Discovering Circle Time : Discovering Waldorf

Waldorf preschool teacher, AnnMarie, has written a lovely article to help us understand circle time in a Waldorf preschool classroom.

“The circle is the heart of the Waldorf early childhood curriculum.  If I needed to sum up our day in a few words they would be: eat, play, circle.  The theme of the circle corresponds with the current season or festival.  It should help the students to deeply hold the mood of the season.  This is important for very young children as we sometimes forget that they have only seen a few years on our beautiful planet.”  ……. Continue reading   HERE

The Art Of The Waldorf Circle

For other great articles on Waldorf Education, please visit the Discovering Waldorf page.

You can read more about AnnMarie and follow her charming blog here : Beauty and Order

 

Watercolor painting of Waldorf Circle Time in a Waldorf Preschool

With head, heart and hands… and many blessings and lots of magic,

Donni

Planting a Butterfly Garden.

Did you know that monarch butterflies undertake a 2 THOUSAND mile journey every winter? They travel from Canada to Mexico. This amazing migration spans the life of three or four generations of butterflies… this means that no single butterfly ever makes the entire journey. Isn’t that amazing!

I’m sure you have also heard that monarchs are in trouble. Some sources even say that monarch butterfly numbers have fallen by as much as 90 percent in recent years.

What’s to blame? Urbanization and the use of pesticides have all but eradicated the milkweed plants that monarch caterpillars feed on and the meadow nectar flowers that sustain the adult monarchs on their long and perilous journey.

And did you know that we all can help them thrive again? We can! We can start by eliminating pesticides from our gardens and lawns. We can involve our children in planting milkweed plants and have the joy of watching monarchs lay their tiny eggs. We can marvel at the little caterpillars that hatch and grow into beautiful big beings, right in our own gardens. We can watch them wrap themselves in chrysalises, emerge as majestic butterflies and fly away, taking up the journey their mom’s mom started.

And, we can plant native flowering plants to feed adult monarchs on their journey. Hummingbirds will love these flowers too.

We planted a butterfly garden this year and have marveled at the butterflies that have graced our garden. We have already had monarch eggs hatch on our milkweed plants but had to relocate them as our milkweeds are not mature enough to provide adequate food for growing caterpillars.

The native flowers don’t just bring monarchs into your garden… other butterflies will flock too!

Just look at these beauties…

 

photo of a Southern California Butterflyphoto of a Southern California Butterflyphoto of a Southern California Butterflyphoto of a Southern California Butterflyphoto of a Southern California Butterflyphoto of a Southern California Butterflyphoto of a Southern California Butterflyphoto of a Southern California Butterflyphoto of a Southern California Butterflyphoto of a Southern California Butterfly

 

Here’s to helping the butterflies.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

 

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Mulberry Jam Recipe

Our mulberry tree is laden with mulberries.

Every day, we all eat our fill of sweet lovely berries : us, the birds, the bunnies and even Moose, the dog… and yet, we just can’t keep up. Our sweet tree just keeps on giving.

What to do?

Mulberry jam, of course… we make mulberry jam!

And, it works perfectly because this week is teacher appreciation week and we are making lunch for our teachers every day this week. Today is ‘breakfast’ lunch, with pastries, bagels and… mulberry jam.

 

photo of us picking mulberries

photo of a bowl of mulberries

 

Kitty and Teddy are our mulberry jam makers (and eaters!)

They use a lovely recipe that I’ve shared at the end of this post.

The hard work is in picking a full bowl of mulberries, cleaning them and removing their green stalks. In fact, this is such hard work that it often has to be done in shifts.

Their hands stain red, which is great fun for an eight year old and an eleven year old.

 

photo of hands staind with Mullberry Juice

photo of a us making mulberry jamphoto of a pot of mulberry jamphoto of making mulberry jam recipephoto of recipe of mulberry jamPhoto of lemon juicePhoto of old stove

 

We have mulberry jam on our pancakes – yum deluxe!

And on our toast and on our ice cream.

We took it camping too for bagel breakfast.

I had a nice stock on my pantry shelf but, alas, it went so quickly and it’s time to make some more!

 

photo of pancakes with Mulberry jam syrupPhoto of mulberry jamphoto of a jar of mulberry jam in my pantryphoto of mason jars of mulberry jamphoto of a jar of mulberry jam

 

RECIPE :

– a bowl of cleaned, de-stalked mulberries

– 2 cups of sugar

– half a lemon

 

Put the berries in a large saucepan.

Bring them to the boil.

Add sugar and lemon juice.

Reduce heat for a few minutes until all the sugar has dissolved.

Can your mulberry jam according to safe canning/bottling methods.

 

Enjoy!

Blessings and magic,

Donni

 

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The Lusty Month of May!

Happy May to everyone!

Photo of May Flower that blooms in May.

 

Aren’t these May flowers beautiful. My grandmother had a May bush in her garden in South Africa and it was always so confusing to me that it was called ‘May’ as it bloomed in September!

Ha! Now that I live in the Northern Hemisphere, it blooms in May! Things are as they should be.

Do you know the May song from the movie, Camelot? This is one of my all time favorite movies :

 

 

If you haven’t watched Camelot, oh my, lucky you, you are in for a treat.

Beware, though, it’s one of those movies that makes me sob uncontrollably it moves me so.

May you May be wonderful, lusty and full of the flowers of spring.

Blessings and magic,

Donni