Saturday, February 26, 2011

Celebrate Rainbows, Creating Color - Free Ebook!!!

Our March Afterchool Enrichment Ebook is Here! It is so Magical!!! Over 130 Pages of Waldorf Enrichment!
As a Spring Gift to YOU - I am also giving away a *FREE* 23 Page Ebook from Week Five of the March Enrichment Guide. It is an entire WEEK full of exciting verses, recipes, crafts, songs and activities to celebrate Rainbows, Creating Color with your children - Go download it today!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Making Soup

How many times have I made vegetable soup with the children? Absolutely not enough.

As I was setting up they began to use the carrots as 'people' in their play. Do you see how very simple play can be???
They are so capable of play in every day life - we do not have to add anything. Can we just watch? And just... stop... stop and not add... not comment... not change or enhance.... just watch?
My youngest daughter is turning into a 'girl' and these photos speak that to me. A part of me longs to have a baby in my home again - but I know that time in my life is over... and a piece of me is excited for our future together as a grown-up family. A family that can talk about deeper subjects and go special places... share secrets and work on more difficult projects.
I've worked hard at my role as a mother to little ones. And I just love it. So much so, that is is hard to let go of. But I know.... I will have little ones to care for again - not only in my childcare work but in my family home. My grandchildren one day will fill this space... with laughter, love, kisses, chocolate faces...
And I swear I cannot wait. You may call me crazy but I think of them always. Each decision I make, I think of them.... I imagine them in my home... I imagine them living in this world. I pray for them and especially my daughters, one day as mothers - trying - hoping - loving - to change this place and make a difference like I have tried to do in this little space called home.
And I love them already. Is that crazy? I love people who are not yet here. And I hope they will one day read this and know that. And I think... that if everyone just tried to think like this a little... the decisions they made would be so very different. But for now, I will remember how very grateful I am to love my work as mother and childcare provider. Making yummy soup and saving the scraps for our compost. :)

Teaching children how GOOD food can be.
Making my space in this world. And do you know what???
After this morning of cutting and washing and cooking...
These little children ate more than 4 bowls EACH of soup...of PURE veggies.
They even ate the onions...
And the zucchini

Blessings on the Blossom
Blessings on the Root
Blessings on the Leaf and Stem
Blessings on the Fruit
Oh... and guess what? They now LOVE mushrooms! See this sweet boy eating them all up???
Amazing isn't it?
xoxo

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Joyful Days with Toddlers - Live Teleclass!

If you spend your days with young children, you will love this live teleclass led by my friend Faith Baldwin, inspired by Waldorf principles and practices. Filled with practical tips and inspiration, this multi-media class will be a combination of online readings and discussion, conference calls, and video footage taken at Faith's home daycare, Rainbow Bridge.
Topics include:

~Life as the Curriculum
~Teach Children to Interact Graciously
~Make Mealtimes Special
~Smooth and Easy Transitions
~A Nurturing Environment
~Be Your Best Self

Choose one:
Session 1: Six sundays, 2:00-3:15pm Mountain Time, Feb 27-April 3, 2011
Session 2: Six tuesdays, 6:30-7:45pm Mountain Time, March 1-April 5, 2011
All calls will be recorded for those who can't make it
Introductory Price: $150

Email Faith for availability: faithrainbow@yahoo.com

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

For Valentine's Day

Out of a snow cloud, cold and gray,
Something dropped on St. Valentine's Day,

Whirling and twirling and soft and light,
Like wee little letters all dainty and white,

And I guess the sky children were sending down,
This Valentine straight to the children in town.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Will you be my Valentine?

I left a little sweetness out for my four lovely girls...
I hope they felt the love I have for each one of them today.
A special silk, sweet felt dolls, play clips and a lollipop for the three little ones...

And a wrapped amber necklace and some sweets for my teen girl.

My loves left me a few presents too. Chocolates!
Sweet cards.

And flowers and a day at the Spa - wow!

xoxo

Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Giveaway Winners!!

Congratulations to the following individuals for winning our latest giveaway! Thank you so much to everyone who participated.

Steph Nutter of KinderBeginnings won a FREE space in our Anthroposophy 101 ECourse beginning this February 27th and running for six weeks. This is a $100 Value - Whooo Hoooo!

Hallie won a Free February Five Day Guide or February Enrichment Guide from Little Acorn Learning!

Kari from backingfromtheedge won a Free February 3 Day Lesson Plan from Little Acorn Learning!

Winners, please contact me directly at eileen(at)littleacornlearning.com to claim your prizes!

Enjoy!
xoxo

A Valentine for Mother

I want to send my sweetheart dear


A little Valentine


All made of hearts and arrows bright


On lacy paper fine


And 'way up in the corner too


It will have a little dove,


And underneath this message sweet "To Mother, with my love."









Tuesday, February 8, 2011

HUGE GIVEAWAY - Enter to Win a FREE Space in Anthroposophy 101

We are offering a HUGE giveaway/contest - including a chance to win a FREE space in our very first ECourse, Anthroposophy 101 among other Goodies from Little Acorn Learning!
Here's how to Enter to WIN!

Link to the Ecourse Page on your blog, website or Facebook page - here is the link to promote: http://www.littleacornlearning.com/Anthroposophy101.html

Come back to our blog post here and enter the link to where you shared the ecourse and your information in our comments section so we can enter you and know how to contact you.

Come back to our blog on Thursday, February 10th after 5 p.m. EST to see what you won!

1st Place Winner will Win a FREE space in the ECourse ($100 Value!)

2nd Place Winner will win a FREE February Enrichment Guide or February Five Day Lesson Plan Guide from Little Acorn Learning - Your Choice! ($24.99 Value!)

3rd Place Winner will win a FREE February Three Day Lesson Plan Guide from Little Acorn Learning ($19.99 Value!)

All winners will be chosen randomly with a random number generator.

Good Luck!

Making Veggie Soup

This morning we made veggie soup together at Little Acorn Playgarden. The weather has been so cold and we've gotten so much snow - it was the perfect thing to warm us up :)
THIS is the curriculum I use in my nursery program. Real life - real daily tasks - family living. My guides and lesson plans also follow this type of learning - 'life as the curriculum' is exactly what young children need and I am so grateful for training programs such as Lifeways that aim to protect each child's right to a childhood full of living, playing and loving for healthy development. Isn't this what all young children should be doing with their days?
Each child picks a veggie out so Ms. Eileen can peel. When we make soup with the school aged children, they are able to help peel and cut with care but the little ones work more as 'helpers'.
After all of our veggies have been peeled, each child picks a few to wash in the sink. Toddlers are more than capable of washing and they really enjoy working with their hands and playing with the water :)

Peel the Veggies one by one.
Making sure our work gets done.

Wash the Veggies nice and clean
Not a trace of dirt be seen.

Cut the Veggies nice and small.
Potatoes, carrots, one and all.

Put the Veggies in the Pot.
Stir it up. Nice and Hot.
Stir it up. Nice and Hot.
We take turns putting our chopped veggies into the bowl with broth.
I wait to heat the soup until the entire process is done so the children can help with most of the tasks. It doesn't affect the cooking time or end result and they are so happy to be a part of it all.

This is a wonderful way to make TWO snacks out of one process. We ate the raw veggie slices as we cooked this morning and after we wake up from our nap time, we will have a warm and healthy snack to enjoy with the children who come home from school.

Stay Warm!
xoxo