With the holidays just around the corner, we are focused on rhythm and routine to bring calm to an otherwise busy and sometimes overwhelming time for children. In the Saplings room, the children are quickly calmed and centered with the ceremonious lighting of our candles on the nature tray. They love this at lunch and we are lighting the candles for morning snack, as well! The children are excited to observe the new pigs as we can easily see them from our classroom windows! We took a stroll in the cold air to see them up close! There were screams of delight from many!
The past few months have been very busy for Kinder. There is so much learning that takes place each day. It has been a joy to watch these children learn and grow.
A WECKMANN AND NIKOLAUS RECIPE Quantities for 10 Weckmaenner or Nikolause.
1 Cup Milk
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
Grated peel from 1 lemon
1/2 oz (One package or 2.1/4 teaspoons) rapid yeast
3 tablespoons warm, not hot, water
6.2/3 cups flour
1 well beaten egg yolk for glazing
Raisins and pieces of nut for decoration
Meal time is an important part of our day. I always make a point to sit with the children as they eat, whether it be snack or lunch. Things can get pretty messy with toddlers. Self feeding, with our without utensils, proves for an interesting meal. What is important, however, is the fact that they get to help clean up. They scrape their dishes clean into the slop bucket, they help wash the table, sweep the floor. For them, it's important work. Sure, we may have to go behind and actually "clean" the space, but it is the act of doing that is so important to them.
AM Snack: Cinnamon Popcorn
Lunch: Vegetarian Chili with tortillas and creamy avocado dip
PM Snack: Raisins and veggie chips
AM Snack: Rice cakes with fruit preserves
Lunch: Potato & kale soup with bacon, fresh bread with butter
PM Snack: Peanuts
AM Snack: Banana peanut butter smoothies [made with almond milk]
Lunch: Beef pot pie
PM Snack: Janie's pantry mix
AM Snack: Bean dip with chips
Lunch: Scrambled eggs and seasonal muffins
PM Snack: Apples
Lucy left yesterday for her new home. The report from our friend, Preston, is that Lucy had a good night in her new home. It was pretty blustery outside today but we braved the cold! It's important no matter the weather that children get outside, even if it is for 10 very cold minutes. This physical activity and fresh air make such a difference in their day!
I have hit the menu jackpot this week according to Mr. Robert and Treehouse! All three meals thus far have been a huge hit! One Treehouse friend asked that the bison meatloaf be served every day! The homemade mac and cheese...
At our last Parent Society meeting, Andrea shared a bit with us on the difference between using block crayons and stick crayons. I thought I would share this blog post from Sarah Baldwin, a former Waldorf Kindergarten teacher and owner of Bella L una Toys.
We use both block and stick crayons with the older children. For our Saplings, the block crayons work well for their little hands.