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Lisa Boisvert Mackenzie

Lisa is a Waldorf homeschooling, homemaking, heart and hearth tending mother of two who has worked with parents and children for 30 years in many capacities, wearing many caps: as a midwife, Waldorf early childhood educator, parent educator, group facilitator, caregiver and parent. She has trained and served in midwifery, childbirth education, Waldorf early childhood education, HypnoBirthing and Simplicity Parenting. She has served on the board of directors for LifeWays North America and on the WECAN Birth to Three Task Force. Lisa lives with her family in rural Vermont where she gardens and cooks, looks after hens, runs a business, and strives to parent from a place of slow and simple.

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About this Course

 

Okay friends, it's that time of year again. You know the phrase, it's time to fish or cut bait…?

This time of year is a great time to sketch out, delve into and firm up your homeschool and homemaking plans.

Last year's Get Organized :: Sketch it Out Planning Session was well loved and participants have been asking for a return ~ so here it is!

This year, we have a new platform that is lovely and easy as pie to use, with everything in one place. 

This year we'll begin by identifying what each of us needs in a planner and set that up.

We'll look at handwork and music, drawing, painting and modeling, movement, speech and drama through the lens of the rhythm of the year. We'll take six weeks to go through the planning. The course will remain open over the summer to continue to tweak and plan and ask for ideas and suggestions.

In addition to the Get Organized :: Sketch it Out Planning Session, I will be offering a separate Sketch it Out :: Planning Session for Grades 1-4, and a separate Sketch it Out :: Planning Session for Grades 5-8,  and then a 6 week eCourse on The Early Years at Home.

I have some super helpers for this. Carrie Dendtler of The Parenting Passageway and Kerry Eady of the South Shore Waldorf school will guide the Sketch it Out :: Grades 5-8 eCourse. Both Carrie and Kerry have many years of experience with Waldorf homeschooling.

All of the eCourses will remain open over the summer so you can to dip in and tweak your planning, share what you love and look for suggestions for the places where you need support. 

Plenty of time to explore, chew on, and digest material and have a long leisurely summer with plenty of time for reading up on what interests you. May's uplifting energy lends the perfect oomph to start a project that involves commitment and intention and yet leaves plenty of time to to go slowly and to savor the work. 

savor: taste and enjoy it completely 

Isn't that what we all want of life, to savor it and enjoy it completely? Yet who has enough time with parenting, homeschooling and homemaking?

We do!

If we start now and get our planning on, we'll have time to simmer our plans over the summer, for the fall, and sketch out our homemaking and homeschooling plans for winter and spring - and even next summer too, if you wish to go that far.

  • Do you approach each new year with big plans and then grope for how to implement them?
  • Would you like to be organized so you'll feel fully ready and confident when September rolls around? 
  • Do you have too many resources and struggle with what to use?
  • Wondering where to start? What's out there? What's right for you? and how to pull it all together? 

We'll begin with a look at the rhythm of the year. How does it contract and expand? How does that work with our homeschooling and homemaking? How can we put the energy of the year to work in supporting us and our homemaking and homeschooling endeavors?

We'll look at seasonal activities and celebrations, including festivals, crafts and handwork from nursery age through eighth grade.

I am offering this special Get Organized! planning session for homemakers, homeschoolers, teachers, child care providers, and anyone else, for a small registration fee to keep it inclusive and affordable for all.

No need to be "Waldorf." Anyone with an interest in planning with the seasons is welcome.

Each week in we'll look at a different element of "sketching it out" and by the end of the session you'll walk away with planner in place, full of what is nearest and dearest to your heart for the upcoming school year along with links and resources for supplies and supporting materials.

WHAT WE WILL TAKE UP IN THIS COURSE

  • What are your family values?
  • How to align it with daily living?
  • What are the pillars of Waldorf education and how do they manifest in your homeschooling?
  • Daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal rhythms for main lesson, crafts, handwork and festivals
  • Domestic activities to support a rhythmic home life and get everyone on board
  • Speech
  • Movement
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Modeling
  • Drama
  • Singing and Musical Instrument through the grades
  • Handwork from Nursery through Grade 8

Guest speakers include Lynn Jericho, Cynthia Aldinger, 

This online course includes handouts (pdf form) articles, reminders, resources, guest speakers, roundtable discussion and four weeks of guidance from experienced Waldorf homeschooling Mamas, grandmas and wise women and men!

