methods. Is your curriculum complete? Does it offer French as a first language or as a second language?
  8. I bought the January lessons some time ago and I think they are still OK for me to use. but I cannot figure out how to download them. Can you send me the link to the file so I can download onto my computer? Also I was wondering if it would be OK to use these lessons for my co-op. I am teaching k-1 and would love to use some of your ideas from January. Is it OK to share the information that I will be teaching with the other moms so that they can see what I am doing with their children? Or, if you have any other other suggestions on how to let them know without sharing the file. I want to respect your work and safeguard your privacy!
  9. I just registered with Earthschooling and I discovered all the resources - they are really terrific and help me a lot to organize. I tried story telling and I have to admit that it's not as easy as it's looks. The video on story telling helped a lot though...Any more tips? - Anne
  10. What is a pentatonic flute?
  11. Question: I am planning a birthday party for 4 and 5 year old girls and boys. We are having a fairy and gnome theme. I would like to do nice art projects and possibly other activities with the children. I would also appreciate suggestions for decorating the large party area and the birthday table in the Waldorf style. The colors will be rose, lavender and silver. Note to FAQs reader: This would currently require a consultation and could not be answered on the FAQs. Here is the answer that was given at that time:
  12. Thank you for your follow-up and for subsequent information. I am still interested in a BEarth Lifetime membership. However, I've been cautioned about sharing from many people. Have you seen any problems with sharing a membership with the BEarth Curriculum? Are we only able to access one year at a time? Are there limits to our passwords? Can you share the limitations of sharing a membership versus having a membership on my own? I would appreciate any insights you may have. My friend and I live in different states and would be teaching different grade levels, if that helps. Thank you.
  13. How were you able to get people in your area interested in doing a Waldorf enrichment program, how did you advertise and go about it?
  14. I was wondering if the monthly lesson plans contain the same materials as the graded curriculum?
  15. How do I log in to the member website? I am a member.
  16. What is your return policy?
  17. I just paid for my membership (Monthly, Year, Curriculum or Lifetime). How do I access the materials I paid for?
  18. I am not an anthroposophist and I don't agree with some of the things Steiner says. However, I like the Waldorf approach to education. Can I still teach in the Waldorf style to my child?
  19. I am working on my documentation for our yearly school plan and need to detail science topics. In the KG lessons it says "See lessons above & stories from “The Storybook of Science”" I can't find "The Storybook of Science" Some months have clear science coverage but others months it is not so clear. Am I missing something?
  20. Hi, I purchased the Kindergarten curriculum but have been unable to access it; a message keeps coming up saying membership pending. I followed the instructions given on the Q&A page, and attempted to log in changing my password, but am still receiving the membership pending message. Please can you advise. Many thanks
  21. Do you accept purchase orders (POs) from school districts or organizations? If so, what is your information for these orders?
  22. (Revised question) As a student in the Kids Can Heal: Herbs for Kids course, am I considered a member of Earthschooling, an Avicenna Institute student, HerbnHome, or another category outside these these? (I am asking this question so I know under which category I should be asking my related questions. Please feel free to move this to the correct category.)
  23. Should offers to contribute curriculum /lesson plans for enrichment, herb classes, etc continue to be made via email or FAQ submissions?
  24. (Support Question) In your Herbs for Kids & Herbal Preparations ebooks & Lip Balm video you mention using 5 tbs of *almond (ebooks) or olive (video) oil* & 5 drops of *essential oil*. Can a different nut oil (ex. hazelnut) or extract (ex. vanilla or hazelnut) be subsituted resulting in the same level of scent? Same proportions? (Or should I just play around to find out?) :)
  25. Just want to be sure.. Arabic Alphabet book isn't available to Family member and needs to be purchased separately?
  26. I'm sorry I can't find the instructions, but I just purchased your fourth grade Norse mythology lesson block, but now I don't see how to download it or anything. Can you help? Thank you.
  27. I was just reading through the information page for the Earthschooling Forum: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/ForumInfo It sounds similar to the monthly membership option that has been discontinued. Does this option have the same access to files as the monthly trial membership used to have? More? Less?
  28. Hi Kristie! I remember seeing you had a base cookie recipe that you can make into six different kinds of cookies and also a pumpkin pie or cake recipe you raved about, but now I can't remember what source that was located in. Can you enlighten me as to where that is located? I bet others in the group would love to know especially with the upcoming holidays! Thanks, Bonnie
  29. The link (in the Dec. preschool plans... though it might also be listed in other of your plans??) for showing us what grain grinder/mill you have does not work. It is a lehmans.com link. Can you point me to a fresh link to show me which one you have? Also, is there many recipes/crafts/activities in future years that use a grinder? (making it a wise purchase as further use will come up.)
  30. on the how to make modeling beeswax video you mention some "kit" you have available to purchase for "the craft you're making with that wax you're preparing in the video" (i assume.) Is that kit still available and if so where/how can it be purchased? what does it contain. thanks!
  31. I just ordered the 1st. grade curriculum. Should I work everything monthly or in a block system. If I go by the monthly guide how would I do that? Do I have to do math, languages alphabets, form drawing, fairy tales and nature stories every day in the main lesson or do I do it week by week. If I go by the block format that is under the first grade schedule then I would do all the math... all the language arts... in that block right? I would only use the monthly guide for crafts, stories and holidays? Sorry for the long question but I'm trying to figure out how I could get everything right...
  32. Some of the curriculum downloads say to "BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE EXTRACTED BLOCKS BEFORE YOU PRINT THIS." What are EXTRACTED BLOCKS and where do I find them?
  33. I was looking through the first grade curriculum, and I could not find the pentatonic recorder lessons for the 1st grade... I did find the books for second grade onward. Is the recorder studied in the first grade? If so where may I find the instructions?
  34. I noticed that the preschool curriculum does not have a water color story for the month of September, even though the index lists there is one. Is the lantern supposed to replace this lesson? I know there is an extra book of stories, but is there one specific to the curriculum?
  35. Hi Kristie, I'm trying to find some Aboriginal stories for a unit I'm putting together. I find reference to Aboriginal stories for 3rd grade in several places, but I cannot find the stories themselves! I've been searching for awhile and need these soon. I also searched the FAQs and could not find anything. Can you please point me in the right direction. I would sure appreciate it! Take good care, Amy Parker Williams
  36. Hi, I asked this earlier, but did not understand the answer and am still unclear. I receive most of your emails in triplicate. Once sent to the earthschooling list, a second time contained IN the earhschooling list as part of the digest, and a third time sent to EnrichmentSchoolMembers. Questions: 1) Do we have to get both a direct email and the same email as part of the list sent to EarthSchooling list? 2) What is the difference between the Earthschooling list and the EnrichmentSchoolMembers list? I am on both, do I need to be? Honestly, I am overwhelmed by the number of emails coming from you and want to get the info, but not more than once. Thanks
  37. Hi: I feel silly with this question: I am a Lifetime Member and I am logged in, however, I can't seem to find the curriculum on the Bear Institute Website. I clicked on Earthschooling- Curriculum, I tried Member pages, and pretty much everything else - but nothing works. I have done it in the past, I don't know what's going on. Thank you,
  38. Just found your website and am interested in finding out a little more about your curriculums. Firstly do send to Australia? Or are all your books ebooks? Also I'm not really clear on what you are selling! Could I just purchase, say, a grade one curriculum and then thats it ? Or is this some sort of members thing, where I pay and then need to download units each month? Sorry for sounding so vague but I have had a fairly good look around your site but am still not sure what I get and how much it is for a years curriculum!
  39. I am unable to find the G5 Form Drawing lessons referred to in the Ancient Indian Civilization guide.
  40. Hi! I was reading your FAQ's and on one of the questions you had this answer: " If your group wants more lessons you can even cooperate on cost to become Lifetime or curriculum members together. There are a few groups around the world that are doing that. Everyone in the group gains access via their own e-mail. All the MP3s and videos are still located on the website along with a lot of extras now. However, the file I am sending you does have all the lessons you need for an enrichment/co-op group. The curriculum packets are more complete. However, if you are doing enrichment only the monthly plans should still be fine. Let me know if you have additional questions :)" And then further down the page you have this: ""Sharing" only means that you share the cost and not the access passwords. Each person receives access as if they are a full member. You are allowed to share with one additional person. I offer this because I know a lot of people are in situations where they want to share and I want them to have a "legal" way to do this without making each person pay for a membership. I also offer this to give more people a chance to use the Earthschooling program. There is no difference between sharing a membership and having a membership on your own. Sharing a membership simply means that you have used your permission to share your membership and cannot share it with another person. So, if you are sharing with "Katie" and you join a local co-op and want to work with "Gina" then Gina would have to buy a membership to use the materials. If you were not sharing then you could simply add her to your membership and collect the fees for "sharing". This system simply provides a legal way to share your materials with one other person and discourages people from sharing copyrighted material without permission." The first answer made it sound as though you could co-op with a group of people (ie more than 2) but then the second answer says that you can only "share" between two people. Could you please clarify? I'd like to do a co-op with multiple people, if allowed, for a lifetime membership. Thanks in advance!
  41. I am about to start homeschooling my daughers age 7 and 9. Their level ranges from level one to level four... the youngest started probably too early (i wasn't at that point aware of the whole waldorf age 7 watershed and our situation was a little unusal) and so has actually been through grade 1 and 2 material and is supposedly ready for grade 3. my feeling is that she hasn't taken it all in and is not ready yet to move on. My 9 year old has a birthday in october and has already been through grade 3 - so we are looking at grade 4 for her.... I feel she is still very much at that 9-10 watershed and could also benefit from staying where she is, though her skills are mostly equal to what she has experienced so far... my quesion is how to choose the right curriculum choices: should I go for level 3 as a focus for both and also purchase 2 and maybe 4 to reconcile the differences? Or if I purchase grade 3 will I still have access to the enrichment material in order to keep my awareness open to the range that they manifest? I would like to say that I feel much more confident about undertaking their homeschooling since I found your site. It is very well organised and seems amazingly complete and clear. I am very impressed.
  42. This is from Saints and Heroes - "Day One: Tell the story. The stories are long so I recommend one of the following methods (all of which I have used in classes before depending on the day/circumstances). " There are no "following methods" that I see. ??? Thanks.
  43. Well, I seem to be having a day - I can't find Sixth Sense Language anywhere. The Index says it's under first grade, but I sure don't see it. Where does it live? Thanks so much. Elissa
  44. I am looking for the group consulting member page but it is difficult to find. You have 25 headings on the left side of your page. Each one of those has anywhere from 1-21 additional options. I cannot find anywhere that says "Private Group Consulting". Too much information to sort through.
  45. Hi, Kristie - - - I finally looked up the forums page, but I don't have the passwords (or at least I don't know that I have them) for the Earthschooling or the Group Consult boards. I'd love to be able to participate. Thanks!
  46. I am worried about using the Earthschooling website because I am not a "computer person". Is it difficult to use? I know there is a lot of information on the site. How will I navigate it all?
  47. Hello, I would love to know if and how I can use an e-reader such as Kindle or Nook to access the earthschooling content. Is there one system that works better for this purpose? I would love feedback on this direction, as I prefer to save more paper! Many thanks!
  48. Hi, We just took our eight year old daughter out of her public school. She is 8 and in third grade, but if we homeschool next year I may repeat third grade as she will not be 9 until the start of next year. Can I buy both the May 2ed grade and the May 3rd grade now to help me decide which I should do next year? Once I decide I will get the whole year, so don't want to stay on as a monthly member, but rather get both May now, then one June and switch to yearly buying for September. I am just trying to decide where we are now and where we will be in September. I have taken her to two Waldorf Schools, on would put her in third next year, and one wanted her in fourth next year, So I am totally confused as to which year to teach. Thank you! Phyllis
  49. I'm interested in purchasing your 2nd grade curriculum. Can you tell me if is comprehensive and requires no additional supplementation? Also, is everything I need contained within the books/curriculum as opposed to linked? Can you tell me if the curriculum is heavy on nature stories to tell my children? These seem to be the hardest to find and my kids love them! Also, we are gluten free. Are the recipes a major component of the curriculum or just a side-note? Thanks for answering my questions!
  50. hello, Is each year of curriculum included in the price of a lifetime membership? Can it be accessed anytime once you become a member? Is there a way to see samples? thank you!
