Brrr, it’s been cold in the northeast. It seems we get a fresh batch of beautiful pure, white snow at least every other day, and with sniffly noses my children have been inside more than we’d like to be. I’m trying to include lots of nature in our lessons, so at least in our imaginations we are lost in the great outdoors!
This week the Cloud Boy and his family had a counting adventure. One way to get down from their mountain to the village is to cross the stream. It is a wide stream, and during summer when the water ran low they placed 30 rocks across the stream to serve as stepping stones, spaced very close to each other so even the baby can walk across them. The toddler likes to jump to every other stone, the Cloud Boy hops three stones at a time, the Cloud Boy’s father, his leg injury fully healed and now sprightly as the sheep and mountain goats once again, hops four stones at a time; and their friend, the Giant, hops five whole stones at a time! As everyone jumps we practice counting by ones, twos, threes, fours, and fives. Of course we like to do a bit of jumping ourselves, imagining the stream winding beneath us.
We found the smooth, black river rocks and a silver paint marker at the craft store, and already had the silk “river”. My toddler has been busily playing all morning with the extra rocks- I think we’ll all be having rock soup for lunch! Aren’t my peg people rather boring? I’ll admit I haven’t gotten creative with them at all. But I’m super excited about the new book by Maragaret Bloom, Making Peg Dolls– 192 pages of Waldorf crafting fun! Hopefully we’ll be livening up our peg dolls soon. I already have five of these lovely books en route for the Cedar Ring Circle shop, and I’ve included the book in our next special order (last one before my maternity leave!) which I should be ready to start taking orders on by tomorrow (later than I planned, but better late than never- it’s been a crazy month with wheels falling off of vehicles, major appliances breaking, home renovations, animal mishaps, and stolen debit cards!). Stay tuned for the discount code and order details if you’re a Cedar Ring Circle member or on our email list. 😉
(Shared on Annette’s Waldorf Wednesday linkup. The best thing to happen to Wednesdays since millet!)