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  1. Do I have to sign up for Facebook to access documents at Scribd?
  2. What if I signed up for Scribd without a Facebook account and it asks me about Facebook again?
  3. Why are you using Scribd (note from Kristie - this is the private access Scribd. NOT the public access) as a download platform for the Earthschooling files?
  4. How can I print with Scribd? When I click print nothing happens.
  5. Hi Kristie, I just needed some clarification....are the e-books that are on the Waldorf Channel page of the BEarth Institute website included in the Lifetime membership, or do we need to pay for them separately. I was interested in a couple and didn't know whether to purchase or could find them somewhere else for Lifetime members.
  6. I am finally getting started with planning for homeschooling. In a newsletter you mention that there is an MP3 file for the "Sing a Song of Hollows" song/verse that you put in the newsletter. I haven't managed to find it though. Could you let me know where it is?
  7. I’m new to your curriculum. I’m looking at the 1st grade material. How do we relate the blocks to the material you have for the month. For each month, you have sections that follow the same format. Each Block emphasizes a different main lesson. How do we put the two together? And how do we know how long to spend on each block? I’m a tad confused, and I’m not sure if my question makes sense.
  8. Where is the Waldorf yearly lesson plan guide? I see the planner, but that seems different. I have searched the lifetime access member page...
  9. Since we really didn't do much last year, if we begin grade two form drawing without doing grade one, would my child miss out? Should we start with grade one and move along more quickly? I don't want to rush through it....
  10. I have a confession to make. I haven't started any activities yet from my preschool curriculum. I am so intimidated by it to tell you the truth. My girl just turned three and I feel like most of this is over her head. My plan was to start a small Waldorf inspired group in Sept. with two other children twice a week but I have fear around this. I don't know the tunes to the verses, and I'm not sure if the stories are over there heads, and some of the crafts definitely are to complex for that tender age. Help!!!! I really want to do this!
  11. What are some good books for first graders? On the schedule there is an option for us to read to them at night but there is not a list included with this option.
  12. What books do you recommend for 2nd or 3rd graders? You mention that we can read books to them at night or during quiet time or that they can also read independently. However, there are no reading lists in the lesson plans.
  13. What books do you recommend for 5th and 6th graders?
  14. What books do you recommend for 4th graders?
  15. What is a felt board?
  16. Also, I am curious what you have done for teaching Spanish for your kids when they are little. What I am doing now is picking about 5 words a week and then playing games to help them learn the vocabulary. It seems silly to me to even attempt conjugation of verbs with them at such an early age, so I am going to focus on the sounds and building up their vocabulary.
  17. I was hoping you might be able to point out a resource for stories For watercolor. I would like T. to try his hand at yellow today. His first color, using watered down acrylic paint. I would really like to give him a great experience really geared for boys. Do you happen to know of anything out there that might help with this?
  18. What are some good books to purchase or get at the library for kids in preschool or kindergarten?
  19. If you have experiences or specific ways of helping a child that learns the Kindergarten language as a second language when joining Kindergarten (eg a German speaking child in an English speaking Kindergarten), would you share with me any methods or experiences you have in how to support their acquisition of the second language?
  20. How can I occupy my 3-year-old while schooling my 8-year-old? (Note: This is a consulting question)
  21. I am really trying to establish a good rhythm this month so I feel like I should start the supplement right away. I have a six year old son and a three year old....So I am trying to design a rhythm and I have different things planned for each day after outside play/nature walk and circle time, but I was just reading The Lively Art of Teaching and she was talking about the 2 hour main lesson in the morning that focuses on the same subject for 2 - 8 weeks. Is this what you recommend? I am just not sure if this is what I should do for homeschooling - even if this is the thing to do for a classroom. What does the rhythm of your day look like? Thank you! (Note: I shortened this letter) Note to FAQs reader: This is question would currently require a consultation.
  22. My DD is 5 and will start kindergarten in the fall. She LOVES to do art projects, primarily making collages and drawing. Does anyone have any suggestions re: how her non-artistic mom can steer her toward the Waldorf approach for art? What is recommended at this age? She turned 5 at the end of January and shows no sign of losing her teeth any time soon, much to her dismay :-). Are there recommended books, such as the Raold Russell book? I didn't find much on the website about this, so maybe I'm missing something? What's the beeswax all about?
  23. I am wondering if you think it is necessary to go through the numbers in order. We have been kind of sporadic with our schedule lately (new baby in the house) and I would like to do the number 7 this month with rainbows and all the other things that go with it... but we haven't done all of the numbers up to seven yet. What do you think, is it too confusing to mix it up like this? thanks! - Sarah
  24. Do the Preschool lesson plans and the Kindergarten lesson plans have the same schedule/planner?
  25. Where is the tune for the bread-making verse?
  26. I am concerned about the mushroom story in the KG curriculum. It seems as if the man in the story is saying that you can boil mushrooms and they would be OK to eat. This is not true. Boiling cannot take away toxins from mushrooms.
  27. I am worried about some of the stories that mention death or have children dying or are violent in some way. Should I be telling these stories to my children at such a young age?
  28. I am having some trouble getting started on the first grade reading unit. Could you give me an overview of what they will be doing this year? I am enjoying the lessons but it would help me to see an overview of the philosophy behind the lessons.
  29. In the curriculum for 1st grade in Aug we are working on letter A and B. In the verse section and others, you suggest having them write the verses. Are they supposed to be able to write already? Are they just supposed to sound out words? - SF
  30. Do you have children repeat verse sentences after you or do you say the entire verse over and over for a couple weeks before expecting them to repeat after you? How do you make this fun for them? I find my kids have little interest in repeating phrases unless it is a song? Is that not typical? Should I expect it will be different as they are not part of a class?
  31. When you refer to knitting, is it time to introduce knitting with needles or to continue with finger knitting?
  32. When I click on a link to open the document the window comes open and it says it has finished loading but I don't see anything.
  33. I am unable to get the link for the form drawing to work for first grade August curriculum -it says the page is not available. I had the same trouble with the link for Places to 99 also. I was wondering if there are ways we can google the pages if links aren't working? - KF
  34. Do you sell music CDs of the circle time songs? I don't feel I sing very well and would like to play a CD instead.
  35. The link for "Places to 99" in the First Grade Lesson Plans does not work. Do you have an alternate link?
  36. Are there any Math Gnome stories for us on the website or in the files? Or do you have any good links for them? Thanks, AK
  37. Why do some of the pdf files come up as "private documents" in Scribd and others I am able to download right away?
  38. Hi Kristie, I am finding that some downloads go to scribd.com, but i don't see a way to download the doc only read from their webpage. Do you have download disabled? Or how do I download ? I want them to read on my iPad in iBooks when it's not online. Thank you.
  39. Some of the documents on the first grade curriculum page come up full screen but others are marked as "private". Why can't I access some of them? (member included a list of "broken" links)
  40. Hi Kristie, in gr3 curriculum p16, it says to read The Ringing Cedars series by Anastasia. I found a book called Anastasia by Vladimir Megre'. http://www.ringingcedars.com/books/1/ Is this the correct book to read together? or is it book 2, called The Ringing Cedars of Russia? thank you!
  41. Thank you for all the information. I've been dutifully looking at the quick start recommended items. I hate to bother you at this busy time but I feel confused about the month to month plan. I don't see anything that lays the 4th grade material out similar to the 3rd grade sample curriculum (ie September a. bread of the month, b. craft of the month, and so on). I see in My Waldorf Year a listing sample for February with snack ideas etc. Is the 4th grade info provided in this format?
  42. Hi Kristie, Thanks for your reply to my question about 4th grade planner. I'm trying to be good and send follow up question from FAQs. I followed link you sent and actually I do have this printed out. What I see in the planner and outline is a sequence of pages with block schedule 1, 2, 3, and sample daily layout of lessons. What I don't see is something more in narrative month by month form like in 3rd grade curriculum sample like September a. bread, b. craft, c. etc.; October a. bread, b. craft, and so on. Sorry to be dense. Jane
  43. Dear Kristie, I am really enjoying your curriculum so far and learning all about it. The only confusion I seem to have found is with knitting. It looks like the basic stitches were taught in the kindergarten curriculum. Would you be able to send me your link to basic knitting or is this something I can find easily enough at a local craft shop or knitting store? Thanks so much. I have two boys and I, myself, have not mastered knitting basics :)
  44. HI. I love the idea of seeing other MLB, however, whenever I click on page, it directs me to a site and ask for a password-then offers me a 15 day trial. Is this right? I do not want to join the site is there another way to view?
  45. How do I find the password to view the main lesson book photos? I am having no luck finding in received emails. Thanks!
  46. I am finding that some downloads go to scribd.com, but i don\'t see a way to download the doc only read from their webpage. Do you have download disabled? Or how do I download ? I want them to read on my iPad in iBooks when it\'s not online. Thank you.
  47. I was also looking for cursive writing for grade 3 and found that it lists it in the index in Grade 2 but I couldn't find out where.
  48. re: wildcrafting and herbs. I am sure I read somewhere that there is a supplement for this subject somewhere in the 3rd grade curriculum. I haven't found it yet. Is that because you haven't gotten to upload it yet or because I'm not looking in the right place or ... ? Thanks. We are having a WONDERFUL time with all the info you have compiled for our 3rd grade year.
  49. I am looking for the MLB samples of the students' work but I actually can't find the page with the links on it. I've seen people asking about what the password is, but I haven't actually even gotten as far as being asked what the password is. I've checked all the member pages and I can't find it.Thanks
  50. In reading "How to Teach Geography" on the Steiner's Lectures page, I noticed 5th grade studies Ancient Civilizations. In Massachusets frameworks, this is studied in 7th grade, and 5th graders have a focus on Inca/Maya/Aztec (along with discovery of America, including the Vikings, etc), which the file mentioned above has listed under 7th grade. Is this to follow the expansion from the Fertile Crescent, through Europe, Asia, to the Americas, etc? I'm just wondering since often when presenting an edplan for homeschooling, the student is supposed to follow the same frameworks, as this is the information covered by state testing requirements. (If I can avoid the testing when the time comes by alternatives like a portfolio, I will.)
  51. I remembered I saw a video On Earthschooling site - how to make drop spindle on your own. But now I am unable to find the video at the site. Any help? I already saw how to spin wool but didn't find the constructing of spindle video.
  52. In your videos where you melt beeswax (making block crayons, making molding beeswax, making lip balm) you use a fondue pot. Can you recommend one that is large enough for the projects yet inexpensive? Can a wax tart or oil warmer work as well, or would those be too small?
  53. I love the self-contained grater you use to grate beeswax in some of your craft videos (lip balm, block crayons, molding beeswax). Where can I find one that is inexpensive? (Perhaps this and my other questions would be better combined into a "Where can I find...?" question.)
  54. Hi Kristie, This is a repeat of a message I sent last week. I am a recently joined member, and I still do not have access to the WaldorfEnrichmentSchoolMembers yahoo group. I am getting the group emails, but when I use the link in your welcome email, I get the message "Sorry, this group is available to members ONLY. You are not allowed to access this group." Additionally, when I look at "my groups," this particular group is not listed. I would like access to the files you mention. I am resending since I saw you said you were up on all of your requests, I didn't know if this counted as a request, and if so it seemed to have slipped through the cracks. Is there something I need to do to make this happen? Thanks. Also, my daughter and I are very much enjoying the September materials! Thanks for the wonderful curriculum!
  55. I am looking for the "times table poems" referred to in the 2nd grade math block (new). Can you help me locate the, and anything else that relates to learning the times tables? Thank you.
  56. Someone said there was a "community password" for Scribd so I don't have to sign up for an account there to access my e-books. What is the password?
  57. Hi Kristie, Im looking for a grade 5 file mentioned in the grammar book. The story of Zarathustra. It is part of the Persian mythology but i can not find it.
  58. There is reference to making your own knitting needles in the grade 1 curriculum, but I can't find the actual lesson/instructions for this. I've searched all the craft lessons in the monthly lessons, and the knitting and weaving for kids stuff, but I still can't find them. Can you please refer me to the page or place where I may find this? Thank you.
  59. The French Lessons don't give the option of downloading. Can I not download them or is this a mistake? Thanks!
  60. Last week I asked if I could share a membership with someone if I was already a lifetime member. I thought I would be quitting homeschooling(getting discouraged), but I am not. I do not want to lose any benefits-is it possible to share or not at this time? NO biggie either way. I do love your materials and Have told tons of people about you!
  61. As a student in the Kids Can Heal: Herbs for Kids course, am I considered a member of Earthschooling, an Avicenna Institute student, or another category outside these two?
  62. tried to download handwork block first grade in PDF. Computer says unable to find or create the Font 'BAAAAA+Calibri-Bold.Any suggestions as to how to fix this problem.
  63. Is there any information on manners? I mostly mean meal time manners. What is expected of the children and how? Do they set the table, clear the table, is there a song for this? I'd really appreciate it because I have some of my friends children coming over to try out a lesson and I am stumped there. Thanks!!
  64. On Basics for all Members page, the link is broken for the Candlemas sheet music (under holiday planning) thanks!
  65. Oops- just realized I forgot to toggle to Earthschooling and my previous questions went under Avicenna institute-sorry! HEre's another I am confused about where to find videos for each month- in the family member ebook, it states: Videos You will find the videos for this month at the following location when they are ready: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WaldorfDecember/files/Audio%20and%20Visual%20Files/ If you are a Year Member or Lifetime Member you will find all of your videos online on one page and you do not need to download them on a monthly basis. If you are using the online site to access your files you will also find your videos online at that site when they are ready. when I click the link, it says only members can access (even though I am signed into yahoo groups) Not sure where to find on your website. Thanks!!! Dana
  66. one more question- I've been savign them up! I see AMHC music is included only with lifetime membership- what about the pentatonic music cards that you sell? ARe those available to family members? Thanks! Dana
  67. Hi Kristie- thanks so much for your speedy replies to my questions! I found the pentatonic music files on 2nd and 3rd grade (but FYI they are not on the 1st grade page). The last link titled "Pentatonic Cards" is broken on both 2nd and 3rd grade pages. Thanks!! Dana
  68. I have logged onto the curriculum. I have some questions about navigating through. I wanted to print out the month of Nov. but it looked like I had to print the entire kindy-4th gr. Is there an option for only printing out grades 2 and 3?
  69. Hi Kristie, I've listened to the verses for Dec & was hoping to hear the tune for "What Child is This," you had mentioned that it was posted in the curriculum. I have looked and even typed in the websites suggested for advent and haven't found anything. I seem to always have trouble w/ the addresses listed. Thx so much - Kim
  70. In the Dec. preschool curriculum it states for the story "Mouse & Douglas Fir" that it is a parent craft, for us to look in the 3-4gr plans , and to make a mouse (letting the little one help).... I don't have access to that grade level. Is there someplace else you can point me to that will help for making this craft?
  71. Does our name & information HAVE to be posted on the members directory?? I have a couple of reasons i'd prefer NOT to be listed (1-- an ex-spouse that has a problem with stalking me online anywhere i go. *sigh* .. 2) i don't like using my full name on line for a lot of reasons and 3) it also has my email address and i prefer to not just put that out there.. i don't even have it on my own blog. please please advise as soon as you can. i hope i can be "anonymous" or give a pseudonym or something instead, with no email. thanks!
  72. From what book are you getting your notes (and have sticky notes stuck to) in the 2-part video on temperaments? I'd like to read/purchase that book I think. You are talking about exercises/activities and have also (i think) pulled a few stories where various temperaments interact together.... what's the book?
  73. Any updates/previews for the 7th grade content area? Especially looking forward to the art section & chemistry!! Anyway, just wondering as I have a daughter in 7th grade this year... looks like we'll be a "year ahead" of the curriculum being built.
  74. Dear Kristie, I'm not sure if my question is a consulting question or clarification so here it is! I looked on the FAQ page but didn't see anything related to this. I want to begin a block of Norse Mythology with my daughter when the holidays are over and am wondering how best to do this. In the introduction to Norse mythology pages I see that there are five days of activities for each chapter. Do you recommend beginning with chapter one (A Giant, A Cow and a Hero) and working through them sequentially? I think my question is about how to or should I even try to tell all of the stories or should I pick out the ones I think she will enjoy the most? Would you recommend that she reads the ones we don't explore together independently instead? There seems to be SO MUCH in these stories and I love the idea of using the deep winter months to really get into these myths. Any other guidelines/tips you could provide would be very much appreciated. Warmly, Melissa
  75. I am loving the material. Thank you again! However, when I printed out the Fifth grade lesson planner, I see it says "Weights and Measures of India", etc. for math, but I only see a block for Greece, not the other sections. Also, the India lesson title says that the block includes all the verses, etc., but I am not finding verses, recipes, architecture...are these available, or are they just not part of this block? Thanks again!
