All photos courtesy Lisa Boisvert Mackenzie
I am quite happy to introduce to you one of my sponsors Celebrate the Rhythm of Life created by Lisa Boisvert Mackenzie. I first discovered Lisa a few years ago through her free online group Waldorf Early Childhood Bringing it Home. This group is a great resource for parents and those who care for young children and wish to bring a Waldorf experience/education to the children in their lives. It has really helped me over the years, especially when we were living in Virginia without a local Waldorf community.
I have had the pleasure of getting to know Lisa a little better over the past couple of months and I have to say it has been such an honor. She is such a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Waldorf education, parenting and just about everything else. I am beginning to wonder what doesn't she do?! Lisa is an early childhood educator on sabbatical this year to be focused on writing and creating community online. You can read more about Lisa's inspiring story here.
Here is a bit about her wonderful program, in her own words:
Celebrate Daily Life with Children
Focus on a simple, natural slower paced, soulful life with children by implementing daily, weekly and monthly rhythms through the year full of nurturing, artistic, domestic and social activities that deeply nourish family life for children and adults alike. Protect the wonder of childhood and revisit your own sense of awe. Bring gratitude and reverence into daily life in an authentic manner. Connect with others on this path.
The Monthly Program is an online workshop with talks, presentations, videos, guest speakers and conversations, packets of supportive material (see below for more on packets) and regular support through the month.
The Yearly Program builds through the year on the monthly topics and provides a rich and interwoven experience of the essential elements of early childhood with time to slowly and gradually bring them into your life and revisit them from different angles through the year, thus deepening your experience. If something does not make sense at first, in looking at in with another lens the following month, it becomes clear.
The material is available in packets (pdf) and online with a discussion group and focus topic posts from me. If you need to see it in action, I'll make a video. Participants may sign up for the month or for the school year, from September to July. Year round participants are lifetime participants and may return next year at no charge.
Each month the material for The Celebrating the Rhythm of Life in Caring for Children Program includes:
•Materials packet with verse, song, circle, finger play, story, activities
•Daily and Weekly rhythm plan (if you want it sketched out ~ it's here)
•Menus with recipes based on Steiner's grains (breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea)
•Handwork for each month with hands on tutorial
•Festival life ~ background and celebration ideas
•The Start up guide (new)
•Seasonal foods to plant, harvest and prepare with children
•My favorite book suggestions
•In the Morning Garden ( a tip each month for group programs)
•Afterschool/Enrichment Activities, Festival Life, Movement Games and Stories for the grade school child, includes circle suitable for first, second, third grader)
•Focus topic for each month
•Pedagogy behind the topic
• Practical activity with monthly topic
•Exercise to do with the topic ~ practice
•Reflection ~ questions for nurturing the inner life
•Private online discussion group
•Posts through the month on the focus topic
•Ideas for creating community where you live
That's a pretty beneficial program, wouldn't you say?!
Today Lisa is offering the month of May in her online monthly guide program - a $45 value to one of you lucky readers!
Celebrate the Rhythm of Life in Caring for Children in May will focus on sketching out the year. What do we want to bring to our children through the year? through the seasons? through the weeks and the days from September 2012 until June 2013.
•What do we have at hand to use and what do we need to procure?
•Do you want to do a 3, 4 or 6 week Circle or Main Lesson block? We'll look at the benefits and drawbacks of each.
•How often to change circle? How to change circle?
•What is circle or ring time anyway? Do you need to do it at home? Can it be easier and more fun?
•What props to use in circle and storytelling and main lesson? Props?
•We'll look at how to organize your plan and get clear on what it is you want to bring to your child, your family, yourself.
•What are the milestones you want to reach before January?
•What about the holidays, how do they fit in the plan?
With the great popularity and gratitude expressed for the Rhythm focus, we'll continue along with that, looking at our daily, weekly, monthly, seasonal and yearly rhythms, bringing more form and finding more freedom within the form.
If you would like additional chances to win:
-Post this giveaway to Facebook, Twitter, or your blog
-Let me know you are a dear follower of Frontier Dreams
and please make sure to come back and leave separate comments letting me know you've done so!
I will close comments the morning of Monday April 30th and announce the winner within this post that day. Please be sure to check back to see if you won!
Thank you for this opportunity Lisa, and for all the beautiful work you do. Good luck everyone! Comments closed The winner is: MamaSongbird · Oh my goodness, this would be such a blessing for our family! I've been WANTING to try her monthly program but money has been tight! Fingers crossed! Congrats! Please e-mail me at farmergopi(at)yahoo(dot)com. Thank you again Lisa!