Month: September 2012

Odelay and the Great Storm, by Jaimmie Stugard

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As the days grow shorter and the crisp air hearkens the coming of the dark winter months, some Steiner-inspired kindergartens and preschools prepare to celebrate Michaelmas.  Stories are told of fearsome dragons, brave knights, benevolent kings and heroic princesses.  Children eat dragon bread and dye silken capes with goldenrod.  They explore the roles of warrior, …

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Starting Daycare and Saying Goodbye

(Note:  this article is re-printed with permission from the blog Joyful Toddlers.  The original article can be viewed here.) Dear Miss Faith,               My little guy is starting daycare and while I’m sure that it will be a wonderful, loving place for him, I am dreading dropping him off and saying goodbye.  We have had a …

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Celebrating Michaelmas with Toddlers, by Rahima Baldwin Dancy

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  At Rainbow Bridge, we had twelve children, ranging from one to five years old. Each year, we developed our Michaelmas theme over several weeks starting in late September. We would open our circle with “The Autumn Winds Blow Open the Gate, St. Michael for You We Wait” (see blog entry by Mara Spiropolous on …

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Celebrating the Jewish High Holidays of September, by Mara Spiropoulos and Maya Levanon

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In September, we celebrate the festival of Michaelmas, with Michael the archangel and his expulsion of Lucifer from Heaven. We often tell the story of St. George slaying the dragon and saving Princess Una and the rest of the village, for St. George is the earthly representation of Michael. On the blog this month, we …

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The Art of Apples in the Fall

Because young children love stories, and magic, and anticipation, it can be especially enriching for children if we add those three aspects to any project that we do with them. Let’s take the idea of making Apple Crisp: it can be done in half a morning.  Simply chop up some apples, stir in some cinnamon …

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The Long Winter, by Jane Sustar

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The first time I read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s book The Long Winter I was in fourth grade.  The impact of that book, if any, faded quickly when I picked up By the Shores of Silver Lake and began reading about Laura’s romance with a young and handsome Almanzo Wilder. The next time I picked up The …

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