  76. "I'm having trouble with Making Felted Bendy Dolls: VID" no video shows up. I have a DELL Laptop, the browser I use is IE, I select the link from Basic of Earthschool - http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1113578198872221904# I will send you a screen shot of this page as well. Thank you. Adrianne
  77. The Advent Journey of Analise Thia past Advent I was looking for this in my files, on the BEarth site, and, on the old yahoo group's files, but was unable to find the files. As an Earthschooling Lifetime member where can I find these?
  78. Kristie - I can't seem to find the story "More Friends Come With Snow" in the January grade 2 curriculum - is it there somewhere? It's suggested for the Sock Snowman and Snow Science projects. Thanks and Happy New Year. Elissa
  79. In your e-book titled "My Waldorf Year: Planning Guide & Workbook" under "Lesson Plan Chart", on page 44, you have the subtitle "How to Use the Chart" with a list that explains how to use the chart on the next page. Point 2 talks about the rows being divided into 3 parts, we where unable to see is this, and Point 3 talks about planing snack, breads or the like, but the title on the chart for the 4th column says Math/ Science. Dose the book have the wrong chart or is there something else going on? The fourth column is for math and science. However, what I am saying in point 3 is that IF YOU WANT TO you can also include another topic in the heading for this column (or any other column). I used to including our bread and cooking projects in this column because they fit best into math and science (measuring and mixing).
  80. I am teaching the 4th grade curriculum. I was wondering if you could share with me some ideas in scheduling the 4th graders day. I am not sure how to incoporate the verses and songs in with the day and when, what and how I would do chalk board drawings. I did not see any suggestions for chalk board drawings in the curriculm.
  81. In your curriculum books you have an "Index" of what is included for the month: VERSES - then none listed, STORIES - then lists stories with suggested crafts, CRAFTS & LESSONS - then lists crafts/ lessons with suggested stories, and LESSONS - where there is a break down of any other "subjects". Do you have an Index where it list only the verse title, story title, craft/lesson title, and subject lessons (perhaps with the craft/lessons added in rather than "Science: see above...")? In my mind this is all in columns to use as little paper when printing as possible, but that just me 'min-max-ing', lol. Kinda like a "master index" of the grade/ month? I like have the suggested lists for story and crafts/lessons, but it distracts me when trying to figure out what really is really "calling" to me.
  82. Hi Kristie, I'm not really sure where to post this question? I notice that my son who is in 4th grade is not retaining his times tables that I suppose he should have already memorized. We have been working on them all year but its just not staying with him. I was wondering if it would be possible to get the method you teach in the lower grades for the multiplication facts? Thank You, Jennine
  83. Hi, I was looking for the lesson on animal forms and human forms said to be in the G4 art block. All I can find instructions for are animal totems and knots. Have I missed this?
  84. I seem to be unable to find The Story of Candlemas & Groundhog’s Day from the Kindergarten curriculum e-book. It says to see "Lessons for all," but this seems to be on where in else in the book (when using a find function). i also looked on the Basics for All Members page thinking it might be there, but no, Can you please guide me to where it might be?
  85. Two quick (I think!) questions for you! First, we are changing our email address and I want to be sure that it is updated with you as well. THe address will be 4walkinglightly@gmail.com PLease let me know what if anyhting I need to do. I did change it on the yahoo group that I can never remember the name of! Also, am I considered a "lifetime member"? Just sometimes feel confused by what I do and do not have access to here! Thanks so much! Melissa
  86. First, I just want to say my children and I love all that you provide. Quick question on sixth grade: are we supposed to be doing the aenead work at the same time as the rest of the block? We have been doing only the Aenead, a chapter a week, exploring it in multiple ways, but at that rate we'll be doing the roman block for a really long time :).
  87. I am trying to get into the website, but it doesn't recognize my password. I even changed it, but then it doesn't recognize the new one either.
  88. Hi Kristie, Where can I fine (if there is one) the MP3 to the Russian Folk Song- Hymn to the Earth that you included in the most recent newsletter? Thanks! Dana
  89. Because of my particular membership, I am still figuring out exactly what I have access to and what I don't have access to. I am homeschooling a kindergartner, and a preschool 3 year old; and I own a licsensed daycare with children 2-10 years old. Since I was involved a couple of years ago, you have upgraded your site and offer a lot more. So much!!! L (6 yrs) is interested in phonics, and I wanted to supplement from your site, with the Oak Meadow curriculum from the charter school. I also wanted to find compelling seasonal activities, songs, verses to do with the daycare. If you could direct me to what my particular membership has access to, that would make it easier for me to negotiate the information on your site!
  90. In your preschool curriculum pdf for the year, under March handiwork it mentions Candles Part Three and Felt Part Two. I checked the rest of the document and see no earlier parts (Candles Part 1, Candles Part 2, or Felt Part 1). Where can I find these?
  91. Is there anyway to download the photos of Jack and Hanna's main lesson book photos? I'd like to have hard copies of some of them for quick reference for my notes, etc.
  92. If I get a shared lifetime membership, do we both get full access to everything a lifetime membership entails? Do we get full access all of the time. What id not included in the membership. Thanks so much!
  93. I am looking for the Waldorf way of diagramming sentences in the 4th grade but can't find it. Could you direct me? : ) Joy
  94. I just paid for the first month of the lifetime mebership payment plan. I do not have a login name so I was wondering how to gain one and have access to the curriculum. Thanks so much, I look forward to browsing through all the wonderful information.
  95. Hi, Kristie I share a family membership under princess_of_manitou@yahoo.com and have a question in regard to reading for the first grade. I read the e-book but my son know all his letter sounds and can I.D. them. How or when does he start learning the phonics? Kris Peterson
  96. Hi, I am reading the Sixth Sense Math and I guess because I went to traditional school I am just not understanding how to implement the math program. In the first grade planner there are 6 blocks. One being for math that runs for 5 days. I first assumed that I rotated the 6 blocks. But I don't believe that there is enough material for 3 blocks worth of math.I am reading it incorrectly? Also - When will 7th grade be available? Thank you : )
  97. Hello, I have just signed up for the Preschool curriculum and added the 3rd grade curriculum to my account. I cannot seem to figure out how to access the 3rd grade information. I can get all of the Preschool information, just none of the 3rd grade. Please let me know how to access the 3rd grade curriculum. Thanks so much!
  98. Hi Kristie I was wondering if you had any info on learning more about the temperments for the child. I want to know specifically on the choleric child. I have a son who is 5 soon to be 6yrs and he is totally all choleric. I can't seem to find a lot of info giving me ideas on how to channel his assets-a.k.a. good behavior. I have read the book, Rhythms Of Learning and some more articles on the temperments, but like I mentioned, I need more advice on the Choleric temperment. Thanks so much Kristie! Lisa
  99. Wow! You're speedy! Okay, maybe I've finally figured out why I can't find the forum. I have the Bearth Institute website up in another window. I've checked the upper right-hand corner, and it lists my name, so I'm logged-in. However, on the left-hand tabs, the tab labeled "member pages" is inbetween, "The Bearth Blog" (above), and "Bearth Publishing" (below). I've gone one by one down the tabs and do not see one labeled 'forum'. I do see the 'group consulting' tab about 4 down from the top. Thanks so much! Kimberly
  100. How frequent we need to setting up new environment for our children in the kindergarten for example reallocate the dolls corner, soft toys corner, cooking area etc.
  101. My daughter is requesting a story about a "firebird" that she heard last year in first grade (Waldorf based charter school). Do you know what she might be talking about and do I have access to it? She made a crayon drawing of the bird, and also in the drawing is something that looks like a worm or snake.
  102. I am really confused as to how to access any info re the 7th or 8th grade curriculums. In your email you state: I have now opened the 7th grade page so all year members can access the lesson plans I think I am a year member. Please help.
  103. I cannot figure out the four stitch finger-knitting that you outline in the preschool curriculum page 242 (also in member basics) I try to follow the directions and end up with a mess. The only video I found is for the single chain finger knitting, which is straightforward enough. Also, in the kindergarten curriculum you list "knit a giving square" in the craft section page 356. Is that simply knitting a basic stitch with needles until you make a square? Can that be done with finger knitting? The story that is referenced "Four Wishes are Even" is not written out but shows an outdated link.
  104. When we paint the angel in the second grade curriculum it does not look anything like an angel. Also, I cannot find a depiction of what it should look like in the samples provided.
  105. For grade 5, on the planning blocks; is Botany happening at the same time as the Ancient Civilization Block? I am unclear on whether to do India first, then Botany...or both at the same time. Also how many weeks should each of these blocks last? The planner shows a midmorning #1 @ Ancient India and midmorning #2 @ Botany... perhaps it is India for the first few weeks and then Botany for the following few weeks? Sorry to be so confused :)
  106. Under "Preschool Planner" all I see is week one of August. Is there a planner for every week of every month or is the August planner just an example of what I could do on my own? Thanks so much.
  107. HI, I am probably over thinking this. i am trying to figure out the scheduling for fifth grade. As I understand it, each block runs for about a month or so. While looking at the India block it has what to M-F and than goes onto block two. Do you just repeat the steps as the week before? Or is India just one week? Also For Tuesday it says Drama of the Story, what does that mean? Where can I find the the lessons for the geography, Indian Art, Architecture and hand work? Is this something I need to fill in on my own? Where is the article on How to Teach History? Sorry for all of the questions. I promise I looked all over the site for the answers. Thank you so much for all of your help!
  108. I was looking through the first grade curriculum, and I could not find the pentatonic recorder lessons for the 1st grade. It said in the FAQ I should contact you and you will E-mail it to me. Thanks: whitneygersak@yahoo.com
  109. I keep seeing references to "your inbox" and ebooks dropped in the inbox...I am not sure if this doesn't apply to my membership or I have not found something. Not a super urgent question, just keep wondering. We are having a great time with the curriculum, thanks for a great year! Kristina
  110. I have purchased the grade 5 curriculum and noticed that there is no art book however in the Ancient Indian section it specifically mentions that the art is covered in suggested lessons for watercolour and form drawing. Could you send me the linksor where I might find them. Thank you
  111. I purchased a grade 5 curriculum and was wondering if this gave me access to the monthly enrichment programs. I tried to access them but could not. Thank you
  112. Dear Kristie: I purchased de 6th gr curriculum and was waiting for the Middle Ages lessons. I received the information that it is finally on the website as well as a Grammar lesson, but I can`t find it in the 6th grade curriculum page. Thank you for your help and congratulations for the great work you are doing!
  113. I am trying to reset my password because I can't remember it, but I am not getting the password reset email. May you please help me to reset my password?
  114. Hi Kristie - Do you have wall colors somewhere on your site? I thought I remembered seeing them somewhere, but I can't find them now. Thanks, Rob Liesland
  115. Hi, I'm a little lost! I purchased the $35 monthly enrichment, but would like to upgrade to the 2nd grade curriculum (within my 30 days). Also, as a curriculum member, do I still have access to the enrichment documents? Thank you for your help!
  116. I saw on FAQs that lifetime members get access to the ebooks/vidoes, but on the members access page, the Persian Lesson Block is not listed. How do I get free access to that?
  117. I am interested in your lifetime membership. I see that it says access to all book and such but does that mean access to all earthschooling curriculum such as all grade levels, enrichment material etc.?
  118. Hi Kristie, I'm just printing out my KG curriculum! I'm so excited. In the "How to Start" section, you mention the Waldorf Yearly Lesson Plan Guide. I can't seem to find it on the site. Can you let me know where it is? Thank you, Mira
  119. Kristie ~ I am a lifetime Member with Sara Meier in Atlanta. I am still having trouble planning my lessons. I want to download the Lesson Blocks individually. How do I do that? Blessings, Lynn
  120. Hello, I am new to earthschooling and was indicated to your website by my friend Adjoa who recently purchased a fifth grade curriculum. i have 3 children (pre-k, 2nd, and 4th grades) and she has another child that she wants to purchase an additional curriculum for (1st grade). We now realize that if she held off purchasing the fifth grade we could have shared a life time membership. Would it be possible to refund her that purchase so that we could purchase a lifetime membership to share?? Please let us know if that would be possible. Thanks so much, Atalanta
  121. I can't find where to go on the site to download e-books that come with the lifetime membership. Thank you.
  122. In my G2 curriculum materials for form drawing it states that all form drawing lessons are being converted to video. The only form drawing lesson I have found in my member area is the Chinese letters one. Are there more I am missing? I feel like I could use more guidance regarding the types of forms we should be using. Thank you!
  123. My daughter would like to learn about herbs. I see there is a Herbs and Kids class. It says payment is $40 or free if lifetime member. I am a lifetime member; how to I get access to the Herbs and Kids class? The description says there are videos, handouts, etc. I checked the FAQ's, and I didn't see this question. Thanks
  124. I am leafing through the preschool curriculum and notice that the summer (June and July) months ask that we choose two ebooks from the list. How do we do this? It is preemptive but I like to plan ahead and get everything in order several months in advance so I will be thinking about June in April. Please let me know how I can order my two additional ebooks so I can start planning our summer months.
  125. What is the password for the member BLOG?
  126. In the first grade Handwork block, where is the \"Fabric-Sit-Upon\" project description? I see the accompanying story \"why cats sit in the sun\", but the project seems to be missing.
  127. Hi Kristie, I recently became an Earthschooling member and purchased the first grade curriculum. I also needed to purchase the fourth grade curriculum but I was unable to purchase both at the same time. I purchased the fourth grade curriculum after I became a member and although I have the Paypal receipt I can not access the fourth grade curriculum and it doesn't show up on my member page. I bought the fourth grade for my 9 year old (who will be 10 in August) but am thinking that i would like to purchase the third grade curriculum as well to give him some background. (we have been following a natural learning homeschooling path until now). Will I have the same issues if I purchase the third grade curriculum or is there an easier way? Thanks :D
  128. I have found that starting grade 2 the materials list includes a kinder harp, but i cant find any information on the lessons for it.
  129. Hi: In the FAQs there is mention of gluten free bread recipes. We are a gluten free family using your curriculum and I would love to find these recipes on your site. I have searched but can't find them. Can you please send me in the correct direction? Thanks, justine
  130. In October's curriculum you talk about Character Building Themes is there someplace I can lean more about these? or you have them all listed?
  131. Kristie How do you teach to read the Waldorf way? I saw in the curriculum its in the enrichment(? not remembering exactly). I looked for it and I can't find it. Are there resources for teaching to read Waldorf style. Thank you, Eve
  132. Hi Kristie, I am trying to plan for our next school year, and I was looking for a few of the books recommended for Grade One. I found the link for them by looking in the FAQ, but was surprised that the only location I found for them was in the ebooks. Are your ebooks free to me as a lifetime member? I thought they were, and there are a few that I would like to get. Waldorf Rhythms and Stages Cooking with Kids Natural Gifts Kids Can Make Knitting and Weaving with Kids Waldorf Watercolor Painting Can you please tell me how I can receive these. Thanks, Sara
  133. Hi Kristie, I found out that if I open files from your site on my computerwithout downloading them they don t show some of the content. but if I download them they do luckily. I opened the first grade schedule file, in which I see a list of things I need this year. Amongst which is the first grade curriculum book. it says it is in my 'student group'. Where is my 'student group'? I cant find it. please help. thanks. Clara
  134. Hi, Kristie! On p.17 of the Grade 4 Writing Exercises document, I read, "Lesson: Before you do speech class you should warm up with a tongue twister and/or a traditional poem." I also see the instructions that we will "start with very, very basic speeches" (p. 15). Aside from seeing the speech warm up verse and tongue twisters, as well as a single page showing a basic speech outline/structure, I am uncertain where to find further instructions and/or speeches for "speech class." Would you clarify this for me? Thank you!



  1. Do I have to sign up for Facebook to access documents at Scribd?
    No. You do not. Even if you have a Facebook account all you need to do is tell Scribd "I do not have a Facebook account". Then, create a Scribd account with your e-mail and create a password. After that Scribd should keep you signed in or you can store the password in your system and log in easily after that.
