So. We did go to the Waldorf Winter Fest and all six of us REALLY had a good time. I was soooo proud of Third - she joined a group of kids in a classroom that was set up for Parlor Games and just played and played and played. And not one whiff of rejection from anybody in the room (like Unschoolers, Waldorf culture fosters this kind of acceptance). Super! Fourth was in her element; and in a surprise discovery, First fell in love with needle felting and has asked to have felting supplies as her Christmas swag this year. Hubby and Fourth discovered taffy pulling... with several trips to the taffy pulling table... and ate all of their taffy pieces before the Fest was even over... and had the most comical case of taffy-sugar-overload - they were both kinda groaning and bemoaning their lack of restraint in the car. Did the rest of us have any sympathy? Nah!
Horse-drawn carriage rides for Third and Fourth. I got to make a felted acorn! I know this sounds like a weeny accomplishment, but to me those little felted acorns are THE symbol of Waldorf education, and somehow I just never thought I could make one. And now I did one! Hubby got schooled a bit - he was in there with me, felting wool for acorns, and his wool didn't do what he had planned for it, so he just kinda pronounced it a Failure, said so out loud. Immediately a Waldorf teacher comes over and says "No! It isn't a failure! (She takes a breath to have the oxygen to tell him why and before she talks...) Hubby: "Yes, it is a Failure." Teacher: "Here is what you can do..." And I am smiiiiiling!
And I was examining everything pedagogical I could, from chalkboards to folders. I would almost sell a cat to get my hands on the books that explain "Formenlehre" (what the Germans call it), which is that special kind of freehand circle-pattern drawing that Waldorfers do. Please - google "Waldorf Formenlehre" - and tell me that isn't good stuff.
And I had the surprise of surprises - I ran into Zoebird and her family! I had never seen her before, and we were most definitely not in communication about any meeting, but the Universe put us at the taffy pulling table at the same time, and I had a couple of things to go on per past MDA posts, and voila! So Zoebird now has personally met all six members of the Family Crabbcakes. Second is just smitten with her DS.
There was the most awesome brass band playing downstairs (actually, it is a chapel that looks just like a mini Hogwarts) - this rousing mix of what I stylistically dub "Klezmer Has A Fender-bender With Corvus Corax". We all were spontaneously dancing in the back. Aahhhhhh. Good day!
And now I gotta' go - Sunday school teaching for me. Well, actually it is Religious Education - this is a UU after all. 'Til tonight!
Last edited by Crabbcakes; 12-08-2013 at 06:20 AM.
I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC