Monday, August 29, 2011

Hail to Thee Great Apple Tree!

Hail to thee great apple tree!

Climb right up that I may see...

Great big apples, ripe and sweet
Great big apples good to eat

 Weighing in our work

Serving it up for dessert

with homemade ice cream. 


Thank you, thank you Mother Earth
Thank you for our food.

For more apple verses, songs, puppet story, recipes, rhythms and goodness:

The focus topic for the month of September  2011 is Storytelling.

We'll look at:

  • The riches Waldorf education brings through storytelling 
  • Age appropriate stories and why, what story best supports the child at what age? 
  • Tutorial on making table puppets 
  • How to set up the space for puppet story 
  • Ideas for creating a puppetry group in your community 

Friday, August 26, 2011

{this moment}

A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 

along with Amanda over at SouleMama

Friday, August 19, 2011

Monthly Guides are Back!

I am so very excited to share with you the news of the return of the Celebrating the Rhythm of Life in Caring for Children through the Year materials. I have read all of your very kind, honest and thorough comments in the feedback and taken them to heart. The new format retains all of the elements you love with some expansion in a few areas. I've been striving to keep it all very simple, easy for you to read and digest. I have also made it more process and community oriented this time around.

The material will be available in a packet (pdf) and online along with the rest of the program. Participants may sign up for the month or for the school year, from September to July

Each month the material for The Celebrating the Rhythm of Life in Caring for Children Program includes:

  • Materials packet with verse, song, circle, finger play, story, activities
  • Daily and Weekly rhythm plan (if you want it sketched out ~ it's here)
  • Menus with recipes based on Steiner's grains (breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea)
  • Handwork for each month with hands on tutorial
  • Artistic Activity for each month
  • Festival life ~ background and celebration ideas
  • Seasonal foods to plant, harvest and prepare with children
  • My favorite book suggestions
  • In the Morning Garden ( a tip each month for group programs)
  • After school (Activities, Recipes, Stories for the grade school child)
  • Focus topic for each month
  • Pedagogy behind the topic
  •  Practical activity with monthly topic
  • Exercise to do with the topic ~ practice
  • Reflection ~ questions for nurturing the inner life
  • Partners to support each other
  • Private online discussion group
  • Occasional blog posts throughout the month
  • Ideas for creating community where you live
Come join in, create community, find support, receive encouragement!

Often the artistic, handwork and practical activity with overlap with each other so you will not have a huge number of projects each month.

After many years of giving freely to help others along the Waldorf Way, I have made the decision to charge a fee for this material to help me continue to do this work and support my family. The Wonder of Childhood will continue to be free of a subscription charge.

By the month $45 per month
From September until July (with July as bonus) $45

Go here to enroll.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Cookie Making for Beach Going

We had a big chunk of time alone together on a beautiful, warm, sunny, summer morning.

I gave it up to my little one, "whatever you want to do, I'm game."

Can you guess what he chose....

We put on our aprons and let the mixer do its magic with butter and sugar...

we whisked  flour, salt and baling powder...

added  eggs and vanilla.

Then I realized, we had no chips. So I raided the S'mores stash and he chopped up some Hershey bars.

We packed it up and rambled down to the beach for a swim.

Oh please, just one more minute in the more swim to the rocks?

Who could say no?

Friday, August 5, 2011

{this moment}

{this moment}

A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

inspired by SouleMama

Thursday, August 4, 2011

It's Calling Me

I'm trying so hard to get here.
I am supposed to be working this week: writing, editing, washing, ironing, cooking, painting and planning.

Big brother is off on a Kroka expedition and little brother and his dad are off having adventures together. This is my time to work through the "to do" list.

The first articles of August are up on the Magazine and looking good. I love bringing together the work that expresses the passion of so many gifted people. I have more ideas and visions than I have time to put together in a day or a week, maybe in a lifetime. So I keep at it, "inch by inch and step by step," as my dear friend Aaiyn says. But after a while my thoughts get frazzled.

And you know how it goes when your brain is so scrambled from trying to think too much, in too many directions at the same moment? I usually  try to step out of my life without going too far away, a walk in the woods helps, so does a movie. So the other night I watched a movie, a really good movie, one of those movies with beautiful lingering images and the reminder that even though life is hard, life is beautiful.

Have you seen it? It's A Sunshine of Rainbows? It takes place on the rugged coast of Ireland. It's a timeless movie with simple, natural, beauty. So much beauty, the rugged coast, the simple life, the kindness and goodness of people. The clothing of the characters is so lovely, all of it,  handmade and surely full of love, knit sweaters, crochet scarves and wraps, hand made socks, woven fabrics, all gorgeous and beautiful in their simplicity and connection to the land and animals. Chickens, sheep and the garden supply food and wool. So simple. Such beauty and loss and grief. It's not all happy happy you know.

Back to work for me. Have you seen the movie? Did you like it? Any not- to- miss movies you might recommend? I need more movies.
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