We celebrated May Day this week with a traditional May pole dance, flower crowns and a picnic lunch. The children also painted coffee filters which were turned into clothespin butterflies and wrapped ribbons onto fairy sticks. Children and parents alike painted a canvas which will become our new classroom flag. It was a gorgeous day!
We gathered at school this evening to celebrate the Winter Solstice with a traditional spiral walk to welcome the return of the sun and longer days ahead. The week before the children made lanterns out of watercolor paintings they had made using warm colors of reds and golds. They also decorated the classroom with seasonal foliage and created a table center piece with weekly offerings for the Stone Kingdom, Plant Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and the Human Kingdom. Tonight we brought offerings for a potluck dinner which was enjoyed after the walk. If you are interested in learning more about spiral walks and other Waldorf inspired Advent traditions, you can read about them here.
Our parents made a hand-sewn banner and brought flowers and pumpkins to decorate the table.
The children wore costumes and enjoyed playing, checking out some farm equipment and goats and sampling fresh-squeezed apple cider while parents “mommed” the booth.
By selling homemade popcorn (with our own freshly-made butter!), leaf-rubbing notecards made by the children and mom-made baked goods, we were able to raise some money for our school and share the fun of a local community festival.
During the festivities, the children made apple prints using apples they had picked themselves during the trip last week to Long Branch Environmental Center. They also made some adorable fairies using fall leaves and acorns they had collected from the woods on the school grounds, and displayed in the trees the silks they had dyed using goldenrod flowers.
Before the meal, we gathered in a circle to formally welcome the fall season with songs and a telling and group performance of the story “The Turnip.” After everyone had their fill from the potluck table, the bright yellow silks were suddenly pulled from the trees and donned as gowns, capes and who-knows-what-else. Our children suddenly and mysteriously turned into princesses, dragons and knights, roaming the trees and field deep in their imaginary playworld.
There are still two openings in our preschool class this fall. If you would like to join the fun, please contact us!
We ushered in autumn at Luther Ridge with fellow Waldorf community members. There were crafts available (wet felted comets and fairy looms), apple cider pressing, a puppet show and a circle dance to tame the dragon. And Mother Nature’s concert of thunder and rain to play in harmony with the battle. When the rain passed, the children enjoyed the puddles to the fullest. Thanks to the friends who gave so much to bring a beautiful, magical celebration to us. Blessings to all!
Join us for May Faire, Sunday, May 23 2-5 p.m. at The Unity Center in Fletcher
•Live Music, Food, & Fun! •Crafting Activities for Children•Shop the handmade Toy & Craft Market•Join in May Pole Dancing•Silent Auction Benefit•Activities for the Whole Family…only $3/family
If you have something to donate to our silent auction, the proceeds will directly benefit our sweet co-op school, Grow With Me, and you will have an opportunity to market to a large group. Please get in touch with us by May 16 if you are willing to donate and we will happily pick up the item and any marketing materials you may want to accompany the display. Feel free to think outside the box…a few hours of childcare, handmade toys, & gift certificates would be big hits! And most of all, we hope that you will join us for the May Faire event!
If you’re interested in selling items in the craft market and would like to rent a table please contact Kate Reese,moonhawk38@yahoo. com.