My mother use to say this verse to us the night before our birthdays. I’ll never forget the feeling I got calling her up to ask how it went, so that I could share it with my own daughter.
Now the kids anticipate it and often remind me of how many kisses they will get on their birthdays for a few days in advance.
When I have said my evening prayer,
And my clothes are folded on the chair,
And mother switches off the light,
I’ll still be ** years old tonight.
But from the very break of day,
Before the children rise and play,
Before the darkness turns to gold,
Tomorrow, I’ll be ** years old.
** kisses when I wake,
** candles on my cake.
This knit ball is as easy to make as it is fun to play with.
A very simple ball made from a knit rectangle. It’s the perfect first project for a new knitter.
You could also make a similar ball by crocheting a rectangle and following the sewing instructions.
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It’s Thursday and in our house that means baking day!
Our littlest has been begging to make apple pie for weeks now. The book Farmer Boy has had a lot to do with this. I have no idea where that mother found time to bake so many pies, but it seems they are always eating some. My son is especially impressed that the boy often eats pie for breakfast.
Because of this it was no surprise to me when early Friday morning my son (without asking permission) helped himself to a slice of pie 🙂 I really couldn’t do anything but smile. It was at that moment I realized that breakfast pie was the real reason he was begging to bake one all along.
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How did this little one get to be 5 years old already?
I love this child.
Continue reading “5th Birthday at the Lagoon”
Math Boards are one of my favorite things about Waldorf homeschooling. Even our neighborhood kids like to play with it. One day we want to make a giant 100 peg one! A girl can dream 🙂
The math board is used by skip counting with the yarn form peg to peg. As you go around the board lovely geometric shapes appear!
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What a fun experience! This little baby boy is a gift for my son. He’s my first attempt at a Waldorf inspired sculpted art doll. The face is made in a similar way to a more traditional Waldorf doll, but then the face is sculpted using thread and wool felting. Once the skin fabric was sewn on he really came to life! Given how enjoyable it was to work on this face, I know there will be many more to come
I will prepare tutorial to help you make one as well. Hope to have it ready soon 🙂
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The Elves and the Shoemaker
Grimm’s Fairy Tales
*Audio file at the end
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The Little Match Girl
~Hans Christian Andersen
*Audio file at the end
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Over the past year I’ve been collecting a list of movies for the kids. It was a chore every Friday to try and find a movie we all could agree on.
Having this list as a go to has really made life easier. I can’t vouch for all these movies, there are many on the list we have not seen, but I separate those pretty clearly. Hopefully others will find this list useful 🙂
Please feel free to comment and share your favorite movies or options about the ones listed here.
I tried to verify the age appropriate and violence content of these films mostly using Common Sense Media. But for films that did not come up on their list I had to use other sources.
~Movies we love: Continue reading “Our Movie List”
Math is one of my favorite subjects. Lately I have been looking into older more traditional ways of teaching mathematics -which has brought me to Ray’s Arithmetic.
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This photo is a little old, but I love it. It was the day Audrey discovered the connection between our skip counting and multiplication.
The simple charm of a morning homeschooling. I treasure these days, time is moving so fast.
The Groac’h of the Isle of Lok
Edited by Andrew Lang
*Audio file at the end
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Mabon is a Pagan ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and the God during the coming winter months. The name Mabon was coined by Aidan Kelly around 1970 as a reference to Mabon ap Modron, a character from Welsh mythology. Among the sabbats, it is the second of the three Pagan harvest festivals, preceded by Lammas/Lughnasadh and followed by Samhain.
Falls around September 21st -the Autumnal Equinox
Simple Mabon Rites with children
One great way to celebrate Autumn is with a trip to a local farm. This time of year many have apple picking, hay rides and even cider making. Once you get your fresh picked apples home, try making some baked apples, apple butter, apple sauce or pie!
Participating in a local food drive (or hosting one) is a great way to share in the abundance of harvest and to give back. Also volunteering with a soup kitchen is a great way to get involved.
Take this time also to clear out what you no longer need. Go through the closets and cupboards and fill a box with trash and anther with items to sell or donate.
Get the family outdoors together. Hikes, scavenger hunts or even just a trip to the local park are great ways to experience the changing season and enjoy nature.
Giving thanks for the abundance in our lives is another great way to celebrate this season. Depending on your families religious beliefs, say a prayer of gratitude to your god, the universe, or even just those people, animals and plants that make your life possible.
I’ve finally found a simple and free pattern for these little knit friends just click on the link and it will take you right to the downloadable PDF. This pattern is by Jean Greenhouse
Once you get the hang of the pattern, they are very versatile. You could easily be adapt the pattern to make elves, gnomes, simple comfort dolls -anything. You can make them with cotton, wool or any yarn you’d like. If you use a larger bulky yarn the dolls will be bigger, a thin yarn with small needles will give you a smaller doll.
Have fun 🙂
I’d love to see your creations, share them with us on FaceBook!