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Living Arts Weekly: Michaelmas Games

September 19, 2021 Michael, Michael rides on high, Collecting the stars that fall from the sky. He hammers the stars into a sword to tame The dragon below that bellows with flame. How many stars does he collect? -A jump rope verse for Michaelmas This year I am bringing the celebration of Michaelmas into the …

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Living Arts Weekly: Jumping Games

August 15, 2021 Early in the morning, at 8 o’clock, You can hear the postman knock. Up jumps Ella to open the door, One letter, two letter, three letter four. Do you remember jump roping at recess as a child? Or playing hopscotch or four-square? Red Rover or kickball? Until about eighth grade, I spent …

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Living Arts Weekly: Joyful Movement

August 8, 2021 Movement should be approached like life- with enthusiasm, joy and gratitude- for movement is life, and life is movement, and we get out of it what we put into it.” – Ron Fletcher My husband and I spent Wednesday evening skating around the local park’s hockey rink with our youngest son. Zooming …

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Living Arts Weekly: Fort Building

April 11, 2021 Each of us is carving a stone, erecting a column, or cutting a piece of stained glass in the construction of something much bigger than ourselves. – Adrienne Clarkson Did you ever build an outdoor fort or tree house when you were little? Or a blanket-and-sheet fort indoors? I’ve been wondering about …

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Living Arts Weekly: Let Be

September 29, 2019 For even the wisest can learn incalculably much from children.” ― Rudolf Steiner, How to Know Higher Worlds A guest post today – from LifeWays Early Childhood graduate Emary Williams: “I am so excited to homeschool this girl. I want to jump right in and learn with and teach her everything, but I have …

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Toys and Play by Cynthia Aldinger

When we are creating a work space – an office, a classroom, a retail establishment – there are certain tools we need for specific tasks. We wouldn’t normally think of using a hammer to screw a socket into the wall or a screwdriver to drive a nail into a cabinet. We try to find the …

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The Play’s the Thing: “Spontaneous Theater” with Mixed Ages By Faith Collins

The Play’s the Thing: “Spontaneous Theater” with Mixed Ages By Faith Collins What can we do to promote imaginative play in young children?  How can we encourage and facilitate children playing together in ways that everyone enjoys?  How do we help integrate the play of mixed-age groups?  How can we increase our enjoyment of spending …

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