Thursday, November 15, 2018

November - Little Eagle Feather Lantern Circle

On the Waldorf calendar, November 11 is Martinmas. Here are a few notes from our week of Lantern Fun!

This week's story came from Movement Journeys and Circle Adventures: Movement Enrichment with a Therapeutic Approach for Early Childhood volume 1 by Nancy Blanning and Laurie Clark.

I made just a few slight changes:

1. After the first paragraph of the story I added the song "Little Cricket" from Nancy Foster's Let Us Form a Ring: An Acorn Hill Anthology (this song is also on the Let Us Form a Ring CD set, as track 11 on disc 1).

2. For the Native American song and dance, I used a drum and a verse from the Little Dawn Boy Circle compiled by JoAnne Dennee:

    Over the Rainbow Trail we go!
    Hither we wander, thither we wander,
    Over the beautiful trail we go!

3. At the end of the circle, when the children lie down to sleep, I played them "Tucked in for the Night," track 1 from Native American Flute Lullabies.

We continued with our Songs, Verses & Movement for classroom routines. I did, however, bring a lot of new movement verses into our Circle Time, to celebrate the change from wet weather to cold and snowy weather! It seems that my reading Winter, Awake! last week really did the trick, since we woke up Tuesday morning to a dusting of snow on the ground... and then a big snowstorm hit this region on Wednesday and Thursday. Hello, King Winter!

Circle Time

Monday, November 12

All I can say is, Mmmmm.... muffins! We were glad to have Natalie home from school to help us cook today!

Tuesday, November 13

Festivals Together: A Guide to Multicultural Celebration has instructions for adapting a pinch pot project to be a beautiful little clay lantern. We used Stonex self-hardening clay. It was a wonderful sensory experience to work slowly and carefully with the cool sticky clay and then wash our hands in a basin of warm soapy water and rub them dry on a clean nubby towel.

Thursday, November 15

Of course we started today by playing outside for 1 1/2 hours in the snow!

Then the children came inside to warm up with some delicious Stone Soup. Here was our list of group contributions to the Stone Soup this week:

sweet potato
white potato
fresh parsley

In our "Little Eagle Feather" movement journey this week, the children have been acting out movements for the animals he meets throughout the story: Gentle Deer, Mother Beetle, Snowy White Owl, Brother Hedgehog, Sister Squirrel, Friend Cricket.

Today I told the story as a puppetry, using wooden animals which we had on hand. I also used some simple household objects to represent animals. Nell Smyth talks on page 127 of The Breathing Circle about telling a story several times and swapping out the puppets for more and more abstract forms (such as a green sock instead of a snake), to help the children develop flexibility in their thinking. She explains that this helps them build "a flexible relation to symbolic play." Here is what I used:

    Gentle Deer

    flattened glass marble
    Mother Beetle

    large white two-hole button
    Snowy White Owl

    sweetgum ball
    Brother Hedgehog

    Sister Squirrel

    grape rachis & pedicel
    Friend Cricket

Our handwork project for today was to make small rolled beeswax candles to fit inside our little clay lanterns. The children loved making their own candles, and were very excited to take their lanterns home for their Nature display or Thanksgiving table centerpiece!

Next week we are having our Autumn Break and there will be NO SCHOOL.

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Ninety-Nine Photos from the End of October

using long tweezers to pluck sunflower seeds out of 
a fresh sunflower head from the Farmer's Market

place value to the millions place with the Bank Game material

our beautiful pure white angora fiber from Homestead Happenings

we marvel at how soft it is

it's just absolutely beautiful

finding the membrane under the raw duck egg shell

putting a chicken egg and a duck egg in vinegar to see what happens...

alphabetical order in Word Study

adding final details to the HHS

using oil pastels to do a watercolor resist of < dendrite >
as part of our SWI study of < tree > and *deru 

getting ready to do paintings of our sunflower head
in the style of Vincent van Gogh


more paint... 

and a bit more paint...
we loved how van Gogh laid his paint down so thickly!

shaking cream to make butter

a jar full of whipped cream,
about to become delicious butter and buttermilk

outdoor play with sticks
here, the sticks are becoming fire hoses

the fire truck responds to the scene

happy times spent in the magnolia tree

lunch in the tree, lunch under the tree

some examples of Zac's early understanding of morphology

morphological relatives share a base
etymological relatives share a root

thank you to Miss Aliya for being a wonderful Stone Soup helper!

learning about the health benefits of each vegetable

giving Miss Aliya handfuls of veggies to add to the pot

this little rabbit is making himself a carrot sandwich

dividing with fractions

dividing with the Stamp Game material

after outside play time we have board game time while 
we wait for the parents and grandparents to come...
Snail's Pace Race is a steady favorite

our study of < Halloween > and < Samhain > in SWI
goes nicely with our Haunted Houses of Speech and
the pumpkins we decorated & donated to the Pumpkin Glow

Zac's painted pumpkin, "Night"

pumpkins, pumpkins, everywhere 

the house is festively decorated for Autumn

with a long row of heritage pumpkins along the sidewalk

dropping off our contributions to the Pumpkin Glow night-time hike 

our SWI brainstorm of words which contain the bound base < struct >

a visit from Albus... so tiny and adorable

doing the final steps in the oil pastel cardinal artwork

bird research for Science Club

we won several prizes in the Pumpkin Glow decorating contests!

Zac and Becca's decorated book character pumpkins for the library contest
Zac did a "Wild Thing"
Becca did "Ginny Weasley"

Natalie's spider all lit up

watercolor resist spider web artwork

sprinkling salt on wet watercolor paint

wait... the trash truck is going by!

writing a rough draft for the main lesson book

the Montessori math materials organized in our Math area

Activity Sets allow students to work as independently as possible 
to practice skills which have already been taught
working at their own pace and self-checking their daily Math work

adding the Montessori Grammar Symbols to the MLB

putting the Table of Contents in the finished books
and decorating the front and back covers

Zac is ready to go trick-or-treating in his awesome dragon cape

Happy Halloween from Witchamaroo the pocket witch!

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