Storybooks and An Awful Lot of Knitting

July 9, 2009

The boys and I have been working a lot lately on creating stories and storybooks. A large part of our homeschooling is revolving around the fun and joy of telling stories, acting out skits and plays, and creating a story from beginning to end.

This has really been an activity that has evolved over the past few months, and that they have fallen in love with. I love watching them create their own stories, reading them to us, and then spinning them off into many forms of imaginative play.

Elwood’s book revolved primarily around rockets and fish, and it was a very intriguing tale of the fish that flew the rocket into space and then jumped out to swim with the stars.

Jacob had a wonderful time creating the story of Mama and Jakey and The Quest for The End of The Rainbow. While camping recently, Jacob and his other band of explorers headed off into the forests to find the end of the rainbow, and although they never discovered it, he still brought the idea home and wrote this story of how his mama could most certainly discover such a treasure (I love stories where I am superhero mommy).

I am a very strong believer in oral story telling, and of creating magical stories and fairy tales through our own drawings and creative expressions. I think that this has to be a part of my love and admiration for Waldorf education, and I have made it a staple part of how the little ones learn.

As for mama, well she has a lot of knitting catch-up to play.

It is funny, I spent most of my life knitting yarn, and then the last year dying it. As some one who loves fiber, who takes pride in creating eco-friendly yarns, I have done an extraordinary small amount of knitting in the past 12 months.

I have three projects that I am planning to finish this week. Two scarves and one shawl that have been sitting for too long. Then it is time to get the holiday knitting going (is that possible???) The boys need their sweaters, mittens, socks and hats. Mama and Daddy could use a few warm pieces as well. Knitting is strongly on my mind, and I look forward to settling in and getting to it.

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julesinseach July 9, 2009 at 9:16 pm

It must be nice to get back into knitting. I can't imagine taking a year off from it now that I have reintroduced my fingers to the rhythm of it after 20 years away from it.

I love the boys drawings. Eben and Sam make bodies with circles as the torso/face with 4 appendages sticking out in all directions…they always have a smile on though.
Can't wait to see your finished projects.


Rebecca July 9, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Love the story books. Those are the keepers forever.


Gina July 10, 2009 at 5:14 am

Those books look like fun, and very creative.


pen July 10, 2009 at 10:54 am

we've been creating story books for a while now too. i have started keeping them, and it's quite a pile already! we have a few different night-time stories that i make up as i go along, and they've started telling stories to each other now (3 and 5yrs). very special.
i've taken a break from knitting too, reading reading reading is back in my life in a big way.


Carol July 10, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Love this blog, just beautiful!


Sara Rivka July 11, 2009 at 9:01 pm

All the best in spending time with your children. A very admirable step.
Your blog is wonderful, and I just wanted to let you know about mine as well! Take a look,


Sara Rivka July 11, 2009 at 9:02 pm

All the best in spending time with your children. A very admirable step.
Your blog is wonderful, and I just wanted to let you know about mine as well! Take a look,


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