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Extending the Lesson: WLR Classes

Most of WLR classes are hands-on. When students are immersed in engaging activities, learning is fun! By focusing on the experiential aspects of learning, WLR instructors maximize class time by leaving most skilled-based activities to the home educating parent or caregiver who knows the child’s strengths and areas that need extra support. So for instance, if a student is challenged with fine motor skills, writing a single word or sentence may take 10-20 minutes. Rather than use class time, this is an activity better suited to the one-on-one attention he/she is receiving at home.

However, there are several ways that parents can extend WLR lessons into their home learning environment, using the WLR lesson as inspiration for continued learning at home. Below are a few suggestions.

  1.  Telling back/oral narration. This is a common practice in Waldorf schools as well as those who use Charlotte Mason methods. It is simple and lays a strong foundation for composition as the child grows. How? Simply ask your child to tell you what he did in class. Avoid the temptation to interrupt with questions, but rather let the child “narrate” as if telling you a story about his/her day. In Waldorf schools, the telling back usually occurs the day after the lesson, allowing the images from the story or lesson to enter the subconscious during sleep; with Charlotte Mason methods, this is done shortly after the lesson. Telling back/narration is an excellent practice while the student is still developing the fine motor skills required for writing – especially when the hand cannot keep up with the mind! Narrating what he/she did in class or learned reinforces that learning and helps it to sink in. In addition, your child is naturally practicing the skills required for basic writing: sequencing of ideas, sentence composition, using adjectives, etc. The process strengthens the memory and speaking skills as well.
  2. Written narration. This is similar to #1 above, but can be done on paper. You can actually have your child do the oral narration first and then at another time, they can do the written narration. Again, this will extend and reinforce what has been covered in class. Depending on the child’s age and development, they may write for 2 – 20 minutes about their learning experiences in class. Rather than marking or grade the composition, simply observe any misspelled words or other errors that you can focus on during a separate lesson.
  3. Drawing or other artistic activity – In a Waldorf school, the main lesson often includes a teacher-led drawing from the story or subject matter. At home, you can simply have your child draw a picture related to what was learned in class that day or the day before. Alternatively, your student can sculpt, paint or engage in another artistic activity to help extend and reinforce the lesson.
  4. Creating a lesson book. If desired, your child can compile his/her written compositions and/or drawings into a lesson book, with a card stock cover that can also include an illustration and a title.

During the Fall 2017 Session, we have a number of classes that will work well with any of the above ideas including:

  • Science – Meteorology
  • Science – Rockets!
  • Hands-on Geology
  • Math: History & Mysteries
  • Biographies
  • Nature Stories & Crafts
  • Singing
  • Storytelling & Drama
  • Handwork: Farm to Fiber
  • Hero Stories
  • Musical Theatre
  • Games
  • Woodworking
  • Clay & World Crafts
  • Ceramics
  • Learning is Fun K-1 program

For any of our art-based classes, you may prefer an oral or written narration since the artistic activity has already been done in class.

You know your child best, of course. Modify any of the above ideas to your child’s developmental age, skill level, interest and any other considerations. Ideally, any of these activities will be a joyful extension of your child’s experience at Wholistic Learning Resources.

Check the Class Schedule pages to see what is currently being offered at WLR. You may also wish to visit the Class Description pages for details.

 

 

 

Free Homeschool Information Fair

Join fellow homeschoolers at a free Homeschool Information Fair and get discount certificate to the Wholistic Learning at Home Mini-Conference!

A couple of weeks ago, homeschooling mom Megan Zeydel contacted me to participate in a free homeschooling information fair. Megan has generously arranged for the fair to take place at the Sylvan Community Center in Citrus Heights and has invited a number of vendors to participate.

Homeschool Fair (free)
Sylvan Community Center
7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights
4 – 7 pm

Wholistic Learning Resources will be at the fair with information on our upcoming 2016 Fall Session of classes, offered in several locations.

In addition, we will have information on the upcoming Wholistic Learning at Home Mini-Conference including discount certificates to the Conference. Certificates will allow participants to attend the Conference for a reduced fee of $25 per person. (Regular fee is $60; early registration until 7/25/16 is $45.)

WHOLISTIC LEARNING AT HOME-$25 special

“Unschooling” / Self-Directed / Natural Learning

I am so excited that Kathy Anuszczyk is joining us at the Wholistic Learning at Home mini-conference!

I met Kathy during my first year of homeschooling when my son, Noah, was just five-years-old. I was just getting my feet wet and starting to hear about a new idea: “unschooling.”

Kathy is the mother of six children who have never attended traditional K-12 school. Their Kathy-family interests have taught her so much about spontaneity, curiosity, and trust. They attended community college while in high school, danced across Europe, participated in the City Youth Commission, played music with the jazz society, rebuilt classic cars, rode horses, joined a fire crew, ran sound systems for concerts, and much more. Three are grown now: one created a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics and Foreign Languages, one is transferring to the University of California to study Wildlife Biology, and one has just completed his first year at an Ivy League Engineering College on a full-ride scholarship. Three teens are still home, caring for gardens and animals, playing music, reading and cooking, and volunteering in the community.

I cannot think of a better person to lead the Self-Directed Learning / Unschooling workshop!

Kathy will lead participants in exploring the many ways we can enhance learning by trusting and supporting the interests our children express. Learn how the natural yearnings to explore and experiment will eventually lead to a very rich education. Discuss ways to let go of the expectations of structure and discipline that were imposed and considered necessary in our own schooling, and how to work through those niggling doubts that inevitably come up while exploring the ways that work best for your family’s learning.

