Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Open House on April 11, Saturday 9 - 11:00 a.m.

Open House
at Spindlewood
Waldorf Multi-age Kindergarten
Saturday, April 11
9 - 11:00 a.m.

An introduction
to some of the activitites of the kindergarten,
and a story ~
Afterwards children will be guided in outdoor play by Mr. John, the assistant teacher
while parents have an opportunity to meet with Ms. Susan, the lead teacher.

Tell your friends!

March is Maple Sugaring season at Spindlewood

Ms. Shelby (Evan's Mom) and Mr. Jonathon (Evan's Dad) are leading an Outdoor Hour first thing in the morning doing Maple Sugaring. They already have a rhythmic work routine established of taking the red wagon and pails up to the barn and collecting sap from the dozen buckets of the maple trees along the stone wall on the other side of the road. They bring it back to the shed where the kettle boils on the gas burner, and strain the sap into the kettle to boil into syrup. There are small cups in the shed and everyone is welcome to a taste!

They also draw water from the well for the sheep and chickens and gather the eggs. Next week is Spring! They will be removing the greens and mulch from the window boxes and the tulip garden around the school and sawing a branch of the pussy willow tree!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

a good article about recess and time in nature.

Here's a great clipping from Polly Shyka. More evidence to support what we know and love!

Josey and Ben and Prentice are out on the pond fishing with the Luft boys. Heaven on earth.
have a great weekend.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Elves and Angels at work this weekend

Dear Spindlewood Community,

In addition to bringing a story and puppet play to the kindergarten while she is here, Rae-Lee, our Waldorf Teacher-in-training from Toronto, has prompted a much needed weekend of TLC to our classroom. She moved and removed all furnishings so that Jack and I and Mister John could paint all of the interior walls this Saturday. Then, on Sunday, Michele Beckstrom and Susan Junge joined us to "Lazure" the walls. This technique of applying thin veils of watercolor are used throughout Steiner/Waldorf communities to create a living, breathing transparent quality to surfaces. Then we painted the interior trim and cupboards. Today, Rae-Lee has cleaned and restored all of furniture, toys and seasonal table. And we washed and ironed the curtains.

So, I am so grateful to all of these elves and angels, and look forward to welcoming the children and you in to our freshly "ensouled" space.

Sweet dreams,