There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant. A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them; a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces. A time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away. A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to be silent, and a time to speak.
Time is our main lesson this week and next, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. We heard this reading from the bible, a couple times last weekend at my grandfather’s funeral, and when we transitioned back into lessons on Tuesday, it felt right to start our new block by discussing Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.
My initial plan was to follow ALGF’s A Journey Through Waldorf Math lessons (which I finally found in the homeschooling basket – go figure!) but then I saw Our Little Nature Nest’s Measuring Time (part II) post and was so incredibly inspired that I decided to use her lessons.
I’ve been good about meditating on the lessons before presenting them, and the lessons morphed into something more tailored to for Alex – this inner work stuff is really cool like that! Here’s what we did:
On Tuesday, we discussed Ecclesiastes and used it for copy work. Like Jenn, we talked about the fourth day of creation (the stars, moon, and sun) and the history of different cultures using a solar based calendar versus others using a lunar system.
On Wednesday, we focused on the lunar calendar. We talked about the phases on the moon and how it takes 29-1/2 days to travel around the earth.
We decided to look into the various names of full moons and how they correspond to the workings of that month. We used the Farmer’s Almanacs for our picture, but I found several others listed when I googled it.
And for Friday, we’ll be making a sun dial, discuss the days of the week and introduce measuring time with a clock. I found these videos to help me understand sundials a bit more:
Next week, we’ll make a water clock from a soda bottle, practice telling time, and working time problems. We might have to squeeze in a trip to the Children’s Museum to visit the world’s largest water clock too.
It feels good to get back to our old rhythm after the holidays. And I guess that I had Alex stumped by having him do his main lessons in his math book because today he had an “ah-ha” moment and got so very excited when he realized that we had actually been working on math all this time because we were talking about MEASURING time!
P.S. Thank you all so much for your thoughts, prayers, and kind words about my grandpa! He passed peacefully last week at 82 years of age.