Parents were joking today at our homeschool co-op that we are at the beginning of the year and we are already all tired! There is something about that end of summer (planning and more planning), leading into the start of the homeschool year (where you have to remember that life and disruption is part of homeschooling!), holding it together for children of all different ages –that really can take it out of a momma.
One thing that I was mentioning to a dear friend of mine (hi Sara M!) is that I think protection of the etheric is very important, even in teaching the grades. So I highly recommend wearing long skirts and aprons during school hours and head coverings of some kind. I also like silk scarves and warm vests when the weather gets a bit cooler.
The other areas we brainstormed about as a group was having a nourishing diet of warming foods and getting enough sleep! Going to bed is so vitally important when you are homeschooling!
I think there is one other piece as well: this really wonderful idea of the rhythm of the week. The grains of the day, the color of the day, the scent of the day. I wrote about the grain of the day a long time ago, but here is that back post if you have never seen it: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2008/11/23/steiners-grain-of-the-day/
This is my current dream: to order some long skirts/dresses and long aprons from Dharma Trading Company and to dye them in the color of the day. Then I have clothes for every day of the school week in the right color AND I protection from becoming drained during the school day!
Rhythm is a key help in homeschooling, parenting and life. If you feel like you need to jump start your rhythm, here is a back post to help: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2009/03/13/baby-steps-to-waldorf-rhythm/