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  2. What if I signed up for Scribd without a Facebook account and it asks me about Facebook again?
    Just ignore it and click "close" on the window. I am not sure why they are pushing Facebook so much. But I do know you don't have to do anything with Facebook to easily use Scribd.
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  3. Why are you using Scribd (note from Kristie - this is the private access Scribd. NOT the public access) as a download platform for the Earthschooling files?
    Because it is the only system that allows me to store unlimited files for you, password protect them and download them in ANY format (even Ipod, Droid, Nook or any other electronic device as well as PDF, doc, etc...)
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  4. How can I print with Scribd? When I click print nothing happens.
    You need to click on the DOWNLOAD button in the upper left hand corner above the document first. Download the document to your computer and THEN print.
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  5. Hi Kristie, I just needed some clarification....are the e-books that are on the Waldorf Channel page of the BEarth Institute website included in the Lifetime membership, or do we need to pay for them separately. I was interested in a couple and didn't know whether to purchase or could find them somewhere else for Lifetime members.
    The Lifetime membership includes all the e-books, e-videos and MP3s listed at www.Earthschooling.com and www.TheWaldorfChannel.com. If there is something on the website you do not find on your member pages please let me know.
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  6. I am finally getting started with planning for homeschooling. In a newsletter you mention that there is an MP3 file for the "Sing a Song of Hollows" song/verse that you put in the newsletter. I haven't managed to find it though. Could you let me know where it is?
    There are only MP3s for the verses that are in the E-books and lesson plans on the Earthschooling member website. Most of the verses I include in the newsletter are extra verses that I have not made MP3s for yet. I find it usually works, however, to find a popular song (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star or Old MacDonald Had a Farm or Row Row Your Boat) and put the words to the popular tune. It is amazing how many poems fit into some of the popular tunes we already know. Sometimes I let the kids make up tunes or make up my own or we just recite it with a little "beat" like clapping hands.
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  7. I’m new to your curriculum. I’m looking at the 1st grade material. How do we relate the blocks to the material you have for the month. For each month, you have sections that follow the same format. Each Block emphasizes a different main lesson. How do we put the two together? And how do we know how long to spend on each block? I’m a tad confused, and I’m not sure if my question makes sense.
    Have you downloaded the "First Grade Schedule and Planner"? This puts all the blocks into a time schedule and tells you how to work in "blocks" instead of the monthly plan. I am attaching it to the next e-mail just in case you don't have it. Within the schedule you will see I have each lesson slotted for a different time of day but I do not have exact times on them. This is because each person will spend a different amount of time on the lessons depending on their needs. However, the main lesson block in the morning is traditionally one block of four hours or two blocks of two hours each.
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  8. Where is the Waldorf yearly lesson plan guide? I see the planner, but that seems different. I have searched the lifetime access member page...
    The "My Waldorf Year Planner" is on the "Member Basics for All" page. The individual planners for each grade are on the page for that grade.
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  9. Since we really didn't do much last year, if we begin grade two form drawing without doing grade one, would my child miss out? Should we start with grade one and move along more quickly? I don't want to rush through it....
    Start with grade one. You will be surprised how much you both get out of it. I was even surprised at how much my daughter and son and I (all way too old for First Grade form drawing) enjoyed creating the examples for it. He may spend a little less time on it than a First Grader would but he does need to go through it.
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  10. I have a confession to make. I haven't started any activities yet from my preschool curriculum. I am so intimidated by it to tell you the truth. My girl just turned three and I feel like most of this is over her head. My plan was to start a small Waldorf inspired group in Sept. with two other children twice a week but I have fear around this. I don't know the tunes to the verses, and I'm not sure if the stories are over there heads, and some of the crafts definitely are to complex for that tender age. Help!!!! I really want to do this!
    The tunes to the verses are all on MP3s on the new website - or I can send the MP3 files for the preschool age to you via e-mail too. There is also a sample of someone doing a circle time for that age group there on the website. That is very helpful :) When I had children that age we did it as a mother-child group. The lessons are intended to be done as a mother-child lesson because at that age they are too little really do do a lot of crafts and lessons. I chose crafts for that age that are meant to be done with the parents, but that they can still do a lot of and help with (like stirring, shaping the bread, putting things in place...). If you are doing a group without the parents that will be more of a challenge. I would suggest a half day only (or a few hours) - start the day with circle time, then do shaping bread and baking it. while the bread is baking do some "free play". Then have the kids help you set the table and have the bread and snack. After that you can take a nature walk and then come back and tell a story and let the kids free play after that. You can put a craft in there somewhere if there is time - I would focus on the painting, homemade play-dough and some of the easier crafts for the month. Other crafts in the lesson plans you may need to adapt by doing some of the preparation work for the children before they arrive. However, most of the crafts are appropriate for that age as long as they are done slowly. If you look at the craft and imagine you will do it in one school day it may look very advanced. However, if you imagine breaking it into very tiny steps you will be able to see how they could do the craft in that way. It is the process that is most important and not the final product. The final product should be honored, of course. However, the process should also be honored and taken at a pace they can handle. Encourage children to help each other rather than soliciting help from you first. This teaches good skills in leadership, cooperation, self-confidence and self-sufficiency. Let me know if you have additional questions.
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  11. What are some good books for first graders? On the schedule there is an option for us to read to them at night but there is not a list included with this option.
    I have not included a list with the lesson plans because this list is on-going. The list so far includes: Pippi Longstocking The Borrowers by Mary Norton The Little's The Adventures of Bellota,Avellantia & Castanita by Elsa Beskow The Boxcar Children The Finn Family Moomintroll Series by Tove Jansson The Old Genie Hottabych by Lazar Lagin Faraway Tree Collection by Enid Blyton Many Moons by James Thurber My Pony by Susan Jeffers Sylvester And The Magic Pebble by William Steig The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein Winterbringers by Gill Arbuthnott The Big Baby (no author given, my guess: Helen Oxenbury) The Book Dragon (no author given, not sure) Seven Year Wonder Book by Isabel Wyatt Faraway Tales (no author given, not sure) The Princess and the Goblin by George Macdonald Fairy Realm (Series 1 & 2) by Emily Rodda Gallop by Rufus Butler Seder. The Snow Child by Freya Littledale
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  12. What books do you recommend for 2nd or 3rd graders? You mention that we can read books to them at night or during quiet time or that they can also read independently. However, there are no reading lists in the lesson plans.
    I have located the reading lists here because they are on-going. If you have a recommendation please let me know at: herbnhome@gmail.com. So far the 2nd and 3rd grade list includes: Heidi The Secret Garden The Boxcar Children Swallows and Amazons The Golden Compass The Little House on the Prairie Series Surviving the Applewhites Nim's Island My Side of the Mountain The Wizard of Oz The Finn Family Moomintroll Series by Tove Jansson The Old Genie Hottabych by Lazar Lagin Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein Grosse Colere by Allance Winterbringers by Gill Arbuthnott The Big Baby (no author given, my guess: Helen Oxenbury) The Book Dragon (no author given, not sure) The Narnia Series by C. S. Lewis and Pauline Baynes The Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich Faraway Tales (no author given, not sure) Mixed Up Fairy Tales Series by Hilary Robinson and Nick Sharratt The True Story Of The 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith International/Multicultural Cinderella Stories Fairy Realm (Series 1 & 2) by Emily Rodda Gallop by Rufus Butler Seder. Tales From Cultures Far And Near by Jim Weiss
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  13. What books do you recommend for 5th and 6th graders?
    I have located these book lists here because they are ongoing. For 5th and 6th graders I recommend the following (Note: If you have a book to add to this list please let me know at: herbnhome@gmail.com): The Giver The Golden Compass Little Women Tuck Everlasting Watership Downs by Richard Adams Joan Of Arc (no author given, my guess: by Diane Stanley) A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle Anything By J. R. R. Tolkien The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling Beauty by Robin Mckinley
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  14. What books do you recommend for 4th graders?
    This is an ongoing list. If you have suggestions please send them to: herbnhome@gmail.com 4th Grade List Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli Watership Downs by Richard Adams Joan Of Arc (no author given, my guess: by Diane Stanley) Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein Grosse Colere by Allance Winterbringers by Gill Arbuthnott A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle The Narnia Series by C. S. Lewis and Pauline Baynes The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
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  15. What is a felt board?
    A felt board is a piece of either heavy cardboard or light wooden board covered with a large piece of felt. Felt adhears to felt, so you can cut things out of felt and create a scene on your felt board. You can cover the front of your board with felt and staple it around the edges on the back.
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  16. Also, I am curious what you have done for teaching Spanish for your kids when they are little. What I am doing now is picking about 5 words a week and then playing games to help them learn the vocabulary. It seems silly to me to even attempt conjugation of verbs with them at such an early age, so I am going to focus on the sounds and building up their vocabulary.
    I never taught any conjugation or anything until they were about 10. Before that I would just read to them in Spanish (Scholastic has an entire Spanish collection where you can get the book in Spanish AND English) and I used the "Teach me Spanish" tapes by Judy Mahoney. I would learn the songs and then use them in circle time. I would also choose a few phrases. I didn't have entire conversations in Spanish with them. That would have been the best! I used to have two days a week - one in which I would only speak Spanish to them and another where I would only speak Arabic to them. That would have been great to continue but it was too much for me to handle and from the studies I read it would eventually be confusing for them too so I changed back to the book/song/phrase method. Then when they got older I sent them off to Concordia Language Village in Minnesota where they stay for a week and can only speak Spanish. I know that the only way I learned these languages was to be immersed in them and when I was immersed I learned so quickly! So, to help my stress levels (you can only do so much as one person!) I saved my money every year and sent them there for three years straight. By the third year my 13 year-old was near fluent and to be honest we didn't do much during the year! But I think all those years of "subtle" learning via me and then those intense weeks were what did it. I think the method I used in the younger years was good but for the older kids it is not always possible to get them lessons. For example, I can't afford the camp this year so...
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  17. I was hoping you might be able to point out a resource for stories For watercolor. I would like T. to try his hand at yellow today. His first color, using watered down acrylic paint. I would really like to give him a great experience really geared for boys. Do you happen to know of anything out there that might help with this?
    I received this message after you already ordered the e-book, which has some story ideas in it so this makes it easier to answer the question! The e-book has a story for each color or color combination to give you an idea of what kinds of stories you can use for the painting. So you should have one story in there for yellow. Based on those examples you get an idea of what kinds of stories "work" for painting and you can make up some more stories. For example, with the color yellow you can think of anything yellow and make a story to go with it. The stories need only three elements: 1. To be simple 2. To talk about the color 3. To include some movement about the color to give direction or inspiration to the paint brush :) If you are using more than one color you also need to include some interaction between the two colors. A couple of quick examples (you can fill in the names, details and story line according to what your son likes to listen to): YELLOW: Someone squeezing lemons for lemonade and it is flowing into the glass (the paper) or the sun shining down it's rays on the earth or perhaps even some gold coins found in a treasure chest!
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  18. What are some good books to purchase or get at the library for kids in preschool or kindergarten?
    This is an ongoing list. If you want to make suggestions please send ideas to: herbnhome@gmail.com Kitten's First Moon by Kevin Henkes The complete adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs More, More, More by Vera Williams Old Turtle By Douglas Wood. (Also The Old Turtle Audio Book With Songs) Many Moons by James Thurber My Pony by Susan Jeffers Sylvester And The Magic Pebble by William Steig The Faerie's Gift by Tanya Batt The Great Hiss by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda The Tales Of Tiptoes Lightly by Reg Down Cuckoo Clock by Mary Stolz Love You Forever by Robert Munsch All I See Is Part Of Me by Chara M. Curtis and Cynthia Aldrich Grandfather Twilight by Barbara Helen Berger Giant's Cauldron - Odds Bodkin Http://Www.Oddsbodkin.Com/Store/Page.Php?Page=Dd_Giantscauldron
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  19. If you have experiences or specific ways of helping a child that learns the Kindergarten language as a second language when joining Kindergarten (eg a German speaking child in an English speaking Kindergarten), would you share with me any methods or experiences you have in how to support their acquisition of the second language?
    We had a little German girl in our KG class as well as a boy from Taiwan and another from Hungary so we had three different languages going on at one time! It seemed to work really well (and this is supported by research) when the two languages have a defined line (one is spoken by the mother, one by the father, or one at school and one at home...). So I didn't encourage the parents to help with the language acquisition I just supported them in the classroom environment. They learned VERY QUICKLY. And this is not surprising. When I was an adult and went to Spain I learned Spanish in only a month so I am not surprised that kids learn so quickly. What I did to help them was to: 1. Be careful to use language properly and tell the other kids in the class that too. We don't realize how much we speak in colloquialisms until we are speaking with someone from another culture! Another thing we do a lot is talk in "slang" say things like "Yah" or "She had a cow" or whatever. If someone did use these phrases I would explain to the child what it meant. 2. When the child was at the stage where they were just learning their first words and phrases I would make sure to use the SAME words and phrases all the time. So I would not say one day "Could you turn on the lights?" and the next day "Let's turn on the lights" and the next day "Whose turn is it to turn on the lights?" I would say the SAME thing each day. The rhythm of the Waldorf class sure helps with this! The first thing they usually learn is the blessing and the circle opening song which are said every day! 3. I included some verses in the circle time that had some basic words in it so they would be able hear these basic words every day - something like "Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes" song or "I can sing a Rainbow" song or verse with all the colors in it or "Here we go round the Mulberry bush" (with "this is how we turn on the lights, this is how we brush our teeth, this is how we eat our breakfast", etc...) 4. I had their parents come in and teach the class three or four words in their language so we could all laugh at ourselves and how silly we sounded trying to speak their language - this helped them to not be so shy in trying out their new language skills! 5. I would often point or touch an object as I was talking to them. I also made sure this was ALWAYS the same. If I was talking about the table I would always touch the top of the table and not one day the chair, and one day the legs , etc.... Hope this helps!
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  20. How can I occupy my 3-year-old while schooling my 8-year-old? (Note: This is a consulting question)
    As for dealing with different ages at once - I think all homeschooling moms can relate to that! My solution was to make sure there were always healthy snacks out (a divided tray with crackers, cheese, grapes, etc...) because most of the time the little ones would come to me just because they were hungry! If not hungry they were usually happy to watch me - as long as I was there they were Ok playing alone or watching the lesson. It only became a problem when my little "math genius", Suni, was 5 and started doing his 8-year-old sister's math in his head. Ok, then things got rough (LOL)...but I loved when they were 2,3, 4! I just set up two bookshelves in a little "L" or, depending on where we were at the time I would set up some space - I find that a RUG is a great way to define this space... In this space I would put all of the wooden play figures, stones with a magnifying glass, blocks, etc...I would not put out all of the items at once. I would rotate them to keep their interest up. And I always used the four element rule (Ok, I made this up, there is really no four element rule...but there should be) - water, air, fire and earth. Give a kid these four elements and they will be happy as a lark all day! I would have a small tub with water they could play with boats or kitchen utensils in...a big tub filled with sand (or beans or rice is easier to clean up) with little "surprises" buried in it, bubbles to blow in the air and "fire" being some warm food for their tummy - fresh baked bread that they shape themselves is perfect. And shaping the bread keeps them busy for a LONG time! And as you notice this is all about "keeping them busy" but it is all with things that are providing life and learning experiences for them.
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  21. I am really trying to establish a good rhythm this month so I feel like I should start the supplement right away. I have a six year old son and a three year old....So I am trying to design a rhythm and I have different things planned for each day after outside play/nature walk and circle time, but I was just reading The Lively Art of Teaching and she was talking about the 2 hour main lesson in the morning that focuses on the same subject for 2 - 8 weeks. Is this what you recommend? I am just not sure if this is what I should do for homeschooling - even if this is the thing to do for a classroom. What does the rhythm of your day look like? Thank you! (Note: I shortened this letter) Note to FAQs reader: This is question would currently require a consultation.
