Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Inspiring Nature & Waldorf blogs

We're back in Berlin, but not for long! Tomorrow, we fly to Budapest for a conference. There's not much time to blog, but I am trying to get a few posts in here and there.

This is the second installment in my "Inspiring Blogs" series. Today, I'd like to highlight some of my favorite Nature and Waldorf-inspired blogs. I draw insight, ideas and inspiration from each of these wonderful ladies that I use both at church and in the classroom.

If you don't know Caroline's blog (her name is pronounced "Car - oh- lee -neh" in German), you are missing out! She started and leads a nature group for children in Bavaria, and writes about their forays into the forest to discover the natural world. Caroline is also very creative and has tons of ideas - from cooking to crafting - to help children cultivate a respect and love for the world around them. She writes in both German and English for her international audience.

Hannah runs a daycare with her mother out of her home in central West Virginia, but it's no ordinary daycare. These lucky children have the joy of learning to live a green lifestyle and explore nature on a daily basis. For green-living ideas and nature education with children, this is the place to tune-in! 


Carrie is a home-schooling Mom in my native state of Georgia who writes about the motivation and why's behind Waldorf-inspired homeschooling. I have especially benefited from Carrie's posts about child development. Unlike many blogs that rely on good photographs, Carrie's blog just relies on good quality writing. I also appreciate that she is also always very thoughtful and respectful in her approach, rather than being preachy. 

Nicole writes about her daily life in her Waldorf-inspired home. Her pictures are breath-taking and her ideas are lovely.

The Magic Onions

Donnie's blog is full of seasonal craft ideas to help children embrace the rhythm of the natural world. She also hosts a series on Thursdays called "Discovering Waldorf", which explains some key principles of Waldorf education.

Marghanita is an artist, children's author and nature-art teacher in Canada. She also writes a great deal about the benefits of outdoor play for the modern child.

Rebecca's blog chronicles her journey in becoming a Waldorf teacher and running a Waldorf-inspired daycare in her home. 

Be sure to check out my lists of inspiring Montessori blogs and Godly Play / CoGS blogs, too!

Coming up: Inspiring art blogs and inspiring blogs from people that I know in "real time" (not just virtually!)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Godly Play Film in English

Hi Everyone! We just returned from a relaxing week in Wimberley, TX. Hopefully, I will soon have some pictures for you of our time in the States.

After months of long, hard work, the film by Godly Play Germany is now available in English! I was responsible for the English translation, and received loads of help from Rachel McIntyre, Helen Spencer,  David Pritchard, and Martin Steinhäuser.

Martin premiered the English version at the recent Godly Play North America Conference in Toronto, where it was well-received by the Godly Play community. Please take a look! You may be surprised and inspired at some of the ways we are able to use Godly Play in Germany.