  51. I will be doing seventh grade with my daughter in the fall, as well as fifth and second with two other children. I have two other little ones and another on the way. Does your curriculum lend itself to being able to just "pick it up and go" in the event I haven't been able to prepare a lot the night before? Also, is there a place for me to see some samples of seventh grade. Thanks
  52. I apologize if this is a duplicate question. Looking over the site, I was wondering if the membership/curriculumns/etc. are just for homeschoolers or for parents as well? My daughter is 2 1/2 and I was interested in your "My Waldorf Year" planner. Thank you for your help!
  53. Our family is gluten free. Our dough is sticky and does not shape well. Can you suggest an alternate activity that will accomplish the thing as bread shaping?
  54. Would it be manageable to teach both the preschool and the first grade curriculum together? Are there activities the kids could do together or would I be overwhelmed trying to create two different schedules?
  55. What do you recommend as elements of a grade 4 circle time (I'll also have a kindergartner along for the ride)? Ideas I've had are games related to reading music, walking the form drawings we're working on, a recorder song or two, throwing a beanbag for multiplication tables, along with fun kindy nature-oriented movement and song, and a seasonal poem. Any other ideas?
  56. re: your e-book on learning how to play the pentatonic flute. I have David Darcy's book. I understand the finger positions and the notes they correspond to. If someone tells me "A-G-D-A", I can play that. I am getting tripped up on reading the music. An "A" note on one line is different from an "A" note on another line, even within the same song. I'm confused! Does your book assist with reading music? With many thanks, Jennifer
  57. Hi Kristie! Loving the 2nd grade curriculum! My question is, where do I find the gardening section and foreign language studies? Will the kids be learning Spanish and German? I noticed on the home school main page you offer German ABC's but the link is broken. Really excited about this program, thanks!
  58. Hi Kristie, I am new to your website and am trying to get started with the curriculum I purchased. I started the quick start tutorial, and tried to download "The Waldorf Year", however, the Scribe website keeps flashing and tries to reload itself every few seconds. I never seem to get it to finish loading the page. I tried other pages and it does the same thing. I am on a Mac computer, do I need any special programs to be able to download from Scribe?
  59. How much *time* does a typical grade take in a year? I.e., how many days a week/hours a day should I allow to complete a grade? And for how many months? Assuming that I do everything? :-) Thank you!
  60. I am used to the watercolor paint that you add water to a hard piece of paint and bush onto paper. How is Waldorf Watercolor different? Do you have any tutorials?
  61. Hi, yesterday I ordered the kindergarten curriculum, through the wonderful sale you are having. I'm a bit confused on how I am supposed to access it though or if you are supposed to send it to me. If you could let me know I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you so much!
  62. Hi Kristie, Do you have any samples? I'd like to look at Preschool, KG and Grade 1 samples before I purchase a curriculum. Many thanks & best wishes, Danja
  63. Hello! I am unclear whether the following curriculum is an entire year curriculum for grades 1,2,3,4 or just some lessons for one month. Here is the description: January Curriculum & Enrichment This 312-page book includes complete curriculum for pre-school, KG, 1st and 2nd grade and basic curriculum & enrichment for G3 & G4 & enrichment curriculum for G5 and up. The book is divided into chapters by age so you can teach using only one age-group or you can "mix and match" for a large family or a multi-age co-op or classroom. Included with each book are: stories, crafts, handiwork, yoga, circle time basics, verses, MP3s of verses, 2 videos each month, vintage books, sheet music, teacher training files, holiday resources, planning guide and more. 35.00 includes membership, member videos for April, MP3s of verses and free tech support!
  64. Hi, I purchased the Managing Sensory Processing Disorder Naturally Audio download, but I have not received any instructions/links on where to download. I am in anxious to listen to it, needing answers to help my daughter. Thanks :)
  65. Hi, I am very interested the 6th and 7th grade curriculum but I did not see any samples. Do you have samples for theses grades? Also, how does the curriculum work? Are there daily lesson plans? How is the literature chosen for each subject? Is there a book list?Would it be difficult to integrate our own books? Thanks for your help!! Kellie
  66. When will the remainder of the 7th grade curriculum be available? 2012? #65 does mention 7th gradde is not available yet, but I don't see a date. Thanks
  67. Hi Kristie! I'd like to know if I would purchase the first grade curriculum and the first grade supplies package, would I be set for the year? What else would I need to purchase? I would like to work out my budget to see if my desire to homeschool my first grader would be affordable. Thank you! Mira
  68. My account is showing a balance of $50, but I don't know what it is for. I bought a curriculum, 2 e-books and a video when you had a sale (open house). I still have the email showing it was paid. Thank you for any information.
  69. Hi Kristie, When teaching using the block method will I be printing up only the subject blocks or will I need to print the book list that is listed above the blocks as well. Thanks for your help!
  70. Kristie Burns wrote..."For G1 and up you need to print the lesson blocks and not the e-book. They are the same but the blocks are more affordable to print. You can print the monthly indexes for the e-books to give you some seasonal inspiration. For KG you can print by month. Do not print it all at once because as the year goes on you may develop enough familiarity with the lessons and style that you will not need to print the stories anymore (you can just read and tell them)". I have a few questions in regards to the above... 1) Am I correct that one does not need to print any other resources when teaching from blocks (like stories for example)? Is absolutely everything included in the blocks so that I can teach directly from them? 2)When using blocks you suggest printing up monthly indexes from the ebook for "seasonal inspiration"...aren't the indexes just an outline of what the year looks like? If not, what are the indexes? Are they easy to "extract" to print? 3)For KG you suggest printing the ebook monthly. So, if we come to earthschooling mid-year will I start printing from the month we begin, or from the very beginning? Thanks Kristie!
  71. Hello: I am new to the community here. I run a Waldorf inspired playgroup for my son and some other children ages 2-4 and am enriching our program with the preschool curriculum. It is quite wonderful. I have a couple of questions: 1. The video Organization and the Temperments: http://blip.tv/earthschooling/organization-and-the-temperaments-2094402 appears to not be working. Will it be updated soon. 2. I am a bit confused about the "blocks" for the preschool curriculum. Are these additional materials that I need to purchase? For instance in March the Handiwork Lesson blocks are listed as: Candles Part Three, Herbs basics etc. Where do I find this material or is it implied in the curriculum? I read through the My Waldorf Year document and understand generally about the blocks but am not sure how they synch with the age specific curriculum. Can you advise? Thank you, justine lemos
  72. We live in South Africa. If our kids finish their schooling through your program, would it be regarded as a "valid education"? approved by govt, universities etc.? thank you, great work :)
  73. hi kristie, thanks for answering my email. i'd like to buy a lifetime membership, using an installment or payment plan. how do these options work? thanks so much.
  74. I am curious if there is an option for "quick print" in Scribd? Also, do you recommend printing the front and back side of the paper? Please tell me how to go about doing this. Thank you!
  75. I am working on the April Preschool curriculum and there is mention of "basic files" for each much. with information on sewing and basic stitches. I could not find these "basic files" on the website or in the Preschool materials. Please advise as to where I can find these files.
  76. I am interested in your Kindergarten curriculum, but the description talks about a classroom of children and early childhood teachers. I am just a mother wanting to homeschool one child. Would this curriculum fit my situation?
  77. hi kristie, if i buy the first grade curriculum, do i have a whole year's access to the whole website, all of your work? also all of your videos? thank you so much, danja
  78. Yoga Flash Cards: I homeschool using an informal approach but came across the yoga flash cards and would like to purchase these! Please steer me in the right direction to order. Many thanks
  79. Sat AM! I thought I saw somewhere that you were going to be releasing 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade curriculum....but I can't seem to find where I think I saw it...are those grades in the planning stages? Peace!
  80. Dear Kristie, thank you for your website and work. I am a mum to two boys and about to start homeschooling and was searching for a Waldorf homeschooling curriculum. I feel a bit overwhelmed going through your website...where should I start? I have a 5.5 yr old and a 9yr old... Do you curriculums go through step by step or more by blocks? I am not sure how they are laid out.. thank you Khush in London UK
  81. Kristie - I'm working on planning our 4th grade year. Block 1 Poetry Reading from Grammar Block - where is that? I don't seem to be looking in the right place in the grammar book provided. Thanks.
  82. Hello, My 4 year old recently began his second year at a truly wonderful Waldorf preschool but due to some financial constraints we can no longer afford it. So I would like to have a program, well, rhythm and some activities for him at home, but also allowing time for me to get some important things done. Is there any way I could see a sample of the nursery curriculum before purchasing? Thank you so very much! Denise
  83. My wife and I will use ES curriculum in our new school. Do you have them in a hard copy or do we just print them out as needed? Thank you for all your hard work...we love it!!
  84. Hi. I just read through the kindergarten sample curriculum. I am confused though... There is quite a bit of information on teaching reading and numbers. I thought this was taught in first grade? I wasn't really planning on prepping for first grade but is this part of the earth schooling kindergarten curriculum?
  85. Do you have an 8th grade curriculum?
  86. I am considering your Pre-School program and would like to know more specifically what comes in that package? I have 4 and a 2 yr old boys and I have no idea how and what to start to teach them and don't want to mess anything up. How do I know which course I should chose: Pre-School or KG? Spending $300+ on some pre-school or pre-K programs is just not possible for our family right now and I saw your homeschooling program raved about on YouTube. Thank you.
  87. How do you suggest scheduling blocks for children in 2 different grades? Would I be attempting two different 2 hour blocks per morning? (My DS is 14 months younger than my DD, they both have summer birthdays)
  88. I am looking into curriculum for homeschooling my K and 5th grade girls. We are going through an independent study charter school which provides a yearly budget for curriculum, materials, and other expenses. I am wondering if you will accept payment from them, and what steps I need to take to be able to order. Do I need to become a member? Or can I just purchase 'a la carte'? Thanks!
  89. Because of personal circumstances, we got next to nothing done last year on our ES curriculum/block plans. We got some math and reading done, but not much else. My twins were first grade and older daughter 4th. I'm at a loss in planning this fall. Should I try to make up some of the blocks we missed or just jump straight into 2nd and 5th grades this fall? Thanks.
  90. Are the lessons in your curriculum printable?



  1. My son will be eight in the fall, and is a second grader. He is a natural reader- he can read anything- and I am wondering about maybe using another grade for language arts/reading. When I looked at the second grade, I think he would enjoy some time with tongue twisters and playing with beanbags/blends, but he won't be learning anything new with that. I understand that his experiences need to be dev. appropriate, and do not at all want him pushed, but I need to keep him interested. What do you think? I haven't yet looked through the higher grades, but would there be a disconnect if I mixed and matched?
    If he is in second grade and already reading then I would recommend doing the activities he enjoys but just letting him read as much as possible other than that. Once a child is in second grade that part of the curriculum can progress at their own individual pace. Some children finish the second grade work in the first month of second grade and others take all year.
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  2. Do you offer 4th, 5th and 6th grade lessons?
    We have 4th, 5th and 6th grade supplements right now that will be full curriculum in August/September. We will be adding 7th and 8th grade and perhaps 9th grade in 2011.
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  3. I need to view the member FAQs but it is asking for a password. Why doesn't my personal password work?
    The FAQs are run by an outside server. Your password is located at the top of the Member Basics Page.
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  4. What is wool roving?
    Wool roving is carded, but un-spun wool! Carding is a process that one uses after the fleece is cleaned of debri. It is done with two carding brushes that resemble dog hair brushes with a small kink in each zine. It makes the wool even and easy to handle. A roving is a longish, puffy chunk of sheep hair.It feels good to handle.
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  5. Do you have information on starting a Waldorf Enrichment Program? I heard you had a packet that helps people get started.
    You can find the Waldorf packet and some more tips for starting a program at: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/Default.aspx?pageId=654846
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  6. I am starting a Waldorf preschool co-op in my home. I found your Waldorf Enrichment Packet very helpful. Do you have any additional resources for us? What do I need to be qualified as a teacher for these children ages 1-4?
    If you are running a preschool age program you would want to use the Preschool curriculum at: www.Earthschooling.com This curriculum has all the verses, stories, lessons and everything you need to run the program. It could keep you busy for a couple years. You are allowed to use the curriculum as a group. I just need to know who is in the group so I can include them on the list. This makes it very affordable because you can split the cost or purchase the program and then work the minimal cost into the fees you charge the parents. The videos on the member website will really help you with the process of running the program. Some videos come with the preschool curriculum. One video you need to purchase extra, which is amazing, is one called "Waldorf Early Childhood Training". You can download this at: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/Default.aspx?pageId=653203 You can also learn a lot by watching the videos of the other preschool circle time, bread-making and other activities. The page at www.Earthschooling.com called "Waldorf 101" is a basic course in what you need to know to teach Waldorf. I also recommend the books "You are Your Child's First Teacher" by Rahima Baldwin and "Over the Rainbow Bridge". Both are very easy and enjoyable to read.