    Rhythm ! Whenever anyone asks me about that it reminds me so much of my healing clients asking me about diets. My answer is the same for food and for rhythm. We all need to find our own personal mix. One of the biggest mistakes homeschoolers make is trying to follow someone elses rhythm. I guess we think "well, it is working so well for her so it must be "right"" But, the only rhythm that is right is the one that works for you. I can give you some examples of what I have used/use and what some of my friends use: The Time-Based Schedule I have a German friend who is homeschooling on a farm (in America of course). She has a strict hourly based schedule because they have to. She has four kids and they all have other activities to go to AND they have to finish the farm work and all the house chores AND she does everything manually. So, to make sure they get everything done she has a written schedule of what time they do everything at their house. 6:00 they feed the chickens, 7:00 they do prayers and clean the kitchen and make breakfast, etc...etc...if this schedule is "for you" you will know it within a few days of trying it because you will be so happy and will just feel wonderful and organized and pleased and ...well, you get the idea. If you try this and you just feel overwhelmed and like you are doing everything wrong and that you are 'not good enough' then you probably need to try another kind of rhythm. Blocks of Time Schedule This method seems to appeal to a lot of homeschoolers and is one that I use. It also has a lot of flexibility in it. Instead of saying "we will do this from 8-9" you say, instead, "we will do this in the morning, this at noon, this in the afternoon and this at night". I have always used this method and I really enjoy it. When we homeschooled full-time we never got up at the same time but we always had the same "order" of things and "rituals" to mark the beginning of things - like starting each morning off with a circle time and making bread after that. It seemed they were fresher in the morning so I did have them do their main lesson blocks in the morning - but I let them work as much as they needed to. Sometimes that was 30 minutes and sometimes 3 hours. We still do this now, because they do some main lessons at the school they go to in the morning and the school uses the same method (let them work at their own pace as long as they want on each activity), it is just not me doing it right now. In the afternoons we usually focus on more creative lessons such as woodworking, knitting, painting, etc...In the evenings we usually do a more focused homeschool activity such as storytelling, a cooperative game, a made-up game, etc...So loosely we do - main lessons in the morning, enrichment in the afternoon and focused at night. I only have three blocks to my day because I also use the "weekly rotation" schedule. We homeschool all year so even when they stop doing the lessons in the morning at the school we will continue at home. Not as intensely, but I like to keep up our rhythm all year. Especially since we will be going back to full-time homeschooling soon so we don't want to get "out of practice". To see the rest of this answer go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WaldorfEnrichmentSchoolMembers/message/70
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  22. My DD is 5 and will start kindergarten in the fall. She LOVES to do art projects, primarily making collages and drawing. Does anyone have any suggestions re: how her non-artistic mom can steer her toward the Waldorf approach for art? What is recommended at this age? She turned 5 at the end of January and shows no sign of losing her teeth any time soon, much to her dismay :-). Are there recommended books, such as the Raold Russell book? I didn't find much on the website about this, so maybe I'm missing something? What's the beeswax all about?
    In KG the kids start with finger-knitting (finger-crochet), block crayons, do some painting and some simple craft projects like making candles. I always let people know that you don't need to be an artist to teach these things. Art is about expression and we all have the ability to express ourselves with art even if it is with a colorful chain of finger-knitting and a splash of colored paint instead of an intricate knitted sweater and a painted landscape . We need to let our children know this too. All children can learn that art is accessible to everyone and that it is the process and not the outcome that is the important part of art. At this age she should be exploring more than being instructed in drawing and art. There are a lot of nice handiwork and craft projects in the lesson plans, but in general if you can teach her to finger knit, how to paint with 2-3 colors, and how to hold a block crayon (so she can spend some time discovering how they work) that will be a great start for her into the Waldorf path. She may also enjoy making felted balls and "marbles" or beads by hand. Working with felt at this age is also a process of exploring the materials so she may want to try many different shapes with her hands, wool roving and bucket of warm soapy water.
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  23. I am wondering if you think it is necessary to go through the numbers in order. We have been kind of sporadic with our schedule lately (new baby in the house) and I would like to do the number 7 this month with rainbows and all the other things that go with it... but we haven't done all of the numbers up to seven yet. What do you think, is it too confusing to mix it up like this? thanks! - Sarah
    Dear Sarah, That is a really good question. The answer is that you do NOT need to do the numbers in order. When the children are first learning the numbers they are becoming familiar with how they feel, how they are created, how one writes them and where you find them in nature, shapes, etc...Knowing how much the number is worth in comparison to other numbers is not important at this stage.
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  24. Do the Preschool lesson plans and the Kindergarten lesson plans have the same schedule/planner?
    KG and Preschool ARE the same schedule. They just follow the basic breathing in-breathing out rhythm of the day.
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  25. Where is the tune for the bread-making verse?
    I don't have a tune for the basic verses yet. Just the ones that are on that video called "Waldorf Basic Verses". You can see the "Waldorf Basics Verses" at: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/Default.aspx?pageId=655637
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  26. I am concerned about the mushroom story in the KG curriculum. It seems as if the man in the story is saying that you can boil mushrooms and they would be OK to eat. This is not true. Boiling cannot take away toxins from mushrooms.
    This is in the mushroom story and should be emphasized: "Well, then, I repeat it in all conviction: it is impossible for us who are not specialists to distinguish an edible mushroom from a poisonous one, for none has a mark to say: This is eatable and this is not. Neither the nature of the ground, nor the trees at the foot of which they grow, nor their form, color, taste, smell, can teach us anything or enable us to distinguish at sight the harmless from the poisonous....My rule of conduct is, you see, absolute: you must beware of all mushrooms; excess of prudence is necessary here... "There was reason for it. According to you, then, one could use all mushrooms without distinction?" I have read the entire story again and I can see how the story might be interpreted to mean that you can boil poisonous mushrooms and they will be OK. However, the story does not intend to say that you can put a bunch of poisonous mushrooms in a pot and that it will be OK. It intends to say that if you happened to get a few poisonous ones in that it would neutralize those in the midst of the hundreds of good ones. What he is trying to say is accurate in the way he is saying it but it is not really coming across clear enough. What he means to say is that if an expert happened to get one bad mushroom in a batch of a hundred good ones the toxin would be diluted enough it would not kill you so this is theoretically "safe". However, even he knows this is "pushing it" so he goes on to say, "Strictly speaking, yes. But that would be going too far, much too far. There would be the fear of incomplete preparation, insufficient cooking.... I only affirm that you must submit mushrooms of good repute in the neighborhood to the preliminary cooking in boiling water. If, by chance, some poisonous ones were included, the poison would in this way be eliminated and no accident would happen; I would bet my hand on that." I can see the point in the story and I can see what the clear intention is but I can also see how the opposite can be read into it as well now that you have pointed it out so thank you for pointing that out. With this angle I would advise that some words be taken out of the story just to be extra safe and make sure the kids don't misinterpret what he is trying to say. I would advise that the story add the boiling in the list (such as the previous list in the story) of folklore that the children say to the man. So when he comes to the part of the story that says "you can boil the mushrooms" SUBSTITUTE this with one of the children asking "but can't you boil the mushrooms?" and the man answers "Some people think that but it is such a delicate and expert procedure that hardly anyone has been able to do this with success because it depends on the mushrooms you are boiling being 99% good ones"
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  27. I am worried about some of the stories that mention death or have children dying or are violent in some way. Should I be telling these stories to my children at such a young age?
    The answer for this question was so long I put it in a new file. Please see the "Member Basics for All" page and download the file called "Storytelling Supplement - Adapting Stories".
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  28. I am having some trouble getting started on the first grade reading unit. Could you give me an overview of what they will be doing this year? I am enjoying the lessons but it would help me to see an overview of the philosophy behind the lessons.
    There was a nice live chat we had about writing and reading. You can download it from www.Earthschooling.com Members Forums Live Chat Archive In these chats we discussed some of the questions you have and most of the basics of Waldorf reading and writing.
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  29. In the curriculum for 1st grade in Aug we are working on letter A and B. In the verse section and others, you suggest having them write the verses. Are they supposed to be able to write already? Are they just supposed to sound out words? - SF
    Dear SF, The problem you are running into could be the choices I am providing within the lessons. This is what I have listed as options for what to do with the verses in the ABC section: 1. Find the letter in Nature 2. Shape the letter in dough 3. Shape the letter in modeling wax 4. Shape the letter in your bread dough 5. Trace the letter with your fingers 6. LETTER PICTURES: Free-draw the letter and create something else from it 7. LETTER MOVEMENTS: Letters can also be expressed Beyond that there should not be indication that a child of this age would be writing the ABC verses .I may mention within other parts of the lessons "they may write this if they want" or "they may write this if they are able to" or something like that. Sometimes I mention this as an option. However, in the main part of the first grade alphabet instruction I do not indicate that the children should be writing. If, at any point I mentioned a child writing the verses in first grade I would have intended to mention it along with a reading and writing lesson as an "option" for children who have that ability. This is to provide extra work for those children who come into first grade already knowing the alphabet. Can you let me know where you saw the place that I say for them to "write the verses"? I would like to make it more clear that I mean "The child can write the verses if they have the ability". Many mom's ask me if that is "OK" so I have provided little comments like that in the lessons "here and there" to let the mom know it is OK for the child to move ahead if they have the ability or want to. However, most of the lessons should be structured at the first grade level with first grade requirements. If you let me know specifically where you found something (page and E-book) I can help explain or fix it. Also...another note with writing...it is OK for a child to write before they can read. In this case, they would just be copying letters for practice. However, if they do not know the ABCs they should not be copying entire verses.
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  30. Do you have children repeat verse sentences after you or do you say the entire verse over and over for a couple weeks before expecting them to repeat after you? How do you make this fun for them? I find my kids have little interest in repeating phrases unless it is a song? Is that not typical? Should I expect it will be different as they are not part of a class?
    I usually put a tune to these verses - either we make up something or we use a common tune that we already know. If there is no tune I find that clapping or some simple instruments help. There is a lot of discussion as to whether drums are appropriate for this age or not. We choose to use some percussion instruments at this age, even though some believe it to be "not pure Waldorf". This also makes them fun. We also do things like "passing the verse" where each person says a different part of the song. You can do this with just one child and one teacher and it still works. You can also just read the verses and use this reading to paint or draw a picture that inspires you. You don't need to read the verses more than a few times. They are there as tools but if the tool is not working and the children can pick up the letters with the drawing and story alone the verses are not needed. Or, at least, they are not needed every day in circle time. Some students may want to do them every day for three weeks in circle time. Other students may hear them a couple times and be done with them.
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  31. When you refer to knitting, is it time to introduce knitting with needles or to continue with finger knitting?
    At some point in this year they will be ready for knitting. Some children are ready at the beginning of the year, some towards the end. I usually try to start them with needles. If it does not work out I try again in a couple months and then so on until they can pick it up easily.
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  32. When I click on a link to open the document the window comes open and it says it has finished loading but I don't see anything.
    If this happens this is an indication that there is a document stored at the website instead of Scribd. Send me a note about the name of this document and I will fix it. I think I have fixed all of them now, however, just in case I will keep this notice up - if anyone has this problem (the documents loading as blank) please let me know at: herbnhome@gmail.com and I will fix it.
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  33. I am unable to get the link for the form drawing to work for first grade August curriculum -it says the page is not available. I had the same trouble with the link for Places to 99 also. I was wondering if there are ways we can google the pages if links aren't working? - KF
    Dear KF, If any links are mentioned in the curriculum books those links are all canceled. All the material you need is now located on the website or in the e-book supplements that now go with the main curriculum e-book. If you go to the page for your child's grade you will find the main curriculum e-book and some supplements you can download. Those supplements contain everything you need to replace the links (even if the links have different names). I apologize for the fact that there are still links mentioned in some of the books. There are hundreds of files on the Earthschooling website so when I make a change it is sometimes hard to get all the files changed to match that. I make announcements to the list, post to the FAQs, and also post to the web page. I need everyone to know that any links in the e-books have now been replaced with supplements or additional resources on the Earthschooling website. You can now get EVERYTHING from the Earthschooling website, you do not need to buy additional material and you do not need to link outside.
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  34. Do you sell music CDs of the circle time songs? I don't feel I sing very well and would like to play a CD instead.
    I don't offer any music CDs although I do know that some moms have downloaded the MP3s to an Ipod or MP3 player, attached a couple of $5.00 speakers, or something more sophisticated and had music that way or they play it from their computer. It is recommended, though, in Waldorf education, to sing yourself. If you feel you don't have a good voice you can chant the songs or sing softly or find a range that works better for you. For example, if I sing a song in a higher range and you sound better in a lower range you can change it (although keep in mind that children sing naturally higher and may need to sing an octave above you then). If one of your children has a better voice you can let them take over as the louder voice as time passes and they know the songs. I think we all are a bit insecure about our voices. I have been told I have a good voice. However, when I hear my daughter sing I feel like my voice is terribly inadequate. Hers is so much "better"! I have to remind myself that we all have different voices. Hers is more "Celine Dion/Angelic" and mine is more Folksy. Other people may have more of a rock, country, chanting or other type of singing voice. There are all types! However, I have rarely heard someone with an actual "bad voice" (unless you count some of the modern pop singers LOL). As long as you can hit the notes accurately that is GOOD. The quality of those notes varies between people. The only thing that would be "bad" is if you can't hear the notes and hit them correctly. This can be helped by playing along with a xylophone (easy to sound things out) or by practicing hitting the notes accurately. Usually, with some practice everyone is able to get there. If you wanted to have some feedback I would guess that it would only take about four lessons with a friend or singing teacher to teach you correct pitch if that is the issue you are struggling with.
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  35. The link for "Places to 99" in the First Grade Lesson Plans does not work. Do you have an alternate link?
    The link for "Places to 99" is here: http://ion.uwinnipeg.ca/~jameis/New%20Pages/nomopv.html
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  36. Are there any Math Gnome stories for us on the website or in the files? Or do you have any good links for them? Thanks, AK
    You will find the math gnome stories and instructions on how to create more in the Waldorf Basic Math and How to Start (on the First Grade Curriculum Page on the left hand side). There are additional stories in the Sixth Sense Math e-book on that same page.
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  37. Why do some of the pdf files come up as "private documents" in Scribd and others I am able to download right away?
    If any documents come up as private in Scribd this means that the entire code to link to the document (which contains the password at the end of the code) was not copied onto the website. Because I've uploaded hundreds of documents in the past month it is possible that the cutting and pasting process was "cut off" in some cases. PLEASE let me know if you EVER find a document that is marked as private. All I need to do is then go into the site, post in the correct, extended code and that will fix everything. I can't test it from my end because Scribd shows me as a subscriber and has me tracked in the system so nothing shows as private for me no matter what I do.
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  38. Hi Kristie, I am finding that some downloads go to scribd.com, but i don't see a way to download the doc only read from their webpage. Do you have download disabled? Or how do I download ? I want them to read on my iPad in iBooks when it's not online. Thank you.
    Dear Claire, To download for electronic devices you actually need to go to the button that says "mobile" and NOT the "download" button. The mobile button is to the right of the download button.
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  39. Some of the documents on the first grade curriculum page come up full screen but others are marked as "private". Why can't I access some of them? (member included a list of "broken" links)
    There is nothing wrong with these files. Please check the FAQs for any help you need with Scribd. Only contact me about a broken link if: 1. You have LOGGED into Scribd 2. You have checked the FAQs There might be a link or two here and there that are broken but these first grade files mentioned are not among those that are a problem. It could be that you were downloading some of the files that are located directly on the website (and thus you did not need to log into Scribd to see those) and then, when you arrived at Scribd you did not realize you needed to log in. The only possible error you might find is if you are unable to download something from Scribd AFTER you have logged in. Make sure you TEST this first by trying some of the other links. If every Scribd link you try does not allow you access then the problem is from your end. If you are able to get into all the other documents but there are one or two you can't access then this is a problem you need to let me know about. Remember - some documents are not located on Scribd and will come up right away without a password. But the website was not large enough to hold all the documents so the rest are located on Scribd. BEFORE you write to me about a broken link please check the broken link against another Scribd link (make sure it says "Scribd" on it). Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  40. Hi Kristie, in gr3 curriculum p16, it says to read The Ringing Cedars series by Anastasia. I found a book called Anastasia by Vladimir Megre'. http://www.ringingcedars.com/books/1/ Is this the correct book to read together? or is it book 2, called The Ringing Cedars of Russia? thank you!
    The book you should start with is Anastasia at the link you mentioned: http://www.ringingcedars.com/books/1/ If you enjoy the book there are many more in the series. Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  41. Thank you for all the information. I've been dutifully looking at the quick start recommended items. I hate to bother you at this busy time but I feel confused about the month to month plan. I don't see anything that lays the 4th grade material out similar to the 3rd grade sample curriculum (ie September a. bread of the month, b. craft of the month, and so on). I see in My Waldorf Year a listing sample for February with snack ideas etc. Is the 4th grade info provided in this format?
