Spring

Nature Study: The Return of the Birds

Even if I was able to sleep in– a virtually impossible task when you have six children!– I am finding myself waking up every morning to the sound of birds. Coincidentally, the twins created a bird feeder in their Sunday School class, leading to an interest in the birdies in our neighborhood. They’ve been gathering up rocks, twigs, and grasses to create “nests.” It’s sweet, but I could do without it immediately outside the front door!

At the same time, I’ve been leading some music classes at a local preschool. I miss teaching little ones, and it’s just enough to make me miss it. But our topic these last few weeks? Birds!

Springing into Spring!

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Oh my goodness, Spring is finally here, and we’re so excited!

I just wanted to remind everyone that we have plenty of spring goodies housed here on Seasons of Joy. You really don’t have to buy anything— there is so much out there that is freely available, and nobody knows your child the way you do.

But if you should choose to purchase something, Spring Seasons of Joy is my favorite!

17757550_10154491575487742_4711777493210178808_nWe spent spring break exploring some fun places around our city– above is Randyland, an outdoor, interactive art exhibition– and are now settling back into school and spring cleaning and gardening. I hope to start posting again now that I’m out of my winter funk.

SPRING Seasons of Joy Online Updates

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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.

Spring Seasons of Joy

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Spring Seasons of JoyI 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.

Spring Circle Time

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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!

Spring Seasons of Joy

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As we head into the final hours of the Seasons of Joy giveaway, I thought I would take a few moments to toot my own horn a bit, something I try not to do too much.

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First off, I need to say this:

You don’t have to buy anything.

If you have an internet connection, a library card, an imagination and a heart to deeply know and love your children, you really are set.

Internet connection?
Do some research on Waldorf and early childhood.

Waldorf Wednesday #27

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Happy (almost too late) Waldorf Wednesday and HAPPY SPRING!!!!

Although you would never know if from the snowflakes that have been dancing around here today. *grump*

I said on Facebook we’d be up “later today” and this is much later than we thought.

But you see, our day went like this:

Late wake up (because we didn’t get home from the theater until after 11 and everyone was still awake!)

Out for doughnuts (because… well, you don’t need a reason to go out for doughnuts, do you)

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In my garden there is a seed,
I am the one who put it there.
Who will help it now to grow?
Earth and sun and rain and air.

In my garden there is a flower,
From a seed it came to birth.
Who helped it to grow so tall?
Air and rain and sun and earth.

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‘Hoppy Easter!’ by annettemarie

Some cute little (and not so little!) fillers for your Easter basket.


Needle felted- Waldorf Inspi…

$6.00

the Golden Egg /Fairy-Tale I…

$16.80

Waldorf Hand Knitted Blue Bi…

$12.00

Chocolate Easter Bunny Peg D…

$6.50

Wooden Baby Teether – Chick

$15.00

Large Sweet Pea Waldorf Doll…

$45.00

Wooden Rainbow Eggs- Waldorf…

$16.00

Handmade Wooden Animal, RABB…

$7.00

Wooden Puzzle – Spring, Chic…

$32.00

Easter basket filled with pa…

$22.50

THREE little HYACINTH BLOSSO…

$45.00

Easter Bunny And His Eggs – …

$6.00

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There were some sure signs of spring today, and I’d like to add one more… a Spring Seasons of Joy giveaway!

Spring Seasons of Joy is a Waldorf-inspired activity guide featuring ten weeks of circle times, fairy tales and story extensions, handwork projects, nature tables, watercolor stories, coloring and modeling activities, playtime ideas, outings and group activities, ideas for you and your baby, and much more. Aimed at families in the early childhood years, I can honestly say that my older children still enjoy many of the activities.