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Form Drawing

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Form Drawing is a subject unique to Waldorf Education.  It is done in grades 1-5 and then morphs into freehand geometry.  In a previous post I wrote about one way we chose to approach mirrored forms, but today I hope to write a more generic “how we approach from drawing in our homeschool” post and some tips I have found useful.

I teach form drawing as an individual subject and generally follow Barbara Dewey’s suggestions in Form Drawing for the Homeschooling Parent and Donna Simmons’ suggestions in Form Drawing for Beginners.

  • I draw the form first on the chalkboard or on our giant pad of newsprint purchased at Michaels.
  • Sometimes I have a story that goes with the form, but often I do not.  Donna Simmons recommends giving a pictoral image for the child to work with imaginatively, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a full-fledged story.  It can be something as simple as, “The leaf falls slowly back and forth, back and forth,” to accompany a descending line that swings from right to left.
  • I ask the child to practice the form in various ways; tracing it in the air, tracing it on the ground with toes, walking the form on the floor, drawing it into salt sprinkled on a cookie sheet, drawing it gigantic on the driveway, or any way I can think of that will engage them in the form.
  • Next, I have the child draw the form on the chalkboard or on our newsprint while standing.
  • Then we move to a piece of paper laid flat on the table.  We practice it until I feel like we’ve had enough for the day.
  • Now, here’s something I feel is key: LET IT REST!  Leave the form for the day. Letting material rest is a hallmark of Waldorf, but for some reason I didn’t think it applied to form drawing. It does!  Barbara Dewey says, “Form drawing works on the etheric body so that in sleep the forms are ‘corrected.’ ‘Correction’ brings harmony to the etheric body, which, in turn, brings harmony to the physical body.”
  • On the next day I redraw the form and then I have the child practice again on a regular piece of paper.  Then, if they feel ready, let them put it in their Main Lesson Book. Voila!

In first and second grade, I prefer to do form drawing in blocks of two weeks which I combine with other subjects like fables or nature stories.  In forth and fifth grade, I have tried to slip form drawing in when it seems to go well, i.e. knot drawing with the Norse Myths, but I know a lot of people recommend having one day each week for form drawing.  I think that would be helpful for me to try.

Homeschool Glimpse: August and September 2012

I recently purchased the book Painting and Drawing in Waldorf Schools by Wildgruber on the recommendation of Sara.  It has the most beautifully colored forms.  You can see an example of what I mean by reading Sara’s post.   I hope to incorporate this into our form drawing.

What are some of your favorite ways to approach form drawing?

Mrs. Mallard

p.s. This post was requested by Sheila.  I hope it was useful!  Shared as a part of Waldorf Wednesday.

Homeschool Glimpse: August and September 2012

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Hi!  This is a little glimpse into the “Main Lesson” content of our homeschool. The Main Lesson is the subject which occupies the bulk of time each day for a few weeks, usually two to six.  After learning and practicing new main lesson concepts, the children record their “best” work into their Main Lesson Book as a record of what we have covered.

This year, I decided to have my fifth grader keep all of her main lesson work in a three ring binder.  I’m not loving it.  It isn’t as beautiful as filling out pages in a traditional bound main lesson book.  We have ended up with a lot of white pages filled with writing.  At this point I’m not sure whether I’m going to have her continue in the binder or just start making books.  I thought I would save money by using a binder, but the sheet protectors and drawing paper that fits in them were quite expensive and I think traditional books would have been less expensive.  I was also hoping to do away with the pain of making mistakes in a book, but we are going through quite a lot of drawing paper before anything goes in the binder.  Maybe it would be better to learn to be more careful or fix mistakes in creative ways. 

Circle Songs and Verses for Toddler – (I found that if I gear my circle toward the toddler, the big kids love to join in!) 

  • “Our Time Hello”
  • “Roly Poly”
  • “Walk Along, Rover”
  • “The Dog Went to Dover”

Circle songs and verses this month are from the Kindermusik curriculum. I did this program with my older children.

2nd Grade

Form Drawing and Fables


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Math


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Poems

5th Grade

Botany


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Math

    I don’t have any pictures!  We had a great time following the suggestions in the Key to… books, like making a trundle wheel out of a bike tire, and going on a drive to see how long some common distances were and how the odometer worked.  We  also worked a lot on converting inches to feet to yards and vice-versa.

Resources

Poems

  • “Kind Hearts are Gardens” by R. Steiner
  • “One is the Sun” from The Waldorf Book of Poetry

Thank you for stopping by!  I would love to hear what you have been doing this school year to date.

Mrs. Mallard