Seven Times the Sun Guiding Your Child Through the Rhythms

Seven Times the Sun Guiding Your Child Through the Rhythms of the Day I am loving this A Waldorf inspired resource for homeschoolers and parents Darian's chapters begin with poetic musings like the very best of a mother's journal entries written just before dawn and the awakening of a family Insightful and lyrical Short and sweet thoughts insights and ideas for transition rituals and ways to honor and celebrate the parts of our daily lives the waking up the meal times the bruised knees bedtime playtime etc Lots of Darian's original songs and verses made for her own children plus other traditional pieces and each chapter ends with a short retelling of a fairytale and a recommended book list This has been a pleasure to read and very inspiring and practical No wonder it's a favorite among Waldorf homeschoolers A long time favorite of the Waldorf school comm unity this is a one of a kind book full of inspired daily rituals stories songs parenting wisdom and practical advice to create peace in the family An invaluable resource for celebrating ordinary moments of the day with childrenCompanion Song CD available from wwwgileadpressnet Nice book about using daily rituals in families Chapters are short and include a brief commentary or two on the spiritual meaning of the topic eg Mealtimes; some ideas for how to integrate spiritual practice into that part of the day; some prayers blessings and songs; and a fairy tale The ideas for spiritual practice are nice though not mostly new to me The book includes a lot of original songs by the author some of which I liked and others I didn't She has a thing about how pentatonic scales are great for kids' music which is apparently a Waldorf thing I didn't particularly care for most of the songs that she flagged as being in this mode so I can't say I really agreeSome ideas in the book were just a little too cutesy sure I'm really gonna tell my kid her splinter is an elf's needle why would some elf be jabbing my kid with a needle anyway? and at times the overall sunniness grated on me My personal preference is for someone to acknowledge difficulties in a little depth before exploring how to work with the difficulties and build in spirituality and meaning I kinda felt like I needed a dose of Ayelet Waldman after reading this book What can I say? I just like a little sarcasm with my spirituality Pretty sure I'm not cut out for Waldorf Great book for families with young children wish I had read it sooner Sweet encouragements for a peaceful daily rhythm Enjoyed good read alouds to my son and a wealth of great book recommendations throughout Very helpful Full of wonderful songs poems and advice It is something I use everyday One of my favorites on rhythm So much inspiration in the form of story song and verse I love that the sections are short and manageable I felt I could pick it up and put it down throughout the day A must for Waldorf inspired folk Waldorf mother and educator Shea Darian offers a uniue and wonderfully creative guide to help parents and children forge a strong family bond Weaving songs stories family rituals and verses throughout Darian shows how to bring joy to such daily events as mealtimes going to bed chores naps and playtime A practical creative and much needed resource for child rearing in the 90s I like how this talks about the rhythms we have in life and how rhythmstraditionsschedules help to shape our lives Rhythms also help us and our children know what to expect; gives us a sense of security This book was just what I was looking for to inspire me to focus on the rhythms of our day as a family I love the blessings scattered throughout as well as the tips for creating your own personal rhythm As I am fairly new to Waldorf education I was pleasantly surprised in reading this book to find things I just did intuitively where highlighted throughout This book helped me to clarify and refine the areas I was struggling with in my personal rhythm and gave me ideas for the weekend

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About the Author: Shea Darian

Shea Darian is an author family educator and multi faith spiritual director Shea's award winning books include Sanctuaries of Childhood Nurturing a Child’s Spiritual Life Next Generation Book awards gold medalist & ForeWord Book of the Year finalist and Living Passages for the Whole Family Celebrating Rites of Passage from Birth to Adulthood Nautilus Book Award Winner & Next Generation Book