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Seasons of Joy Birthday Celebrations!

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Have a little one with an October birthday feeling a little left out? Well, I have a fun solution with you– join in with other October pumpkins from all around the world for an age-appropriate birthday celebration. OR you can message me about a private online birthday party for your child and their friends.
 
Class details are here for elementary:
https://outschool.com/classes/a-birthday-celebration-for-october-ZeisE9n7#usM0mXyxqY
 
And here for early childhood:
https://outschool.com/classes/a-birthday-celebration-for-october-n8GMvbPk#usM0mXyxqY
 
If the times and dates don’t work or you’d like a private party, just send a message on Outschool. We’ll be back in November as well!

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I love a good blog series, and I haven’t done one in a bit. Recently I came across an old Gateways article called Six Gestures for the Waldorf Early Childhood Educator. After reading the article, I realized that while the author is correct in stating this predispositions (or gestures as she calls them; I am choosing to call them gifts) in teaching are closely aligned with the child from zero to eight, they also are helpful to give our elementary , middle school, high school, and even college-age children. Why do I choose to call them gifts? Because I believe that these six ways of being do not always come naturally. To be blunt and honest, in this COVID-era when we’re often all stuck together in close quarters, sometimes my inclination is not to follow these six parenting guidelines at all, but rather to do the opposite. There have been times I have wanted to yell, to disappear, to hide away. There have been times my own life has not been worthy of imitation, but rather, a stunning example of what NOT to do.

Cleaning out the old drafts and I found this gem! While you’re reading, I’m teaching a Seasons of Joy story time based on the tale The Magic Porridge Pot– feel free to check it out on Outschool here!

Daniel cooking porridge

Oats for breakfast seems like a bit of a no-brainer– oatmeal of course. We actually have oatmeal twice a week, generally. I usually just make it the old fashioned way, on the stovetop, 2 parts water or milk to 1 part oats. Sometimes I stir an egg in for extra protein. Sometimes I stir the sweetener (honey or maple syrup or agave or raw sugar) in while I am cooking to stop the children from going wild.

November is always a big month for us. It’s a bit of a bittersweet month– the twins’ birthday is always shadowed a bit by my PPCM diagnosis, and we begin the month remembering those who have gone before us. Here are some of our upcoming November celebrations.

November 1/2: All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days. We lump these together in a bit of a remembrance celebration, and this year will actual be celebrating late– tonight in fact! We try to keep it positive and remember those who have come before us, both those we have known and loved personally and those we admire and hold up as examples. We do not co-op other traditions– it is not Dios de los Muertos, although we might watch Coco.

For several years now, I’ve been shelling out the domain and hosting fees on this blog every time the year turns over. I wasn’t sure why, but the only thing I definitely knew was that I wasn’t quite ready to let it go.

You see, it started when
* I had lots of young babies/toddlers/children.
* I was homeshooling them using the Waldorf method.
* I was a religious pastor’s wife.
* I wasn’t working.
* I didn’t have a lot of health challenges.

Our Halloween, All Saints, and All Souls

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Summer has (finally) ended and we are slowly moving into shorter, colder, darker days. Sure, we still sometimes have days where we barely need a jacket, but all the signs are there. The leaves are falling, frost is on the windows in the morning, and the heat is on. During this transition, we have a cluster of family-centered holidays– Halloween, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day. Other traditions and cultures have similar holidays– Samhain, Day of the Dead. These are the three we choose to celebrate because they are part of our own cultural heritage.