Friday, September 21, 2018

Autumn Comes Tomorrow

Soon down to earth will flutter
The withered autumn leaves,
The meadows all are empty,
And earth in silences grieves.

The days begin to shorten,
The nights are long and chill;
The birds have all departed,
To find another spring.

This Saturday, September 22 marks the beginning of autumn.  In Connecticut, the air is already starting to get crisp with temperatures in the 60's and 70's the last week and the leaves are beginning to change. Living in a new town with so many beautiful trees surrounding our property is such beautiful inspiration for writing again and I truly love the change of each season. Autumn, always being my favorite.

~Are you looking for ways to celebrate the beautiful early autumn festivals and months with your children?  Little Acorn Learning has put together amazing guides filled with verses, fingerplays, poems, songs, crafts, meditations, book recommendations, circle times, recipes and much more to assist you. We have been writing since 2005 and our programs are loved and cherished by Waldorf mamas and papas internationally.  Here are some that you may find useful:

Like every autumn, we went apple picking and began decorating our new home for Halloween. I am excited to be putting my full attention once again into my writing and Little Acorn Learning business after a difficult two years of change and transitions. Festivals, holidays and traditions are a wonderful way to keep us grounded when life is ever changing around us, and it is something I am grateful for.

The cooler air also is when I tend to do more knitting and cooking. I have been trying very hard to only eat vegetarian and it is much easier when there are good recipes to make. We made a delicious vegan chili, homemade pizzas, sauce from the tomatoes in our garden and roasted vegetables.

I love the colors, the warm recipes and all of the delicious vegetables that are in season this time of year. My dog seems to love the yarn.  Each time I begin this sock pattern and walk away, I find it eaten and unraveled by him. So, I've restarted quite a few times and learned to keep it up high and out of sight unless I'm right there. Knitted socks never go well for me... I've lost one, frogged a bunch and broken needles.. but I am not giving up!  Hopefully you will see a pair of completed socks on the blog at some point.  

Always remaining grateful for inevitable and constant change... leaves, seasons and life... and remembering to always try to focus on the present and the good in each moment which becomes more and more clear when you hold on and remain hopeful through all transitions.

Monday, January 1, 2018

4 Ways to Celebrate Today's Full Moon with Your Children

Happy New Year to All of You!

May today be the beginning of a beautiful new time and year ahead filled with peace, love and mindful presence with the children you care for.

Today is also the first full moon of January.  This moon is often referred to as the Full Wolf Moon in Native American culture.  It is a time when food becomes scarce, the cold and darkness is surrounding us and we look to go within, find warmth and strength to endure with the promise of the rebirth of Spring in the upcoming months. You can imagine the wolves and other animals in nature working toward this same sense of survival, strength and endurance at this time.

January 2018 also has a blue moon. When two full moons happen in one month, the second is referred to as a blue moon.  This year, the second moon will occur on January 31st.  This is a beautiful sign of abundance at the very start of a new, fresh year.

Ideas to celebrate the Full Moons of January:

  • Depending on where you live, consider having an outdoor winter campfire tonight.  For us, temperatures have been hitting the single digits so we will instead make a fire inside and cuddle up with some hot cocoa or tea.  
  • Take a full moon hike.  Bundle up, bring flashlights and go on a walk in the moonlight.  Be sure to take time to be still and look up at the night sky. 
  • Paint or draw the full moon or a winter scene together. 
  • Bake moon bread or cookies. Simply follow your favorite recipe and challenge the children to make the shape of moons and stars. Alternatively, cut moon and star shapes out of dough or beeswax. 

Wishing you a beautiful 2018!