Monday, December 27, 2010

Congratulations - Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations to the following people for winning in the recent Little Acorn Learning King Winter Giveaway!
All winners have been contacted via email and should work with the appropriate vendor to receive his or her package.

MamaRoots won:

One King Winter Kit (includes white roving, flesh colored roving (let us know depth of skin tone), blue/green/purple locks for hair and beard, carded blue/purple roving with sparkle, two needfelting needles, different gauges, recycled Aluminum foil) - All of the materials needed to make the puppet in our King Winter ebook!Giveaway Value: $15

Cary won:

One Living Music From the Heart Kit: Music Curriculum Volume 1. It includes 1 lesson book, 2 penny whistles, 2 DVD's of teacher tutorials. Giveaway Value: $65


Sarah won:

A Snowman Needle Felting Kit from Bella Luna Toys! What a Wonderful Addition to Her Winter Crafting and Nature Table Display!

Carrie also won:

A Snowman Needle Felting Kit from Bella Luna Toys! We are so grateful that Bella Luna Toys offered two of these adorable kits to our winners.

Once again, thank you to everyone who participated. It is not too late to enjoy our
King Winter Ebook as January draws close. Cuddle up and share some winter sweetness with your loved ones this New Year!

Much love!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Came...



And we were Merry!
Hope you were too!
Happy Holidays from our Family to Yours! xoxo

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Maia's Class Celebrations

My little dimple girl, Maia. She is so happy in her school and I am happy for her. She loves all of her friends and her music class.
The music teacher held a holiday concert. The children were all dressed up like toys and they were sooo cute. Maia is lucky to have her cousin Natalia in the same class (both of the girls share the same last name too).
This is one of Maia's best friends in her first grade class. The girls are both such sweet and quiet little girls.
Daddy left work mid-day to come see Maia perform. We are very lucky that he only works 20 minutes away.
I love being one of her room moms and having the privilege of organizing class parties and being a part of it all. At this party (which happened to be after the play), I read the class the story of The Mitten by Jan Brett. It is one of our family's favorites especially this time of year. We then made a cute mitten craft with the children.


Its so important to me to be involved with my children's school and activities. I also lead their Girl Scout troops and while it can be a lot to do at times, I am thankful I am able to spend so much time with them in peer environments. And in each case, I have seen so many wonderful things about the particular social groups they are a part of. And it gives me peace of mind when I wonder about the choices I have made for them with their education.
They are doing just fine.
And they are happy. :)

Monday, December 20, 2010

King Winter Has Arrived!

Happy Winter Solstice from Little Acorn Learning!

To Celebrate Winter in a Magical Way we have put together a Special King Winter Theme Book just for YOU!


Everything You Need to Celebrate King Winter's Arrival in Your Home or School!
41 Pages of Waldorf Crafting, Recipes, Stories, Songs, Verses, Poems and Activities
ONLY $15.99

PLUS EACH PERSON WHO PURCHASES A KING WINTER THEME BOOK CAN ENTER TO WIN ONE OF THESE AMAZING GIVEAWAYS:


One Living Music From the Heart Kit: Music Curriculum Volume 1. It includes 1 lesson book, 2 penny whistles, 2 DVD's of teacher tutorials. Giveaway Value: $65

From Syrendell

One King Winter Kit (includes white roving, flesh colored roving (let us know depth of skin tone), blue/green/purple locks for hair and beard, carded blue/purple roving with sparkle, two needfelting needles, different gauges, recycled Aluminum foil) - All of the materials needed to make the puppet in our King Winter ebook!Giveaway Value: $15


Two Lucky Winners will Receive a Snowman Needle Felting Kit from Bella Luna Toys! What a Wonderful Addition to Your Winter Crafting and Nature Table Display!

Here are the terms to enter to win:

1. Purchase a King Winter Theme Book from Little Acorn Learning ((Here))
2. Sign Up to Join Our Mailing List on Our Website , Facebook Fan Page or Blog
3. Spread the Word on Facebook, Twitter, Your Blog or Website and Link Back to This Blog Post
4. Leave a Comment on This Blog Post in the Comments Section Letting Us Know and/or Sharing the Link

The More Places You Share the Link The More Times You are Entered to Win!
Check Back Here on 12/27/10 To See if You Won!

Happy Winter!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Beeswax Christmas Scene

When I first began working with beeswax in my little school, I really didn't know what to do with it.
We'd get frustrated warming it with our hands as little children do not often have the patience to wait as long as older children and adults do.

Then we weren't really sure what do even do with it. The children would make little balls or snakes but our creativity stopped there.
Then I learned a few 'tricks' including warming our wax in hot water before we began. I prefer to warm it in hands but when working with a large group of children it can become daunting so this was my compromise and it was wonderful!
Then my older daughters and I started thinking outside-of-the-box a little. What was this week's theme? What holidays were approaching? How can we make something a bit more meaningful for our nature display using this wonderful medium?
Boy have we come a long way! This year we've enjoyed making beautiful little pumpkins for harvest time.
We also made a wonderful Spooky Halloween Scene together.
We also had fun making pretty Beeswax Suns to celebrate the Summer Solstice.
Here is an older post on my frustration with working with beeswax with children.
Now we are having so much fun and our scenes are becoming more and more involved.
Each child who visits my home helps in some way. The older girls doing the more detailed work and the younger ones forming balls or other shapes that we can accessorize in some way.
I would love to see ideas that others have come up with working with beeswax modeling material.

