Sunday, November 28, 2010

it's beginning to look a lot like...waldorf!







































this past saturday we took a trip to the pasadena waldorf school's annual elves faire. this is seriously the coolest holiday fair ever. the campus is tucked away in a beautiful stand of woods and since it was a bit rainy and foggy it actually felt like we were somewhere in the pacific northwest. 

there were loads of fun crafts for children of all ages to make (from pine cone bird feeders to acorn garlands) and two stages of live music. elodie loved the bluegrass band!  i found lots of sweet little holiday gifts for sale - from soaps and lip balms to the famous waldorf dolls - which were all handcrafted by parents and students. i think my favorite part was going to the magic tea room where you put on capes and have tea and cupcakes and then your silhouette made. there were wizards walking around giving away crystals, students dressed up handing out tiny fortunes and lots of delicious organic food. what a fun day!

side note: i have become really interested in attending the waldorf parent and me program ever since i read the book, you are your child's first teacher by rahima baldwin. it's a great read and has good suggestions for activities for each age group. i am so happy that their are two good waldorf schools in my area and it is definitely on my short list for pre-school programs!

3 comments:

  1. my 2 older kids (5 and 3 y.o.) go to a waldorf school here in san diego and i love it! i first learned about it from that same book. can't wait to start the baby in the mommy and me class!

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  2. i love the little acorns. what a great free idea!

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  3. I was just looking through your archives and stumbled upon this post. I'll be attending a Waldorf high school here in New Mexico for my upcoming junior year and hopefully senior year, and I am very excited about it. Even throughout my admissions process (when most schools seem to put up a fake facade for the tour and then become cold and distant during the interview), Waldorf remained genuine, warm, and loving. They accepted me to the school at the beginning of the interview and assured me that I would have no trouble fitting in. The teachers really understood what was important in a school: learning. During a class I sat in on, an English teacher was discussing the Odyssey with her class. She talked about the fact that we all have a moment when we know that we are grown up, and how she can still remember when that moment was for her, and how Telemachus has that moment too. I was very affected by this portion of the class, even though I was sitting there silently. Later, during my interview, the teacher shared that she was so glad that I could be a part of that moment. "The whole class went to a place during that discussion, and I was thinking, 'Abigail is going there with us.'" That really struck me as extraordinary--that realization that being present can be as important as participating. I'm sorry for the long post! I just felt the need to share that with you. :)

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