This summer is– and should be!– a summer of joy. It’s a summer for adventures, for getting used to a “new normal,” for going outside and reconnecting with friends. There’s always a lot of talk about the dreaded summer slide when the traditional school year wraps up, and this year it seems even more dire. I’m hearing lots of talk about kids being behind, this year being a lost year, worry that children won’t be able to catch up. But seriously? Hush all that noise. Quiet those voices. What your kids need this summer is to find their spark again. Let them lay down all those heavy burdens they’ve been carrying for the past 15 months and embrace their joy. This isn’t to say the crisis is 100% over– if the past year and a half has taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected– but think about it. Children all over the world have had their lives turned upside down during this worldwide health crisis. There’s no catching up from that. For me, I’m going to shift my focus away from academic subjects and help my kids have as much fun and happiness and laughter and friends as possible in the next three months.

If you are looking for something to fill your downtime when you come inside to cool off, I am offering the following ongoing classes on Outschool. Send me a note, and you can try your first of any of these three classes for free! I will refund 100% of your first class– just let me know when you sign up that you are using the Seasons of Joy discount for circle time, story time, or the online atelier. I’m also happy to answer any questions! You can find all my classes and my teacher profile here.

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!

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.