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  7. We are a French family using Waldorf unschooling methods. Is your curriculum complete? Does it offer French as a first language or as a second language?
    The Earthschooling curriculum offers French Enrichment which means I have verses and stories available in French. Additionally, as members contribute items I upload them to the website. The Earthschooling curriculum is already International and Multi-cultural so the basic curriculum does include some French verses and French stories in English. However, the enrichment is completely in French. The main language for the Earthschooling curriculum is English. However, there are a large number of members who use German, French, Spanish or other languages as their first language so the FAQs section for members is filled with tips on the topic and other members are always happy to share ideas. The Earthschooling curriculum is a full curriculum and comes with videos and MP3s to help you through some of the lessons and verses. There are many members using Earthschooling with other programs, too. Earthschooling is also designed to be compatible with unschooling methods.
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  8. I bought the January lessons some time ago and I think they are still OK for me to use. but I cannot figure out how to download them. Can you send me the link to the file so I can download onto my computer? Also I was wondering if it would be OK to use these lessons for my co-op. I am teaching k-1 and would love to use some of your ideas from January. Is it OK to share the information that I will be teaching with the other moms so that they can see what I am doing with their children? Or, if you have any other other suggestions on how to let them know without sharing the file. I want to respect your work and safeguard your privacy!
    Members who only have a month of lesson plans do not have website access at the new website. It was too costly too keep up membership for "one month members" as I pay a high monthly fee for the new site. So I don't have a link to send anymore but I can just send you the file directly via e-mail. You are allowed to share whatever lessons you have with your co-op group. If your group wants more lessons you can even cooperate on cost to become Lifetime or curriculum members together. There are a few groups around the world that are doing that. Everyone in the group gains access via their own e-mail. All the MP3s and videos are still located on the website along with a lot of extras now. However, the file I am sending you does have all the lessons you need for an enrichment/co-op group. The curriculum packets are more complete. However, if you are doing enrichment only the monthly plans should still be fine. Let me know if you have additional questions :)
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  9. I just registered with Earthschooling and I discovered all the resources - they are really terrific and help me a lot to organize. I tried story telling and I have to admit that it's not as easy as it's looks. The video on story telling helped a lot though...Any more tips? - Anne
    Thank you for sharing your experience. I hope it encourages more people to try. I remember watching the teacher in my first mother-child class (that I attended) with fascination - partly because I loved her stories but also because I was amazed she just moved these little wooden figures around and told this story with such serious confidence! I felt like laughing the whole time! I was not able to tell stories the first time I tried but the more I did it the better I became. Another tip - the more you tell the SAME story the better you become! I used to go to a school to tell stories and I did three classes. By the time I got to the third class I was doing really well! So it is a good idea to practice first. Also, remember that children like hearing the same story over and over! So it is OK to learn one story and tell it a few times! Actually, it is usually ME that gets tired of telling the story before they get tired of hearing it! And be sure to check out www.waldorfradio.com for how to tell some of the "older kid" stories. The Arabian Nights Stories I am just reading for now but you can see how improvisation and storytelling works when you listen to some of the other stories on the radio channel. Especially the two I did with Safia: The Little Red Hen and The Tricky Fox. Enjoy!
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  10. What is a pentatonic flute?
    Well, I could give a lot of descriptions but a while back when I was looking for information I found two wonderful clips from other people that I have saved for this question. One was from a message board and I thought the answer was GREAT because she gives a VISUAL explanation. The other one is from a traditional music site: Here they are: From the celtic music site (they also have free music there as does http://www.choroi.com/music/arsongs.htm) A pentatonic scale is a five-note, or "gapped" scale, e.g. C D E G A C (like a major C scale, but missing the F and B). A pentatonic tuning is probably the most restrictive in terms of limiting the different kinds of tunes you can play, but may be appropriate if you are exclusively playing one kind of music on that particular instrument. It may also be used on a very small instrument, such as a lyre or miniature harp. Pentatonic tunes are actually quite common, especially in folk and roots music - to see a short list of examples, check out the bottom of our "what's new" page. From a Message Board I'm sitting here staring at my soprano recorder (which is diatonic) and my pentatonic flute. I'll try to describe the differences and similarities for you. They both have 1 hole underneath for your left thumb. The pentatonic flute has 5 holes on top. Starting with all holes covered, raising one finger at a time, you can play the notes d,e,g,a,b,d on the pentatonic flute. There is no c or f, and no sharps or flats in this scale. The soprano recorder has 7 holes on top. The lowest note (when all holes are covered) is c. Raising fingers in different combinations you can play every note of the modern diatonic scale c,d,e,f,g,a,b and their sharps and flats. Both instruments are whistles. You simply blow through the mouthpiece at the top to make sound, but they do have slightly different ombisures (mouth positions) The recorder is played with the lips at the tip of the mouthpiece, and the individual notes are tongued, i.e. you say something like "duh, duh, duh" as you play it. Whereas, you place your lips around the entire end of the pentatonic flute to play it, and do not tongue the notes. This makes for a much softer and breathier sound. My pentatonic flute is also tuned to a slightly lower frequency (not all of them are though), I think they call it the "sun tone." In other words, when compared to a concert pitched instrument, like my recorder, it sounds flat. This slightly lower pitch is supposed to be energetically healthier for people.
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  11. Question: I am planning a birthday party for 4 and 5 year old girls and boys. We are having a fairy and gnome theme. I would like to do nice art projects and possibly other activities with the children. I would also appreciate suggestions for decorating the large party area and the birthday table in the Waldorf style. The colors will be rose, lavender and silver. Note to FAQs reader: This would currently require a consultation and could not be answered on the FAQs. Here is the answer that was given at that time:
    Here are some random ideas from me. I hope someone else comes up with some too! ACTIVITIES AND CRAFTS IDEAS 1. I would gather a bunch of logs and sticks and silks or sheets and/or canvas and have the fairies and gnomes make a "fort". Once the fort is done you could play some games like "Fairy market" where the fairies can "sell" things like sticks and other building materials to the gnomes (who love to build) and the gnomes can trade to them items like silks and flowers and things that fairies use to create their clothing with. My kids are always making forts when their friends come over and it is amazing what you can do with some sheets and some chairs - even if you don't have sticks and logs and silks! And if it is raining you can even do it indoors. Kids that age LOVE forts and they don't care how they look. As long as you can go IN them...it's cool! 2. I have all sorts of ideas for older kids - like making felt crowns and things...but children at this age are not going to have the sewing, felting or knitting skills that older kids have, so you want to steer away from any projects that would be too hard for them and cause frustration. 3. Candle making would be a nice project. You could have them grate beeswax, melt it in a fondue burner (on the table with supervision) and then pour them into little molds with a wick and add some flowers for the fairies and little stones for the gnomes. Dixie cups work as molds. You can get beeswax and/or soy candle base at Michael's or Hobby Lobby if you don't have time to order from a homebusiness online. Fairies need candles because they come out at night and gnomes need candles because they like to go underground. 4. A treasure hunt of some sort. Either make maps (this is soooo fun!) or have them make maps and hide things...or both. Have them find something that is from each of the elements - fire, air, earth and water. We did this once at a party and had them find RED GLASS GEMS, feathers, geodes and shells. GENERAL DECORATION IDEAS For the general room decor I would put sheets and scarves all over...some light etherial looking ones for the fairies and darker, greens and browns for the gnomes. A bed canopy hung from the ceiling would make a nice little fairy fort and you could cover it with flowers. I am not sure where you can get natural ones on short notice but you can also use those mosquito netting canopies that are so popular and cheap everywhere nowadays (sporting stores, Target, Limited Too, World Market) and weave fresh flowers into it...that is what I did once for a class I had. I guess I would focus on creating a nice area for the gnomes and fairies where they have places to sit and hide and be .... when I have parties I use sheets a lot. They are 100% cotton, they are cheap (because I already have them or can find them at goodwill or buy a cheap cotton set) and they cover a lot of space and are easy to decorate. I can even paint them or attach things to them. Things you can do with sheets - drape them over couches, over chairs, over tables, even on the floor...hang them from the ceiling....use ribbons and colored scarves to create more flavor...and fresh flowers...real rocks and real shells.... Table Decor For the table I would just focus on simple - using ceramic or wooden bowls and plates instead of plastic or paper. It just looks so much nicer! Do you have placemats? You could have placemats with flowers on them on the table and for the gnomes, perhaps some bamboo or "grass looking" placemats. I love setting up the table special even for snack time around here! For the centerpieces I would have vases of flowers (picked or store bought...cheap ones!) and bowls of rocks (we have a lot of rocks around here but you can buy them at the garden store if you don't). You could let each girl take home a flower after the party and all the boys could take one to give to their moms and sisters and then each bowl of rocks could have some little prizes hidden in them and before the child leaves they get to close their eyes and "fish" in the rocks for a prize. Each child can have a candle (even the one they made). You could also have some bowls of those glass gems in your "colors". The kids LOVE those. You could say they were gems the gnomes mined. Give each of the kids a nice felt or canvas bag (handmade or you can buy at JoAnne's Fabrics or Michaels) and have them gather and collect these gifts as the party goes on..,.by the time the party ends they will have a bag full of precious treasures to take home! I would also get the kids involved in the making of the food or the snack. At this age they LOVE this!
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  12. Thank you for your follow-up and for subsequent information. I am still interested in a BEarth Lifetime membership. However, I've been cautioned about sharing from many people. Have you seen any problems with sharing a membership with the BEarth Curriculum? Are we only able to access one year at a time? Are there limits to our passwords? Can you share the limitations of sharing a membership versus having a membership on my own? I would appreciate any insights you may have. My friend and I live in different states and would be teaching different grade levels, if that helps. Thank you.
    Thank you for checking with me about this. It seems the people who advised you are not familiar with Earthschooling or are non-members. "Sharing" only means that you share the cost and not the access passwords. Each person receives access as if they are a full member. You are allowed to share with one additional person. I offer this because I know a lot of people are in situations where they want to share and I want them to have a "legal" way to do this without making each person pay for a membership. I also offer this to give more people a chance to use the Earthschooling program. There is no difference between sharing a membership and having a membership on your own. Sharing a membership simply means that you have used your permission to share your membership and cannot share it with another person. So, if you are sharing with "Katie" and you join a local co-op and want to work with "Gina" then Gina would have to buy a membership to use the materials. If you were not sharing then you could simply add her to your membership and collect the fees for "sharing". This system simply provides a legal way to share your materials with one other person and discourages people from sharing copyrighted material without permission.
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  13. How were you able to get people in your area interested in doing a Waldorf enrichment program, how did you advertise and go about it?
    I started out offering familiar things like knitting and woodworking. I offered them to friends first and then to the local Montessori schools as part of an after-school program. I also gave a few presentations about Waldorf to the local HS community. Another thing I did was list my home address at Googlemaps as a Waldorf Enrichment School. A lot of people have found me that way! Another gal doing a mother-child program here advertised with the local holistic mamas group and also the attachment parenting group. She also posted flyers at the natural grocery store.
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  14. I was wondering if the monthly lesson plans contain the same materials as the graded curriculum?
    The monthly lessons contain about 70% the same information at this time. The monthly lesson plans were originally designed for an enrichment program so were not a complete curriculum. As I added to them over the years I also transitioned them into the curriculum books. For this reason you will find the curriculum books have some extra information and are more complete. The monthly lessons are perfect to use for enrichment or part-time programs. They are not a good representation of what the curriculum, year, or lifetime memberships have to offer.
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  15. How do I log in to the member website? I am a member.
    You should have received a log in notice e-mail. However, if you did not, that is OK. Log in is very easy. All you need to do is go to www.Earthschooling.com and look at the top right hand side of the page. There is a box to put a "username" and "password". Put in: (your e-mail address) as your username and then click on "forgot password". The system will then send you instructions for how to set your password. Once you log in you will see all the pages under "member pages" will suddenly become visible whereas before they were hidden.
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  16. What is your return policy?
    You can find the BEarth Institute return policy (for The Avicenna Institute, Earthschooling and all other entities) at: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/refundpolicy
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  17. I just paid for my membership (Monthly, Year, Curriculum or Lifetime). How do I access the materials I paid for?
