What a Doll

Hello Friends! I have been renewing energy and I am feeling much better. However, I am taking the time I need to do as I need for me and mine.

All is spring and flowers around us! I trust and hope you are enjoying spring as well!

Bella and I have been talking about making a doll for a while now. We finally managed to do it! All pictures are posted below. I’ve also added a few pictures at the end of this blog post of our recent family outing to see the beauty of spring.

Wishing you all continued good health, happiness and peace. x

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Shades of Waldorf

“The sun with loving light makes bright for me each day, the soul with spirit power gives strength unto my limbs. In sunlight shining clear I revere, Oh God, the strength of humankind, which thou has planted in my soul, that I may with all my might, may love to work and learn. From thee stream light and strength to thee rise love and thanks.”

Rudolf Steiner

Bella reads this passage each morning before we begin our school day. It is a prayer of sorts that fills the air with love and gratitude.

Following the reading, Bella and I do basic Eurythmy (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurythmy) movement with accompanying vowels, “a,e,i,o,u.” Each vowel holds specific energy and communicates a deeper meaning through the movement.

We are still learning about this aspect of the Waldorf curriculum. Rudolf Steiner had a strong conviction of its importance. Bella seems to love it, and therefore, we continue on.

I write about Rudolf Steiner today as I continue to feel the importance of his beliefs, and his message for both teachers and the children they influence. It is wisdom for all of humanity.

As I move through each day as Bella’s mother, friend and active caregiver, I realize that the greatest teaching / learning is actually taking place for her (..and for me) in the spaces of love, laughter and experiential lessons around and in between the formal curriculum of school work.

Rudolf Steiner wrote, “The heart of the Waldorf method is that education is an art, it must speak to the child’s experience. To educate the whole child, his heart and his will must be reached, as well as the mind.” I observe this to be so, and see how important the moments of play are, the moments of doing simple tasks, and the moments of just being.

You will not be good teachers if you focus only on what you do and not upon who you are.” These words written by Rudolf Steiner play like a beautiful refrain in my mind. They strengthen my motivation for self discovery and provide the basis for more meaningful work, and connection with Bella during our homeschool experience.

Each day, we talk about having a “happy heart.” I observe that with a happy heart, this imperfect world, shines with moments of perfection.

“In sunlight shining clear…” I see the beauty of what Rudolf Steiner saw. The gift he has given this world is immeasurable.

Even if you only embrace various shades of the Waldorf curriculum into your experience as a parent, teacher, or being, it cannot help but open up windows of insight into who you really are, and give you glimpses of otherworldly perfection.

…And a Happy New Year!

Even though we’ve had a sweet Christmas, and family here to help us ring in the new year, the house feels comfortably quiet and peacefully still.

I am unapologetically late with the blog this week as a symptom of burnout. Anyone relate? Renewing energy is primordial, especially for those actively caring for special needs children. So, here I am, …battery is charging.

Bella typically has very little interest in the world outside of her routine, with the exception of our adventures to the cinema a few times per month. However, I sense this is slowly shifting.

Bella made the cutest posters to welcome her cousin’s visit for the New Year holiday (..see below).

Unfortunately, her cousin wasn’t completely enthusiastic about connecting, and Bella has been disappointed. Still, they did share some good moments. They had a makeup party, made crafts together, and we all went to a movie together downtown. Bella was grateful for the interaction, and it was wonderful for me to witness.

Here is a picture of Bella with her cousin and friend, Coline.

And the lovely butterfly makeup kit they used for their makeup party!

We took down the Christmas tree and declarations yesterday. All that remains are the memories made, and the sweet feeling of promise in the new year ahead.

Bella has found joy in doing some small mosaic, art projects the last few days after finishing some glitter fairies with her cousin. Here is one of the sticker mosaics she has completed.

Now then, I hereby give you all permission to unashamedly charge your energetic, soul batteries, and to celebrate every moment! Even when you are asked to go it alone, or you are disappointed with outcomes you held fixed expectations about. I observe that kids (..on the spectrum or not) can teach us how to roll with the punches.