“Freedom in structure means much more time for pondering, which is key to true education.  Once you’ve created a foundational space for learning, nurtured reading time and artistic expression, you’re on your way for quite an adventure. This certainly won’t always look like how society tends to think schooling happens, but the one-on-one interactions and explorations are so valuable to our young people.” — Kathy Anuszczyk

Thank you to our sponsors!

Pulling together the many pieces to make a conference happen takes time, energy and effort. I am so grateful to the many folks who are helping WLR make this conference a success!

And a special thank you to our sponsors! Please be sure to check out the many resources they have to offer homeschooling families.

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Early registration – still available!

Early registration discount for the Wholistic Learning at Home Conference has been extended to July 25th!

$45 for 1st attendee / $15 for 2nd attendee

Group rates: 5 people for $75 or 10 people for $100 – great for co-ops, homeschool groups and friends!

Click here to register.

Join us for an interactive Keynote presentation with Rick Tan, a variety of workshops as well as local vendors, a raffle and more.

All are welcome!

August 6, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

American River Grange, 2720 Kilgore Road, Rancho Cordova, California

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We have raffle prizes!

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I am so grateful for the amazing group of homeschool friends and leaders that is coming together to make the Wholistic Learning at Home conference a success! And, our generous vendors are donating some wonderful raffle prizes! Take a look!

Raffle Prizes!

Basket of handwork supplies courtesy of Colors of Nature

$25 Gift Certificate to Rudolf Steiner College Bookstore

Books from Rudolf Steiner College Bookstore

$25 Gift Certificate for Wholistic Learning Resources 2016-17 school year

1-hour Ceramics Party for 6 children from Express Yourself Ceramics

More to come!

 

Partial Vendor List

Colors of Nature

Delta Empire Charter School

Discovery of Learning

Express Yourself Ceramics

Inspire Charter School

Rudolf Steiner College Bookstore

Thank you to our Conference Sponsor!

Thank you to our Conference Sponsor!

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Wholistic Learning Resources

New! Group pricing for Conference!

I am so excited about the upcoming Wholistic Learning at Home Conference! We have an amazing line-up of speakers and workshop presenters. There is something for everyone—whether you are looking for more balance in your homeschooling life, more focus or inspiration, you will find amazing support, community and connections at the conference.

For those brand new to home education, we have a number of workshops that will help you find confidence and connect with your inner resources as you begin this amazing journey.

And we just made it easier for you to attend with your homeschooling friends! Special group pricing is available:

5 people for $75 ($15 each)
10 people for $100 ($10 each)

How does it work? Call, e-mail, or Facebook message your friends! Share this page with them. One person in your group registers and pays online for the full amount (or you may pay with one check for the entire group to WLR, PO Box 19676, Sacramento, CA 95819; if paying by check, be sure to also complete the online registration form so we know who’s coming in your group.)

If you have any questions, call Sandi at 916-606-0799 or contact us online.

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Wholistic Learning at Home: Avenues & Inspiration

Mini-Conference for Home Educators

Saturday, August 6, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
American River Grange, Rancho Cordova

Click here to register for the conference.

Join WLR & friends for hands-on classes and inspiration for parent home educators!

We will begin the day with joy and enthusiasm as Christiana Quick-Cleveland leads us in group singing. From there, Dr. Rick Tan, our Keynote Speaker, will guide home educators through a hands-on activity to develop a practical understanding of five key areas that impact homeschool life.

Make your childcare arrangements as this will be a parent-focused event. (Nursing infants welcome.)

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Thank you to our Conference Sponsor!

Thank you to our Conference Sponsors!

Conference Schedule

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration & Vendor Fair

9:00 a.m. Opening / Singing with Ms. Christiana Quick-Cleveland

9:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Rick Tan, Waldorf Teacher, Homeschool Educator/Teacher/Consultant

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Break / Vendor Fair

11:00 – 12:30 Session A Workshops
“Can We Talk?” – Talib Huff
Unschooling – Kathy Anuszczyk
Making Lucets & Main Lesson Basics

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch / Vendor Fair

1:30 – 3: 00 p.m. Session B Workshops
Homeschooling 101 – Audra Sterrett
Create Your Homeschool Mission Statement – Ciana Keller
Lucet & Kumihimo – Jennifer Tan

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Break

3:15 – 4:45 p.m. Session C Workshops
Conscious Parenting – G’anna Burke
Healthy Movement & Games – Brian Wolfe
Kitchen Yoga & Finding Balance in Homeschooling – Ciana Keller & Sandi Russi

4:45 – 5:00 Closing

Vendor Fair

WLR is inviting “wholistically-minded” vendors to the event. If you would like to suggest a vendor to be added, please contact us.

Conference Fee

$45 Early Registration (by July 15th) / $15 for 2nd attendee from same family.
$60 after July 15th / $20 for 2nd attendee from same family

Click here to register for the conference.

Click here to view Workshop Descriptions

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Join Rick Tan for this outside-of-the-box keynote presentation at WLR’s upcoming Wholistic Learning at Home Parent Mini-Conference.

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Rick will lead participants through a hands-on activity to develop a practical understanding of five key areas that impact homeschool life. Using the senses and imagination, gain insight and inspiration into your path as a home educator, while learning to balance personal health, homeschooling goals and family life. What an excellent way to kick off our mini-conference Rick and Jenn no glasses - Copytheme of “avenues and inspiration!”

To learn more about the Wholistic Learning at Home Parent Mini-Conference, click here. Read the workshop descriptions here. Register for the conference here.