Thursday, 18 February 2010

Wet Felting

We were blessed to be introduced to wet felting at a recent homeschool gathering. We began with some merino-cross wool tops, or a LOT of fleece!

The fleece from Day One of Dyeing

Another mother and I proceeded to dye the fleece a rainbow of colours. This seemed like a fun idea, and a way to make the workshop more economical for participants. By the end of the second day it seemed like work. Hot, smelly, wet work! You can find the description of how we went about dyeing with food dyes here.

The felting was great fun, though - relaxed and easy enough for all ages to enjoy. We brought home some leftover fleece and have enjoyed making more felt balls, and now felted soaps like these (using Shady Grove soaps).

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Steiner Homeschooling

We recommend the quality Australian books from the Golden Beetle Books Spiritual Syllabus series sold through Spiral Garden. To get started there is the comprehensive title A Steiner Homeschool by Alan Whitehead. Alan has decades of experience in Steiner education.

Some more useful contacts for Steiner homeschooling curriculums include:

Oak Meadow

Christopherus Homeschool

For the correspondence course run through Candlenut Steiner School near Cairns in Far North Queensland, email Nila Chambers or email the school.

An Australian email support group for Waldorf (Steiner) homeschoolers can be found here.

Steiner Schools in Australia site - lots of useful contacts and resources.

Waldorf Homeschoolers - information, advice, resources.

Waldorf Without Walls - curriculum, support, advice, resources.