Back to School…

Today was our first day of kindy and 4th grade.  It went pretty well even though I was up all night with a sick baby.  Here’s a peak at our day:

7:30 The kids all woke up on their own excited over cinnamon rolls for breakfast.  They got dressed, made beds, and brushed teeth.  Jack and Iz helped with frosting.

8:00 Breakfast

8:30 Family Chore Time – This was a first trial run and, oh my goodness, it is staying around!  The kids cleared the table, washed dishes, swept the floor, picked  up the living room and vacuumed all in 30 minutes.  Everyone was cheerful about it and it gave me the chance to set activities up.

9:00 Circle Time – All the kids were so excited to do this again.  We tried to sing some new songs.  We threw beanbags, did fingerplays, and ring-around-the-rosie.

9:30 Main Lesson for 4th grade.  I spent 10 minutes with Alex introducing his ML.  After he finished his ML, he moved onto his secondary lesson.  Meanwhile, I sent Jackson and Izzy outside to ride bikes.

9:40 Story time for kindy followed by activity – We read a story from EarthSchooling and made clay beads.  They had so much fun that they continued modeling with play-dough for a good chunk of the day.

11:15 Lunch prep

11:30 Lunch

12:30 Nature Walk

1:00 Quiet Time – Alex read three chapters from The Bears of Blue River while I read a few stories to the little ones.  And then I asked Jackson and Izzy to each stay on their couch with a blanket and rest.  Jackson paged through a picture book.  Izzy just watched me while I ironed some fabric.  Yet again, I was pleasantly surprised at how well this worked!

2:00 Free play for the littles while Alex and I did a little sewing (then free time for him as well.)

4:00 Dinner prep

5:30 Dinner

So, quite a successful first day!  Now if I could get the kitchen fairy to come clean up after dinner…

Grade 4 – Local Geography Plans

I decided to use Marsha Johnson’s files on planning local geography.  I also found a textbook at my library that lined up fairly well with what Mrs M described.  My goal was to combine them, leave out the Q&A of the textbook, let my 4th grader independently read the material (he’s begging for more independence and I’ll be doing kindy work with the little ones), have projects, and take many field trips.  Not purely Waldorf, but it’s what works for my family.  I’m planning on a big road trip each weekend so the entire family can enjoy.  I tried to overplan a bit so we can pick and choose as we go along.

Week 1 – Shape of the Land (camping at Dunes/Lake Michigan)


  • read 33-37, summary and picture in MLB
  • start paper mache map of IN (draw map in MLB first)
  • draw timeline on pg 28 in MLB
  • (define vocab words)

Rivers & Lakes

  • read 38-41, summary in MLB, read pg 30-31
  • add rivers and lakes to map (blue glue, yarn, roving, blue tissue paper)

Climate & Weather

Natural Resources

    • read pg 53-57, picture of natural resources in MLB or mosaic of a natural resource

    Independent Reading: The Bears of Blue RiverThe Great Lakes

    Mapping:  Draw map of our yard.  Include trees, plants, bushes, structures, compass rose

    Week 2 – Natives (Mounds State Park)

    Hunters->Gathers->Farmers->Mound Builders

    • read pg 61-65
    • build a model mound
    • Work on copying poem
    • (vocab)

    Local Indian Tribes: Miami, Lenape, Shawnee

    • MOM READING: This was their place PDF
    • read pg 67-71
    • copy timeline on pg 71
    • Summary of Miami tribe
    • (Draw map of Native American Tribes in IN – pg 70)
    • Find natural dyes by taking cardstock outside and testing various plants, flowers, berries, and barks

    French Explorers and Traders (LaSalle)

    • read 72-77
    • Write about La Salle
    • Set-up a trading post


    • read 78-87
    • roleplay of conversation between Clark and Hamilton before surrender of Fort Sackville

    Independent Reading: The Miamis J970.3 MIAMI Baxter, Despite All Obstacles: La Salle and the Conquest of the Mississippi JB LA SALLE, ROBERT Goodman

    Mapping:  Draw our neighborhood.  Include landmarks, street names, compass rose, our house.

    Handwork: Weaving – project in Living Crafts, Spring 2009

    Week 3 – Pioneer/Migration (Ohio River/Corydon, IN)

    NW Territory – the division of land

    • copy timeline on pg 96-97
    • read pg 98-117
    • Roleplay of Battle of Tippecanoe
    • Copy Indiana poem
    • (Visit Lafayette)
    • (Cause and Effect diagram pg 115)

    19th State

    • read 118-122
    • draw state flag, bird, tree, etc. in MLB
    • Mark Corydon, Vincennes, and Indianapolis on paper mache map
    • (Vocab)

    Pioneer Settlement (Lincoln’s Family)

    Transportation (steamboats, canals, railroads)

    Independent Reading: Dog of Discovery J PRINGLE, LAURENCE, (Sacagawea JB SACAGAWEA St. George), Log Cabin in the Woods J977.2 Henry, Joanne, Any of the Laura Ingall Wlder books

    MOM READING Dune Boy

    Mapping:  Draw a map of our town.  Include compass rose, roads we mostly use, and the places we go most often

    Week 4 – Recent History (Indianapolis)

    Civil War-underground Railroad

    • read pg 158-171
    • (Follow the North Star 11/4 – 11/20)
    • Summary in MLB
    • Draw time line on pg 156-157
    • (Vocab)

    Farming and manufacturing

    • read pg 172-185
    • Draw a product map in MLB (pg 181)
    • (State Fair 8/6-6/22, 8/19 free for veterans!)
    • Join 4-H
    • Visit local farm
    • Finish projects and picture scrapbook of field trips

    World Wars

    • read 189-211
    • Interview Great-Grandma(s) about their childhood and family life (write down questions and we’ll go visit them so you can ask in person)
    • Watch the movie Hoosiers
    • Finish projects and picture scrapbooks

    Independent Reading: A Child’s History of Indianapolis J977.252 Mallett Ann, H is for Hoosier J977.2 Reynolds, Cynthia

    Mapping: Draw a treasure map, follow a treasure map!

    Music: On the banks of the wabash, Back home Again in Indiana, John Cougar Mellencamp

    WIP Wednesday

    Working through several lists, hoping to have some sense of order when we start school in less than 2 weeks!

    Paint boards and paint jar holders all measured and ready to be cut.  I’m going to involve the kids in a “get ready for school prep week.”  I’ll cut them out and put them to work sanding and waxing them.

    Slowly chugging away on quilt blocks.

    Yep, it’s another one.  I still need to knit the strings so it stays on her.  It will likely only last through fall since this girl of mine is growing so quickly!

    Almost done with the third section of the citron.  Positively love knitting this one.  Maybe it’s the yarn?