    If you used the automatic system you will receive an e-mail with instructions within a few moments. In some cases, however, there is a delay in the automatic system. In ALL cases (auto system or not) I will receive your registration in my e-mail and will send you log-in information within 12 hours of the time you register. Be sure to check your in-box and your BULK mail box for this "welcome letter". Be sure to write to me (even before the 12 hours is up - that is fine ;) to let me know you registered and did not receive log in information.
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  18. I am not an anthroposophist and I don't agree with some of the things Steiner says. However, I like the Waldorf approach to education. Can I still teach in the Waldorf style to my child?
    Yes! Many Waldorf teachers feel the same way. One does not need to agree with Steiner 100% to be a Waldorf teacher. One only needs to agree with some of his basic precepts - that the teacher is a model for the child, that handiwork is an important part of the curriculum, that the child needs to learn on a spiritual level as well as a mental level and that the most effective lessons are ones that are creative and integrate movement, art and or other active processes. It is recommended, however, that the teacher/parent be familiar with his works and his philosophy so his methods can be understood. The Earthschooling materials include excerpts and short "Steiner Lessons" before each block so you are aware of the thought process that went into each lesson. This will help you understand the lesson more deeply, teach more effectively, and be able to know which parts of the lesson you can modify or change and still be within the Waldorf tradition (if that is your goal). Reading these short "Steiner Lessons" in the Earthschooling lesson plans can also help keep you aware of how far outside the traditional Waldorf approach you are comfortable and can make any changes you make more effective. For example, there is a unit in the fourth grade that includes, as part of it, Steiner's view on evolution. If you don't agree with his view and don't want to teach your children this lesson you might just eliminate it from the lesson. However, when you understand Steiner you will see that, at the very least, you need to introduce his ideas in the same way you would Greek or Roman Mythology, so the student has a basis for understanding the other parts of the lesson. The other parts of the lesson can be done without this section. However, they will not be as rich and lively without it. However, knowing his views, you could also just choose to skip the unit, decide that you don't agree with his views and substitute something you do agree with or modify the lesson. Basically, the more knowledge you have - the more freedom you have, too. In another example, there is the second grade unit on Saints, which traditionally contains stories on many Christian Saints. However, if you have read Steiner's philosophies you know that he did not advocate teaching religion in schools and that he also wanted each child to learn from their own cultural traditions. Knowing this, you could confidently make substitutions in this lesson and include Buddhist or Muslim saints instead.
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  19. I am working on my documentation for our yearly school plan and need to detail science topics. In the KG lessons it says "See lessons above & stories from “The Storybook of Science”" I can't find "The Storybook of Science" Some months have clear science coverage but others months it is not so clear. Am I missing something?
    Dear Sasha, During the KG year what you do for science is integrated into the verses, stories, crafts and lessons. You will not find stories from the Storybook of Science every month. If I included that in each month, that may be a misprint. However, I do have a "theme" each month and these can be found at the beginning of the e-book. Each month you will find that the stories, verses and crafts integrate this theme in many ways. The science theme each month is: August: Crops and Harvest September: Trees and Leaves October: Food Science November: The Science of Light/Candles December: Snow and Ice January: The Moon & Stars February: Animals March: The Wind & Rain April : Recycling, The Earth, Water and Mud May: Flowers & Herbs June: The Sun July: Outdoor skills
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  20. Hi, I purchased the Kindergarten curriculum but have been unable to access it; a message keeps coming up saying membership pending. I followed the instructions given on the Q&A page, and attempted to log in changing my password, but am still receiving the membership pending message. Please can you advise. Many thanks
    There is a delay in the system so it sometimes takes some time to access what you purchased. If I am online I can over-ride the system and give you access right away. Usually this is what I do so during the week it usually takes from 10-60 minutes to get into the system. On the weekends I am away from my office longer so it may take up to 5 hours. However, I DID send you your log in information about an hour after you signed up today (about four hours ago) so the welcome letter and password may be in your BULK mail instead of your INBOX. Please let me know after checking BULK/SPAM mail if you still have not received it and I will send it again.
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  21. Do you accept purchase orders (POs) from school districts or organizations? If so, what is your information for these orders?
    1. Do you accept Purchase Orders from school districts? Yes, we do. 2. Address, city, state, zip code Kristie Burns c/o Earthschooling 1804 74th St, Windsor Heights, IA. 50324 3. Phone number 319-573-3513 4. Fax number 1-267-430-0853 - Important - please e-mail after sending a fax so we know to check. We receive a lot of SPAM faxes so this is not the best way to communicate but we can use this if needed. 5. Email address for order questions herbnhome@gmail.com 6. Would you like PO’s faxed or emailed? E-mail is the best way to reach us for all things. We do all ordering, invoicing and communication by e-mail whenever possible because we work with a lot of International clients and people from all over the United States.
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  22. (Revised question) As a student in the Kids Can Heal: Herbs for Kids course, am I considered a member of Earthschooling, an Avicenna Institute student, HerbnHome, or another category outside these these? (I am asking this question so I know under which category I should be asking my related questions. Please feel free to move this to the correct category.)
    You can ask questions under the category you feel fits your question the best. If I feel it needs to be in another category I can move the file from this end very easily. When I answer the question I am given the option of changing categories before I press "send". Thank you for asking :)
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  23. Should offers to contribute curriculum /lesson plans for enrichment, herb classes, etc continue to be made via email or FAQ submissions?
    It is best to make submissions by e-mail. Thank you!
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  24. (Support Question) In your Herbs for Kids & Herbal Preparations ebooks & Lip Balm video you mention using 5 tbs of *almond (ebooks) or olive (video) oil* & 5 drops of *essential oil*. Can a different nut oil (ex. hazelnut) or extract (ex. vanilla or hazelnut) be subsituted resulting in the same level of scent? Same proportions? (Or should I just play around to find out?) :)
    Yes! Most definitely! The kind of oil and scent you use are up to you. You can use any oil in the same proportion. As long as you use essential oil of vanilla you can use the same proportions of essential oil as well. If you use real vanilla you may need to decrease the amount of oil so there is not too much liquid in the final product.
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  25. Just want to be sure.. Arabic Alphabet book isn't available to Family member and needs to be purchased separately?
    The Arabic Alphabet Book is an additional purchase. It is free to Lifetime Members but not to year members. It can be purchased at: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/Default.aspx?pageId=653202 or by going to www.TheWaldorfChannel.com and clicking on "E-books".
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  26. I'm sorry I can't find the instructions, but I just purchased your fourth grade Norse mythology lesson block, but now I don't see how to download it or anything. Can you help? Thank you.
    Thank you for your support :) The small e-books at The Waldorf Channel are instant download e-books. However, the curriculum and lesson plans need to be sent manually. Although I don't officially work on the weekend I usually make sure orders are sent to people as soon as possible. I will send your lessons now. I apologize for the delay. I try to check in on orders a few times a day but today was an unusually busy Sunday so I am just getting to it now (8:30pm). Let me know if they don't arrive in a few moments.
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  27. I was just reading through the information page for the Earthschooling Forum: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/ForumInfo It sounds similar to the monthly membership option that has been discontinued. Does this option have the same access to files as the monthly trial membership used to have? More? Less?
    The monthly membership still exists - in a different form. It is available on the "payment page" or the "registration page". The monthly membership is only enrichment lessons (it used to also be updated with curriculum but not anymore - now it is just verses, stories, watercolor and crafts for each month with a few sample math, science, form drawing, etc...lessons) and includes access to the forum and the extras (just like the forum). However, it costs $35.00 a month because it includes lessons. After a member finishes paying for the lessons they can maintain access to those monthly lessons (and all updates) by continuing their forum membership at $15.00 a month. Or, they can discontinue and keep all the files they have downloaded. So, the only differences are that: A. The monthly membership costs $20.00 a month more (at least for the first year while you are paying for the lessons) B. The forum does not include the monthly lessons.
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  28. Hi Kristie! I remember seeing you had a base cookie recipe that you can make into six different kinds of cookies and also a pumpkin pie or cake recipe you raved about, but now I can't remember what source that was located in. Can you enlighten me as to where that is located? I bet others in the group would love to know especially with the upcoming holidays! Thanks, Bonnie
    Thank you for asking! I will post this to the list as well. You can find the 9-in-one cookie recipe at: http://waldorfschoolonline.blogspot.com/search/label/Cookies and the instant-pumpkin-pie recipe at: http://waldorfschoolonline.blogspot.com/search/label/Cooking
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  29. The link (in the Dec. preschool plans... though it might also be listed in other of your plans??) for showing us what grain grinder/mill you have does not work. It is a lehmans.com link. Can you point me to a fresh link to show me which one you have? Also, is there many recipes/crafts/activities in future years that use a grinder? (making it a wise purchase as further use will come up.)
    Thank you for letting me know! The new link to the grinder is at: http://www.lehmans.com/store/Kitchen___Grain_and_Grain_Mills___Our_Best_Grain_Mill___C17B?Args= If this link also breaks in the future you can go to www.Lehmans.com and search for what they call "Our Best Grain Mill". You will use this mill a lot until the children are 7-years-old. I do not include a lot of recipes for it after preschool/KG. However, the tradition in Waldorf schools (and in our home) is the leave the grain mill out so that children can grind whenever they want all day long. You can grind ANY grain and you can always (until the children are adults and beyond) use the freshly ground flour to make any breads, muffins or cakes. Whole grains (unground) store much longer than ground flour and taste much fresher too!
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  30. on the how to make modeling beeswax video you mention some "kit" you have available to purchase for "the craft you're making with that wax you're preparing in the video" (i assume.) Is that kit still available and if so where/how can it be purchased? what does it contain. thanks!
    I still have the kits. They were listed on the old website and I never moved them yet because I am still in the process of trying to figure out how to manage all the "products" I have scattered between ETSY, Ebay and my old store ;) I sell them for $12.50 (postage included in the USA) and they include all the acorn caps, the felt needed for the craft. The set comes in a little wooden box. You can send payments manually via Paypal to: herbnhome@yahoo.com and mention what it is for. Make sure your address comes with the payment.
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  31. I just ordered the 1st. grade curriculum. Should I work everything monthly or in a block system. If I go by the monthly guide how would I do that? Do I have to do math, languages alphabets, form drawing, fairy tales and nature stories every day in the main lesson or do I do it week by week. If I go by the block format that is under the first grade schedule then I would do all the math... all the language arts... in that block right? I would only use the monthly guide for crafts, stories and holidays? Sorry for the long question but I'm trying to figure out how I could get everything right...
    This is a good question! You have a choice - you can print the schedule AND the blocks or the schedule and the e-book. The schedule is based on the block method. However, it can also easily be adapted to the monthly lessons. All you need to do is substitute a variety of lessons for where it says "Main Lesson Block". So, instead of just doing one block for 4-8 weeks there you would rotate the lessons for that month into the block. This lesson could be a story with the first day telling, second day acting it out and third day painting it or it could be a math lesson or a writing lesson. I prefer the block method myself, I find that it gives me more flexibility. So, if I miss a day or two of homeschooling or things don't go perfectly every day, we are not behind. We just progress at our own pace on the same block. If you decide to use the block method then you DO NOT need to print out the entire e-book. You would only use that for reference if you wanted to look up some holiday or seasonal stories or crafts. However, with the block updates I've made you don't even need the e-book anymore. All the first grade seasonal and holiday verses are now available to print out as a small e-book and even the crafts come in a "monthly" e-book that you can print out by itself. So, to make this "long" answer shorter - I would print out the schedule and recommend following the block method. If you do that then you only need to print out the "First Grade Handwork", 'First Grade Verses" and the blocks that you are working on at that time. Traditionally a person would work on one block at a time. However, sometimes I work on two at a time. Once you decide to start working on recorder you can also print that lesson out. Another tip - when you are first starting I recommend taking 2-3 weeks to ease into the new schedule. Start with only a couple things and then add to your schedule each day until you've worked up to where you want to be. If you "dive in" to the schedule from day one it can sometimes be confusing and/or overwhelming for both the student and teacher.
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  32. Some of the curriculum downloads say to "BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE EXTRACTED BLOCKS BEFORE YOU PRINT THIS." What are EXTRACTED BLOCKS and where do I find them?