By all means, have a wonder filled 2019!

Giving Thanks

It is the eve of Thanksgiving. All is quiet in the house except for my brain, which keeps going over the list of food I will prepare tomorrow for our feast. According to my recycled thoughts, we are well stocked and ready.

Bella and I ventured out on a morning walk in our pj’s to gather twigs and branches to paint for table decorations. I had a good time. Bella, …well, let’s just say that she did her part. She found twigs and branches. This picture says it best.

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Searching for twigs to paint for our Thanksgiving table decorations. An early morning walk in our pj’s! 🙂

We then circled back to the house, got properly dressed for the day, and started painting. The twigs and branches are now a lovely gold, and will be on our table tomorrow. Here are a few more pictures to illustrate our activity.

Twigs and branches.
Twigs and branches.

We’ll share pictures of our finished table setting next week along with pictures of our Thanksgiving celebration lunch. It’s going to be quite simple, and just us turkeys this year. Since Thanksgiving is an American holiday, and therefore, not celebrated in Europe, we will not have company. Bella planned the menu, and will assist me in cooking. Looking very forward to it!

Bella has enjoyed learning about the Pilgrams, Native Americans and the first Thanksgiving celebration. She’s also enjoyed reading some very cute, and silly stories about Thanksgiving. One of her favorites is Turkey Trouble. It is full of good humor, and vegan folks must especially love it!

We had our first snow here yesterday. It has us feeling the Christmas spirit as we celebrate all we are thankful for.

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Snow Day!

Wishing all of you an abundantly blessed Thanksgiving, followed by stretch pants and comfy sweaters! Much love to all!

A Witch and Her Day

Happy Halloween! Before I share some of our Halloween day in pictures, I will tell you that we went to the cinema last Saturday and enjoyed the movie, Dilili à Paris! Bella was quite triggered by the sounds in this movie in particular. The sound of children, and other noises of the city had her covering her ears even with her head phones on, but she was able to navigate. We will go to cinema again tomorrow and possibly Saturday as well. Good exposure for Bella, and good for all of us.

I will share pictures and a video of Bella’s Sylvanian Families Halloween Costume Show next week, but for now, here are a few highlights in pictures from our Halloween adventures today!

Making Halloween Costumes!
The witch working her magic, creating costumes for her Sylvanian Families toys!

After our celebrations at home, we went out for a bit, drove by Bella’s favorite spots in town, and saw some pretty cool costumes on other kids who were out and about making their Halloween rounds! In France, Halloween is not celebrated as it is in America, but villages have parties, and some kids do go door to door asking for candy.

We had a nice dinner, ate a few bits of candy for desert, participated in Bella’s Halloween Costume Show, and watched a movie to finish our day. It has been a very fun, full, all treats, no tricks Halloween day.

And now, with the house still, everyone in bed, but me, ..I will vanish like a ghost until next week’s blog post! Happy Halloween everyone!

 

Busy as a Bee

A very quick blog post today! It is beaucoup busy for me and will be over the next few weeks!

We decided to make a wreath with our glitter painted leaves! Here’s how it turned out…

Autumn Wreath
Glitter painted leaf wreath

The wreath is now hanging on our front window alongside the bats! Yay! We got them all hung! Here’s a peek…

Autumn Wreath and Halloween Bats
Autumn Wreath and Halloween Bats

Bella has been busy as a bee making costumes for her Sylvanian Family friends. She isn’t finished, but here are a few of her amazing creations!

Mr. Carrot Rabbit
Mr. McGregor will never see me disguised as a carrot!
Sylvanian Friends Halloween!
Daddy Squirrel is dressed in his Candy Corn costume!
Skeleton Cat!
Skeleton Cat!
Sylvanian Friends Princess for Halloween!
Everyone wants to be a princess for Halloween!
Sylvanian Friends - Dracula-a-a!
Dracula-a-a!
Ho, ho, ho...Merry Halloween!
Ho, ho, ho…Merry Halloween!

We’re just a little bit excited for Halloween! More news and pictures next week!