Wednesday, December 23, 2009

King Winter

KING WINTER
~ Wildie Thayer

The Autumn wailed, " I felt his breath." The birds departed, frightened.

The heavens frowned, and all the earth
In chilling terror whitened.

The flowers clasped his frozen hands,
And bended low to greet him ;

The leaves, all clad In colors gay,
Then sallied forth to meet him.

King Winter came, but gave the earth

A coldly warm protection ; Till Spring commanded, " Rise, depart;

I am the resurrection."

Monday, December 7, 2009

Advent, Week Two

"The second light of Advent is the light of plants - Plants that reach up to the sun and in the breezes dance."
This week we added some living and non-living plant material to our table... we also lightened up on our stones, bones and minerals but left some out so we have a bit of each kingdom on our table by the fourth week.



December Daycare Days....

Needle Felted Mitten Ornaments...
Block Building...
Advent Wreaths...


Little Bundles of Joy ;)





New Waldorf Online Magazine

I'm so honored that Heather from Shivaya Naturals published one of my articles on warmth in her new online waldorf magazine Rhythm of the Home... it comes out seasonally... be sure to go check it out - there is so much to see over there!

'Tis the Season







Holiday Concert

Dee made it into special chorus this year so she is very busy this month... here is a clip from one of the winter concerts they were a part of locally.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The First Week of Advent

Today is the first Sunday of Advent. We went to Mass this morning and the girls really enjoyed seeing the beautiful purple incorporated into the garments and altar as well as watching as the first candle of the Advent Wreath was lit. We will also light the first candle on our wreath each night this week at dinner time.

We've been talking all week about making some sort of Advent Calendar. Annette at Seasons of Joy inspired us to incorporate stars into our calendar and this is what we came up with.... originally I was thinking of doves.
We are calling it our 'Advent Spiral Calendar' and we just love it :) Each day we will add the star that is associated with that day until we reach our center and can place the Christmas Star on as God's light comes into our world.
Blessings to You & Your Family!
xoxo

Pinecone Turkeys

This past week we made pinecone turkeys to celebrate Thansgiving.

We started with a pinecone, hot glued an acorn on the front for the turkey's face, added feathers to the back with glue and a red gobble with construction paper.
They came out super cute.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving... today is the first Sunday of Advent... we will show you what we've been working on in a post later (its really cool).... Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Indian Corn Paintings

This week in my November Childcare Guide we worked on Indian Corn paintings :) The kids love painting and this added a fun twist to it so they really enjoyed the activity. During circle time this week we are also enjoying new Thanksgiving fingerplays from my guide and we are talking about what we are thankful for. Some responses were ... "my baby brother"... "my grandma"..."chocolate"..."food"... this coming from children all under the age of 4... amazing :)





At the last minute, I decided it would be really pretty to use the paintings as feathers for turkeys... so this is what we spent our morning making ....

Happy Thanksgiving!

Banquet


Dee and her good friend at her field hockey banquet this month. Dee is trying to keep up her skills until next season by playing indoor league. Apparently, the rules are very different but Dee is picking up on them quickly and got a lot of compliments from the coaches last week. I think she found her sport! I'm so proud of her. I'm so glad I have been able to be a part of all of her experiences right there on the sidelines always watching her success as well as her amazing strength during the tough times in her life. Go Dee.


Friday, November 13, 2009

Martinmas

On November 11th we celebrate The Feast of St. Martin, otherwise known as Martinmas. St. Martin was said to be a man of peace and generosity. He did not want to fight but obeyed the law and served in the military as he was required to. He took the earnings he made as a solider and gave it to needy families. One story tells of how he cut his own cloak in half to warm a homeless beggar on the stree who was Christ in disguise. Martin of Tours is the patron saint of soliders.

In America, we also celebrate Veteran's Day this week. Let us take this time to allow the Spirit of Saint Martin to fill us with thoughts of peace, love and gratitude for soldiers of past and present wars.

Charity Idea in St. Martin's Honor:

This week gather food and items to donate to a local homeless shelter or soup kitchen in your area. If you are a childcare provider you can ask parents to donate clothes or cannded goods that you will deliver yourself. Older children can go with you to deliver the items or you can serve or cook at a local soup kitchen.

It is traditional in Waldorf circles to hold a lantern walk in celebration of Martinmas. Last week we made beautiful lanterns that we will use.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Keira's Third Grade Mass

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In third grade, the students at Keira's school choose a Saint that they would like to represent and then the children dress up as their Saint, lead the Friday morning mass and say a short speech on their chosen person. Keira chose Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. She did such an amazing job standing up and speaking - we were all so proud of her!

I used the video feature on my camera so its not the best quality...


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Riona's 3rd Birthday

The Big Tree Whispered a Secret Sweet
To the Warm Grass Growing at his Feet;
And What Do You Think I Heard Him Say?
"Riona is Three Years Old Today!"


The Soft Grass Stirred As The Wind Went By
And Each Little Blade Took Up The Cry
And Told The Secret, I Grieve, To Say
"Riona is Three Years Old Today!"

The Clover Listened and Told The Bee
Who Told The Bird in the Maple Tree,
And The Robin Sang, In a Shameless Way -
"Riona is Three Years Old Today!"
And This is the way It Came to Me
Through Bee and Blossom and Bird and Tree;
So, Why Should I Keep the Secret, Pray?
"RIONA IS THREE YEARS OLD TODAY!!!!!!!"

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween from Little Acorn Learning!

On Friday we had our Halloween Party at Little Acorn! Such a cute bunch of kids!
We painted pumpkins and decorated cookies (thanks again to Lilah's mommy for the YUMMY homebaked cookies and icing)


Delicious!


I didnt get as many photos as I had wished - it was really busy here without my assistant on Friday - luckily Scott's mom came and helped out quite a bit. Thanks, Sherilyn!
Happy Halloween! Hope you all had a great night!

Glow Lanterns

On Thursday we made Glow Lanterns by painting a milk/juice carton and then cutting pretty shapes and designs in the carton. A glow stick can be placed inside for a safe lantern walk this time of year :)




Monster Mash :)

The girls had a Monster Mash at their school on Friday night. They had so much fun!

Keira and a good friend from her class.
Maia, Brianna and another girl coloring...

Games

and Lots of Dancing!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Little Pumpkin Beeswax Candles

Yesterday we made these adorable little pumpkin candles...


I bought real tiny pumpkins and asked Brian to drill a hole in the top the size our candles typically turn out. Then we rolled beeswax candles with the daycare children.

Each child put his or her candle in its pumpkin holder...
And took it home to light at dinner time :)


Then we did a little yoga ;)...
Tree pose :)
Played boat...
Later we each got a piece of beeswax modeling material to hold and warm during nap time...
Sweet dreams!