Taproot Teacher Training 2016

Taproot Teacher Training 2016

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August 11-14, 2016

Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Peninsula, Ohio

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Taproot brings together Waldorf homeschoolers from all over the country. This summer, we will gather in Ohio’s national park for hands-on workshops in the main lessons and lively arts that bring this method alive.

Together, we will sing, create, share stories, learn, hike, and play.

Registration for Taproot 2016 is now closed. See you next summer!

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Here’s What You Get When You Register:

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  • Three days of workshops with presenters who are experienced in teaching and working with Waldorf homeschoolers.
  • All workshops, accommodations, meals and snacks for the entire weekend. Your registration is all-inclusive!
  • Summer reading material to help you prepare for Taproot, including two eBooks on Waldorf homeschooling (a $37 value) which will be sent upon registration: Planning for Waldorf-Inspired Homeschooling: Keeping It Simple by Jean, and Homeschooling with Waldorf: Getting Started by Barbara
  • Subscription to a special Taproot newsletter that will be emailed bi-weekly leading up to Taproot with tips on how to begin the planning process in small, do-able steps.
  • MP3 recordings of all the songs we sing at Taproot to take home.
  • All sorts of goodies including on-site giveaways, and coupons from Waldorf suppliers.
  • Hands-on training and support.
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Please Join Us!

Come enjoy the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park while you learn with other Waldorf homeschoolers.  

The magic of Taproot is the warmth and community, support, great conversations and laughter that emerge during this three-day weekend. This training is designed for you as a homeschooling parent or teacher of a small group to help you apply Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy to your unique needs.

The registration fee includes all workshops, dormitory accommodations, meals and snacks for the entire weekend, Thursday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. The CVEEC staff provides a delicious menu of meals using largely local and/or organic ingredients, and can accommodate most special dietary needs.

The White Pines facility is situated in a beautiful area surrounded by hiking trails, ponds and an outdoor fire circle. Amenities include the dormitory rooms, meeting spaces, and a dining area all in a temperature controlled facility on a restored historic farmstead.

Nursing babies are welcome with a participant caregiver who can step out if the child becomes disruptive. We are unable to provide childcare. Think of Taproot as a learning retreat for Mom![/text_block]

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    • Feel more at ease.
    • Feel more prepared.
    • Feel more inspired.

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    Taproot Registration Fees

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    Commuter Registration: $335 (early bird) or $365 (after 5/15) Includes all workshops, lunch & dinner each day

    Payment can be made via PayPal (balance or credit card) or check. To pay with PayPal, please click on the appropriate button below. To pay via check, please send an email to jean(at)waldorfinspiredlearning(dot)com.[/text_block]

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    Registration for Taproot 2016 is now closed. See you next year!

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    Our Location

    The beautiful Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center where we gather.



    The dormitory rooms for our weekend sleepover.


    Our dining room.



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    What Past Participants Say…

    “I can’t thank you enough! Taproot was amazing for me. I left feeling like my cup was full again. I can’t wait to come back next year!”



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    “Thank you so much for putting your heart and soul into this training. I left feeling so inspired and capable.”



    Schedule

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    Day/Time Thurs 8/11 Fri 8/12   Sat 8/13 Sun 8/14
    7:00 am   Wake Up Wake Up Wake Up
    7:30 am   Morning Walk or Yoga Morning Walk or Yoga Morning Walk or Yoga
    8:00 am   Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
    9:00-9:45   Morning Song Morning Song Morning Song
    10:00-11:30   Morning Session* Morning Session* Morning Session
    Noon-1:00   Lunch Lunch Lunch
    1:30-3:00   Afternoon Session* Afternoon Session* Departure
    3:00-3:30  Arrival & Snack Snack Snack  
    3:30-5:00 Late Afternoon Session* Late Afternoon Session*  
    6:00-7:00 Dinner Dinner Dinner  
    7:30-9:00 Evening Program Evening Program Evening Program  

    *For these sessions, please choose from among the options listed below.

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    Thursday Evening Program (7:30 – 9:00 pm)

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    Puppet Show
    Keynote: “Creating and Holding the Space for Waldorf Family Homeschooling”[/text_block][/op_liveeditor_element]

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    Friday Morning Options (10:00 – 11:30 am)

    [op_liveeditor_element data-style=””][text_block style=”undefined” align=”left”]Main Lessons for Grades 1 & 2 (Barbara)
    In this workshop, we will experience the magic of grades one and two including fairy tales, fables and math stories. We will cover reading, math presentation, and how to make a main lesson book, along with the rhythm of the morning. You are welcome to come either day, but to get the full experience of the two-day rhythm and all topics, you should plan to come both Friday and Saturday mornings.

    Main Lessons for Grades 5-8 (Jean & Alison) 
    In this workshop, we will work on developing the skills to bring these lessons to your child(ren) at home. Alison and Jean will demonstrate a lesson, and then we will plan and create the rest of the block together. We will share the experience and rhythm of a main lesson from warm-up, to story, to lively arts, to summary, to closure. After an overview of the main lesson topics for these grades, we will spend the majority of our time experiencing a two-day rhythm of one or two main lesson topics such as ancient history, botany, or geology. You are welcome to come either day, but to get the full experience of the two-day rhythm and all topics, you should plan to come both Friday and Saturday mornings.

