A little round raindrop sat in a puddle.
The little rain drop had been quite a traveler. She had landed in ponds, and rivers and oceans all around the world.
Her best friend was the sun, who would lend her his sunbeams to ride up high into the sky on his warm rays of light.
And then she would blow with the wind and leap back down to earth again at thrilling and exciting speeds, never knowing where she would land next.
Not so thrilling was the sound of childrens voices that often chided her with “Rain, rain. Go away!”
Today the taunt hurt right to her middle. Today, she had not landed in a beautiful pond or a quick flowing creek. Today she had landed in a rut of dirty, mucky puddles beside a barn gate.
The children chanted loudly at her to go away and they stomped hard in the puddles making her leap about in an undignified way. She had lost her shine, as she picked up dirt with every bounce made by the boots.
The little raindrop got angry and decided that she would indeed go away, and never return. She would go so far away even the wind couldn’t catch her.
When the sun came out, the little raindrop called out to her friend. He barely recognized her in the puddle of mud.
The sun sent down his rays to warm her up to the sky. She reached the wind, but begged the sun to take her higher. At the top of the rolling fluffy clouds she again begged the sun to take her even higher.
As she rode the rays she noticed that they were not as warm as they had been down in the cloud. She had climbed so high, determined never to fall to earth again. But her coat began to harden and sparkle, and she started to shiver because it was so cold. She had reached Nimbostratus, a cloud in the sky that was biting and cold.
It grew dark out when the sun went to bed. But the little raindrop was not alone. A wisp named Verglas noticed her tiny, glassy glint in the moonlight. He was a covetous creature, who was always trying to collect raindrops for himself.
He quickly came up with a scheme to keep the little raindrop up with him in his world of cold and ice. He offered her a dress of white lace, telling her it would keep her warm.
But as beautiful as it was, when she put it on, it wasn’t warm. And it weighed her down and she could hardly move in the dress. She did not like it here. She did not want to stay with Verglas. She wanted to go back to her friend the Sun, and the warm earth.
But Verglas would not let her go so easy. He began adding layers upon layers of heavy lace around her. Verglas had an entire garden of little crystals, made of drops just like the cold little raindrop, and he wanted to keep her there too.
But Verglas, in his carelessness and haste, put too much lace on the little raindrop. The little raindrop was so heavy she slipped from the sky. She was so heavy, that Verglas couldn’t hold her up when he tried to catch her.
The raindrop floated back down to earth, her white lace dress parachuting her slow and gently.
She landed silent, beside a frozen pond, where no one took notice of her amongst all the other white dressed snowflakes that had fallen from Verglas’ garden with her.
Pictures are of our raindrop and snowflake puppets. They are crystal beads on beading wire. The snowflake is a tatted snowflake with bead embellishment.
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I love the idea of a waldorf story apron.
Mine isn’t all organic like a true waldorf. But it is completely hand made and painted. Not even a sewing machine. And the fleece skirt is a soft place for little people to land for a story. “Otâcimow” (a-chi-mo) is aparently “storyteller” in cree, so that is what I am calling it.
Even though I have 6 children, I’m not a babies all over me, romping kind of mom. So this really helps me too! It get’s me down to their level and gets them participating in the story with me all together. Even they like to take turns putting it on!
The bib is made of two circles of cotton/polyester fabric, painted in water color and set with vinegar. When they dried I ironed andb added quilt batton and sewed them together with a piece of bias tape for the neck strap. Then I added a green fleece blanket. Because of it’s stretch, I shaped it along the bottom of the round bib and hand stitched it on.
The other night I spent a couple hours “pinning”and downloading homeschool resources. A hundred plans I can’t wait to teach.
Yesterday, I only got around to telling one story about a crow and his carefull thinking that got him the water he so desperately wanted. Then spent the entire day instilling that one concept of “Little by Little, Does the Trick” to a four year old who so often looses his temper when things don’t go his way. He often works too fast when building or doing puzzles and melts down when pieces dont work or stay together.
In the grand world of homeschooling it is so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of information and resources, and the building blocks of education.
From Charlotte Mason, Montessori, Waldorf, Christian and secular based choices, sometimes I need to slow myself down as a parent and kick those ever piling stacks of opinion back to their book shelves!
We choose to homeschool, believeing that is the best way to prepare our children for adulthood. To provide them knowledge and resource skills that also prepare them mentally and spiritually for social and family responsabilities.
We choose to homeschool believeing that we can provide a custom and personal based education for each child as an individual, rather then having our round peg children squished into square box public schooling.
So then we also need to believe we know how fast and how much those little minds and bodies can absorb at one time. And while we need to teach educational discipline, we need to make sure we don’t take the joy out of learning.
Being an informed homeschool parent is important. But we need to be careful we dont project the overwhelming number of choices we have into our teaching of the very young ones.
When our son looses his temper I ask him if the crow cried? (“No” he said) Or did he scream? (“No”) Or did he use his brain and think it out until it worked?
That one day of working on one little concept has him thinking for himself and figuring things out without a conflict.
And when he would usually shout, he now tells me his brain hurts and asks me to help. He knows he doesnt have to do things alone if he can’t figure it out.
