“The sun with loving light makes bright for me each day, the soul with spirit power gives strength unto my limbs. In sunlight shining clear I revere, Oh God, the strength of humankind, which thou has planted in my soul, that I may with all my might, may love to work and learn. From thee stream light and strength to thee rise love and thanks.”
Bella reads this passage each morning before we begin our school day. It is a prayer of sorts that fills the air with love and gratitude.
Following the reading, Bella and I do basic Eurythmy (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurythmy) movement with accompanying vowels, “a,e,i,o,u.” Each vowel holds specific energy and communicates a deeper meaning through the movement.
We are still learning about this aspect of the Waldorf curriculum. Rudolf Steiner had a strong conviction of its importance. Bella seems to love it, and therefore, we continue on.
I write about Rudolf Steiner today as I continue to feel the importance of his beliefs, and his message for both teachers and the children they influence. It is wisdom for all of humanity.
As I move through each day as Bella’s mother, friend and active caregiver, I realize that the greatest teaching / learning is actually taking place for her (..and for me) in the spaces of love, laughter and experiential lessons around and in between the formal curriculum of school work.
Rudolf Steiner wrote, “The heart of the Waldorf method is that education is an art, it must speak to the child’s experience. To educate the whole child, his heart and his will must be reached, as well as the mind.” I observe this to be so, and see how important the moments of play are, the moments of doing simple tasks, and the moments of just being.
“You will not be good teachers if you focus only on what you do and not upon who you are.” These words written by Rudolf Steiner play like a beautiful refrain in my mind. They strengthen my motivation for self discovery and provide the basis for more meaningful work, and connection with Bella during our homeschool experience.
Each day, we talk about having a “happy heart.” I observe that with a happy heart, this imperfect world, shines with moments of perfection.
“In sunlight shining clear…” I see the beauty of what Rudolf Steiner saw. The gift he has given this world is immeasurable.
Even if you only embrace various shades of the Waldorf curriculum into your experience as a parent, teacher, or being, it cannot help but open up windows of insight into who you really are, and give you glimpses of otherworldly perfection.