    Dear Erinn, There are two ways to do the Earthschooling program (or you can use a combination of both methods). One, is to do the program following a monthly schedule. This kind of schedule is based on seasonal and thematic topics each month and requires that you teach a bit from each topic each month (a little math, science, reading, writing, etc...) This is not the traditional Waldorf "block method". However, some parents like to use this method and it works well for people who are teaching large programs or who are working with a school system. It also works well for people easing into the Waldorf method who want something more familiar to start out with. The second method you can use is "the block method". This is what the schedules are based on and involves teaching just one or two blocks for 6-8 weeks and then moving on to the next block. If you want to use the monthly method then you would need to print out the e-book (month by month or all at once) for the grade you are teaching. If you want to use the block method you should just print out each block as you need it because this will save paper, will be easier for you to manage and will have all the lessons you need for that block in one compact set of papers. Extracted blocks are found on each curriculum page. The entire e-book is located on the upper part of the left hand column. All the extracted blocks are below that in the left and right handed columns.
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  33. I was looking through the first grade curriculum, and I could not find the pentatonic recorder lessons for the 1st grade... I did find the books for second grade onward. Is the recorder studied in the first grade? If so where may I find the instructions?
    Yes, pentatonic recorder is started in the first grade. The lessons are the same for the first and second graders. The only difference is that you would advance into playing more songs in second grade and the child would be more adept at the recorder. In first grade you start out with simple notes and songs. In second grade you may progress to some duets and more complex songs. I will make sure the pentatonic lessons are added to the first grade curriculum page (I am not sure why they are missing. It could be more of the "vanishing lesson" syndrome from a few weeks ago when the website host did some updates). For now you can use the ones on the second grade page (they will be the exact same for it is the method one is learning and not only specific songs). BTW...if anyone else is reading this FAQs and you need the first grade pentatonic please write to me and request those lessons and I can send them to you if you are a member of the first grade curriculum.
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  34. I noticed that the preschool curriculum does not have a water color story for the month of September, even though the index lists there is one. Is the lantern supposed to replace this lesson? I know there is an extra book of stories, but is there one specific to the curriculum?
    Yes, the watercolor project with the lantern replaces the story for the month of September. The extra book, Waldorf Watercolor Stories for the Year, can also be used each month. However, some stories in that book may need to be modified for preschoolers who are using only one or perhaps two colors at the most.
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  35. Hi Kristie, I'm trying to find some Aboriginal stories for a unit I'm putting together. I find reference to Aboriginal stories for 3rd grade in several places, but I cannot find the stories themselves! I've been searching for awhile and need these soon. I also searched the FAQs and could not find anything. Can you please point me in the right direction. I would sure appreciate it! Take good care, Amy Parker Williams
    You can find these on the page with all the books at: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/vintagebooks Thank you for asking :) Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  36. Hi, I asked this earlier, but did not understand the answer and am still unclear. I receive most of your emails in triplicate. Once sent to the earthschooling list, a second time contained IN the earhschooling list as part of the digest, and a third time sent to EnrichmentSchoolMembers. Questions: 1) Do we have to get both a direct email and the same email as part of the list sent to EarthSchooling list? 2) What is the difference between the Earthschooling list and the EnrichmentSchoolMembers list? I am on both, do I need to be? Honestly, I am overwhelmed by the number of emails coming from you and want to get the info, but not more than once. Thanks
    There are only two lists so you should not be receiving any e-mails three times. If you are receiving messages from the list you would NOT also receive the digest. This only happens if you are signed up for the list twice. Do you have two e-mails you are signed up with perhaps? Once a month and at the most twice a month I will send similar e-mails to both lists but not the SAME ones. All other e-mails are ONLY sent to one list. So there is not any circumstance in which you would receive every e-mail I send out more than once unless you are signed up under more than one e-mail. I send member e-mails to the member list. Member e-mails include: announcements about repaired files, announcements about new features, notice of new files uploaded and questions. Non-member e-mails go to the Waldorfschoolonline public list. These e-mails contain only general information. I have started sending e-mail notices to Group Consulting Members - However these e-mails are never the same as any other e-mail. They always contain codes and information that are only for members.
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  37. Hi: I feel silly with this question: I am a Lifetime Member and I am logged in, however, I can't seem to find the curriculum on the Bear Institute Website. I clicked on Earthschooling- Curriculum, I tried Member pages, and pretty much everything else - but nothing works. I have done it in the past, I don't know what's going on. Thank you,
    You can link directly to the Lifetime Member page at: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/lifetime - if you ARE logged in then you will be able to see this page. If not, there will be a prompt to log in. You can also access this and other members by clicking on the tab on the left that says "MEMBER PAGES". If you are logged in then a lot of pages will show under this heading. Sometimes it happens that someone thinks they are logged in and they are not so please check the link. If you still have trouble let me know :)
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  38. Just found your website and am interested in finding out a little more about your curriculums. Firstly do send to Australia? Or are all your books ebooks? Also I'm not really clear on what you are selling! Could I just purchase, say, a grade one curriculum and then thats it ? Or is this some sort of members thing, where I pay and then need to download units each month? Sorry for sounding so vague but I have had a fairly good look around your site but am still not sure what I get and how much it is for a years curriculum!
    All the books on the website are e-books. I am focused on creating e-books, downloadable videos and downloadable MP3s so everyone around the world can access Waldorf education. There are many people using Earthschooling in Australia, Europe, Asia and Africa. You are able to purchase one year of curriculum at: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/Earthmembership You can also purchase a Lifetime Membership (which includes all the curriculum) on the same page. There is no membership fee for the curriculum. The only membership fee I charge is for Group Consulting (people who want health or home-schooling help for their family). This is described at: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/groupconsultinginfo Once you pay for the curriculum you have everything you need to home-school - instructional videos for you (just in case you need help with knitting, storytelling, methods, etc...), all lessons, stories and verses and MP3s for verses you may not be familiar with. Let me know if you have additional questions :)
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  39. I am unable to find the G5 Form Drawing lessons referred to in the Ancient Indian Civilization guide.
    The Form Drawing Lessons for the Ancient India Block are the Mandala lessons.
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  40. Hi! I was reading your FAQ's and on one of the questions you had this answer: " If your group wants more lessons you can even cooperate on cost to become Lifetime or curriculum members together. There are a few groups around the world that are doing that. Everyone in the group gains access via their own e-mail. All the MP3s and videos are still located on the website along with a lot of extras now. However, the file I am sending you does have all the lessons you need for an enrichment/co-op group. The curriculum packets are more complete. However, if you are doing enrichment only the monthly plans should still be fine. Let me know if you have additional questions :)" And then further down the page you have this: ""Sharing" only means that you share the cost and not the access passwords. Each person receives access as if they are a full member. You are allowed to share with one additional person. I offer this because I know a lot of people are in situations where they want to share and I want them to have a "legal" way to do this without making each person pay for a membership. I also offer this to give more people a chance to use the Earthschooling program. There is no difference between sharing a membership and having a membership on your own. Sharing a membership simply means that you have used your permission to share your membership and cannot share it with another person. So, if you are sharing with "Katie" and you join a local co-op and want to work with "Gina" then Gina would have to buy a membership to use the materials. If you were not sharing then you could simply add her to your membership and collect the fees for "sharing". This system simply provides a legal way to share your materials with one other person and discourages people from sharing copyrighted material without permission." The first answer made it sound as though you could co-op with a group of people (ie more than 2) but then the second answer says that you can only "share" between two people. Could you please clarify? I'd like to do a co-op with multiple people, if allowed, for a lifetime membership. Thanks in advance!
    The general rule is that two individuals can share the membership as long as they work together and live in the same area. In some cases I make an exception for people who communicate often and "work together" even if they do so online only (and do not live near each other). I extend this offer to larger co-ops as long as they have regular meetings and are working together in some way. One person is responsible for collecting payments from other members and payment should be submitted at one time. Once payment is submitted the group representative can send me the names of the people who will be using the materials. For large groups it is no longer possible to give everyone their own log in if they are not paying individually (since this last FAQs was posted I switched servers and I now pay per person I add to the website) - however the group can be given a common log in that is private to their group. I just need to know the e-mails so I can add them to the account and have the system monitor log in activity. This is limited to 6 members but could be expanded to 8-10 in special circumstances. Any members beyond that would need to purchase an additional membership.
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  41. I am about to start homeschooling my daughers age 7 and 9. Their level ranges from level one to level four... the youngest started probably too early (i wasn't at that point aware of the whole waldorf age 7 watershed and our situation was a little unusal) and so has actually been through grade 1 and 2 material and is supposedly ready for grade 3. my feeling is that she hasn't taken it all in and is not ready yet to move on. My 9 year old has a birthday in october and has already been through grade 3 - so we are looking at grade 4 for her.... I feel she is still very much at that 9-10 watershed and could also benefit from staying where she is, though her skills are mostly equal to what she has experienced so far... my quesion is how to choose the right curriculum choices: should I go for level 3 as a focus for both and also purchase 2 and maybe 4 to reconcile the differences? Or if I purchase grade 3 will I still have access to the enrichment material in order to keep my awareness open to the range that they manifest? I would like to say that I feel much more confident about undertaking their homeschooling since I found your site. It is very well organised and seems amazingly complete and clear. I am very impressed.
    These are great questions. When a child has "worked ahead" I recommend that they still go through the Waldorf material for their grade but that you add in supplemental material as they need it. In such cases the basis for their education should be the "correct" grade but each child will differ in what they desire to do above that level. Some children will be at peace with the material (even though they have done it before in a different form) and will be able to balance what they need inside of them by going through this material using the Waldorf method. Other children may be bored with some aspects of it and want to move on. In those cases you can supplement with enrichment materials depending on the child's needs. If you let the child "lead" in this way then you are assured that they are getting what they need from the materials and that you have offered them enough choices to get those needs met. In both cases children will find something new in the material and will enjoy a large part of it because Waldorf education is so different from other methods that much of the material is new (like the form drawing and many of the stories, etc...) I would recommend purchasing the first grade materials & third grade materials and then, after working with them, instead of purchasing the entire enrichment lessons for each month ($35.00 a month), pick and choose specific lessons that they may want to work ahead in. So, for example, if your first grader would like to work ahead in math you could purchase the second grade math e-book for her (only $7.50 instead of $35.00). On a side note - if your 7-year-old is older than 7.5 years old or she lost her first tooth early then you could start her with second grade instead of first grade. If your third grader is really ready to move ahead you can purchase fourth grade for her. However, Waldorf third grade has so many new things in it (that mainstream curriculum does not have) I am sure she would find plenty she has not experienced before. Let me know if you have additional questions! Thank you for enjoying the materials! Since you are already a member of the website it will not allow you to purchase from the enrollment page since you already have an account. Any purchases you make will need to be via this page: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/alternatepayments
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  42. This is from Saints and Heroes - "Day One: Tell the story. The stories are long so I recommend one of the following methods (all of which I have used in classes before depending on the day/circumstances). " There are no "following methods" that I see. ??? Thanks.
    Hmmm...I might have deleted the instructions in the process of condensing the books and forgot to delete that lead-in. The ideas I usually give people are: 1. Read the story and take note (in your mind) of the main points. For example, Little Red Riding Hood main points would be LR makes some cake. LR starts to walk to grandma's house. LR sees the wolf and thinks it is grandma. The wolf tries to eat LR. The woodcutter helps LR. Something like that. THEN...all you have to do is memorize the basics and you can put in whatever details you want. Even with the Saint stories. Often the saint story details are added in by the storyteller. The basic story is part of legend but the details are added in. The second way to tell the story is to highlight some of the sections (instead of memorizing them like I mentioned above) and glance down as you did in speech class just to jog your memory about what you want to say. The third method is the "emergency method". You CAN just read the story every once in a while if you didn't have time to plan or it is too detailed to remember. Be sure to read with a lot of expression and look up as often as you can.
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  43. Well, I seem to be having a day - I can't find Sixth Sense Language anywhere. The Index says it's under first grade, but I sure don't see it. Where does it live? Thanks so much. Elissa
    Sixth Sense Reading is on the First Grade Curriculum page in the left hand column down towards the bottom under the section that says "Lesson Blocks - Extracted". It is below the photos of the Main Lesson Book in that section.
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  44. I am looking for the group consulting member page but it is difficult to find. You have 25 headings on the left side of your page. Each one of those has anywhere from 1-21 additional options. I cannot find anywhere that says "Private Group Consulting". Too much information to sort through.
    Yes, if you are a member of multiple classes at The BEarth Institute then you will find a lot of information under the heading "member pages". However "member pages" is the only heading you ever need as a member. Once you click on "member pages" the group consulting member page is the very last option. All options are labeled very clearly. All Earthschooling options are under that heading and all the Avicenna Institute courses are under that one heading. If you click on the "member pages" tab to the left and ignore all the other tabs you will see only a few options and those are all you need as a member.