    I just went to the page to look for it now and had to look a couple minutes myself because apparently I decided to put it in the "heading" of the page instead of down with the "supplies" like it is on some of the pages. So it is located at the top of the page and is called "Planning and Schedule for Fourth Grade".
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  42. Hi Kristie, Thanks for your reply to my question about 4th grade planner. I'm trying to be good and send follow up question from FAQs. I followed link you sent and actually I do have this printed out. What I see in the planner and outline is a sequence of pages with block schedule 1, 2, 3, and sample daily layout of lessons. What I don't see is something more in narrative month by month form like in 3rd grade curriculum sample like September a. bread, b. craft, c. etc.; October a. bread, b. craft, and so on. Sorry to be dense. Jane
    Aha! I see what you are talking about now. The fourth grade through sixth grade ONLY follow the block system and do not have "month by month" lessons with themes as with the younger grades. If you can let me know what your needs are in this area - do you want it that way for holidays and monthly themes or do you need it that way to plan lessons by the month instead of in blocks? Let me know and I will see what I can do to help. If you are just wanting to plan by the month then I would recommend using the lesson blocks that are listed on the website but using one for each month and then rotating through them again for the subjects you need more time on. However, I am not entirely sure of your needs so this may be a consulting question (if you need me to plan something special) or may be something I can help you with off-line and then upload for everyone else too. Let me know more specifics if this answer didn't help ;) Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  43. Dear Kristie, I am really enjoying your curriculum so far and learning all about it. The only confusion I seem to have found is with knitting. It looks like the basic stitches were taught in the kindergarten curriculum. Would you be able to send me your link to basic knitting or is this something I can find easily enough at a local craft shop or knitting store? Thanks so much. I have two boys and I, myself, have not mastered knitting basics :)
    The instructions on knitting (and all other basics) can be found on the web-page called "Member Basics for All". There is a video there called "How to Knit a Bunny" that shows you how to knit. There is also a written guide in the Ebook called "Member Basics"
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  44. HI. I love the idea of seeing other MLB, however, whenever I click on page, it directs me to a site and ask for a password-then offers me a 15 day trial. Is this right? I do not want to join the site is there another way to view?
    You do not need to be a member to view the Main Lesson Books. All you need to do is enter the password for each book (I have made the password the same for one grade). The password is listed right next to the link on the curriculum pages.
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  45. How do I find the password to view the main lesson book photos? I am having no luck finding in received emails. Thanks!
    The password is located in the little box right next to the picture of the main lesson book. So, in the same place you would click to view, you will also see the password. I have made the password the same for every MLB of the same grade. So, for example, once you put in the password for G6 it is the same for all G6 MLBs. Once you put in the password for G2, it is the same for all G2 MLBs.
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  46. I am finding that some downloads go to scribd.com, but i don\'t see a way to download the doc only read from their webpage. Do you have download disabled? Or how do I download ? I want them to read on my iPad in iBooks when it\'s not online. Thank you.
    My original answer was... To download for electronic devices you actually need to go to the button that says \"mobile\" and NOT the \"download\" button. The mobile button is to the right of the download button. However, later, she had something valuable to add to this... This member had some valuable information to share with those of you trying to download to an electronic device: Hi Kristie, just wanted to let you know that I think I figured out the problem. the Scribd webpage uses flash or something that the iPad does not utilize, so I can't see the download or mobile buttons on the page. I have been able to download on my computer, then email the smaller files to my iPad. But the larger ones like recorder lessons are too big for me to email. - Member "C"
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  47. I was also looking for cursive writing for grade 3 and found that it lists it in the index in Grade 2 but I couldn't find out where.
    One should do cursive with their child but I do not have lesson plans for it. All you need to do is go through the letters one by one as in a form drawing or writing lesson and have the child practice the letters in their lesson book. You do not need to introduce stories with the letters or do anything special. They already have stories for the other letters. The cursive should be treated more like a form drawing lesson - the letters are drawn over and over simply for the joy and practice of forming them. If you look at the Main Lesson Books on the G2 page you can see how this was done in that book.
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  48. re: wildcrafting and herbs. I am sure I read somewhere that there is a supplement for this subject somewhere in the 3rd grade curriculum. I haven't found it yet. Is that because you haven't gotten to upload it yet or because I'm not looking in the right place or ... ? Thanks. We are having a WONDERFUL time with all the info you have compiled for our 3rd grade year.
    The Third Grade Herbal Supplement is now online on the Third Grade Curriculum Page. It was missing for some reason so I have now uploaded it. It is called "Third Grade Watercolor Supplement".
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  49. I am looking for the MLB samples of the students' work but I actually can't find the page with the links on it. I've seen people asking about what the password is, but I haven't actually even gotten as far as being asked what the password is. I've checked all the member pages and I can't find it.Thanks
    The Main Lesson Books are on each of the individual curriculum pages. I have not yet put up the KG Main Lesson Books on the KG page so that is why you don't see them since you are a member of the KG curriculum. Knowing that you are interested I will start putting them up today.
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  50. In reading "How to Teach Geography" on the Steiner's Lectures page, I noticed 5th grade studies Ancient Civilizations. In Massachusets frameworks, this is studied in 7th grade, and 5th graders have a focus on Inca/Maya/Aztec (along with discovery of America, including the Vikings, etc), which the file mentioned above has listed under 7th grade. Is this to follow the expansion from the Fertile Crescent, through Europe, Asia, to the Americas, etc? I'm just wondering since often when presenting an edplan for homeschooling, the student is supposed to follow the same frameworks, as this is the information covered by state testing requirements. (If I can avoid the testing when the time comes by alternatives like a portfolio, I will.)
    In 5th grade geography we study American Geography. Different Waldorf teachers approach this in different ways. Some just study the 50-states and do not talk a lot about the discovery of America, some include Canada and Mexico and some touch upon the discovery of America in some brief lessons. In the Earthschooling lessons I have touched upon Canada and Mexico briefly and have also included resources and lessons having to do with the discovery of America. Although this is intended as a "pre-lesson" to those 7th grade lessons you are talking about (which go more into depth), this would be an ideal time to introduce some lessons on the topic. So, as you are teaching about the discovery of America and where the border of Mexico is and why it is there, you would want to fit in the Inca/Maya/Aztec lessons in there.
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  51. I remembered I saw a video On Earthschooling site - how to make drop spindle on your own. But now I am unable to find the video at the site. Any help? I already saw how to spin wool but didn't find the constructing of spindle video.
    There is a video on how to construct a knitting spool, but not a drop spindle. However, you can find easy instructions at: http://www.joyofhandspinning.com/make-dropspin.shtml This is pretty similar to the spindle I use and performs basically the same functions.
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  52. In your videos where you melt beeswax (making block crayons, making molding beeswax, making lip balm) you use a fondue pot. Can you recommend one that is large enough for the projects yet inexpensive? Can a wax tart or oil warmer work as well, or would those be too small?
    I've purchased all of my fondue makers around Christmas time or after Christmas when they go on sale. For some reason they are plentiful that time of year as gifts. I've purchased a couple at Gordmans (do you have one where you live?) and another at TJMax. I also found one on Amazon for a good price: http://www.amazon.com/Trudeau-Lexo-Chocolate-Fondue-Piece/dp/B001BG0ZBG/ref=dp_cp_ob_k_title_3 - I like to use the ones with candles and a bit smaller so they are more manageable and safer and more natural and fun. I don't prefer the plug in heaters but those would work. Just keep in mind that you are always going to use it for crafts because once you use it it is almost impossible to clean for the next use.
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  53. I love the self-contained grater you use to grate beeswax in some of your craft videos (lip balm, block crayons, molding beeswax). Where can I find one that is inexpensive? (Perhaps this and my other questions would be better combined into a "Where can I find...?" question.)
    It is better to post them one at a time so they come up on a search for other people properly. So, for example, if someone does a search on "fondue pot" they would come up with that answer instead of an answer with a lot of other questions included. I purchased the self-contained grater at Target. However, a lot of purchases I make I don't make initially. We used a regular grater for a couple years before I finally found one that was inexpensive and nice enough to use for class. I usually keep a list of things I need with me and purchase when I find on sale or for a good price.
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  54. Hi Kristie, This is a repeat of a message I sent last week. I am a recently joined member, and I still do not have access to the WaldorfEnrichmentSchoolMembers yahoo group. I am getting the group emails, but when I use the link in your welcome email, I get the message "Sorry, this group is available to members ONLY. You are not allowed to access this group." Additionally, when I look at "my groups," this particular group is not listed. I would like access to the files you mention. I am resending since I saw you said you were up on all of your requests, I didn't know if this counted as a request, and if so it seemed to have slipped through the cracks. Is there something I need to do to make this happen? Thanks. Also, my daughter and I are very much enjoying the September materials! Thanks for the wonderful curriculum!
    Dear Kelley, I am so happy you are enjoying September ;) I did actually answer this but the message must have been lost. I explained that Yahoogroups will shut you out unless you also register a Yahoogroups profile with them. This is different than a Yahoo profile and I find it annoying but that is the only way they let you access the files. On the bright side - you actually don't need to access any files at all. There are no files on the Yahoogroups anymore. They are ALL on the member website. The only thing you would need from the group is the messages (which you are receiving) and access to the archives (which would require you set up a Yahoogroups profile). If you need help with the profile click on Yahoogroups help. They keep changing how to do it so I am not sure what the current link is. Thank you for writing back via the FAQs. This is a much more reliable way to communicate about questions so things don't get lost and so other members can benefit as well. Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  55. I am looking for the "times table poems" referred to in the 2nd grade math block (new). Can you help me locate the, and anything else that relates to learning the times tables? Thank you.
    They are also called "Math Story Poems" and can be found on the second grade curriculum page towards the bottom of the left hand column right under "Sixth Sense Math".
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  56. Someone said there was a "community password" for Scribd so I don't have to sign up for an account there to access my e-books. What is the password?
    Username: kristieiniowa-earthschooling@yahoo.com Password: earthschooling Having this password does not give you access to the books (those are only available through the links on the website or links I send you). However, it does give you membership at Scribd and permission to print anything you do have access to.
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  57. Hi Kristie, Im looking for a grade 5 file mentioned in the grammar book. The story of Zarathustra. It is part of the Persian mythology but i can not find it.
    Dear Rebecca, Thank you for letting me know! For some reason the book was still offline so I just uploaded it now. You will now find it in the Ancient Persia section on the fifth grade page. Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  58. There is reference to making your own knitting needles in the grade 1 curriculum, but I can't find the actual lesson/instructions for this. I've searched all the craft lessons in the monthly lessons, and the knitting and weaving for kids stuff, but I still can't find them. Can you please refer me to the page or place where I may find this? Thank you.
    I apologize that this is missing from the lessons. That was an error on my part to omit those instructions! Rather than put out a new edition of the book I will post the instructions here for everyone to find. This is how you make the knitting needles: Note: Read through the entire instructions first so you know how the supplies will be used. This will help you purchase the most accurate sizes. Supplies Needed Wooden Dowel Rods of different sizes Wooden Beads of different sizes Pencil Sharpener Sander Glue Beeswax 1. Saw the dowel rods into sticks that are about 8-10 inches in length. Make sets of two rods in different sizes. 2. Attach the wooden bead to the top of each cut rod and glue it into place. 3. On the opposite end of where the bead was attached use a pencil sharpener to create a sharp "needle" on the end of your knitting needle. 4. Soften this sharp needle up by sanding (make the sharpness less pronounced and more rounded) and by applying beeswax to the end and allowing it to soak into the wood. 5. You can make these in any size. These can be used for any kind of knitting. As a side note - my kids made tiny tiny knitting needles out of an old set up "pick-up" sticks and some tiny wooden beads. They said they were "knitting needles for fairies". My son actually knitted an entire tiny unicorn from one of these sets. It was very challenging!
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  59. The French Lessons don't give the option of downloading. Can I not download them or is this a mistake? Thanks!
    All lessons can be downloaded via the host, Scribd. If you do a search on the FAQs using the term "Scribd" you will find information on how to log in and do this. You will also find a "universal password" you can use so you don't need to set up your own account with them to access downloads. You do need to be logged into Scribd to download anything. If you are not logged in, you will not be able to download. If you have additional problems with any downloading I need more information to help. I need to know: 1. The exact name of the item you are trying to download. 2. The exact URL where it is located. 3. The exact error message you are getting (or you can send me screen shot by clicking on Fn and the Prt Sc button and pasting that into an e-mail sent to: herbnhome@gmail.com) Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  60. Last week I asked if I could share a membership with someone if I was already a lifetime member. I thought I would be quitting homeschooling(getting discouraged), but I am not. I do not want to lose any benefits-is it possible to share or not at this time? NO biggie either way. I do love your materials and Have told tons of people about you!
    Dear Stephanie, I am glad you decided to stick with it! If you need any encouragement be sure to write to the list or to me any time. We all have those days (and even weeks) when we get discouraged and then there are those days when the light shines through and we are so glad we made the choices we did! I have so many BLOG posts I want to write about my "real" experiences homeschooling - it seems everyone posts about their ideal days - but lately I have not had a lot of time. I'd love to write a little series on it, though. You are allowed to share with one other person as a Lifetime member. The rule is simply that the Lifetime member is responsible for that arrangement and then needs to let me know so I can give their partner a log in password. You can find someone locally or on a local list, however, posting to the National/International lists (waldorfschoolonline, waldorfcrafting, etc...) is discouraged. Thank you for asking :) Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  61. As a student in the Kids Can Heal: Herbs for Kids course, am I considered a member of Earthschooling, an Avicenna Institute student, or another category outside these two?
    You are given access to some pages from each membership (such as the student resource pages from The Avicenna Institute). Your name is also added to the yahoogroups "Waldorfenrichmentschoolmembers" However, you are not considered a member of either group.
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  62. tried to download handwork block first grade in PDF. Computer says unable to find or create the Font 'BAAAAA+Calibri-Bold.Any suggestions as to how to fix this problem.
    PDF is a standard format that all computers with Adobe Acrobat can download regardless of their operating system or age of the computer or other factors. This is why PDF is widely used by so many people as the "standard" document for distribution. If you are unable to download a PDF document properly then look at the following possibilities: 1. Do you have the very latest version of Adobe Acrobat? Check here: http://www.adobe.com/downloads/ 2. Are you trying to open the document in Adobe Acrobat or are you trying to open it in a word processing program? I sometimes make the mistake of trying to open PDF in my word programs and I get a similar message. If you are having trouble on an ongoing basis then open Adobe Acrobat program FIRST and then, after downloading the file you want to your computer, open it FROM Adobe Acrobat. If neither of these help please check the FAQs again (just in case someone else asked the same question) and then e-mail me with more specifics. The more specifics you provide the more efficiently (in one answer instead of going back and forth) I can help you. I need to know: 1. What URL you tried to open it in. 2. What steps you took to open it. 3. Where you tried to open it from. 4. In many cases (although not this case) it also helps to know: A. Your operating system (XP, Windows 98, MAC OS, ?) B. What version of Internet explorer you have C. What kind of web connection you have. Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  63. Is there any information on manners? I mostly mean meal time manners. What is expected of the children and how? Do they set the table, clear the table, is there a song for this? I'd really appreciate it because I have some of my friends children coming over to try out a lesson and I am stumped there. Thanks!!
    There is not anything written in the curriculum at this time. I would be happy to consult with you about this topic or you could submit the question to the member's list. I am sure many parents would have suggestions, ideas and verses to share. You can send questions to 'Dear Parents' (so I know the message is not for me) to the list: waldorfschoolonline@yahoogroups.com and/or waldorfenrichmentschoolmembers@yahoogroups.com In general children are expected to participate and help as much as they are able, according to their ability. All tasks should be done slowly and with thoughtfulness. The process should be considered before the finished product.
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  64. On Basics for all Members page, the link is broken for the Candlemas sheet music (under holiday planning) thanks!
    Thank you for letting me know! I just fixed it!
