Ep. 191 - How To Get Better Sleep

As parents and caregivers, we know how vital sleep is to children. But it's also important that we get enough sleep ourselves. We cannot show up as the best versions of ourselves if we aren't getting enough sleep. Below you will find various resources to help you curate good sleep; starting with planning out dinner.


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00:01     hi there i'm melissa nielsen

00:03     today we're going to talk about sleep

00:05     now i've done other videos on sleep so

00:07     this is probably not going to be

00:08     anything new

00:09     that you're hearing but maybe you've

00:11     heard it a different way and maybe that

00:13     will help

00:14     um i am if you know me you followed me

00:17     for a while you know i'm a huge

00:18     proponent of sleep

00:19     i'm a...

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Meal Stacking

Meal planning and prepping can seem like a daunting task at times, especially when you consider how much kids like to snack! In the video below, Melisa shares some of her tricks to creating a successful meal plan. One way she focuses on is menu stacking. Menu stacking acts as a sort of domino effect where meals/foods you make earlier in the week are utilized again for other meals later in the week. What are some of your favorite meal planning tricks? 


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Menu stacking discussion begins at 11:24 / 52:18

*Note: this video was recorded in 2018. Announcement made by Melisa reflect the recording date.  


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00:03     that's fun okay your life I'm not here

00:19     good morning everybody

00:21     Melissa Nelson all their essentials and

00:24     has...

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Ep. 165 - Rhythm is Internal

In the video below, Melisa explains how rhythm is not simply something that exists outside of yourself but is an internal and integral part of you. She walks you through the importance of tracking your actual rhythm, how to hone it, and how your rhythm can affect your family's rhythm. 

Below you'll find all the resources you'll need to harness your rhythm and some examples of rhythm charts to help you get started!  


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Related Videos:

Rhythm with Virtual Life - https://youtu.be/KF7Uw9eaBVw 

My Secret to Rhythm - https://youtu.be/2h4nYmbXG_4  

How to Get Better Sleep - https://youtu.be/Y572BgjedtE 


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Related Episodes:

Ep. 85 - https://www.spreaker.com/episode/18356627 

Ep. 191 - https://www.spreaker.com/episode/42007879 


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00:02     hi there I'm almost no Southwold of

00:04     essentials and today we're...

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Ep. 172 - Time To Start Planning!!

homeschool p4p rhythm May 06, 2021

Join Melisa as she discusses the importance of creating a solid homeschool plan for the coming year and explains precisely how to do it. In the video below, she explains the value of starting your planning early and how to plan for a successful school year. The content below was recorded last year but is still very relevant for this year's planning. As you may or may not know, Melisa has been hard at work revising Planning for Peace. As you scroll down, you'll find links to the revised Planning for Peace and the actual rhythm chart mentioned in the video below. It's time to start planning! 


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00:00     hi there I'm Melisa Nielsen and guess

00:04     what time it is it's time to start

00:06     planning for school for next year now

00:08     you might be thinking especially if

00:09     you're NATO s well so what are you

00:11     talking about it's...

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Earth Day

earth day festivals Apr 22, 2021

Happy Earth Day!!

Earth Day provides us a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and reflect on ways we can honor the earth. Waldorf education acknowledges the value of toys, fabrics, activities, and art supplies that are made of sustainable and/or biodegradable materials. (ie. wood, wool, silks, natural dyes, and beeswax) But, does that mean when we enter Waldorf we should throw away all the plastic, paraffin wax, and acrylic/synthetic materials? No, not at all. Not only is replacing all those items very pricey, but it is not necessarily the most sustainable practice. After all, reduce is only part of the solution...we can also reuse and recycle.  Below you'll find a video Melisa put together to open a dialogue around using items that may not be traditionally Waldorf (but would be a great opportunity to reuse what you may already have at home). 

*Scroll to the bottom for a fun Earth Day activity!

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Ep. 120 - Spring Festivals

festivals homeschool spring Mar 17, 2021
Art by: Amber Hellewell 

Spring is a beautiful time of year and offers equally beautiful festivals to celebrate with your children. In the video and podcast below, Melisa shares a bit of anthroposophical background on some of these festivals as well as tips for celebrating. Below you will also find links to items mentioned in the video/podcast and tips for creating natural egg-dying colors. As always, enjoy this time celebrating with your family!


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Naturally Dying Eggs:

  • Blue - purple cabbage
  • Orange - yellow onion skins
  • Pink - beets
  • Yellow - turmeric 

To create the dying liquid: add color source (cabbage, onion skins, beets, or turmeric) and water to a small pot. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15-30 minutes. Strain the dye and add vinegar to the strained liquid. 


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Ep. 141 - Must Have Supplies

Waldorf education is full of beautiful, well-made supplies. Though specific supplies are not required to have a wonderful Waldorf homeschool; Melisa shares items that are most commonly used. The differences between Waldorf-style supplies and more mainstream supplies are also explained. Watch the video below to see the different supplies suggested by grade. You can also scroll down for an itemized list with links to the items mentioned in the video/podcast. 

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00:04     morning morning good morning

00:07     I'm Melissa Neilson with water

00:09     potentials and a welcome to our Monday

00:11     video I hope you had a wonderful weekend

00:17     we had a nice gradient we had our first

00:22     big schooling class which was a lot of

00:24     fun and we have some amazing feedback

00:27     and we're gonna do it again...

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Ep. 140 - Creating A Waldorf Inspired Kindergarten At Home


Kindergarten is optional. I know; that is a very controversial statement. In an academic world that strives to teach reading in pre-school, Waldorf education allows children the room to develop unhindered by societal constructs. Below, Melisa shares the cornerstones of Waldorf Kindergarten at home: rhythm and inner work. She shares anecdotes and tips for parents who may be new to homeschooling, Waldorf Education, or both. Ultimately, the best advice for a Waldorf-inspired kindergarten is to have a good time and don't overthink things.

*She also provides a look into the Waldorf Essentials Kindergarten curriculum for families that would like more guidance/structure. (scroll down for more information)


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In this video we cover:

  • In Waldorf education, Kindergarten is optional
  • Waldorf Kindergarten does not follow a heavy curriculum
  • Kindergarten is all about rhythm
  • During these early years parents should be focused on inner work and rhythm
  • Early...
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