The essence of this sweet story is that the dwarves march underground to visit all of the sleeping animals. They sing to them gently. Then they do some magic to see what each sleeping animal is dreaming about. It's a great movement journey because the children get to do all of the motions: hopping for the bunny, crawling for the beetle, bear walking for the bear, flying for the ladybug, eating for the caterpillar. This week we also added in letting the children name some new animals which we acted out. My favorite was the snake basking in the summer sun.
The "Winter" story is on pages 47-48 and "Trample Trip" is on page 100.
We continued with our Songs, Verses & Movement for classroom routines.
#1 - "Good Morning, Dear Earth" verse
#2 - "Morning Verse"
from A Child's Seasonal Treasury, page 13
#3 - "Good Morning Feet!" verse
from The Breathing Circle, page 65
#4 - "Hippo Song" verse
from The Breathing Circle, page 71
#5 - "We Push the Saw, We Pull the Saw" verse
from The Breathing Circle, page 76
#6 - "Trample Trip" verse
from Eurythmy for the Young Child, page 100
"Winter" movement journey
from Eurythmy for the Young Child, page 47
Monday, January 27
Fire Station field trip! We also read Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle, where the father is the nurturing parent watching over eggs and babies.
Thursday, January 30
Stone Soup today! This week included chicken broth, onion, celery, carrot, sweet potato, okra, kale, and rice. Thank you to everyone who contributed!
I definitely noticed increased play with the Fagus Fire Engine this week, as the younger children (ages 3-4) acted out rescuing scenarios over and over.
If you're interested in going more deeply into the Protector and working with bringing these images in a reassuring way to young children, Suzanne Down has a wonderful online storywriting class called The Protection Story - A 10-Day Writing Challenge Course. It just opened up yesterday February 1st.
Suzanne also has an intensive therapeutic puppetry workshop in Boulder CO from July 17-21 called 'Touched into Being' - The Mother Archetype and How Puppetry Supports the 4 Lower Senses. In this workshop you actually make a "Mother" rod puppet using hand sewing and needle felting, then use it to tell your stories. I have done this with her. It was an incredible experience.
With the older students we actually tied in our new No-Fault Classroom activities with the idea of Protector. I like the idea of working more directly with mindfulness with our younger students as well, so we will take up The Kindness Curriculum (available as a download at no charge from The Center for Healthy Minds, University of Madison-Wisconsin). I'm excited to begin!
Lastly, February 1st was also the start of Nonviolent Carbondale's annual 11 Days for Peace. This series of community events will run from Feb 1 - 11. Here is the schedule; there's a lot going on! I hope you find something on this list that interests you. We could all benefit from carving out some time for mindfulness, practicing compassionate and nonviolent communication, and holding the idea of Protector in our hearts!
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