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  65. Oops- just realized I forgot to toggle to Earthschooling and my previous questions went under Avicenna institute-sorry! HEre's another I am confused about where to find videos for each month- in the family member ebook, it states: Videos You will find the videos for this month at the following location when they are ready: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WaldorfDecember/files/Audio%20and%20Visual%20Files/ If you are a Year Member or Lifetime Member you will find all of your videos online on one page and you do not need to download them on a monthly basis. If you are using the online site to access your files you will also find your videos online at that site when they are ready. when I click the link, it says only members can access (even though I am signed into yahoo groups) Not sure where to find on your website. Thanks!!! Dana
    Dear Dana, I apologize for the confusion. All member benefits - MP3s, videos and all other things "with links" in the e-books are now located either on the Member Basics for All web page (which you mentioned before) or on the curriculum page for the curriculum you are using.
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  66. one more question- I've been savign them up! I see AMHC music is included only with lifetime membership- what about the pentatonic music cards that you sell? ARe those available to family members? Thanks! Dana
    The pentatonic music program is included with the Family membership. You can find those files on the first grade and second grade curriculum pages.
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  67. Hi Kristie- thanks so much for your speedy replies to my questions! I found the pentatonic music files on 2nd and 3rd grade (but FYI they are not on the 1st grade page). The last link titled "Pentatonic Cards" is broken on both 2nd and 3rd grade pages. Thanks!! Dana
    Dear Dana, There was a problem with the original file so what I thought would take a few moments needed some more time. Thank you for the reminder! I didn't have time to fix it in the window I had before and then it got delayed. I've fixed the file now and they now link correctly from the second and third grade pages. Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  68. I have logged onto the curriculum. I have some questions about navigating through. I wanted to print out the month of Nov. but it looked like I had to print the entire kindy-4th gr. Is there an option for only printing out grades 2 and 3?
    The best way to print out November for only 2nd and/or 3rd grade is to go to the E-book for second grade, click on "search" in the e-book for November and then print out ONLY the pages for November. Do the same with the 3rd grade e-book (found on the 3rd grade curriculum page). As a side note (you may know this already but just in case) - you do need to download the e-books to your computer before you can print anything. You cannot print from the screen that comes up.
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  69. Hi Kristie, I've listened to the verses for Dec & was hoping to hear the tune for "What Child is This," you had mentioned that it was posted in the curriculum. I have looked and even typed in the websites suggested for advent and haven't found anything. I seem to always have trouble w/ the addresses listed. Thx so much - Kim
    Hi! What child is this is not on the MP3s because it was part of the Advent section and not part of the monthly verses (and thus I must have overlooked it). In the Advent section it does come with the notes if you want to play it on recorder or piano. However, to get a better idea of how it sounds you can use this link: http://www.thanksmuch.com/christmas/what-child-is-this-mp3.html
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  70. In the Dec. preschool curriculum it states for the story "Mouse & Douglas Fir" that it is a parent craft, for us to look in the 3-4gr plans , and to make a mouse (letting the little one help).... I don't have access to that grade level. Is there someplace else you can point me to that will help for making this craft?
    I will post a download of these on the preschool page right now. Thank you for letting me know of the error in the e-book! You can now go to the preschool curriculum page and download the pattern from there. All fixed!
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  71. Does our name & information HAVE to be posted on the members directory?? I have a couple of reasons i'd prefer NOT to be listed (1-- an ex-spouse that has a problem with stalking me online anywhere i go. *sigh* .. 2) i don't like using my full name on line for a lot of reasons and 3) it also has my email address and i prefer to not just put that out there.. i don't even have it on my own blog. please please advise as soon as you can. i hope i can be "anonymous" or give a pseudonym or something instead, with no email. thanks!
    You are officially my favorite new member for asking all your questions on the FAQs page and for making each question a different FAQs. Thank you! The answer to this question...no. Your information can be private. You can log in and then go to your account and mark that you don't want to be listed in the directory. To do this: 1. Log in 2. Go to "My Account" 3. Click on PRIVACY tab 4. un-check the box so your information will not be listed.
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  72. From what book are you getting your notes (and have sticky notes stuck to) in the 2-part video on temperaments? I'd like to read/purchase that book I think. You are talking about exercises/activities and have also (i think) pulled a few stories where various temperaments interact together.... what's the book?
    The book is the one I wrote that was published early this year. It is available at the Rudolf Steiner book store but also at the website www.TheTemperaments.com . It has all the charts and stories and lists in it that I talk about.
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  73. Any updates/previews for the 7th grade content area? Especially looking forward to the art section & chemistry!! Anyway, just wondering as I have a daughter in 7th grade this year... looks like we'll be a "year ahead" of the curriculum being built.
    Thank you for letting me know! Now I know where to start on posting :) I will actually be posting these lessons early for Lifetime Members. You will start seeing some 7th grade lessons in January 2011. I am trying to get ahead of schedule due to requests like yours and other members.
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  74. Dear Kristie, I'm not sure if my question is a consulting question or clarification so here it is! I looked on the FAQ page but didn't see anything related to this. I want to begin a block of Norse Mythology with my daughter when the holidays are over and am wondering how best to do this. In the introduction to Norse mythology pages I see that there are five days of activities for each chapter. Do you recommend beginning with chapter one (A Giant, A Cow and a Hero) and working through them sequentially? I think my question is about how to or should I even try to tell all of the stories or should I pick out the ones I think she will enjoy the most? Would you recommend that she reads the ones we don't explore together independently instead? There seems to be SO MUCH in these stories and I love the idea of using the deep winter months to really get into these myths. Any other guidelines/tips you could provide would be very much appreciated. Warmly, Melissa
    This is a perfect question for the FAQs page. I am glad you posted here so others can see an example of a question like this that is not really a tech support question but not consulting either. I usually consider questions that would benefit more than one member a tech support question (unless it requires a lot of re-writing or additions to the material). If a question is something more personal that applies more to just one family then it is considered a consulting question. Now on to the question... I always like to include a bit extra in the lessons so people have many things to choose from. I try to distinguish this in the lessons however some of the earlier lessons I put online do not have a clear distinction. In such cases (where there is a lot of material on the subject and I have not made it clear what is "extra" and what is required)I would recommend going through the material in order at your own pace and delving deeply into things that capture your interest or your daughter's interest and touching upon things lightly that do not. For example, Sofi and I just finished our block on Ancient Egypt. We didn't spend a lot of time on The Pyramids because Sofi had seen them before and had studied them at that time. When we got to the part about the Ancient Egyptian Gods and Goddesses, however, she was enchanted so we actually ended up spending two weeks on that when I intended only to spend a week or less "touching upon" it with a few myths and a family tree. You will soon become adept at using the lessons in this way once you try it. It is so fun! Just start at the beginning and speed up or slow down as you need to according to your own personal pace. This will naturally mean that some stories you will tell and focus on and other stories you may skip while other stories can be read by your child and some others you may even choose to read TO her instead of telling them (like for bed-time or during a rest time). I would recommend TELLING at least one story a week and having her read at least one story a week. Let me know if you have additional questions.
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  75. I am loving the material. Thank you again! However, when I printed out the Fifth grade lesson planner, I see it says "Weights and Measures of India", etc. for math, but I only see a block for Greece, not the other sections. Also, the India lesson title says that the block includes all the verses, etc., but I am not finding verses, recipes, architecture...are these available, or are they just not part of this block? Thanks again!
    The guide was created before the lesson plans were edited and put online so there are a few changes. Weights and measures of India actually emerged to be "money of India" and is part of the Math Block that you will find in the G5 math section. Each of the ancient cultures blocks contains everything that is covered in that block and these lessons are integrated into the different sections - they do not exist in a folder called "verses of India" or "recipes from India". As each topic applies to the lesson at hand it is brought into the lesson. I am pretty sure there are some recipes and verses included in the India block. However, not all the blocks cover everything. There are, however, some verses and recipes on the Buddhist and Hindu Culture pages if you would like to enrich your Ancient India unit.
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  76. "I'm having trouble with Making Felted Bendy Dolls: VID" no video shows up. I have a DELL Laptop, the browser I use is IE, I select the link from Basic of Earthschool - http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1113578198872221904# I will send you a screen shot of this page as well. Thank you. Adrianne
    Google shut down their video services about a year ago and since then the service they claimed would "stay in place" for current users has been degrading slowly. I have slowly been switching all my videos over to a new server by request. If a video on the website has a password then it is a NEWLY hosted video. These newly hosted ones are of a better quality and are easy to download to a DVD, or mobile device as well. Let me know if you need any others converted. I will upload the Bendy Dolls to the new site now. When you see there is a password there - that is when the conversion is finished. It should take me about a half-a-day so check back this afternoon (after noon, Friday, December 24th). Let me know if there are any others you need switched over. 90% of the videos are already switched over (if they have a password with them they are switched over).
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  77. The Advent Journey of Analise Thia past Advent I was looking for this in my files, on the BEarth site, and, on the old yahoo group's files, but was unable to find the files. As an Earthschooling Lifetime member where can I find these?
    I think I may have answered this already. Be sure to check the FAQs that are already posted first. But just in case it is my memory that is fading (LOL highly likely as well) the answer is: The Journey of Analise is found under "Kids Can Heal" and then "Temperaments".
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  78. Kristie - I can't seem to find the story "More Friends Come With Snow" in the January grade 2 curriculum - is it there somewhere? It's suggested for the Sock Snowman and Snow Science projects. Thanks and Happy New Year. Elissa
    Dear Elissa, Thank you for letting me know. Yes, the story was missing. I have now uploaded it to the second grade page. Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  79. In your e-book titled "My Waldorf Year: Planning Guide & Workbook" under "Lesson Plan Chart", on page 44, you have the subtitle "How to Use the Chart" with a list that explains how to use the chart on the next page. Point 2 talks about the rows being divided into 3 parts, we where unable to see is this, and Point 3 talks about planing snack, breads or the like, but the title on the chart for the 4th column says Math/ Science. Dose the book have the wrong chart or is there something else going on? The fourth column is for math and science. However, what I am saying in point 3 is that IF YOU WANT TO you can also include another topic in the heading for this column (or any other column). I used to including our bread and cooking projects in this column because they fit best into math and science (measuring and mixing).
    The chart CAN be divided into three parts (each row can, not each column) to create more space for people who are teaching multiple ages or classes. However, you are right, the divisions do not show up on this chart. That is an error.
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  80. I am teaching the 4th grade curriculum. I was wondering if you could share with me some ideas in scheduling the 4th graders day. I am not sure how to incoporate the verses and songs in with the day and when, what and how I would do chalk board drawings. I did not see any suggestions for chalk board drawings in the curriculm.
    Can you be more specific about the scheduling request? I have a schedule posted on the 4th grade page (direct link: http://www.scribd.com/doc/33246157?secret_password=2z53v4ryecj37ks7uti) Was your question only about the verses and songs and chalk board drawing and not about the schedule in general? I will answer the later two questions and assume they are the same for now but if they were not let me know what additional questions you have :) 1. Where you incorporate the songs and verses is up to each individual teacher. When the kids are younger the "circle time" is traditionally put into the morning to start the day with. This is often a tradition that is brought into the older grades as well and even into teacher sessions. Steiner often started his teacher sessions with a song and a verses and sometimes even a grammar tongue twister or other exercise. Verses can be a very good way to start the morning or to start a lesson. Sofi (my daughter) likes to start our Main Lesson with a verse or a story. This is where she has chosen to put this. I like to give the child more choices like this as they grow older. This is not how it is done in the Waldorf School (the teacher chooses most things) because with 20 or more students you cannot do that. However, in the homeschooling environment you could let the child choose. Another option is for you to choose when a good time would be. Some other good choices are (other than the morning or right before Main Lesson) : before meals or snack, before music lessons, or before bedtime or before dinner (as a family). 2. Chalk board drawings are simply another expression of the Main Lesson. They are done in the same way that watercolor paintings were done by the teacher and felt board paintings were presented to the student. The point in all these media presentations to the student is to show them a beautiful rendition of their Main Lesson that will draw them in and inspire them to want to know more about the lesson. So, for example, if you are planning on doing a lesson about the holiday of Michaelmas a preschool teacher may do a felt-board rendition of a dragon. The small children would most likely spend the morning gazing at the picture and eager to know what it was about. With older children a watercolor might be done at the same time a Main Lesson is being taught. This process will draw the children into the lesson. With older children (and even with younger ones) a chalk board drawing can go up on the board in the same way. Perhaps you are planning on doing a lesson about animals today. You could draw one of the animals on the board. The child would ask about the animal and the drawing and be drawn into the process and thus be looking forward to the lesson more. These expressions of creativity and interpretation of the lessons also open up the child's mind to different ways in which the lesson could be interpreted, seen or learned. One place that parents and teachers get stuck with the watercolors, felt and chalk board drawings is their own skill level. There are three things to keep in mind when trying to integrate these methods into your lessons: 1. You do not need to be taught how to draw as well as some of the amazing chalk board drawings/felt paintings/watercolors some teachers and parents put online. This is their skill. A few of these teachers are actually artists as well. It is sufficient to put something simple on your own board if you are not an artist. If you are unable to create a scene with a person and a forest of animals on a hill in great detail then you could simply draw one of the animals. If you cannot draw an animal you could draw a paw or an eye or something the animal likes to eat. 2. However you express yourself is how you should express yourself. If you have an opportunity to take months of courses in how to do felt painting, watercolor, chalk board drawing or other skills then you can. I will also find as many opportunities as possible to put lessons like this online (I already have plans to do some chalk board lessons this summer with a Waldorf teacher). However, the best thing you can do for your child/class is to express yourself with your own skill level. This will let the child know that there is not just one "right" way to express oneself and secondly, that one does not have to be an amazing artist to express oneself. This actually helps the child's confidence and draws them out more. 3. Use the medium that suits you best. Although chalk board drawings are one suitable method for fourth grade this is not the only method that speaks to the fourth grader. What skills do you have? Are you an amazing knitter? Painter? Do you draw? Are there local classes available in other medium? Use the skills you have and those available to you locally first before you spend extra time cultivating extra skills. 4. These drawings/paintings are usually done 2-3 times a month. Let me know if you have additional questions. Ble
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  81. In your curriculum books you have an "Index" of what is included for the month: VERSES - then none listed, STORIES - then lists stories with suggested crafts, CRAFTS & LESSONS - then lists crafts/ lessons with suggested stories, and LESSONS - where there is a break down of any other "subjects". Do you have an Index where it list only the verse title, story title, craft/lesson title, and subject lessons (perhaps with the craft/lessons added in rather than "Science: see above...")? In my mind this is all in columns to use as little paper when printing as possible, but that just me 'min-max-ing', lol. Kinda like a "master index" of the grade/ month? I like have the suggested lists for story and crafts/lessons, but it distracts me when trying to figure out what really is really "calling" to me.
    I am not completely sure what your question was but I will try my best and let me know if I didn't answer what you needed ;) Each month I have listed the stories and crafts and I have a "suggested craft" for each story (However, to be honest, I don't use the suggested craft a lot. I usually organize things differently and do a watercolor or a play with the stories, it was just that a lot of members wanted those things matched up, so I did). I don't have a list of verses or anything "suggested" to go with the verses because the verses are something that is done during circle time and not during the rest of the day so my intention is that each person would print out the verses separately and do those during circle time. For some of the grades I actually have a smaller e-book called "verses for the year" you can print out for the year that is ONLY the verses (and nothing else in the e-book) so be sure to check for that on the curriculum page, too. Let me know if you have additional questions.
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  82. Hi Kristie, I'm not really sure where to post this question? I notice that my son who is in 4th grade is not retaining his times tables that I suppose he should have already memorized. We have been working on them all year but its just not staying with him. I was wondering if it would be possible to get the method you teach in the lower grades for the multiplication facts? Thank You, Jennine
    Yes, sure! I will send you the first and second grade math blocks to your e-mail directly. You will find some good tips in there for practicing. Don't worry too much, though. As long as he keeps doing multiplication regularly he will catch on. It sometimes takes kids until G6 to really "have them down". Just make sure he gets a little practice each week (even each day for a while is good) in the form of reciting, board games or even just "doing problems".
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  83. Hi, I was looking for the lesson on animal forms and human forms said to be in the G4 art block. All I can find instructions for are animal totems and knots. Have I missed this?
    Some of the forms are in the G4 form drawing block. However, not all of the drawings for this topic are in the form drawing (art) block or in one place. They are also inserted at "suggested points" in the lesson. There are some animal forms contained in the lesson block "The Relationship Between Human and Animal". Animal totems is also part of this lesson.
