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3rd Graders and The Wool

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Ms. Oudomsouk and I drew this sheep on the chalkboard together last night for my 3rd graders at the Cincinnati Waldorf School. The kids were excited to see it this morning and to start our Fibers Block with our wonderful Handwork teacher, Emily Oudomsouk, leading the way.

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My class will be learning about and working closely with wool, cotton, silk, and plant dyeing for the next three weeks. We’ll be spinning and weaving along with our usual crocheting and knitting. It’s a good life being a Waldorf kid.

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Happy New Year!

Dear Friends, Happy New Year 2015!

It was an unexpectedly busy Autumn for me this year. As I have mentioned before, I am in Waldorf Teacher Training at the Great Lakes Waldorf Institute and, as luck would have it, I was asked in September to jump in as the 3rd grade co-teacher at the Cincinnati Waldorf School. Since then I’ve been working with 26 brilliant and adorable, shining 8-and 9-year old students.

We’ve been farming, building shelters, reading, writing, painting, form drawing, nailing down our times tables, making candles, cooking, singing and laughing together. If you don’t know much about Waldorf education and you are looking for a great school for your child (anywhere in the world) I frankly just beg you to look into Waldorf. Personally, it has been an amazing gift to my family.

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my chalkboard drawing of the changing seasons…

I still had time to lead several great songwriting workshops (at Modo and Leo) and perform solo (did you know I write for adults too?) and play several shows with my family in the last few months. I’m look forward to more events this coming Spring and Summer. I have all sorts of new tricks up my sleeve (besides learning to juggle)…

Probably the thing I’m MOST excited about is that I’m also writing a novel (well, it is a trilogy, of course!) for middle schoolers. There will be excerpts, drawings and short stories from this work (if you want to call the most fun I’ve ever had in my life “work”) posted to this blog in the coming months.

Blessing to all of you in 2015.

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Biggest Caterpillar Ever!

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Yesterday my daughter and I were leaving school when she stopped in her tracks and pointed. This big handsome fella was making his way down the tree pretty quickly. You can see that he has quite a few legs and a bright green, faceted body. He must have been about four inches long. I’ve never seen anything like him.

Do you know what he will turn into?

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We Did Have Fun at KidSong 2014!

“April Eight’s lively and entertaining program about folk songs at KidSong 2014 got both young and old toes tapping. If you have young ones, or are young at heart, April Eight is a must-see!” – Chris Bieri, Vice President, The Queen City Balladeers

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Here is the scoop from The Queen City Balladeers: “The Queen City Balladeers’ first annual KidSong workshop & sing-along on July 26 was a rip-roaring success! Twenty-one children and sixteen parents & grandparents sang folk songs, tried musical instruments, made maracas, and wrote a group folk song entitled “Winter on the Ohio.”

Modern family folk musician, April Eight (AKA April Combs), led the program. She was backed by a “house band” of Balladeers, including Chuck Black (bass fiddle), Chris Bieri (bongo), Linda Eads (guitar), Dennis Iverson (ukulele & banjo-uke), Jody Knoop (mandolin), and Dave Sanders (guitar & banjo).”

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“KidSong was sponsored by the QCB, and by a Summertime Kids Grant from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. The Cincinnati Art Museum graciously allowed us to use their Artworld Education Center for the event.”

Thanks for having me!