“Smooth and clean and frosty white, the world looks good enough to bite. That’s the season to be young, catching snowflakes on your tongue” -Ogden Nash
Happy Winter! Just a reminder that Winter Seasons of Joy is here to help get you through those long winter days. The book includes…
Circle Time Themes
A Winter Movement Adventure
Winter Tea Time
The Elves and the Shoemaker
The Boy Who Went to the North Wind
Handwork Ideas, Including
Dip Dyed Silks
Felt Doll Quilt Read more...
I’ve always found so many opportunities for new beginning throughout the year– the first day of each new season, New Year’s Day, of course, Advent, which is traditionally seen as the beginning of the church year, every new month, every new week– so many chances to start again!
There have been lots of new beginnings for us over the past few weeks. My birthday was a week ago. I turned 46, and it hit me hard. I spent 5 days in New York City, wandering about, thinking about life, and seeing lots and lots of shows. I saw The Saintliness of Margery Kempe, Mean Girls, School of Rock, Anastasia, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Read more...
To me, autumn has always been a time of new beginnings. As summer begins to cool down and the earth starts to settle, it’s a time for making plans and settling in.
I am making plans to blog again, and would like to start things off with a thank you to my readers. Today through Wednesday August 10, you can get my Autumn e-book for only $10. And, as an additional bonus, I will throw in the Martinmas e-book for free!
This offering is limited, although I have another special coming up for my birthday as well. You must use this button to get the special autumn offer. Read more...
I don’t think I blogged about it, but right before Michael (remember little Michael?!?!?) went off to college, he and I went on a trip to Disney World. We saw all four parks in our time there, and it was a wonderful relaxing time. I’d like to think we made some amazing memories, and it was so good to bond with him before he went away. I miss him terribly.
At one point, I looked at him and said “You know, I wish I could have afforded to bring you all here when you were little. As much fun as we’re having, it would be so awesome to see the look of wonder and experience the park through a small child’s eyes.” Read more...
Websites come and websites go, and ten years later, I realize that some of the websites included in my Seasons of Joy curriculum may no longer be functioning. And spring is coming soon, I promise! Here are some updated links to the Spring seasonal guide.
p. 54 “Online bonus material”
The link to making a bubble wand no longer works. Try these links instead!
* Make large and small bubble wands.* A do-it-yourself GIANT bubble wand from sticks and string.
*Invent all kinds of bubble wands from kitchen materials. Read more...
I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it, but the Spring issue of Seasons of Joy is one of my absolute favorites. I wrote it when I was pregnant with Daniel, and was so full of love and hope of new birth that my joy overflowed into the pages.
You can get lots of hints and clues about Spring Seasons of Joy here. Flower Fairy Circle Time is a magical experience, and there are lots of ideas for crafts and handwork to grace your Spring Nature Table. Read more...
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AND FALLING LEAVES!!!!
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We’ll be spending the first couple weeks with a gnome focus. I figure this will work in nicely with Daniel’s very first first grade main lesson focus (more on that in another post.). As I said before, we’re going to pull quite a bit from Autumn Seasons of Joy. We’ll be doing the Seasons of Joy gnomie circle, including this favorite rhyme that I wrote. The twins absolutely love this one! Read more...
Matthew and Molly have been asking if they get to “do school” this year. With late November birthdays, it gets a little awkward. I don’t plan on starting kindergarten until the September after they turn 5, which gives us 2 more preschool years to fill. I like to save Nursery Rhyme Nursery School for the four-year-old year, so this year we’ll really be doing a lot of Seasons of Joy stuff. I’m hoping it encourages me to do some editing and cleaning up as well! Read more...
We’re having so much fun with Spring Seasons of Joy this year! One of the things I really do love about my e-guides is seeing the gleam of recognition in my children’s eyes as we bring back songs we sang at the same time last year. There’s something so comforting and familiar in singing certain songs at the same time each year. We may add some new things as well, but the foundation of the circle is the same
Right now we’ve been enjoying the flower fairy circle. I’ve even caught my younger ones searching yard for hidden fairies! Read more...
Things have been quiet here because I’ve been busy putting the finishing touches on our latest Seasons of Joy e-book.
Seasons of Joy’s Media Guide for Early Childhood!
10 character-based circle times, including Bear in the Big Blue House, the Octonauts, and Little Einstein
Verses to sing before turning the television on and off
Painting stories, including Elmo Red, a Curious George story with the Man in the Yellow Hat, and Blue’s Clue Blue. Secondary colors are introduced when Thomas and James collide. Read more...