“Dear Parents… Fall is near and our classrooms will soon be ready to welcome students. It is time for families to prepare for the new school year. Gather wool layers, inventory hats, ensure your young child has indoor slipper shoes, and round up your lunch containers,” and so begins letters to parents drafted by Waldorf Teachers around the world.
Where can your family source these items? Sono-Ma offers you a fantastic list of sources for Waldorf and green inspired families. Our sources include ”mom-made”, Northern California local, and other family-focused companies for the following items: 1.) wool layers, 2. ) hats, 3.) moccasins, 4.) lunch Containers, 5.) art supplies, and more!
Jessica (Kiya) Rios of Kiya’s Naturals (formerly known to many as Batik Bum – a regular vendor at the Summerfield Winter Faire) is a mom-preneur who handcrafts woolen clothing.
“Wool is wonderful fabric for children. It keeps them at a even body temperature that is breathable and healthy. Wool even when damp will maintain a warm feeling,” shares Jessica.
Kiya’s Naturals offers tank tops, long sleeves, wool longies (under layer pants), leggings, hats, dresses, “hoodie” (outer) sweaters, skirts, and dresses. Jessica uses recycled cashmere or merino wool silk blends to craft her clothing.
Contact: Jessica Rios
122 Mill St Grass Valley Ca 95945
Another great source for wool sweaters (not to mention rain gear and high quality, logo free clothing) is the upcoming Just Between Friends event. I’ll be consigning several of my boy’s outgrown wool sweaters, some Kiya Natural/Batik Bum under-layer pants, wool hats I crafted from sweaters and more. Join me in turning your closets into cash by signing up to consign here. Put the sale on your calendar, too, to score fantastic back-to-school shopping deals while putting cash in local mom’s pockets.
Three great resources for hats in three styles (bucket sun hats, wool hats, and pilot caps/bonnets) include:
Sun Hats – Ami Sol
Connie Ozdil, a Santa Rosa mom and entrepreneur, created Ami Sol to help offer a “line of natural sun-protective products” for “friendly sun” (Ami Sol) experiences. Parents adore the AmiSol bucket cap – a necessity for Waldorf Children who spend a portion of each day playing outdoors.
“This is a great unisex bucket hat. It has a frayed brim & self fabric chin cord. No more hats flying away with that nasty wind. This will be the perfect sun-protection accessory for your little adventurer. We also offer a little pocket just in case some hidden treasures are found! ” shares Connie.
Find AmiSol at our local farmer’s markets – including the final Wednesday Night Markets in Downtown Santa Rosa or visit their website at www.ami-sol.com.
Wool Hats – Kiya’s Naturals
Recycled wool sweaters make outstanding, warm, winter hats. You can order your hat and choose a custom appliqué to personalize the hat in a fun way! As Summerfield Waldorf Early Education Coordinator Donna Stusser says in her Sono-Ma article on the importance of hats, “Hats keep the growth forces in the body rather than escaping from the head. ”
(Contact info for Kiya’s Naturals listed above in “wool layers” section.)
Pilot Caps and Bonnets – Marali Creations
Pilot caps and bonnets – made of cotton or wool – are also terrific everyday layers for children. Local West County mom and seamstress extradionaire, Elvira diDoni, creates exquisite caps for children. Elvi also creates children’s couture out of luxurious velvets, organic cottons, and soft wools.
Elvira, born and raised in Ravenna, Italy, moved to northern California in 2007. Today she is raising a smiling baby girl “in the amazing country close to the redwood forest and the ocean” in Sebastopol.
Contact Marali Creations here: MaraliCreations (Sebastopol, California)
Many Waldorf teachers ask students in the early grades to wear slipper shoes (knit slippers with a moccasin bottom) while indoors. No need to order and ship these items from Sweden! You can pick these up in Healdsburg and support a mom-owned business:
Moccasins - Sprout
“I have a few Nowali slippers in stock now, although I am switching to Son of Gustav as they have more eco-friendly packaging. Parents can call me (707-433-7355) to check on sizes in the store, or place an order with us for items not yet in stock,” offers Sprout’s mom-preneur – Amanda – who confirms these moccasins come in sizes 0 – 6T.
Sprout features “previously loved clothing”, and is also a fabulous local resource for high quality clothing (such as Waldorf family favorites Hanna Anderson or H&M), books, toys, shoes, and more!
Check out this local mom-owned treasure:
Slippers – Kiya Naturals
Jessica Rios also hand crafts custom slippers out of recycled wool sweaters. She can add a fleece insert or leather bottom as well as an appliqué per your request. (See contact information in the Wool Layers section.)
Send your child to school with a washable, mom-made, adorable lunch set.
Cloth Containers - In Harmony Goddess Traditions
Karla Gormley, mom, eco-goddess, tracker, blessingway leader, and amazing seamstress offers families handmade lunch containers. ”I have a few in stock, and I can always take custom orders,” offers this Make and Do Mama.
Contact: Karla Gormley
In Harmony Goddess Traditions
Lunch Baskets/Boxes – A Toy Garden
A Toy Garden is owned by a work-from-home mom and social worker named Sonya. Sonya – a former Sacramento Waldorf School student – now sends her 2 children to the same school! Sonya’s on-line shop is a resource for many local Waldorf-inspired and nature-focused families. A Toy Garden stocks several earth-friendly lunch storage options. Sono-Ma’s favorite is the child’s bolga basket. (Similar baskets may also be available at Sonoma County’s Farmer’s Markets.) Sonya also suggests these other fun options: Laptop Lunches, Foldable Lunch Baskets, or Bamboo Backpacks.
A Toy Garden also stocks wool undergarments, art supplies, and lovely toys (such as Sarah’s Silks). Find A Toy Garden on-line today here: www.aToyGarden.com
Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm’s School Store
Pick up your Stockmar beeswax crayons and other supplies at the Summerfield Waldorf “school store” located in the main office. The “store” is today just a few well stocked shelves featuring art supplies, books, Puppenstube Dolls, Sarah’s Silks, and other small treasures. (Please check in with the front desk about inventory or special orders. ) While you are visiting the main office, don’t miss the school’s farm stand. The school sells farm bounty at rock bottom prices for organic, biodynamic produce. Remember this hidden resource as sales directly benefit Summerfield Waldorf School.
Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm
655 Willowside Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Rick Concoff Violins offers Quality string instruments for rent or sale at below-market best prices. Rent to own as well. Accessories available too! Call Rick at 823-3916 for an appointment.
And…. what else? Please leave a comment and share your local sources for Waldorf back-to-school shopping!