Saturday, May 16, 2015

Waldorf Presentation in Moapa Valley.

Today I was honored to give a talk on the Waldorf method at a homeschool symposium in Moapa Valley. After the speakers presented we each had a table where we could interact with the attendees and answer questions.

The picture above is a sampling from my table :)

I always pray to know what to say but I always find that God would rather I listen to others. I felt so inspired with these families today and even had a very direct answer to prayer come my way. :-)

Many blessings!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Amazing Banana Chocolate Brownies. Gluten free, diary free- 230 calories

These brownies are everything you want from a dessert - soft, yielding, delicate flavors playing off one another. Did I mention they are only about 230 calories for a big piece?

You have got to try them!

I modified a recipe we used during a Young Women's activity night to create these.

Did I also mention these are healthy AND Gluten free?

Perfection in a food.

1 c oat flour
1/2 c cacao powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 c stevia powder
1/3 c oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 c chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat to 350. Mix the wet ingredients in a bowl, in another bowl mix the dry ingredients. Add the wet to dry until just mixed. Place in a well greased 8x8 pan and bake for 20-30 minutes. Top with chocolate chips if desired.

Makes 6 brownies.
You are very welcome :-D

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Our May Fair!

Today St. George Waldorf hosted our first May Fair! Here are some pics ;-)








Friday, May 1, 2015

LDS Waldorf: Kindergarten




In our home we take the Waldorf model and adjust it to fit with our LDS faith. Keeping the subjects as close to the Waldorf developmental model as possible we add in appropriate LDS based stories, scriptures and history. I'm going to start sharing our outline, grade by grade, here on my blog.

Here's a peak at what subject I teach during each month of a typical Kindergarten year.

These lessons are brief, only 20 minutes or so and are supported by much playing, art and story telling.



September

Water color painting. Starting with just two colors we explore the look and feel of painting with water colors. If you are trying to use Waldorf but stick to a more traditional reading learning schedule (for those accountable to school districts or in-laws) this would be the time to use the water color painting to paint the ABCs, in capitals only.

October

Sewing. Using an embroidery hoop, a needle and thread we review some simple sewing stitches. Letters can also be added for those using letters.

November

Cooking. This is our intro to science. Using recipes from Festivals, Family and Food I let my kindergartner help cook lunch each school day.

December

Gift making (service). Using Pinterest we gather supplies to create simple gifts for people we love and talk about being of service and having a Christ-like heart.

January

Using Kimber Academy's book Heavenly Father’s Favorite Numbers we memorize the 10 commandments and then continue to learn to count past ten. You could also use my 10 commandments finger play during this time.

February

Painting groups of numbers, three sheep, four bunnies, etc. If you are not delaying reading/writing you can also introduce the 123s via water color painting.

March 

Arithmetic. Essentially we do word problems using stories. I like the Christopherus story using the squirrels named Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division who take the problem of counting their nuts to the wise old owl Mr. Equals but you can also use gnomes with the same names and the character of King Equals to create stories. I like to draw the stories out on the chalk board.

April 

Drawing shapes, form drawing or, if you aren't delaying reading and writing, practice writing this month. 

May

Review

European Geography, Week Two, 6th Grade Waldorf

European Geography, Week Two

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photo credit: bigprintlittle.com

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Photo credit: http://shaughnessy.us/Watercolors.htm

Get your computer and your map from last week. Open up to this address:


We are going to take a tour with Rick Steves as he visits Europe’s tiniest countries!

Keep track of where Rick is using your map.

In your main lesson book do the following assignments. Use your best penship.

-Write a paragraph about which tiny country you would like to visit and why.

-How big is the city you live in?

-How does that compare to the size of the Vatican and Monaco?





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Get out your computer and map. Go to:


Today we are visiting Copenhagen, the once home of Vikings!

While you are watching, answer the following questions in your main lesson book.

  • What reminders of Viking history can be found in Copenhagen?
  • WHat is the first great pedestrian boulevard?
  • What did the crown jewels look like?
  • What is a squatter?
  • What is the name of Copenhagen's full-time carnival?

What is your favorite Viking story you remember from 4th grade?







Get out your computer and map. Go to:


We are going to tour through the home of the great artists Picasso, GaudĂ­, and Salvador DalĂ­!

Follow along with Rick on your map.

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This is Salvador Dali’s famous Clocks painting. What makes his style unique? Create your own drawing or painting in the style of Dali.






