I have finally decided where my journey is going to go for the next and that is to continue to run a home daycare even though all my little ones will be in school full time this coming September! For the past year I have run a fairly mainstream home daycare with just a few children, plus one of my own, but starting this February that all changes as I move to a more Waldorf style home daycare (the direction I really hoped to go anyway).
I am very excited about this new journey since it’s not one that I had really planned on doing. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do once all my children were in school, but an opportunity presented itself to me and I am going to go ahead with it.
I am also slowly working on getting my Lifeways training certificate (slowly because we don’t really have a school up here in Canada, so everything has to be done when it’s offered). But working on this certificate will help me as I run a natural, holistic, Waldorf inspired, home daycare. 🙂
I have a new playroom, which is still very much in the work, but I LOVE! Thanks to my wonderful husband, I now get the whole main floor to use as a place to grow and create a place of peace and tranquillity for the little ones in my care!
I still have a TON of work to do in this room, and lot of fun thing I look forward to purchasing or finding as time goes on; such as a nice warm carpet, some sheep skins, and some soft wall hangings.
This past November I started a natural, homemade online toy store called Forever Chickadee which I’m very excited about too. Now I can make some of the toys I’ve always seen online but could never afford, and sell the extras! Starting that business was an unexpected enterprise, but like I said, I have a fantastic hubby 🙂
As for my home daycare, I currently have 3, three year olds during the day (one of which is my own) and in 2 weeks we will have the joy of having an almost 1 year old join us!! I’m very excited about that since my littlest one is not so little any more (Mr. Day turns 4 in April – where does the time go??). This September all 3 of the little ones I have now will be starting school, so I’ll have to find some new little ones to fill our days up 🙂
I’m going to be using Little Acorn’s Learning for the month of February to help keep our days more focused. For the past year I have been just using weekly themes but they have slowly turned more and more mainstream.
I’m sad that time is passing so quickly and my smallest is going to school, but I am excited about the future, delighted to have babies in the house again (even if they’re not my own). I’m also looking forward keeping the youthful spirit of Waldorf in my home!