That is how we should as parents use our homeschool resources. As a source for those teaching moments we feel stuck or lack the skill. And trust our God- given instincts that led us down this pathway of educating our families in the first place.
We have been trying to incorporate story telling play with the toddlers. One turns 4 soon, and can help tell the stories.
During nap time I teach him the story and play it out. And when the other two wake up, he tells them the story in his own words with the props I leave out for him.
We needed some more props that are also toddler friendly.
Today I made this Raven. From a wooden egg and two half wooden eggs I found in my stash, I hot gkued them into shape and painted black. Then I found black feathers for him. I think he looks a little ratty, but around here they are known for garbage picking. So I guess he desserves it!
From Aesops Fables, Native story telling, and even Bible stories, we need a raven for so many reasons!
When I was little my mom use to make little people out of kleenex from her purse to keep me from wiggling. She would fold the kleenex in half and then wrap the middle of it around her finger. When she took her finger out we had a hooded doll! But no face
I made these puppets with that memory in mind. Here is a tutorial for a similar doll. I used a mans pocket hankin and folded it diagonally, longer in the back to add a layered look. I gathered the head area with my thumb inside it, instead if filling it, to make the hood.
I used popsicle sticks and 3 strands of crochet cotton. The head and left hand attach to one stick, and the right hand attached seperate to give it bigger movements.
Pretty sure there is a story to be found in them somewhere!
Its wet and cold still, and only 2 weeks until Canadian Thanksgiving. So we have been looking for bordom busters to cure cabin fever. So today we made pie playdough. Pumpkin, apple and chocolate to be exact!
I’m not going to give out a recipe, there are a dozen easy ones found online to suit your needs. But to scent any of them, just add a tablespoon of your favorite spice like apple or pumpkin pie spice, or tsp of your favorite flavoring such as lemon, vanilla or pepermint!
I used cooked playdough and I do prefer cornstarch over flour, and ingredients that are edible incase they forget it is a toy!
It started with a circle phenology template and is one of the pieces of begining a seasons and nature study for the kidlets.
We started homeschooling some of the little ones this September, or Intentional Parenting, as I would rather call it at their age.
And because it has been so rainy this year, I am bringing the outdoors inside until it dries up a little.
We live just enough on the edge of town to do some pretty awesome backyard discovery. So even a nature study done on the couch by the window is possible on these cold wet days.
Still teaching manners. All the children have a bad habbit of cutting into conversations. They seem to think their birth order dictates who should be heard first!
So here is a poem for all of them to learn
How to Interrupt
Interrupting is very disrupting
Please wait your turn to speak
But if something’s wrong, or you need help
My attention you may seek
Just hold my hand, say “Pardon me”
And wait ’till I look down
Patiently wait at my side
You’ll never see me frown.
School starts soon. And the 3 year old is more than annoyed he isnt climbing on the bus with hus siblings yet.
So i’m going to try to preschool him, and he gets “school” while I experiment ont that thing called home schooling!
Starting with a classic book, Hungry Hungry Caterpiller.
I found the book, and there is a great video on youtube.
Then I have made some role play characters to go with it and a few work pages in a reuseable book.
I still need the butterfly, I will need to find a pattern. But here is the progress so far!
I will leave a “pattern” but I know it is full of mistakes. Sorry.
Used my stash yarn and a 3.5mm needle
Curly cue is
35 ch and 4 dc in every chain
8 sc in a magic ring
2sc in ever sc
Sc around, two rounds.
1sc, dec repeat around.
Stuff and sc dec until closed.
Sew to curley cue. And embroider on eyes and sew on felt feelers.
Egg is a repeat of the head in white and add three more rows of sc in the middle to make it egg shaped.
ch20, 4dc in every chain to end.
Ch 10, attach to ch #5 and sl st back to the top of the spiral.
Add 2 leaves from the pattern:www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/small-leaf-3
Ch7, sl st in 2nd ch from end. Sc, dc, dc, sc, sl st and turn work to work the oposit side. Sl st, sc, dc, dc, sc, sl st. Finish off.
Big leaf is the pattern:http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/leaf-coas…
But I minimized the pattern:
Rnd 1: Ch2, 4 sc in the 2nd ch from hook (4)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc (8)
Rnd 3: 1 sc, inc (12)
Rnd 4: 2 sc, i (16)
Rnd 5: 3 sc, inc (20)
Rnd 6: 4 sc, inc (24)
Rnd 7: 5 sc, inc (28)
Rnd 8: 6 sc, inc (32)
Rnd 9: 7 sc, inc (36)
Rnd 10: 8 sc, inc (40)
Rnd 11: 9 sc, inc (44)
Rnd 12: 10 sc, inc (48)
Rnds13-19: 7 rnds with 1 sc in each sc
Rnd 20: 10sc,dec (44)
Rnd21: 1 Sc all the way around
Rnd 22: 9 sc, dec (40)
Rnd 23: 8 sc, dec (36)
Rnd 24: 4 sc, dec (30)
Rnd 25: 3 sc, dec (24)
Rnd 26: 2 sc, dec (18)
Rnd 27: 1 sc, dec (12)
Rnd 28: Decrease 6 times (6)
Now there are 6 sc left, flatten out the leaf and crochet a sl st in the first 2 sc, ch 10, 9 sc back, sl st in the last 2 sc. F/O.