Happy Holidays to everyone! I wanted to take this opportunity to address the time fast approaching us, that time between Christmas Day and Epiphany, referred to by many as the Twelve Days of Christmas or The Holy Nights. This is a very introspective and meditative time for me. You can read Rudolf Steiner’s views of The Holy Nights here: http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/Christmas/19111226p01.html.
The Holy Nights is a time when I dream and plan for the coming year. It is a time where I really look at how homeschooling is going, and what things we still need to accomplish in the rest of our year (We school September through June, with July and and August off for my oldest – my youngest most likely will run January through June and then September through December for her school year once she is at the age to do grades).
Do you have plans for your homeschool for the coming year? Some of the things I am thinking and meditating on is bringing more puppetry into our homeschool, and also how many days a week I should be bringing in handwork. I also look at my own personal goals in regards to homeschool – what do I need to learn for the grade that is upcoming? What areas do I need to work on and refine my skills in?
I also use this time to look at my own personal goals for the coming year. Many of you know from previous posts that I have worked with the mantra of being easy with myself and others for several years now. I will continue to do that but now I am also looking at the concept of “letting go.” I will use the Holy Nights to look at my inner work and how that is progressing. How I communicate with others is also of great importance, so I hope to have a little extra time each day of The Holy Nights in order to check out NVC Academy (there is a post about that on this blog you can see to access the link).
Do you have personal goals or things you would like to work on this year? Another website someone passed on to me that I have not had a chance to get out is this one regarding Radical Forgiveness: www.radicalforgiveness.com . Whatever the thing you would like to work on this year, the Holy Nights is a wonderful time to ponder how you will put this desire into action in the coming year.
The other thing I would like to accomplish during these days is a bit more reading of Steiner’s lectures, which are always inspiring to me.
The above encapsulates the kind of work I will be doing during this time. The kids will be working on a play for Epiphany, and of course we will be clearing all the greenery out of our house, and changing the Nature Table to include King Winter. (although our straw Christmas star will stay suspended over the table until Candlemas on February 2nd). And of course we are all looking forward to the little cake with a crown and a bean baked inside for Epiphany! I am also planning on making puppets for the tale “The Snow Maiden” from the little book “Plays for Puppets” for our January puppet show. For my first grader, we will then be starting with a week of form drawing and then a block on the four seasons, the four elements and the twelve months of the year for the rest of January before diving back into language arts through the fairy tales and the four math processes. My kindergartner will be working on a circle related to Winter and on a few stories related to animals in Winter.
So, dear reader, you may not see as many posts here until after Epiphany is over (January 6). But please do be assured I have lots of ideas for wonderful posts regarding Waldorf homeschooling, gentle discipline and whatever topics you would like me to address! Please do let me know what you would like to talk about on this blog in the comment section.
I appreciate the fast readership this blog has gained in such a short amount of time. Thank you for passing my posts and this site on to your family and friends. I hope you and your family are having a wonderful holiday season and I wish you the happiest of New Year’s.
See you in 2009!
Just a few thoughts from my little corner of the world.