First and foremost Waldorf education is an artistic endeavor in which the teacher as artist brings the material to the student through drawing, painting, modeling, speech, drama, puppetry, storytelling and more. As it is through our own artistic striving that our children benefit, we'll set off on the right artistic foot with a creative project of our own, our planner. 

ORGANIZE YOUR PLANNER

We'll ground our planning in the four seasons and the rhythm of the year.  I'll offer examples and templates for planning the day, weeks, months and year. We'll explore different strategies for organization and you'll  chose the one that suits your needs best and put it into your planner.

SKETCH IT OUT

Next we'll take up planning the year through the year, the seasons, the months, the weeks and the daily rhythm of life, in the Waldorf home for nursery, kindergarten and grade school children. We'll fill in the planner.

This planning session supports families who school school yet want to have a Waldorf home life with a focus on seasonal living a well as families who wish to bring elements of Waldorf into their lives. We'll look at how and where you can integrate the Pillars of Waldorf Homeschooling with Rudolf Steiner's approach through "soul economy" to make for a rich, satisfying, rhythmic and energizing year.

You'll be encouraged to figure out what is important for your needs and your family. I'll share resources and tips to find the material you need to bring the kind of Main Lessons/Daily Activities that are important to you.  We can talk about what sort of Main Lesson to start and end the year with as well as the rhythm of main lessons, within the family day.

Most of all I can help you find the rhythm of the home that will carry you and your family through the days, weeks, months and seasons of the coming year. I can explain the whys of the Waldorf ways and help you discern the whys as to what is important developmentally and support you to explore what is important for your family.

There is no one way to homeschool with Waldorf education, there are many. I can support you to create imaginations and find the one that is right for you.

Join me, a Waldorf mom who first began Waldorf homeschooling in 1998 when we had no Waldorf homeschooling resources online. Today, I am preparing our homeschool year with a rising fifth grader and a twelfth grader who will be away on an adventure. I  have seen just about every english language Waldorf curriculum out there, I have made my own curriculum and have used others' curriculums, as well as worked in Waldorf schools, and observed Waldorf grade classrooms, in addition to work as an early childhood teacher, in the kindergarten and nursery along the way.

I love homeschooling with the Waldorf approach to life, it is truly a life shaping, life changing and growth full pathway for parent as well as child and family. Each time we return to material, something new emerges, understanding goes deeper. I'd like to help you find your way into this too. My own path has taken may turns in this endeavor and I'd be glad to share with you what I have learned along the way.

Get Organized :: Sketch it Out eCourse includes videos, conference calls, resource and support materials and a private discussion group devoted to Getting Organized ::  Sketch it Out! on a NEW private site that is easy to use. Everything on ONE site!

This year, in response to your requests, I am offering supplemental and follow up courses:

Sketch it Out :: Grades 1-4 

Sketch it Out :: Grades 5-8  with Carrie Dendtler and Kerry Eady 

Coming Soon:

:: The Wonder of an Ordinary Day 

 :: Summer Camp :: Earth, Air, Fire and Water 

In August :: Creating a Family Home :: Setting Up the Space that works for you ~ Handmade and Homemade Preparation (on a shoestring budget) including a look at color, lazure, setting up the space for homeschool, for play, for a year of creativity, wonder and rhythm, to ease us back into the homeschooling and homemaking year with strong daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal rhythms. (begins August 1st)

The Get Organized :: Sketch it Out! eCourse planning session is offered at no charge for :

  • Year round members of Celebrating the Rhythm of Life with Children 

Otherwise the fee is $50.

 

Lisa Boisvert Mackenzie began homeschooling on a remote tropical island in the South Pacific Ocean nearly two decades ago, at a time and place when materials were scarce and the only approach was a simple one. The gifts of homeschooling while living "miles from nowhere" have remained with me and I can share with you, how to slow down, how to live simply and how to figure out what it is that matters for you in your homeschooling and homemaking with Celebrate the Rhythm of Life with Children through the Year, a program/curriculum for homemaking and homeschooling.