Please feel free to leave a link to a blog post or photo of any creations you've made!
Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Saint Lucia Feast of Light

St. Lucia Verse

Night Goes with silent steps
Round house and cottage.
Over earth that sun forgot
Dark shadows linger.
Then on our threshold stands
White clad, in candlelight
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia

Lussekatter (St. Lucy Buns)

**taken from our December Little Acorn Learning Guides

Supplies Needed:
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup scaled milk
1/3 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
6 packages of dry active yeast
dash of salt
2 eggs, beaten
6 - 8 cups sifted flour
1/3 cup raisins

Mix butter, cream and salt and stir. Mix yeast, milk and 2 tablespoons of the
sugar – leave aside for 10 minutes or more until it foams. Mix both butter
mixture and yeast mixture along with one of the beaten eggs and remaining
sugar. Gradually stir in the flour until a stiff dough forms. Put the mixture
on a floured surface and knead 10 minutes. Add more flour if necessary.
Place dough into a greased bowl, cover and let it rise until it doubles in bulk.
Divide dough into 5” strips about 1” wide. Shape the strips into an ‘S’ shape
and decorate with raisins. Brush with the remaining beaten egg and place on
greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise for one hour. Bake at 400 degrees
approximately 10 minutes (until lightly brown, check buns often)

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Busy Little Elves

The Elves and The Shoemaker

~The Brothers Grimm

There was once a shoemaker, who worked very hard and was very honest: but still he could not earn enough to live upon; and at last all he had in the world was gone, save just leather enough to make one pair of shoes.

Then he cut his leather out, all ready to make up the next day, meaning to rise early in the morning to his work. His conscience was clear and his heart light amidst all his troubles; so he went peaceably to bed, left all his cares to Heaven, and soon fell asleep. In the morning after he had said his prayers, he sat himself down to his work; when, to his great wonder, there stood the shoes all ready made, upon the table. The good man knew not what to say or think at such an odd thing happening. He looked at the workmanship; there was not one false stitch in the whole job; all was so neat and true, that it was quite a masterpiece.


The same day a customer came in, and the shoes suited him so well that he willingly paid a price higher than usual for them; and the poor shoemaker, with the money, bought leather enough to make two pairs more. In the evening he cut out the work, and went to bed early, that he might get up and begin betimes next day; but he was saved all the trouble, for when he got up in the morning the work was done ready to his hand. Soon in came buyers, who paid him handsomely for his goods, so that he bought leather enough for four pair more. He cut out the work again overnight and found it done in the morning, as before; and so it went on for some time: what was got ready in the evening was always done by daybreak, and the good man soon became thriving and well off again.

One evening, about Christmas-time, as he and his wife were sitting over the fire chatting together, he said to her, ’I should like to sit up and watch tonight, that we may see who it is that comes and does my work for me.’ The wife liked the thought; so they left a light burning, and hid themselves in a corner of the room, behind a curtain that was hung up there, and watched what would happen.

As soon as it was midnight, there came in two little naked dwarfs; and they sat themselves upon the shoemaker’s bench, took up all the work that was cut out, and began to ply with their little fingers, stitching and rapping and tapping away at such a rate, that the shoemaker was all wonder, and could not take his eyes off them. And on they went, till the job was quite done, and the shoes stood ready for use upon the table. This was long before daybreak; and then they bustled away as quick as lightning.


The next day the wife said to the shoemaker. ’These little wights have made us rich, and we ought to be thankful to them, and do them a good turn if we can. I am quite sorry to see them run about as they do; and indeed it is not very decent, for they have nothing upon their backs to keep off the cold. I’ll tell you what, I will make each of them a shirt, and a coat and waistcoat, and a pair of pantaloons into the bargain; and do you make each of them a little pair of shoes.’

The thought pleased the good cobbler very much; and one evening, when all the things were ready, they laid them on the table, instead of the work that they used to cut out, and then went and hid themselves, to watch what the little elves would do.

About midnight in they came, dancing and skipping, hopped round the room, and then went to sit down to their work as usual; but when they saw the clothes lying for them, they laughed and chuckled, and seemed mightily delighted.

Then they dressed themselves in the twinkling of an eye, and danced and capered and sprang about, as merry as could be; till at last they danced out at the door, and away over the green.

The good couple saw them no more; but everything went well with them from that time forward, as long as they lived.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmases Past and Present

As the years go by, decorating the tree is like uncovering a box of memories.
There are vintage ornaments from when Brian and I were young. There are also ornaments from so many years of ornament decorating parties - a tradition we started with dear friends and our children. Each year we get together right before Christmas and make handmade ornaments with each other. The children write their names and the date on their ornaments and now, each year, they love opening up their own special box and talking about each ornament and the parties we enjoyed doing so.

And every year, it is a tradition in our family for all four of our girls to decorate the tree together. We also really love to include our pets :)
The girls get to hear my story every Christmas about this one walnut ornament I still have from when I was a Brownie Girl Scout back in 1981-82. I remember making it and how cool I thought it was. And I think its even cooler now that it lasted almost 30 years. That's one tough walnut!
This is also Caicos' very first Christmas. And our first Christmas with her in our lives. She is such a sweet girl and she just loves all of the activity and attention she gets here.

As I look at all of our years of memories together on one tree... I can't help but feel a little bit sad. I miss so many of those wonderful Christmases past. I miss the baby smell and giggles... I miss the youth of our life together.

But I am also filled with such gratitude and joy... and anticipation of what is to come.My family laughs at me because I already speak about my grandchildren that I've yet to know. I can see them filling my home with laughter and joy... I can picture myself sharing these precious moments once again with young children whom I love so very much.
I imagine my house full of the same beautiful people many years from now... with more little beautiful people to come.
And my sadness turns to Joy once again.
And that is what is so beautiful about this wonderful season.
I will never EVER remember the presents I had under my tree.
But I will never EVER forget...
the LOVE I had in my home.
xoxo