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  45. Hi, Kristie - - - I finally looked up the forums page, but I don't have the passwords (or at least I don't know that I have them) for the Earthschooling or the Group Consult boards. I'd love to be able to participate. Thanks!
    Passwords can be found on the member basics page (where all basics and reference items are found) at: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/Memberbasics For group consulting forum members the password is right on the forum page at: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/gcforum
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  46. I am worried about using the Earthschooling website because I am not a "computer person". Is it difficult to use? I know there is a lot of information on the site. How will I navigate it all?
    1. There is a nice welcome letter that is sent to each new member that helps you navigate the site. There is also an easy index for members at: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/Index and a "Quick Start" page at: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/quickstart If you are still worried about the website you also need to know that: A. There is only one e-book for each curriculum and for the older grades you can also use from 6-10 lesson blocks. B. These can all be sent by e-mail very easily. C. You do not need to use the website. The website is a gift to you - it includes mostly extra lessons, MP3s, videos, teacher references and more that will enhance your experience. However, if you do not want these extras you can still enjoy the curriculum without them. You WILL NOT be missing out on anything needed in the curriculum if you do not use the website.
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  47. Hello, I would love to know if and how I can use an e-reader such as Kindle or Nook to access the earthschooling content. Is there one system that works better for this purpose? I would love feedback on this direction, as I prefer to save more paper! Many thanks!
    Either system works well for the Earthschooling materials. You can download materials from the Earthschooling system in many formats, including PDF, which works on either reader. I prefer the NOOK simply because you get "free" support at all the B & N stores. You can go to a Barnes and Noble store to purchase a Nook and the person at the Kiosk there can help you test it. All they need to do is go online to download a sample from my storage site. Here is one to test: http://www.scribd.com/doc/45927423/Journey-of-Analise-Sample - try to download that onto a Nook and see how it goes. If you click on MOBILE at the top of the page (instead of Download) you would be able to choose NOOK or KINDLE as your chosen download method.
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  48. Hi, We just took our eight year old daughter out of her public school. She is 8 and in third grade, but if we homeschool next year I may repeat third grade as she will not be 9 until the start of next year. Can I buy both the May 2ed grade and the May 3rd grade now to help me decide which I should do next year? Once I decide I will get the whole year, so don't want to stay on as a monthly member, but rather get both May now, then one June and switch to yearly buying for September. I am just trying to decide where we are now and where we will be in September. I have taken her to two Waldorf Schools, on would put her in third next year, and one wanted her in fourth next year, So I am totally confused as to which year to teach. Thank you! Phyllis
    Thank you for asking! I only offer a multi-grade & enrichment option for multi-grade lessons so if you purchase May as a monthly member you would be able to see both the 2nd and the 3rd grade ENRICHMENT lessons but this would not give you a clear view of what curriculum you would need for next year as the monthly lessons are enrichment only (some stories, verses and crafts). Here are some options you have for your situation based on the offerings we have at Earthschooling: 1. Purchase the second grade curriculum now and look it over. If you decide you want to repeat third grade next year and move on to 3rd grade you can request an upgrade within 30 days. During that 30 days you can download the second grade materials if you find there are some you would still be using. You would receive the May enrichment lessons for free. 2. You can purchase a monthly enrichment membership for May - this will provide you will enrichment lessons to enjoy during the month of May and will give you some insight into how the website works. 3. Purchase third grade now and then upgrade to fourth grade within 30 days (same as option one but with different grades). You would still receive the May enrichment lessons for free. Let me know if you have other ideas or questions.
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  49. I'm interested in purchasing your 2nd grade curriculum. Can you tell me if is comprehensive and requires no additional supplementation? Also, is everything I need contained within the books/curriculum as opposed to linked? Can you tell me if the curriculum is heavy on nature stories to tell my children? These seem to be the hardest to find and my kids love them! Also, we are gluten free. Are the recipes a major component of the curriculum or just a side-note? Thanks for answering my questions!
    Dear Vanessa, Yes, everything is included in the second grade curriculum - you will not need anything else to complete your second grade year - it is all self-contained - verses, crafts, stories, lessons - everything. In addition I provide everyone with "basic teacher instruction" as well and many supplemental resources you can use if you need to or want to. The material can be sent to you directly (via e-mail) or it can be downloaded from the website storage location. There are no external links in the curriculum that are part of the curriculum. There used to be one link but it has now been replaced with a much more comprehensive e-book on the same topic. There are extra stories in the monthly lessons and plenty of nature stories. If you need additional nature stories you may also request that I send you some from the first grade curriculum as there is an over-lap between some of the suitable nature stories in these two grades. Recipes focus on whole, natural ingredients and most are either gluten free or have a gluten-free option. If you do not find a gluten-free option in the lesson plans there are many additional recipes members have posted and shared over the years for this reason - these recipes are available to all members.
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  50. hello, Is each year of curriculum included in the price of a lifetime membership? Can it be accessed anytime once you become a member? Is there a way to see samples? thank you!
    Each year of curriculum is included in the price of the lifetime membership. In addition you receive future curriculum (7th, 8th grade, etc...) as it becomes available. You can access the resources any time. You can see some samples at: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/Default.aspx?pageId=643733 Sorry I have not updated the sample page since last year as I have been busy getting new curriculum online so the samples are a bit outdated - there is A LOT more now. Another way to see "samples" is to use some lesson blocks from this page and see how you like them: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/lessonblocks Let me know if you have additional questions. Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  51. I will be doing seventh grade with my daughter in the fall, as well as fifth and second with two other children. I have two other little ones and another on the way. Does your curriculum lend itself to being able to just "pick it up and go" in the event I haven't been able to prepare a lot the night before? Also, is there a place for me to see some samples of seventh grade. Thanks
    I have just sent you a more extensive answer to your question via e-mail. Let me know if it does not arrive. However, I also want to post part of the answer here so someone else may benefit from the answer as well. This is how Earthschooling is organized: WHEN you do the lessons is not set. I don't tell you, for example, "Monday at 9am you make a knitted square and then at 10am you add 4 plus 5 and learn the letter "B", instead I say, for example, "Monday the first part of the morning you do a lesson block, the second part of the morning you do a nature walk and then in the afternoon you do a craft and a story" However WHAT AND HOW is planned, laid out and set for you and ready to go. These are the kind of lessons that you just "open and go". I have to admit that sometimes I don't plan for my lessons and just open them up and follow the instructions that are there. Not every day is ideal so I know the value in having it just ready to go when I need it that way. For example, with the 5th grade lesson I did with Sofi a few weeks ago I just opened up the lesson and read the lesson part (trying as hard as I could to make it sound planned in the same way you would read a speech off note-cards to a group) and then when I got to the "blue print" (my code for "stop and do an activity") we stopped and did the activity that was laid out for us. We continued through a couple sessions and then closed the folder, book-marked it and came back to it the next day and did the same thing the entire week until we were done. Another example is with the younger children. When I used to run classes after-school for kids ages KG - 4th grade I would simply pull a lesson from the folder and follow the craft, recipe or story instructions. All I had to do was look at it the night before and make sure I had all the supplies. Let me know if you have additional questions.
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  52. I apologize if this is a duplicate question. Looking over the site, I was wondering if the membership/curriculumns/etc. are just for homeschoolers or for parents as well? My daughter is 2 1/2 and I was interested in your "My Waldorf Year" planner. Thank you for your help!
    Anyone may purchase and use the materials. There are many members who use the materials are using them for enrichment activities and are not homeschooling. There are even a few people using them for Sunday School activities and home celebrations/holidays only. Let me know if you have additional questions. Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  53. Our family is gluten free. Our dough is sticky and does not shape well. Can you suggest an alternate activity that will accomplish the thing as bread shaping?
    Thank you for a wonderful question! I will answer as best as I can from what I think I understand of the question. However, if you still need more help please do post again :) I am thinking you are asking about how to create the same "feel" for the bread that is easy to make into shapes rather than recipes to make bread with? I do provide a number of Gluten Free recipes in the FAQs section and in the member forum so those are all available. However, you are correct in saying that those recipes, although they make wonderful bread, do not make the lovely shapes that wheat bread makes. Here are some things to consider/options for that problem: 1. I consider the bread-making time one of community and eating together. A time when we can focus on nutrition, community, family and creating and sharing together. When one focuses on these things it does not matter what shape the bread is in. Children could take part in the kneading process instead or take part in some of the mixing. One thing I have done in the past is to have kids help with the creating process of the dough (which usually they don't do...they just shape it) and then save THAT dough for the next day. After they MAKE the dough (for the next day) they place (lol not really any shaping needed with gluten free) on the tray to bake and we enjoy it for a snack. 2. You can include GRINDING of the grain in the process instead of just shaping the bread. 3. You can make different snacks together like breakfast trail mixes, oatmeal, muffins or other things. I recommend the La Leche League Cookbook for this as it has a lot of simple recipes that can be easily converted and are healthy and easy to make. You may also have a favorite recipe book of your own. 4. I would not recommend trying play-dough or clay or other things to "shape" as the "shaping" is not the most important thing in this activity. When looking for a substitute look for something that includes the ideas put forth in #1 above. 5. You can also focus the activity on making the TOPPINGS together every morning. You could purchase gluten free bread and then every morning you could make the TOPPINGS instead of the bread so you could make "smashed strawberry jam" or "shaken butter" (add honey and herbs on different days to the butter), or a cream cheese berry mix or any topping you enjoy. Hope this was helpful :) Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  54. Would it be manageable to teach both the preschool and the first grade curriculum together? Are there activities the kids could do together or would I be overwhelmed trying to create two different schedules?
    Yes, it is very easy - I have found that the older kids really love the "little kids" activities and the activities are such that you can really run them on different age levels because you are working with nature, plants, wood, yarn, paper and crayons, candles, wax, etc... - the older kids will always find joy in the crafts for the little ones and the stories too. Sometimes they enjoy helping with the stories. The verses are universally loved and since you have two age groups to choose from you can just start with a selection you think they would like and let them choose favorites or start with them all and ask THEM which ones they want to use for the month. When you do lessons for the older child the younger one will always find something to do, too. I remember doing form drawing with the first graders and the little KG and preschool child would just take a crayon and try to "copy" what they were doing. I remember telling stories and the little ones were just as happy to listen as the older ones. The only thing I would recommend is that you reserve at least 30 minutes each day to do work ONLY with the first grader so you can really focus on the math and letters. The little one COULD still be around for that but they may become bored easily during that lesson so you might want to designate that as their silent time, free-play time or nap time.
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  55. What do you recommend as elements of a grade 4 circle time (I'll also have a kindergartner along for the ride)? Ideas I've had are games related to reading music, walking the form drawings we're working on, a recorder song or two, throwing a beanbag for multiplication tables, along with fun kindy nature-oriented movement and song, and a seasonal poem. Any other ideas?
    It sounds like you have a full menu of items to choose from already ;) Other things I have included in circle time are: meditation, morning discussion pick a topic), reflection time (go around the circle and talk about things you are thankful for), silent time (listen to the sounds around you), sharing time (use a "talking stick"), yoga, and stretching. Some families include a little lesson oriented story or prayer although I have not done that. One thing to remember is that once the kids get older they are going to be part of the planning process too. Be sure to ask them what elements they would like to have in the circle time, what things they enjoy that they want to keep and what things they don't prefer that they don't want in the circle time. It is OK to include some items that are "too old" for the KG child as they will just enjoy the group experience and may not understand or participate in the song/activity fully but will find some benefit. Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  56. re: your e-book on learning how to play the pentatonic flute. I have David Darcy's book. I understand the finger positions and the notes they correspond to. If someone tells me "A-G-D-A", I can play that. I am getting tripped up on reading the music. An "A" note on one line is different from an "A" note on another line, even within the same song. I'm confused! Does your book assist with reading music? With many thanks, Jennifer
    Yes, the book I offer is designed to teach the child to read music. All the songs are written with notation, pictures and a letter. In time one naturally learns to read music by using the materials. However, you can also use the materials without learning to read music too.
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  57. Hi Kristie! Loving the 2nd grade curriculum! My question is, where do I find the gardening section and foreign language studies? Will the kids be learning Spanish and German? I noticed on the home school main page you offer German ABC's but the link is broken. Really excited about this program, thanks!
