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Waldorf Education & Biodynamic Gardening with Kids

 
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Anyone have experience with this topic? Articles? Books? Experience with gardening with kids at a Waldorf school? Thanks so much!!
 
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I have lots of experience with Waldorf education, but not so much the gardening portion, as I'm a handwork teacher. As far as articles go, check out Renewal magazine. It's entirely about Waldorf education and has articles about gardening quite often.
I wish I could be more helpful than that.
 
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Thanks Thea. I will check out that magazine. What are some examples of Handiwork that you do with the children that could be related to the garden?
 
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Lisa,

I think what Thea means by handwork is knitting, crochet, sewing etc...

If you have any local Waldorf schools in your area, they usually have days where they are open to people touring. You might want to check that out. There are some farm schools popping up now. In my area in Wisconsin, a local Waldor teacher started a program called FarmWise that incorporates Waldorf education and farming/gardening. You could look for something like that local to you.

Music is a very large part of Waldorf education so certain verses and rhymes would be included in any activity.
 
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Stephanie is correct. My classes aren't really related to the garden, though I do sometimes give gardening advice to class teachers. I also keep bees and chickens on the school grounds, and occasionally get to teach non-handwork classes in other areas-usually as a substitute when other teachers are absent. Recently I taught a lesson to the 4th and 5th graders about bees, including going out to take a peek in the observation windows.
Many of our classes have gone to FarmWise during their 3rd grade year. My husband went once as a chaperone and has been wanting to go back ever since. He wasn't able to go when our older daughter went, but the younger one is going next year.
 
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