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  84. I seem to be unable to find The Story of Candlemas & Groundhog’s Day from the Kindergarten curriculum e-book. It says to see "Lessons for all," but this seems to be on where in else in the book (when using a find function). i also looked on the Basics for All Members page thinking it might be there, but no, Can you please guide me to where it might be?
    Those are on page 92. They are not stories for the children as much as information for the teacher so you can create a story or tell the child or know for yourself where the holiday came from - always a good thing to know - some of these holidays are new to people if they did not celebrate them growing up.
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  85. Two quick (I think!) questions for you! First, we are changing our email address and I want to be sure that it is updated with you as well. THe address will be 4walkinglightly@gmail.com PLease let me know what if anyhting I need to do. I did change it on the yahoo group that I can never remember the name of! Also, am I considered a "lifetime member"? Just sometimes feel confused by what I do and do not have access to here! Thanks so much! Melissa
    When you want to change it you will need to log into your account at The BEarth Institute and change it there. You will also need to log into Yahoogroups and change it there for each of your accounts. I am not sure what other Yahoogroups you are a member of. The one's I host are waldorfschoolonline@yahoogroups.com and waldorfenrichmentschoolmembers@yahoogroups.com You are considered a "year member for life" which is a membership option that has not been available for over a year now - so your membership was registered under the "old rules". This means you remain a member of the website for life without needing to renew or re-purchase anything. However, this does not give you access to the Lifetime membership materials. This is a different membership. Let me know if you have additional questions :)
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  86. First, I just want to say my children and I love all that you provide. Quick question on sixth grade: are we supposed to be doing the aenead work at the same time as the rest of the block? We have been doing only the Aenead, a chapter a week, exploring it in multiple ways, but at that rate we'll be doing the roman block for a really long time :).
    This is a good question ;) If you plan on going through the entire Aeneid then it will take you the entire year to finish the block. This is OK, however there are two other options - you can do one or two blocks at the same time (so you are not only doing Roman culture the entire year) since the Aeneid is mostly reading focused. Another option is to read a bit of this each day or three-days a week or perhaps even every Friday and then do the other parts of the Roman History block as your regular Main Lesson.
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  87. I am trying to get into the website, but it doesn't recognize my password. I even changed it, but then it doesn't recognize the new one either.
    How did you change your password? The system sends you an e-mail before you can change your password. Sometimes people think they have changed it but they didn't receive the e-mail so it didn't register in the system. In any case, if you let me know what password you would like to use (send me a note to: herbnhome@gmail.com) then I can change it for you.
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  88. Hi Kristie, Where can I fine (if there is one) the MP3 to the Russian Folk Song- Hymn to the Earth that you included in the most recent newsletter? Thanks! Dana
    I do not yet have MP3s for newsletter verses. I have it on my "wish list" of things to do, though ;)The only MP3s available now are of verses in the curriculum - English and other languages.
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  89. Because of my particular membership, I am still figuring out exactly what I have access to and what I don't have access to. I am homeschooling a kindergartner, and a preschool 3 year old; and I own a licsensed daycare with children 2-10 years old. Since I was involved a couple of years ago, you have upgraded your site and offer a lot more. So much!!! L (6 yrs) is interested in phonics, and I wanted to supplement from your site, with the Oak Meadow curriculum from the charter school. I also wanted to find compelling seasonal activities, songs, verses to do with the daycare. If you could direct me to what my particular membership has access to, that would make it easier for me to negotiate the information on your site!
    You are a year member so you have access to all the grade levels and the monthly enrichment curriculum as well. You should not need to supplement with anything. If you find you do, please let me know. My goal is to have a program that is self-sufficient and does not need any supplementation. Of course we all have a lot of fun supplementing with things because of our different personalities and such...so wanting to supplement is different from need. So let me know if you found anything you needed that was not there. For phonics you want to use the "Sixth Sense Reading and Writing" - you will find that on the second grade page. For "Compelling seasonal activities, songs and verses" for the daycare you can use the monthly lesson plans which each have a page of their own. March can be found at: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/march There is an index of all you have access to (everything except the Lifetime pages) at: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/Index Let me know if you have additional questions.
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  90. In your preschool curriculum pdf for the year, under March handiwork it mentions Candles Part Three and Felt Part Two. I checked the rest of the document and see no earlier parts (Candles Part 1, Candles Part 2, or Felt Part 1). Where can I find these?
    I may not have named them "Part One" but there are some previous lessons on felt and candles in the preschool curriculum. You can do a "search" of the PDF and you will find cookie-cutter candles in February on page 87. On page 329 I found "squash candles". Although 329 comes after March in the book I am referring to "Part One" and "Part Two" in order of the school year as most people start with August.
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  91. Is there anyway to download the photos of Jack and Hanna's main lesson book photos? I'd like to have hard copies of some of them for quick reference for my notes, etc.
    Yes. Once you get to the page where the photos are you can right click to download any photo and "save as". For example. Hanna's Second Grade book is at: http://www.pixagogo.com/0712084797 The password is SANT56 Once you enter the link with that password you will see many photos. Choose one and right click to download.
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  92. If I get a shared lifetime membership, do we both get full access to everything a lifetime membership entails? Do we get full access all of the time. What id not included in the membership. Thanks so much!
    Yes, You both receive full access to all items just as if you had purchased the membership as an individual. The only thing not included in the membership is consulting - any private and/or group consulting is not included in the membership. In addition, any books that are published by The BEarth Institute are not included. However, all curriculum, conference videos, e-books, conference lectures, lesson plans, international enrichment lessons, Kids Can Heal (www.HerbnKids.com) lesson plans and all the teacher guides, planning gudies and everything else Earthschooling is included. Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  93. I am looking for the Waldorf way of diagramming sentences in the 4th grade but can't find it. Could you direct me? : ) Joy
    You can find this lesson plan on the 5th grade page. Actually diagramming does not begin until fifth grade. However, there are some basic color coding lessons that begin in third grade and these can be found in the third grade lesson plans. The third grade lessons should be continued into fourth grade and should be contained as a "reminder/review" in those lessons. I will be sending you direct links to both in an e-mail since you are a member.
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  94. I just paid for the first month of the lifetime mebership payment plan. I do not have a login name so I was wondering how to gain one and have access to the curriculum. Thanks so much, I look forward to browsing through all the wonderful information.
    Thank you for asking :) One reason I only offer payment plans once a year is that I need to manually set up each account for the new members and it does take some extra time and maintenance for the manual accounts. When you sign up for a payment plan with me it usually takes from 1-12 hours to receive your password. However, as I write this e-mail to you now I am working on the new accounts so you should receive your password in the next 30-40 minutes. Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  95. Hi, Kristie I share a family membership under princess_of_manitou@yahoo.com and have a question in regard to reading for the first grade. I read the e-book but my son know all his letter sounds and can I.D. them. How or when does he start learning the phonics? Kris Peterson
    Since you have a membership that allows you access to all the curriculum you can go into the second grade curriculum and download the lesson block for that grade. Be sure before you start with the lower case letters and phonics that he is very comfortable with the alphabet, has been through the Waldorf alphabet lessons at least once (even if he already knows the letters) and that you move slowly through the lessons. That said, each child is an individual and some do progress at their own pace. He may work a bit more quickly but let him make that choice.
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  96. Hi, I am reading the Sixth Sense Math and I guess because I went to traditional school I am just not understanding how to implement the math program. In the first grade planner there are 6 blocks. One being for math that runs for 5 days. I first assumed that I rotated the 6 blocks. But I don't believe that there is enough material for 3 blocks worth of math.I am reading it incorrectly? Also - When will 7th grade be available? Thank you : )
    Dear Kristina, There is another block that goes with the sixth sense math for first grade. It is called "Waldorf Basic Math and How to Start" so it sounds like it is a short introduction but it actually has a lot of lessons in it. The lessons may appear not to fill the space - and they may not if your child is quick with math. However, the first grade child should be doing a lot of practice after the lessons are taught - the main emphasis this year is getting that basic information into the child so you will need to teach the lesson and then have the child draw, practice and do activities over and over to really integrate those math concepts. If you just teach the lessons as they are the child won't have time to absorb the materials and really learn them. The rhythm should be: Teach lesson, review lesson, practice, practice, practice...and don't go on to the next lesson until the child is so comfortable that they could probably teach the lesson to another child. Children will work at different paces so your child may need more or less time than is allotted for this block. As for seventh grade - that is slotted to go online August 1st. Some lessons will be going up earlier. Scheduled for this coming week (already done but not up) is: Black and White Drawing for 7th grade (video), and Late Medieval Age Lessons. I also have some lessons on "How to Make Stuffed Animals" and "Dry Watercolor Painting" and "How to Make a Waldorf Doll" which are meant for earlier grades but are also very useful for 7th if your child has not already done those activities. Those lessons are all going up this week. Blessings & Health, Kristie Blessings & Health, Kristie Karima Burns, MH, ND
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  97. Hello, I have just signed up for the Preschool curriculum and added the 3rd grade curriculum to my account. I cannot seem to figure out how to access the 3rd grade information. I can get all of the Preschool information, just none of the 3rd grade. Please let me know how to access the 3rd grade curriculum. Thanks so much!
    Thank you for letting me know! Sometimes it takes a couple days to join the two accounts unless you alert me of the incident. What happens is that once you are a member the system does not allow you to change your membership so all changes must be done manually from my end. If you let me know that you need this done I can do it within 12-24 hours. If you don't let me know then it can take up to three days for me to get through all the e-mails and transactions and join the payments and new accounts together. In your specific case I have now joined your accounts and you should be able to see both the preschool and the third grade curriculum now. Let me know if you do not receive your welcome letter or if anything goes wrong with your membership access now that I've made the changes.
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  98. Hi Kristie I was wondering if you had any info on learning more about the temperments for the child. I want to know specifically on the choleric child. I have a son who is 5 soon to be 6yrs and he is totally all choleric. I can't seem to find a lot of info giving me ideas on how to channel his assets-a.k.a. good behavior. I have read the book, Rhythms Of Learning and some more articles on the temperments, but like I mentioned, I need more advice on the Choleric temperment. Thanks so much Kristie! Lisa
    Dear Lisa, Have you checked out all the information I have at www.the temperaments.com? A lot of it is free. If you want something that covers a lot of information you can also purchase the book, The Temperaments and the Adult-Child Relationship on that site or on iTunes. You can also download it from the website.
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  99. Wow! You're speedy! Okay, maybe I've finally figured out why I can't find the forum. I have the Bearth Institute website up in another window. I've checked the upper right-hand corner, and it lists my name, so I'm logged-in. However, on the left-hand tabs, the tab labeled "member pages" is inbetween, "The Bearth Blog" (above), and "Bearth Publishing" (below). I've gone one by one down the tabs and do not see one labeled 'forum'. I do see the 'group consulting' tab about 4 down from the top. Thanks so much! Kimberly
    Once you actually click on the tab for "members" a lot of sub-tabs will come up and you will see all the member options including the forum. You need to look under the sub-tabs and not the main tabs.
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  100. How frequent we need to setting up new environment for our children in the kindergarten for example reallocate the dolls corner, soft toys corner, cooking area etc.
    In early childhood the child depends on rhythm and regularity and is comforted by the "sameness" of things. For this reason we tell the same story all week and repeat the circle time songs every day. The small child finds joy in this. However, the child also loves to move with nature and feel the rhythm of the seasons. I usually change the room they are working in according to the season. So, for example, when winter hits I will change the nature table display and may remove the sand "box" and replace it with some more wintery items. In the fall the wooden blocks might switch over to pine-cones and sticks as leaves fall. In the spring the hats and cloaks in the dress-up corner will change to silky butterfly wings and bright fabrics. However, many of the elements of the room will not change at all. If you feel it is necessary (you have students who are repeating with you for the third year or you acquire many more items) you can change the location of areas once a year as a way to start each year off "fresh". - Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  101. My daughter is requesting a story about a "firebird" that she heard last year in first grade (Waldorf based charter school). Do you know what she might be talking about and do I have access to it? She made a crayon drawing of the bird, and also in the drawing is something that looks like a worm or snake.
    A popular story to tell in Waldorf First Grade classrooms is a story from Russia called "The Firebird" - You can find a copy of this story here: http://www.artrusse.ca/fairytales/firebird.htm
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  102. I am really confused as to how to access any info re the 7th or 8th grade curriculums. In your email you state: I have now opened the 7th grade page so all year members can access the lesson plans I think I am a year member. Please help.
    You purchased the Fifth Grade Curriculum. You are a "Curriculum Member". "Year Members" purchased all the curriculum at one time under an old offer I had in 2010. This offer is no longer available as a "Year Member" and is now called a "Lifetime Membership".
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  103. I cannot figure out the four stitch finger-knitting that you outline in the preschool curriculum page 242 (also in member basics) I try to follow the directions and end up with a mess. The only video I found is for the single chain finger knitting, which is straightforward enough. Also, in the kindergarten curriculum you list "knit a giving square" in the craft section page 356. Is that simply knitting a basic stitch with needles until you make a square? Can that be done with finger knitting? The story that is referenced "Four Wishes are Even" is not written out but shows an outdated link.
    The giving square is done with a basic knit stitch with needles and cannot be done with finger knitting. The "Four Wishes are Even" can be found at: http://ion.uwinnipeg.ca/~jameis/New%20Pages/wishes.html You can see a visual on how to do the four stitch finger-knitting at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3LKAlDz9ig
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  104. When we paint the angel in the second grade curriculum it does not look anything like an angel. Also, I cannot find a depiction of what it should look like in the samples provided.
    There are many pages from Main Lesson Books provided. However, because each teacher has a different style and it is impossible to provide images for every activity you may not find everything in the Main Lesson Books. However, do be sure to check those books as the images would be there if they are available. Another tip for the wet on wet watercoloring at this age: Many of the wet on wet watercolors do not resemble the actual picture. The pictures are so fluid at this age they are more of an "idea" of the picture rather than a depiction of an angel. So, for example, if you are making an angel it may look like a butterfly without a middle rather than an angel.
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  105. For grade 5, on the planning blocks; is Botany happening at the same time as the Ancient Civilization Block? I am unclear on whether to do India first, then Botany...or both at the same time. Also how many weeks should each of these blocks last? The planner shows a midmorning #1 @ Ancient India and midmorning #2 @ Botany... perhaps it is India for the first few weeks and then Botany for the following few weeks? Sorry to be so confused :)
    You can do both blocks together or one after the other. The traditional method is to have the student focus on one block only in the morning. However, because these blocks are so different and because I have found that in a homeschooling situation a student often craves more than one block in the morning I have put these two together as a "suggestion". However, keep in mind that this schedule is just a "suggested schedule". How you plan your day depends on the needs of your student, how many students you have and other factors. In our situation we started the day with Ancient Cultures and then spent the rest of the morning with the Botany block as part of our nature walk.
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  106. Under "Preschool Planner" all I see is week one of August. Is there a planner for every week of every month or is the August planner just an example of what I could do on my own? Thanks so much.
    The "Preschool Planner" is a template for what you can do with the lesson plans that are listed for every month. The August sample is taken from the preschool lesson book. There is a similar 2-page list for every month in the Preschool E-book. The template shows you how you can take this 2-page list I provide each month and transform it easily into a schedule for the week.
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  107. HI, I am probably over thinking this. i am trying to figure out the scheduling for fifth grade. As I understand it, each block runs for about a month or so. While looking at the India block it has what to M-F and than goes onto block two. Do you just repeat the steps as the week before? Or is India just one week? Also For Tuesday it says Drama of the Story, what does that mean? Where can I find the the lessons for the geography, Indian Art, Architecture and hand work? Is this something I need to fill in on my own? Where is the article on How to Teach History? Sorry for all of the questions. I promise I looked all over the site for the answers. Thank you so much for all of your help!