    Developing Your Own Inner Work Practice (Sheila)
    Cultivating an inner work practice allows us to get quiet and listen to the soft voice of our soul, helping us to remember who we are and why we do what we do. In this workshop, we will create an intuitive collage or visual altar by combining words and images that will let us begin to explore the idea of inner work: what it is, what it can look like and how we can integrate it into our daily lives. The supplies are very simple – magazines and glue sticks. There is no way to get this wrong!

    Painting & Drawing (Royse)
    Learn how to work with watercolor and to find form in wet-on-wet painting. We will also explore how to work with complementary colors in both painting and drawing. This session will offer an overview of painting and drawing through the curriculum, and participants will create pictures from a few different grades’ main lessons.

    Waldorf-Inspired Recorder for All Ages (Jodie)
    Learn how to play the recorder and teach your child using pentatonic songs, singing, rhythm, games and improvisation. Jodie’s approach is refreshing and different from the academic way most of us learned music. You will learn specialized techniques for recorder that will give you the confidence to teach your child. This class is for all, even those with little or no musical education. Bring a recorder if you have one; we will also have some to loan out.
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    Friday Early Afternoon Options (1:30 – 3:00 pm)

    [op_liveeditor_element data-style=””][text_block style=”undefined” align=”left”]Main Lessons for Grades 3 & 4 (Jean & Alison)
    In this workshop, we will experience a day in a Waldorf homeschool with a third and/or fourth grade child and the two-day rhythm of a main lesson. Lesson topics will include those from both grades: shelter, animals, farming, local geography, math, Old Testament stories and Norse myths. Together, we will create the main lesson time including warm-up, lesson content, the lively arts, summarizing and writing. We will share ideas and practice the lesson activities as a group so that you can carry this back home. You are welcome to come either day, but to get the full experience of the two-day rhythm and all topics, you should plan to come both Friday and Saturday afternoons.

    Developing Your Own Inner Work Practice (Sheila)
    Cultivating an inner work practice allows us to get quiet and listen to the soft voice of our soul, helping us to remember who we are and why we do what we do. In this workshop, we will create an intuitive collage or visual altar by combining words and images that will let us begin to explore the idea of inner work: what it is, what it can look like and how we can integrate it into our daily lives. The supplies are very simple – magazines and glue sticks. There is no way to get this wrong!

    Painting & Drawing (Royse)
    Learn how to work with watercolor and to find form in wet-on-wet painting. We will also explore how to work with complementary colors in both painting and drawing. This session will offer an overview of painting and drawing through the curriculum, and participants will create pictures from a few different grades’ main lessons.

    Handwork: Wet Felting (Alisha)
    Wet felting is a centuries old craft used to make everything from tents to clothing. In our session, we will combine wool and water to make a finger puppet or two! Wet felting is an activity for all ages. Let’s have some fun creating a finger puppet for you to use in lessons, circle time, or anytime.

    Kindergarten (Barbara)
    In this workshop, Barbara will provide an overview of the philosophy behind early childhood in Waldorf education, with a tour of the toys and simply made playthings for young children. We will also explore how to arrange your home and create a rhythm that more fully engages the kindergarten child within the family.[/text_block][/op_liveeditor_element]

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    Friday Late Afternoon Options (3:30 – 5:00 pm)

    [op_liveeditor_element data-style=””][text_block style=”undefined” align=”left”]Nature Study (Jean)
    In this workshop, we will put together simple nature journals and head out on a nature walk to explore the trails. We will stop to sketch and observe some of the flora and fauna we encounter along the way. We will also discuss where these nature topics appear in the Waldorf curriculum and peruse some great resources. Nature study is a wonderful mixed-ages learning activity and one that fosters reverence and wonder in our children and ourselves.

    Simple Pentatonic Songs for Recorder (Jodie)
    The pleasure and ease of pentatonic songs (with just five notes) are the pathway and foundation to learning music in a holistic way. Learn what they are, and the value and importance of them. Take home several pentatonic and festival songs and add them to your family celebrations. You will learn to sing and play them using recorder. This workshop is for all, even those with little or no musical education. Bring a recorder, if you have one; we will also have some to loan out.  

    Child Development According to Steiner (Royse)
    Royse will present the different stages of development of the child as Rudolf Steiner gave them, and then will discuss how the Waldorf curriculum meets these changes in each child, starting with the preschool-kindergarten program all the way to the eighth grade and beyond.  Bring your questions! 

    Handwork: Knitting (Alisha)
    Beginning in first grade, the Waldorf handwork curriculum introduces knitting to the awakening child. Knitting is revisited in third and fifth grades with more challenging projects that build on the first grade experiences. In our Taproot session, the beginning knitter will learn the basics of knitting (the slipknot, casting on, knit stitch, and casting off) and make a small project; and knitters who have the basics down will begin to make a knitted hat. 

    Conversations with Alison (Alison)
    During late afternoon tea time each day, Alison will be available to facilitate a discussion focused on taking the ideas and information you have been gathering during the morning and afternoon sessions and applying it to YOUR family’s homeschool. Join us as we brainstorm and share ideas and plans that will make your unique, one-of-a-kind homeschool blossom in the coming year. Some topics include: learning challenges, balancing everyone’s needs, creating a multi-age, family-centered approach, and fostering community and social connections.