I couldn’t turn my mind off last night. I kept thinking about all this school planning for the old testament and other random needs of our family and just couldn’t get back to sleep at 3 am. So I got up and turned on the computer while I ate a snack – I might as well do something while my mind is racing. I looked at the the books again, the free online book, the books that I gathered at the library yesterday, and the other books recommended. After a couple of hours, I felt drowsy again, said a quick prayer and fell asleep on the couch.
The kids were all up before 8, which meant I was up too regardless of how little sleep I got. I took care of everyones’ needs and the it occurred to me that I should ask for help. It’s hard for me to ask for help and takes me a long time to come to the realization that I might even need it, I’m trying to learn though. I e-mailed the “contact us” link at Bob & Nancy’s Bookshop about the books in question, asking all those various questions that I posted about the other day.
Not more than 2 hours later, I received a response from Nancy answering all my questions! Each Jacob Streit book about the Old Testament contains 15 or more stories, is around 125 pages and meant for the teacher to read and then re-tell it to the student. Perfect! That means at least 45 stories to spread out over the same time frame, allowing for a three-day main lesson plan with more wiggle room for baby, festivals, holidays, and other topics of interests that I’m hoping to cover. I immediately felt a sense of peace. I decided to take a leap of faith and order all three books in that moment. I rationalized that if they didn’t work out for us, then I could sell them fairly easily on one of my yahoo groups and lose only $10 or so on the whole deal. My sanity is worth that!
Not more than 2 hours after I placed the order, I got shipping confirmation! They mailed out my books already! I can’t recommend Bob & Nancy’s Bookshop enough for their great customer service and quick shipping! Wow! So if you find yourself needing any books on Waldorf education, resources for homeschooling, books by Steiner, please check them out!
Oh, and a couple of good introductory Waldorf books, available at Bob & Nancy’s, are:
Seven Times the Sun by Shea Darian
You Are Your Child’s First Teacher by Rahima Baldwin Dancy
Beyond the Rainbow Bridge: Nurturing Our Children from Birth to Seven by Barbara J. Patterson