    How long each block goes depends on how quickly your student works, their previous experience with the topic and their interest. For example, my daughter and I spent only two weeks on the Ancient Egypt unit because she has actually been to Egypt twice and we already did a lot of things on that topic before. On the schedule I provide - The first week I provide an example of what you can repeat for the following weeks. If you find there is a step that does not go smoothly for you or your child doesn't like it (Sofi preferred clay work to painting as she got older) then you can modify it. A "Drama of the Story" is where the child acts out the story either as you are reading it, acting their own version of the story or as a group project. The art lessons for the India unit are contained in different locations on the G5 page. There is an e-book called "Mandalas", and there are various art projects integrated into the India lessons. "How to Teach History" is an article that should be self-contained and is located on the 4th grade, 5th grade and 6th grade pages. I will make sure this article is located on those pages now (if it isn't already) and that the links are functional. Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  108. I was looking through the first grade curriculum, and I could not find the pentatonic recorder lessons for the 1st grade. It said in the FAQ I should contact you and you will E-mail it to me. Thanks: whitneygersak@yahoo.com
    I have now located them on the first grade page. They were there before so they must have been mistakenly deleted when I was updating the page. Thank you for letting me know! Sometimes mistakes or system errors occur and the only way I find out is if someone lets me know. Thank you again!
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  109. I keep seeing references to "your inbox" and ebooks dropped in the inbox...I am not sure if this doesn't apply to my membership or I have not found something. Not a super urgent question, just keep wondering. We are having a great time with the curriculum, thanks for a great year! Kristina
    This refers to the old website from two years ago. You can ignore all messages and FAQs that talk about "inboxes" and ebooks being "dropped" in inboxes. I try to keep up with the FAQs and delete old ones that are no longer relavent but it is hard to keep up with the old housekeeping:)
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  110. I have purchased the grade 5 curriculum and noticed that there is no art book however in the Ancient Indian section it specifically mentions that the art is covered in suggested lessons for watercolour and form drawing. Could you send me the linksor where I might find them. Thank you
    This has been confusing to a few people because when I originally created the India book I was creating an art book at the same time. However, as the lessons for G6 emerged it became obvious that the art would be better suited to being dispersed throughout the lessons so you will be able to find art lessons WITHIN a lot of the other blocks. You will also find the MAIN G6 art lesson under the heading of "math" - the lesson about circles is the main art lesson for this grade. There is also an entire e-book on Mandalas for G6. Other lessons are dispersed throughout the other e-books. There is NOT a separate art book for G6. You will also note that on the lower left hand side of the G6 page there are smaller e-books for stuffed animals and painting. These are all part of the "art" for G6 - they are just not all in one book.
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  111. I purchased a grade 5 curriculum and was wondering if this gave me access to the monthly enrichment programs. I tried to access them but could not. Thank you
    Only monthly members and Lifetime Members have access to the monthly lesson plans. Monthly lesson plans include enrichment plans for every grade from pre-school to fourth grade. Since they include multiple grades they are not available to members who have purchased only one grade.
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  112. Dear Kristie: I purchased de 6th gr curriculum and was waiting for the Middle Ages lessons. I received the information that it is finally on the website as well as a Grammar lesson, but I can`t find it in the 6th grade curriculum page. Thank you for your help and congratulations for the great work you are doing!
    Dear Maria, Can you send me a "screen shot" of what you are looking at on your computer? The lessons are on the page with the other lessons and in their proper position. It could be that you are not seeing the entire screen when you log in and if you are having this problem I would need to know. You can take a screen shot of the page by going to the page and then clicking the Fn button at the bottom of your keyboard at the same time you click the "Prt Sc" button at the upper right of your keyboard. Then paste this into a graphics program and save it as a JPEG. If the screen scrolls down a lot you may need to also scroll down and send me another screen shot as well. You should be able to see the following on the page (the lessons you are looking for): Rome: Part Six: The Decline and Fall of Rome Rome: Part 6b: The Rise of the Christian Church/King Arthur Rome: Part 6c: The Rise of the Muslim Empire G6 Grammar: Conditional Mood & Subjunctive Mood It might be confusing because although the lesson blocks are on the Middle Ages I have named them "Rome" because they are also a continuation of the Roman History we studied before that and because it is mostly discussing the Middle Ages from that point of view (as is the Waldorf tradition).
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  113. I am trying to reset my password because I can't remember it, but I am not getting the password reset email. May you please help me to reset my password?
    When you don't log into the system for more than 3 months the system automatically archives your records. All you need to do is send me a message (via the FAQs here is the best method) and let me know and I can manually restore your access. Please do not take time to try to recover the password on your own as the system will not send you notices when you are archived.
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  114. Hi Kristie - Do you have wall colors somewhere on your site? I thought I remembered seeing them somewhere, but I can't find them now. Thanks, Rob Liesland
    It is on the member page called "Steiner's Lectures".
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  115. Hi, I'm a little lost! I purchased the $35 monthly enrichment, but would like to upgrade to the 2nd grade curriculum (within my 30 days). Also, as a curriculum member, do I still have access to the enrichment documents? Thank you for your help!
    You can upgrade by sending the remaining $50.00 due to Paypal: herbnhome@yahoo.com or you can request a payment link and I can send you a payment link/invoice. When you become a curriculum member you retain access to the months you have already paid for however, you no longer have access to the monthly enrichment plans as they include grades preschool - fourth grade. Some people do purchase both the enrichment and a curriculum and use them in different ways. One member uses the enrichment for her co-op and Sunday school and the curriculum for her own child. Another member uses the curriculum for one child and the enrichment to enrich the schooling or her other children. The other way to gain access to both curriculum and enrichment plans (as well as many other extras) is to become a Lifetime Member. This gives you access to all the curriculum, enrichment plans, teacher instruction and enrichment and all the extra plans for different languages and cultures. Let me know if you have additional questions. Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  116. I saw on FAQs that lifetime members get access to the ebooks/vidoes, but on the members access page, the Persian Lesson Block is not listed. How do I get free access to that?
    The Persian lesson block is located on the Fifth Grade page as it is also part of the Fifth Grade curriculum. The only items listed on the exclusive Lifetime Member page are "extras" that are not officially part of any curriculum.
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  117. I am interested in your lifetime membership. I see that it says access to all book and such but does that mean access to all earthschooling curriculum such as all grade levels, enrichment material etc.?
    Yes, when you purchase the Lifetime Membership you receive complete curriculum for preschool through sixth grade. You also receive any future curriculum that is developed. At this time half of seventh grade is online and the remainder of seventh grade and eighth grade will be online before August 2012. Complete curriculum includes all curriculum instruction and assignments, books, lessons, MP3s, sheet music, instructional videos for the teacher/parent, lesson blocks and samples of main lesson books. You do not need additional materials when you purchase the Earthschooling curriculum.
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  118. Hi Kristie, I'm just printing out my KG curriculum! I'm so excited. In the "How to Start" section, you mention the Waldorf Yearly Lesson Plan Guide. I can't seem to find it on the site. Can you let me know where it is? Thank you, Mira
    The yearly lesson planning guide can be found on the "Basics for all Earthschooling Members" page. It is called "The Waldorf Year" and can be linked to from that page. Once you link to it you need to download it before printing.
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  119. Kristie ~ I am a lifetime Member with Sara Meier in Atlanta. I am still having trouble planning my lessons. I want to download the Lesson Blocks individually. How do I do that? Blessings, Lynn
    Can you be more specific Lynn? What problems are you having? I didn't understand from your question if you are having trouble FINDING the lesson blocks themselves, knowing which ones to download or having trouble with the actual download and/or printing process? Can you post this question to the forum so we can dialogue about it there: Earthschooling Forum http://pub17.bravenet.com/forum/1442544565/ password for forum: earthforum
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  120. Hello, I am new to earthschooling and was indicated to your website by my friend Adjoa who recently purchased a fifth grade curriculum. i have 3 children (pre-k, 2nd, and 4th grades) and she has another child that she wants to purchase an additional curriculum for (1st grade). We now realize that if she held off purchasing the fifth grade we could have shared a life time membership. Would it be possible to refund her that purchase so that we could purchase a lifetime membership to share?? Please let us know if that would be possible. Thanks so much, Atalanta
    Yes, you can use the "share a Lifetime Membership" link on the Alternate Payment Page (at: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/alternatepayments) to share a lifetime membership with her. Please let your friend know that if she e-mails me I can invoice her for the difference in price so she will pay the half-price Lifetime MINUS what she already paid. I just need to know her e-mail address so I can send her the private link for her cost. She won't need a refund. I will send her a link for the cost minus $85.00 (she already paid).
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  121. I can't find where to go on the site to download e-books that come with the lifetime membership. Thank you.
    To download many of the e-books you can visit the page for the grade which they correspond to. So, for example, an e-book on Persia would be located on the 5th grade page and an e-book on knitting stuffed animals would be on the 6th grade page. However, there are many multi-grade and extra e-books for Lifetime Members. These are all located on the page called "Lifetime Members" which you can click on after you log in. To make locating easier you can also use the grades index at: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/Index
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  122. In my G2 curriculum materials for form drawing it states that all form drawing lessons are being converted to video. The only form drawing lesson I have found in my member area is the Chinese letters one. Are there more I am missing? I feel like I could use more guidance regarding the types of forms we should be using. Thank you!
    Members decided that it would be more useful to have step-by-step drawings so they could print them off instead of watching them on video. So I created one video for form drawing (this is located in the "How to Do a Main Lesson" video). Beyond that video each grade now has detailed step-by-step instructions for each drawing in color. Let me know if you did not find the G2 block for form drawing. This block contains much more instruction than the curriculum book. This is one reason that I recommend on the website and in the welcome letter that members download and use the updated and detailed blocks rather than (or in addition to) the more general curriculum book. The How to Do a Main Lesson Video should be located on the Lifetime Member page, the Member Basics for All page and the Fourth Grade Page. If you cannot access it or locate it please send me a message and I can send you the direct link. Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  123. My daughter would like to learn about herbs. I see there is a Herbs and Kids class. It says payment is $40 or free if lifetime member. I am a lifetime member; how to I get access to the Herbs and Kids class? The description says there are videos, handouts, etc. I checked the FAQ's, and I didn't see this question. Thanks
    As a Lifetime Member you need to log into your account. Once you log in there will be a tab to the left that will say "Kids Can Heal". When you click on this tab all four classes will show up and you will be able to access the page for the downloadable materials and videos. Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  124. I am leafing through the preschool curriculum and notice that the summer (June and July) months ask that we choose two ebooks from the list. How do we do this? It is preemptive but I like to plan ahead and get everything in order several months in advance so I will be thinking about June in April. Please let me know how I can order my two additional ebooks so I can start planning our summer months.
    All you need to do is send me your request via the FAQs page here. I will then respond to you privately (the FAQs page gives me the option of a private or public reply) with the password-embedded links to the blocks you request.
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  125. What is the password for the member BLOG?
    Dear Adrienne, Everyone has the same password for the BLOG. It is listed on the same page where you link to the BLOG: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/memberblog Blessings & Health, Kristie Member BLOG is at: http://earthschoolingmembers.blogspot.com/ However, you do need to log into your account at The BEarth Institute and go to the link above to get the password the first time. After that your computer should remember the password.
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  126. In the first grade Handwork block, where is the \"Fabric-Sit-Upon\" project description? I see the accompanying story \"why cats sit in the sun\", but the project seems to be missing.
    I am not sure why it is missing from that block. It must be an error in the block. Anyone missing this block can e-mail me for it or it can also be found in the main First Grade Curriculum book on page 359.
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  127. Hi Kristie, I recently became an Earthschooling member and purchased the first grade curriculum. I also needed to purchase the fourth grade curriculum but I was unable to purchase both at the same time. I purchased the fourth grade curriculum after I became a member and although I have the Paypal receipt I can not access the fourth grade curriculum and it doesn't show up on my member page. I bought the fourth grade for my 9 year old (who will be 10 in August) but am thinking that i would like to purchase the third grade curriculum as well to give him some background. (we have been following a natural learning homeschooling path until now). Will I have the same issues if I purchase the third grade curriculum or is there an easier way? Thanks :D
    When you purchase additional curriculum you need to purchase them as "add ons" (like you did with the fourth grade curriculum). It is then added manually to your account. I will add the fourth grade to your account now and the third grade when you make your third grade purchase. I usually get this done within 1-12 hours. Usually it takes less than 3 hours to get any manual order sent or added to your account. Thank you for your patience. Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  128. I have found that starting grade 2 the materials list includes a kinder harp, but i cant find any information on the lessons for it.
    There is a video on how to tune and use the Kinderharp at: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/memberbasics There is a Kinderharp chart of notes with your Kinderharp (or avaiable online from the manufacturer). However, one does not usually need a chart as each string simply moves up one on the penatonic scale once you tune it correctly (see above). There is sheet music provided for each grade that you can use to play tunes from.
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  129. Hi: In the FAQs there is mention of gluten free bread recipes. We are a gluten free family using your curriculum and I would love to find these recipes on your site. I have searched but can't find them. Can you please send me in the correct direction? Thanks, justine
    A lot of extras like this are found at the member blog, which is very easy to search. If you go to the website and log in as a member you will find a page that takes you to "Member BLOG". On that page you will also find the username and password. Once you arrive at the BLOG look at the right hand side of the page to see a list of "topics". Under "gluten free" you will find 2.
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  130. In October's curriculum you talk about Character Building Themes is there someplace I can lean more about these? or you have them all listed?
    These are listed in the file "The Waldorf Year" (in the middle column, second section) under the "Basics for All Members" page. Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  131. Kristie How do you teach to read the Waldorf way? I saw in the curriculum its in the enrichment(? not remembering exactly). I looked for it and I can't find it. Are there resources for teaching to read Waldorf style. Thank you, Eve
    Dear Eve, As a member you have access to the following: There are instructions in the Sixth Sense Math lesson block as well as the Sixth Sense Reading Block. These are where the lessons and instructions for the lessons are. If you want to read more about the philosophy and "how and why" behind the method you can also refer to the guide on this page: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/Memberresources Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  132. Hi Kristie, I am trying to plan for our next school year, and I was looking for a few of the books recommended for Grade One. I found the link for them by looking in the FAQ, but was surprised that the only location I found for them was in the ebooks. Are your ebooks free to me as a lifetime member? I thought they were, and there are a few that I would like to get. Waldorf Rhythms and Stages Cooking with Kids Natural Gifts Kids Can Make Knitting and Weaving with Kids Waldorf Watercolor Painting Can you please tell me how I can receive these. Thanks, Sara
    Yes, these are all free to Lifetime Members. You will find them either on the Lifetime Member page or on the curriculum page they "belong" to. So, for example: Waldorf Rhythms and Stages: Either on the Lifetime Member page or Member Basics for All page Cooking with Kids: Lifetime Member Page Natural Gifts Kids Can Make: Lifetime Member Page Knitting and Weaving with Kids: Lifetime Member Page or G1, G2 pages Waldorf Watercolor Painting: Member Basics for All page or KG, G1 pages Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  133. Hi Kristie, I found out that if I open files from your site on my computerwithout downloading them they don t show some of the content. but if I download them they do luckily. I opened the first grade schedule file, in which I see a list of things I need this year. Amongst which is the first grade curriculum book. it says it is in my 'student group'. Where is my 'student group'? I cant find it. please help. thanks. Clara
    Dear Clara, Yes, it is very important that all files are downloaded to one's computer first before opening them. This is usually necessary on most websites. I know a lot of websites claim to allow you to "read online" or "open now" but I very frequently have trouble if I don't download the file first. Never "read online" - it is not as quick, efficient or as accurate. "Student Groups" are no longer in existence. However, the first grade curriculum book can be found on the first grade curriculum page on the website. I no longer recommend that people print this book or use it as their main book. I recommend people use the lesson blocks and use the larger curriculum book to supplement or get an ideas for monthly themes. Blessings & Health, Kristie
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  134. Hi, Kristie! On p.17 of the Grade 4 Writing Exercises document, I read, "Lesson: Before you do speech class you should warm up with a tongue twister and/or a traditional poem." I also see the instructions that we will "start with very, very basic speeches" (p. 15). Aside from seeing the speech warm up verse and tongue twisters, as well as a single page showing a basic speech outline/structure, I am uncertain where to find further instructions and/or speeches for "speech class." Would you clarify this for me? Thank you!
    The basic outline the student would follow is on page 21. To take the child through this you would choose a topic (or they would) and then "fill in" the outline with their topic. You only need a couple sentences for each part of the outline for a simple speech so be sure not to make the job harder than it is intended :) PS. Sorry for the delay in replying. I was in Canada and out of Internet range or driving or in conference meetings most of last week. I didn't expect to have such little time online! I am back in the office today and should be caught up by the end of the day. You can always find updates about where I am (and any delays) at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kristie-Karima-Burns-MH-ND-CEO-of-wwwthebearthinstitutecom/149528928430703
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