Saturday, December 6, 2008

Saint Nicholas day

Today is December 6, St. Nick.
Last night Nina put her shoe outside along with a little drawing for Saint Nicholas. She woke up in the middle of the night to check if there are any treats in her shoe. She was talking about it all day. Saint Nick did come by our house and put and orange for the sun, a coin for the moon, and a treat for the sweetness of life in her shoe...
.. a start of a great tradition..

Friday, November 28, 2008

Steiner verse for Advent

The first light of Advent is the light of stones.
Stones that live in crystals, seashells, and bones.

The second light of Advent is the light of plants.
Roots, stem, leaf, flower, and fruit by whom we live and grow.

The third light of Advent is the light of beasts.
Animals of farm, field, forest, air, and seas.
All await the birth in greatest and in least.

The fourth light of Advent is the light of humankind.
The light of love, the light of thought, to give and to understand.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Story of Saint Nicholas

Once upon a time there lived far away in the East a pious man, the Bishop Nicholas. One day he heard that far in the West was a big town. In this town all the people had to suffer hunger, the children also. Then Bishop Nicholas called his servants who loved him and said to them 'Bring me the fruits of your gardens and the fruits of your fields that we can still the hunger of the children in that town.' The servants brought baskets full of apples and nuts, and on top lay honey cakes which the women had baked. And the men brought sacks of wheat. Bishop Nicholas had all these things taken onto a ship. It was a beautiful ship, quite white and the sails of the ship were as blue as the sky and as blue as the mantle of the Bishop Nicholas. The wind blew into the sails and sped the ship along, And when the wind grew tired the servants took to the oars and rowed the ship westward. They had to sail for a longtime; for seven days and seven nights.
When they arrived in front of the big town it was evening. The roads were empty, but in the houses there burnt lights. Bishop Nicholas knocked at a window. The mother in the house thought a late wanderer had come and she asked her child to open the door. Nobody was outside. The child ran to the window. There was nobody outside the window either. But instead, there stood a basket filled with apples and nuts, red and yellow, and a honey cake lay on top. By the basket stood a sack which was bursting with golden wheat grains. All the people ate the gifts and once again became healthy and happy.
Today St. Nicholas is in the heavens. Every year on his birthday he starts on his journey down to the earth. He asks for his white horse and journeys from star to star. There he meets Mother Mary, who gathers silver and golden threads for the shift of the Christ Child. Mother Mary says to him: "Dear St. Nicholas please go again to the children and bring them your gifts. Tell them, 'Christmas is nigh and soon the Christ Child will come.'"
The earth is wide and great. There, where St. Nicholas cannot go himself, he asks a good and pious person to go to the children and take them apples and nuts and tell the children of the coming of the Christ Child.
By Margaret Meyerkort, Wynstones School, Whaddon, Gloucester, UK.

December week 1

December 6th we calebrate Saint Nicholas Day. During the week we read different stories of his life. We do things in spirit of giving, like Saint Nicholas did in his lifetime. Bake bread and bring it to a friend. Help a neighbour with yardwork. Have some children over and bake star shaped cookies, pretend like they are the elves who are st. Nick's helpers. Enjoy eating the cookies.

weekly rythm

monday - bake or cook together
tuesday - watercolor
wednesday - handwork
thursday - housekeeping, helping, yard work
friday - seasonal crafts

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Our Daily Schedule

8am - Breakfast and Chores
9:30 - Cirlcle Time
9:45 - Morning Main Lesson till about 10:30
Snack and Free Play
12:30 - Lunch. Outside Time and Free Play
3 pm - Snack
4 pm - Afternoon Hour (crafts, art, beeswax modeling, baking)
5 pm - Dinner Preparation
6 pm - Dinner. Clean up, Family time, Bath time
8 pm - Bedtime

first day of homeschooling

Ready to take on those letters..