    Gardening as a lesson block is usually done in third grade. Foreign language studies are not included in the basic Earthschooling package and are not offered as an entire unit because it would be difficult to include all the languages that need to be covered. However, Earthschooling does provide foreign language enrichment through monthly verses, stories and many extras. With the enrichment provided you could easily get your child through (up to) 3rd grade in many languages - German, Spanish, and Arabic and up through 1st or 2nd grade in French. Pre-K and KG enrichment is provided for additional languages. The supplementary pages are available for Lifetime Members and for Group Consulting Members (who pay $5.00 a month to access a private forum, consulting and a number of extra files). You can become a Group Consulting Member by subscribing at: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=AVYPFADUP2E4S. If you would like the third grade gardening files you are allowed to request two additional lesson blocks with each curriculum purchase so you could request that via the FAQs along with any other additional lesson block you would like. These would take the place of the two "summer lesson blocks" you are allowed with each purchase.
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  58. Hi Kristie, I am new to your website and am trying to get started with the curriculum I purchased. I started the quick start tutorial, and tried to download "The Waldorf Year", however, the Scribe website keeps flashing and tries to reload itself every few seconds. I never seem to get it to finish loading the page. I tried other pages and it does the same thing. I am on a Mac computer, do I need any special programs to be able to download from Scribe?
    This usually happens when: 1. You are not logged into Scribd first. 2. You try to view the document online instead of downloading it. Did you look at all the FAQs I've already answered on the topic of Scribd? If you do a FAQs search on the FAQs page you will find many and I know this came up before so the answer is most likely there. If not, I would need some additional information. Let me know the EXACT steps you are using to access the documents. This is an example of what I would need from you: 1. I went to The BEarth Institute 2. I logged in with my user name and password 3. I went to the second grade page 4. I clicked on "Second Grade Curriculum" 5. I logged into Scribd... etc....
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  59. How much *time* does a typical grade take in a year? I.e., how many days a week/hours a day should I allow to complete a grade? And for how many months? Assuming that I do everything? :-) Thank you!
    If you do the bare minimum with your student(s) it usually takes about 1.5 to 2-hours of instruction per day to complete the grade (for grades 2-8). However, beyond that it depends on how much work the student(s) put into each lesson block and how much more in depth they explore it. So, for example, you may spend 20 minutes giving a lesson on painting and one student may then paint for ten minutes but another may paint for an hour. In general, however, it is usually recommended that students spend at least 2 hours in the morning on one block. That leaves you with one more hour in the morning and at least another hour in the afternoon (instruction and student work combined).
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  60. I am used to the watercolor paint that you add water to a hard piece of paint and bush onto paper. How is Waldorf Watercolor different? Do you have any tutorials?
    Yes, there is a tutorial on the left hand side of the page here about two listings down the page. It is called 'Watercoloring for ages 3-12" : http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/waldorfvideos There is also a "start up" video for free at: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/Default.aspx?pageId=653575 Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  61. Hi, yesterday I ordered the kindergarten curriculum, through the wonderful sale you are having. I'm a bit confused on how I am supposed to access it though or if you are supposed to send it to me. If you could let me know I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you so much!
    Hi! Thank you for your order. Sometimes when I have sales the response is so large that it takes me time to fill everyone's orders. This is because for sales I always have to manually fill the orders. I just sent this letter out to everyone who has made orders so far: Dear Parent, Thank you for your order & support. Response to the Earthschooling offers was so overwhelming that it will take me a few hours to fill all the orders. Thank you for your patience! I just wanted to reassure you that I am working on your order and will get it sent to you by the end of today! Blessings & Health, Dr. Kristie Karima Burns, MH, ND CEO, Healer, Teacher, Artist www.TheBEarthInstitute.com Wildlife Behavior Anthropologist Certified Wildlife Educator, APWE www.PellaWildlifeCompany.org
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  62. Hi Kristie, Do you have any samples? I'd like to look at Preschool, KG and Grade 1 samples before I purchase a curriculum. Many thanks & best wishes, Danja
    Thank you for your interest in Earthschooling. You can see some samples at: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/Default.aspx?pageId=643733 Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  63. Hello! I am unclear whether the following curriculum is an entire year curriculum for grades 1,2,3,4 or just some lessons for one month. Here is the description: January Curriculum & Enrichment This 312-page book includes complete curriculum for pre-school, KG, 1st and 2nd grade and basic curriculum & enrichment for G3 & G4 & enrichment curriculum for G5 and up. The book is divided into chapters by age so you can teach using only one age-group or you can "mix and match" for a large family or a multi-age co-op or classroom. Included with each book are: stories, crafts, handiwork, yoga, circle time basics, verses, MP3s of verses, 2 videos each month, vintage books, sheet music, teacher training files, holiday resources, planning guide and more. 35.00 includes membership, member videos for April, MP3s of verses and free tech support!
    I already answered this via e-mail so excuse the repeat. However, I want to answer it for the sake of the FAQs page, too. The MONTHLY ENRICHMENT plans are only enrichment plans. For preschool, KG, first and second grade there is also a large amount of curriculum - it is not complete - but it is a significant amount. For example, the first grade monthly plans include the entire Waldorf Alphabet lessons and math lessons. However, they are included as portions each month and not as blocks. These enrichment plans are intended to form a BASE for a homeschooling program (that you can supplement) or to provide supplementation to an already existing curriculum that you use. For example, many people using traditional curriculum use these enrichment lessons to "add a little Waldorf flavor" to their lessons. Other people use enrichment lessons for after-school, weekend or Sunday school programs. Let me know if you have additional questions. Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  64. Hi, I purchased the Managing Sensory Processing Disorder Naturally Audio download, but I have not received any instructions/links on where to download. I am in anxious to listen to it, needing answers to help my daughter. Thanks :)
    All items on the e-book and e-video pages at www.TheWaldorfChannel.com are instantly downloadable. However other downloadable items such as lesson blocks and websinars need to be sent manually. Any orders that are sent manually can take up to 24-hours to be sent. If it is a weekend or I am travelling it can sometimes take up to 48 hours to receive your item. Thank you for your patience! Blessings & Health, Dr. Kristie Burns, MH, ND
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  65. Hi, I am very interested the 6th and 7th grade curriculum but I did not see any samples. Do you have samples for theses grades? Also, how does the curriculum work? Are there daily lesson plans? How is the literature chosen for each subject? Is there a book list?Would it be difficult to integrate our own books? Thanks for your help!! Kellie
    The 7th grade curriculum is not complete at this time although some lesson blocks are ready to be used if you are looking for specific topics in 7th grade I can let you know if they are available yet or not. The sixth grade curriculum is complete. The curriculum for the older grades is done through "lesson blocks". You can see a list of topics and lesson blocks HERE: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/Default.aspx?pageId=1186640 You can order a sample by purchasing one of the lesson blocks. If you enjoy it you can order the entire curriculum and receive a "credit" for the block you purchased if you order within 30-days. Literature is chosen based on the Waldorf curriculum and is all provided in the form of e-books. However, it is very easy for you to integrate your own books in to supplement or enhance the curriculum and suggestions are given throughout the lesson blocks on how to do this. If you are not familiar with the block method of teaching you can read an article about it HERE: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/Default.aspx?pageId=643784 Let me know if you have additional questions! Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  66. When will the remainder of the 7th grade curriculum be available? 2012? #65 does mention 7th gradde is not available yet, but I don't see a date. Thanks
    Right now about half of seventh grade is online and available. The second half is being worked on. A lot of the second half will be going up before January 1st, 2012 because I have some college students who are on vacation helping me with some of the details and editing that needs to be done to get it online. Anything not done by January 2012 will be finished in January 2012 and before February 2012.
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  67. Hi Kristie! I'd like to know if I would purchase the first grade curriculum and the first grade supplies package, would I be set for the year? What else would I need to purchase? I would like to work out my budget to see if my desire to homeschool my first grader would be affordable. Thank you! Mira
    Hello Mira! Thank you for your interest in Earthschooling. If you ordered these items you would be completely set for the entire year. You would not need to purchase anything additional. Everything is included in the curriculum and the supply list is complete and is taken directly from the Earthschooling curriculum list. Let me know if you have any additional questions. Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  68. My account is showing a balance of $50, but I don't know what it is for. I bought a curriculum, 2 e-books and a video when you had a sale (open house). I still have the email showing it was paid. Thank you for any information.
    Thank you for letting me know. I went into your account and was able to fix it. Yes, of course, have no balance due. For some reason the subscription you had was set up under the monthly membership and didn't translate over when we switched you to KG. It is all fixed now and you have full access again until next October when your website membership expires.
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  69. Hi Kristie, When teaching using the block method will I be printing up only the subject blocks or will I need to print the book list that is listed above the blocks as well. Thanks for your help!
    You will need to print only the 6-page "block guide" and the block you are using.
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  70. Kristie Burns wrote..."For G1 and up you need to print the lesson blocks and not the e-book. They are the same but the blocks are more affordable to print. You can print the monthly indexes for the e-books to give you some seasonal inspiration. For KG you can print by month. Do not print it all at once because as the year goes on you may develop enough familiarity with the lessons and style that you will not need to print the stories anymore (you can just read and tell them)". I have a few questions in regards to the above... 1) Am I correct that one does not need to print any other resources when teaching from blocks (like stories for example)? Is absolutely everything included in the blocks so that I can teach directly from them? 2)When using blocks you suggest printing up monthly indexes from the ebook for "seasonal inspiration"...aren't the indexes just an outline of what the year looks like? If not, what are the indexes? Are they easy to "extract" to print? 3)For KG you suggest printing the ebook monthly. So, if we come to earthschooling mid-year will I start printing from the month we begin, or from the very beginning? Thanks Kristie!
    I will answer each question according to the number as you labelled it: 1) If you print a block EVERYTHING required/needed is included in that block. All required readings are included as well. SIDE NOTE: There are larger readings and books that I included as "suggestions" (not required) for students who may be interested in reading more. I have included those as e-books separately but ONLY for people who have Kindles or Nooks. If you do not have a Kindle or Nook and you want to have your students read one of the FULL books (remember these are NOT required) then you should check it out from the library as printing a 200 page book is not advisable. 2) This is only an optional suggestion to provide seasonal inspiration. I don't follow a seasonal inspiration with the older grades because we naturally do that by taking nature walks and creating holiday cookies and celebrations. However, if you want to get ideas for monthly, seasonal or holiday-related crafts and stories to supplement your lesson blocks (lesson blocks are not seasonal or holiday related) then you can go to each monthly index of the large e-book and print just the 2 index pages for each month. In fact, if you e-mail me WHICH grade you need I will extract those indexes FOR YOU and send them to you and post them on the website for others, as well. This would be useful for many members. I will do these as requests come in. Indexes are about 10-pages long. 3) Since Preschool and KG are arranged seasonally you need to print the month that you are starting in - even if you start late. Since Preschool and KG students do not learn anything that requires progressive structure (Alphabet with "A" at the beginning of the year or Math Facts with "2s" at the beginning of the year like in First Grade) it does not matter what order you do the Preschool or KG curriculum in. It does not even matter if you start late or even do only part of the year.
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  71. Hello: I am new to the community here. I run a Waldorf inspired playgroup for my son and some other children ages 2-4 and am enriching our program with the preschool curriculum. It is quite wonderful. I have a couple of questions: 1. The video Organization and the Temperments: http://blip.tv/earthschooling/organization-and-the-temperaments-2094402 appears to not be working. Will it be updated soon. 2. I am a bit confused about the "blocks" for the preschool curriculum. Are these additional materials that I need to purchase? For instance in March the Handiwork Lesson blocks are listed as: Candles Part Three, Herbs basics etc. Where do I find this material or is it implied in the curriculum? I read through the My Waldorf Year document and understand generally about the blocks but am not sure how they synch with the age specific curriculum. Can you advise? Thank you, justine lemos
    I will answer your questions according to the number above. I will also answer these privately (not viewable by the public) because one of my answsers contains a password. 1. This video is running fine. There may have been a system error from the Blip.tv people that day you checked? The password is: minty 2. The Preschool curriculum does not work in blocks like the grades curriculum does. It works as a rhythmic and seasonal lesson plan. When I mention something about "Candles" and "Herbs" these are to give you an idea of the general themes I put for each month. These lessons were originally created for a Waldorf preschool I ran with many children. The parents wanted to see themes for each month. Since the children were from many cultures I made sure that I rotated themes each month according to topics rather than holidays. Since we lived in a place with only two seasons I also made sure each month had some themes not related to season. So, simply put, these are not blocks, they are themes and lessons and/or stories related to theses themes are contained in the month they are listed under. This listing also gives you (the parent or teacher) organizational ideas about where to put extra lessons you may have from other locations, books and resources. So, for example, if you find an amazing candle recipe online you know which month to use it in. Let me know if you have additional questions. Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  72. We live in South Africa. If our kids finish their schooling through your program, would it be regarded as a "valid education"? approved by govt, universities etc.? thank you, great work :)
    Yes. Earthschooling also provides documentation that universities or state school boards require. This documentation has been accepted by many Universities around the world. This documentation has also been accepted by school boards in the United States including ones in Iowa, New Hampshire and California. Earthschooling can also provide a certificate along with the records for your student. Records include detailed descriptions of the grade(s) they have studied.