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Photo credit: flickrhivemind.net


Get out your computer and map. Go to:



Dublin, Ireland is on our list today. Locate Dublin on your map.

While you are watching, answer the following questions in your main lesson book.

  • What is the Book of Kells? Why is it important?
  • What instruments do see being used in Celtic music?
  • In Glendalough what do we visit?



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Get out your computer and map. Go to:


Istanbul is where east meets west on the very edge of Europe in Turkey. Locate Istanbul on your map. After watching the video discuss with your mom or dad what differences you noticed between western (European) and Eastern (Middle Eastern) cultures? What do they have in common?


Find someone who has been to Europe. Interview them about their experience. Create a news report style article based on your interview.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

30 Mother's Day Service Projects to do for Moms and Grandmas



Gifts are GREAT, don't get me wrong, I LOVE Mother's Day gifts, however, my favorite kind of Mother's Day gift is an act of service. 

Let's face it, there are five kids, one working husband and only ONE of me. I simply don't have time to do everything that needs to be done in a day. Acts of service mean I can put my feet up, enjoy a rare luxury or just have life go a little smoother for a moment. So here are 30 acts of service you can do for your mom for Mother's Day. 


1. Clean her bedroom. Bedrooms so often get over looked.

2. Open a storage unit and move out some household clutter.

3. Organize all the sock drawers.

4. (LDS) Check her size and buy her some new garments 

5. Frame and hang some of her favorite pictures.

6. Buy all new pillows for the bed (sleeping, not decorative).

7. Haul garbage out of the yard, porch or side of the house.

8. Detail her car (either professionally or yourself).

9. Wash the outside windows.

10.  Go through all the children's toys, throw away broken ones, haul away ones they don't play with anymore.

11. Wash the baseboards, doors and door frames.

12. Clean the bathroom including the hard water stains, soap scum, tub, shower fixtures, toilet and window.

13. Clean and organize the pantry and/or cupboards.

14. Clean the inside and outside of the washer and dryer.

15. Clean all the kitchen appliances.

16. Clean and organize the family junk drawer.

17. Clear out any cob webs.

18. Fill her wallet with cash, stamps and bank deposit slips.

19. Is she hand watering her garden? Get the woman some drip lines! :)

20. Pack up some emergency lunches and put them in them in the cupboard in bags. Try things like cans of tuna, single packs of mayo, crackers, jerky, individual applesauce containers (don't forget the spoon!), pretzels, nuts, raisins, granola bars, dried fruit, trail mix, etc.)

21. Fill the cupboards with regular baking items such as spices, vanilla, powdered sugar, cup cake papers, flour, baking powder, yeast, pie filling, food coloring, etc. to save her on grocery trips. 

22. Upgrade her beauty tools. Trade in her regular brush for a boar bristle brush. Buy her some organic wash cloths. Upgrade her make up to a higher end brand (Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Eve Pearl, Armani, etc) Or trade her up to organic make up (like Organic Wear), depending on what she would like best. Be sure to keep her same colors!

23. Wash, sanitize and deodorize the household AND outdoor trash cans.

24. Organize her craft cupboard, sewing room, or yarn basket.

25. Create a car organizer in her car with hand lotion, lip gloss, tissues, a pen, a pencil, chewing gum, dry shampoo, hair spray, mints, hair ties, pads or tampons, diapers, wipes, sunglasses, hand wipes and trail mix.

26. Get a huge stack of paper plates, cups and disposable utensils and give her some time off from dishes.

27. Replace the broken screen on her iPhone.

28. Book her an appointment at the salon for a trim, wash, color and style. Also book a babysitter. 

29. Gather up white clothing, curtains, table cloths, napkins, etc from around the house and soak them in Oxyclean and hot water for several hours. Then wash them, dry them and put them back, whiter and fresher!

30. Look up on Pinterest "crock pot freezer meals." Prepare and freeze a week or a month's worth of dinners for the family (also a GREAT idea for Grandmas!)

Friday, April 24, 2015

Visit Teaching Message, April 2015



This month's message is The Attributes of Jesus Christ: Without Guile or Hypocrisy

One of the quotes fro the message reads" Yet as we strive to repent, we will become more pure - and "blessed are the purse in heart: for they shall see God" (Matthew 5:8)

I created an image fro this quote and attached it to some pure spring water :)


Print out this image and attach it to a bottle of pure water


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