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  73. hi kristie, thanks for answering my email. i'd like to buy a lifetime membership, using an installment or payment plan. how do these options work? thanks so much.
    You may pay for the Lifetime Membership with a payment plan using this link: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=SQ5QQB62YE35Q This link allows you to pay in five installments. You do receive ALL the materials and access from the time you make the first payment so you need to remember that even though the Paypal link says "subscription" that this is a payment plan that needs to be completed for "services/goods" already received. Blessings & Health, Kristie at Earthschooling
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  74. I am curious if there is an option for "quick print" in Scribd? Also, do you recommend printing the front and back side of the paper? Please tell me how to go about doing this. Thank you!
    Scribd does have an option for printing from the main screen. However, I do not recommend using it as it does not work well in many browsers and causes a lot of confusion for some people. The best way to print is to download the material to a file on your computer and print from there. This way you also have the file "forever" on your computer and it is easy to print. When you print I recommend using quick draft printing and printing on both sides of the paper. You can also print two pages to a side if your eyes can read a bit smaller print and if your printer has that option. DO NOT PRINT IN COLOR unless absolutely necessary. Color printing is expensive and is not necessary for most of the lessons. You can see the color on the screen if you need to refer to the color for those rare lessons in which it matters.
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  75. I am working on the April Preschool curriculum and there is mention of "basic files" for each much. with information on sewing and basic stitches. I could not find these "basic files" on the website or in the Preschool materials. Please advise as to where I can find these files.
    These files can be found under the "Member Basics for All" page at: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/memberbasics
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  76. I am interested in your Kindergarten curriculum, but the description talks about a classroom of children and early childhood teachers. I am just a mother wanting to homeschool one child. Would this curriculum fit my situation?
    This curriculum is intended to be used by homeschooling families. However, it was developed in a small private Waldorf classroom so can easily be adapted for use in the classroom. 80% of Earthschooling members are families. About 20% of Earthschooling members are co-ops or classroom teachers. Both groups of people find the curriculum easy to use.
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  77. hi kristie, if i buy the first grade curriculum, do i have a whole year's access to the whole website, all of your work? also all of your videos? thank you so much, danja
    Dear Danja, Yes, you receive a year's access to the curriculum, all the extra tutorials for teachers and parents and all the organizational files, etc...that are contained on the "Member Basics for All" page. Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  78. Yoga Flash Cards: I homeschool using an informal approach but came across the yoga flash cards and would like to purchase these! Please steer me in the right direction to order. Many thanks
    Thank you for your interest in Earthschooling. You may purchase the Yoga Flash Cards here: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/ebooks They are located at the bottom of the page on the right hand side.
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  79. Sat AM! I thought I saw somewhere that you were going to be releasing 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade curriculum....but I can't seem to find where I think I saw it...are those grades in the planning stages? Peace!
    Every year I will be releasing one new curriculum guide. Seventh grade is half-way finished and will be completed by September 2012. 8th grade will start to go online (block by block) starting in September 2012 and will be completed by September 2013 (or much earlier). 9th grade is planned for September 2014 and so on....
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  80. Dear Kristie, thank you for your website and work. I am a mum to two boys and about to start homeschooling and was searching for a Waldorf homeschooling curriculum. I feel a bit overwhelmed going through your website...where should I start? I have a 5.5 yr old and a 9yr old... Do you curriculums go through step by step or more by blocks? I am not sure how they are laid out.. thank you Khush in London UK
    Dear Khush, Your children would need the KG and the Third Grade Curriculum. To purchase more than one curriculum you would need to visit the "Alternate Payment Page" at: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/alternatepayments Using that page you can purchase both curriculum. You also have the option of purchasing a "Family Plan Complete Lifetime Curriculum Package" which includes ALL the curriculum from Preschool through 8th grade. With the Family Lifetime Plan you also receive conference videos and many extra e-books and lessons. Curriculum preschool through third grade is available in a monthly step-by-step format. Grades 1, 2 and 3 are ALSO offered in block format which also takes you step-by-step through the lessons. All verses, stories and lessons are included so you do not need to purchase any additional books or lessons when you sign up for Earthschooling. Earthschooling provides all you need - even teacher instruction e-books, videos and MP3s. G4 and up is offered exclusively in the block format. However, each lesson block takes the teacher through the lessons step-by-step, even telling the teacher what exactly to say, so that on days you do not have time to plan ahead you can still do the lesson. Let me know if you have any additional questions. Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  81. Kristie - I'm working on planning our 4th grade year. Block 1 Poetry Reading from Grammar Block - where is that? I don't seem to be looking in the right place in the grammar book provided. Thanks.
    They are right below that download about four e-books down. They are called: Nature, Animal and Man Poems by Rumi (optional) Song of Hiawatha by Longfellow The "Heroes of Asgard" is also poetry in some parts. Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  82. Hello, My 4 year old recently began his second year at a truly wonderful Waldorf preschool but due to some financial constraints we can no longer afford it. So I would like to have a program, well, rhythm and some activities for him at home, but also allowing time for me to get some important things done. Is there any way I could see a sample of the nursery curriculum before purchasing? Thank you so very much! Denise
    Yes, you can find some "samples" here: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/Default.aspx?pageId=643733 If you have any questions about the samples please let me know via this FAQs page. Because Earthschooling is so comprehensive it is hard to give a true "sample" - it is more like a flavor ;) Earthschooling also includes some additional features: 1. MP3s with all the verses 2. A "Basics for All Members" page where you can watch videos and download MP3s and e-books that help YOU (as the teacher/parent) with different Waldorf teaching methods and skills. 3. A private Facebook group where you can post questions and get live discussions with other members and I on a daily basis. Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  83. My wife and I will use ES curriculum in our new school. Do you have them in a hard copy or do we just print them out as needed? Thank you for all your hard work...we love it!!
    Dear Michael, Earthschooling is not offered in hard copy. However, I can send you Dropbox files that make it easier to know what to print out (instead of trying to sort through the website and the choices there) and there are also some more tips for printing and using online materials on the website here: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/Ematerialsguide Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  84. Hi. I just read through the kindergarten sample curriculum. I am confused though... There is quite a bit of information on teaching reading and numbers. I thought this was taught in first grade? I wasn't really planning on prepping for first grade but is this part of the earth schooling kindergarten curriculum?
    Dear Kim, Hi! I must have received this question by e-mail and by FAQs because when I logged into the FAQs just now I found it. However, I do remember sending you an answer a few days ago. Just in case you did not receive it... I usually include information about the upcoming grade in each curricula for two reasons: 1. People often have questions like "why isn't my child studying reading yet?" so by letting them see what is coming up and describing the process to them they can see that it is coming - just not now. 2. It is easier for the teacher to plan and know what to teach if she knows what is coming next. So, for example, when I talk about reading readiness in KG it is all about singing verses and telling stories and letting them act stories out. However, if I don't describe that progression to the teacher and show them what is coming next they may try to do too much in KG. A shorter answer would be: Official study of reading and writing in Waldorf Earthschooling starts in first grade. However, I do offer two free lesson blocks with each curriculum purchase for anyone who's child may need "more" in any area. Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  85. Do you have an 8th grade curriculum?
    8th Grade materials have been being uploaded since January 2013 and will be final on September 1st, 2013. However, during all of this time, blocks will be uploaded and available for use. If you wish to purchase the lessons as they are being developed so you can use some of the blocks now you can purchase the 7th grade materials and then send me an e-mail requesting 8th grade access. Blessings & Health, Kristie www.Earthschooling.com
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  86. I am considering your Pre-School program and would like to know more specifically what comes in that package? I have 4 and a 2 yr old boys and I have no idea how and what to start to teach them and don't want to mess anything up. How do I know which course I should chose: Pre-School or KG? Spending $300+ on some pre-school or pre-K programs is just not possible for our family right now and I saw your homeschooling program raved about on YouTube. Thank you.
    The preschool program includes complete curriculum for preschool children which includes verses, stories, crafts and recipes for bread-making and snacks. Holidays and seasons are considered each month. However, the plans do not depend on holidays or seasons so they are adaptable to people who don't celebrate Western holidays or to people who live in the Southern Hemisphere. Each curriculum comes with MP3s of the verses and an entire teacher page which includes instructional videos on how to do storytelling, watercolor painting and other essentials. Access to the private Facebook group is also included which provides a lot of support for teachers and parents. You can see some samples here: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/Default.aspx?pageId=643733. Each curriculum purchase also comes with a free year membership in the website (although this free membership option will probably not be available after June 2013) - A new feature to our site is that all of your MP3s and Files are now transferred to you via Dropbox (e-mail) so your basic files are super easy to download and use but you can also enjoy all the extras on the website as well. Let me know if you have additional questions. Blessings & Health, Kristie www.Earthschooling.com
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  87. How do you suggest scheduling blocks for children in 2 different grades? Would I be attempting two different 2 hour blocks per morning? (My DS is 14 months younger than my DD, they both have summer birthdays)
    I would recommend trying to fit them together in as many blocks and activities as possible but then choosing one or two that will be different. There is a little piece I wrote on the theory behind the block method that may help a bit here: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/Default.aspx?pageId=643784 - to answer to your specific question the blocks are meant to be flexible so the "time allotted" is flexible. The first rule to follow is If 1 hour is too much for your children you can shorten it, if it is not enough you can make it longer. The second guideline to follow is how much you include in that week or hour depends on your students. Once you have established what a comfortable pace is for your children then you can take that time and divide it into the 6-10 week time period. With the blocks it is the method that is important and not how many stories are told that is important. Each child can also benefit from the other child's blocks and can often share blocks. However, it is often done at their own level. The same results/experience will not happen for each child even though it is the "same" lesson. Also, if they are at different levels in blocks you can at least do both of the math blocks together, both the reading blocks together, etc...and start with the "easier" one so the older child gets review first ;)
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  88. I am looking into curriculum for homeschooling my K and 5th grade girls. We are going through an independent study charter school which provides a yearly budget for curriculum, materials, and other expenses. I am wondering if you will accept payment from them, and what steps I need to take to be able to order. Do I need to become a member? Or can I just purchase 'a la carte'? Thanks!
    The new website does not require any membership to purchase curriculum at: http://earthschooling.info/thebearthinstitute/?wpsc_product_category=earthschooling-curriculum You can choose what items are appropriate for your situation and purchase from that page. We work with many charter schools and their members. In some cases the members purchase using a card provided them by their charter school. In other cases they make payment and then request an invoice "paid in full" so they can be reimbursed later (for some reason not all charter schools accept receipts). In a couple cases members have had the charter school pay us directly and then change the member name to their name. Let us know what you need from our end and we can provide it. If you have additional questions please write to me at: CustomerService@TheBEarthInstitute.com Blessings & Health, Kristie www.Earthschooling.com
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  89. Because of personal circumstances, we got next to nothing done last year on our ES curriculum/block plans. We got some math and reading done, but not much else. My twins were first grade and older daughter 4th. I'm at a loss in planning this fall. Should I try to make up some of the blocks we missed or just jump straight into 2nd and 5th grades this fall? Thanks.
    Children naturally learn and develop in some areas even if they are not directly taught so you will find that some of the first and fourth grade materials may be too young for them now. However, since Waldorf curriculum does build on the previous years (especially form drawing, math, reading) and because there are some unique units you have missed (Man and Animal in fourth grade?) I would recommend doing the first and fourth grade blocks first and then progressing on to the second and fifth grade. With two modifications - 1. You can move through them more quickly and 2. You can mix them with some blocks from the older grades that you feel go well together.
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  90. Are the lessons in your curriculum printable?
    Dear Leslie, Yes, and we also provide a guide that contains instructions for different methods for printing and some affordable printing tips from other members. Blessings & Health, Amanda
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