Monday, 24 February 2014

February 2014: The Lost Tooth!

Monday 17th February to Sunday 23rd February 

It’s been lovely to settle back home and into our daily rhythm. I’ve always thought that one of the loveliest things about going on holiday is getting home again. We have been welcomed home with misty, soft weather interspersed with thundery showers, and a distinct cooler change in the air.


It really feels as though Autumn is already creeping up on us, and the subtle changes of season in the bush are already becoming evident. This is my favourite time of year. There are still plenty of warm, sunny days to come, but there is a crispness that returns to the air of an evening, a welcome relief from the hot, dry summer wind.


In-between dashing inside from thundery showers, we have been in the garden quite a bit this week. Planting; weeding; harvesting. Our circle-time songs and verses this week have reflected this: 




{ Summer Circle Time }

Opening Verse
Good morning dear earth
Good morning dear sun
Good morning dear trees
and flowers, every one.
Good morning dear animals
and birds in the tree
Good morning to you
Good morning to me

* * * * * * * *

Summer’s Warm Showers (verse)
Summer’s warm shower are falling like mist.
My face and my hands by their soft touch are kissed.
The dry thirsty ground becomes fragrant and cool.
On every green leaf lies a small shinning pool.

* * * * * * * *


Summer Showers (Action Song)
Summer shower, summer rain
Wash the earth all clean again
Wash the earth all clean again

* * * * * * * *

Incy, Wincy Spider (Fingerplay Song)
Incy, wincy spider
Climbed up the waterspout 
Down came the rain and washed the spider out!
Our came the sunshine to dry up all the rain,
So, Incy Wincy Spider climbed up the spout again.


* * * * * * * *

I Hear Thunder (Action Song)
I hear thunder (x2)
Hark don’t you? (x2)
Pitter patter raindrops (x2)
I’m wet through, so are you!


* * * * * * * *

Weather (Action Song)
It’s raining.
It’s pouring.
It’s thundering.
It’s lightning.
It’s snowing.


* * * * * * * *

If I were a Farmer (Action Song)
If I were a farmer, a farmer, a farmer.
If I were a farmer, what would I do?
I would feed the hungry chickens/milk the cows each morning… etc. 
That’s what I’d do!

* * * * * * * *

One Potato, Two Potato (Counting Song)

One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, Four
Five Potato, Six Potato, Seven Potato, More! 


* * * * * * * *

The Cherry Tree (Fingerplay)
I found a little cherry stone,
(make a circle with the fingers of one hand)
I put it in the ground
(mime dropping a seed inside the circle).
And when I came to look at it,
A tiny shoot I found
(slowly push an index finger up through the circle)

The shoot grew up and up each day, and soon became a tree;
(bring hand and arm up through the circle and then splay fingers like branches)
I picked the rosy cherries then, and ate them for my tea!
(pretend to pick a cherry off each finger and pop cherries in mouth)

* * * * * * * *

Little Boy Blue (Closing Song)
Little Boy Blue,
Come blow your horn,
The sheep's in the meadow,
The cow's in the corn;
But where is the boy
Who looks after the sheep?
He's under a haystack,
Fast asleep.
~

We are harvesting from the garden in earnest - the last of the strawberries, the tomatoes coming on, pumpkin, zucchini by the barrow full, potatoes, beans, chilli, eggplant, apricots, pears, plums and the first apples, to name a few. 


Herbs that bolted to flower in mid-summer heat are now seeding. The garden is alive with insects, spiders, lizards, frogs, and the odd tiger snake! Plenty of bees buzzing between flowering natives, herbs, vegetables and marigolds. Native spider-paralysing wasps busy building their mud nests and filling them with spiders. And, the return of the European wasp; probably the only thing I don’t love about harvest season! 

So many opportunities for learning about the natural world, about ecosystems, seasons, and we have bellies filled with home-grown produce to boot! 




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Mousey Brown just couldn’t get enough of handwork this week. When he’s not busy crafting, he’s dreaming of future crafts! On Monday morning, we found an old, unopened letter from Mousey Brown’s uncle and auntie in Japan, which we read with delight. It was written around Christmas time, when the snows were falling and the northern hemisphere was in the middle of Winter. This letter led to some great discussions about time, seasons and, of course, volcanos. Doesn’t every discussion about Japan somehow lead back to volcanos? ;)

We decided to make our own 'volcano' from clay collected from our garden. This project was relished by both boys, and a bulk order of vinegar and bicarb is written on the top of next week’s shopping list.

Shaping clay to make a ‘volcano'
Pouring vinegar with red dye (for effect) into our ‘volcano'
Eruption!


Some other crafts and activities we’ve done this week…


An “abstract pop-up book” (in his own words!) 


Counting stones collected on our holiday are being used frequently to add and subtract numbers


Crayon-resist watercolour paintings 


Building cubbies and making 'pumpkin soup’ and cups of tea


Mousey Brown “reading” to his younger brother during Quiet Time

We had a very social end to the week, with a bike ride and play-date with friends on Thursday, and then spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday camping at a weekend long wedding at a Buddhist Retreat in North-Western Tasmania. A fabulous weekend filled with gorgeous food, fun, and friends, old and new! I was particularly pleased to see both my boys leave our sides for most of the day to play with other children.


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But, the most important event in Mousey Brown’s week was the much anticipated loss of his first tooth! This tooth was discovered wobbly a few weeks ago while we were on holidays, and it has been checked daily, sometimes hourly, ever since. In the end, it was biting into a nectarine that did it! :)

My husband and I had discussed what the Tooth Fairy might bring, and we felt that giving money isn’t really a tooth fairy tradition we’d like to adopt for our family. We liked the idea of something special and unique; something to treasure. 

Mousey Brown and I spent time together selecting just the right felt and a special button. He needle felted some decoration on the felt pieces and I stitched the pouch together. It was a lovely project to share. 


The big night arrived, and Mousey Brown carefully set out a little glass jar with lid on the bedside table, filling the jar with water and dropping the little lone baby tooth inside. 

Sleep took a long time coming that night, but eventually he succumbed. He awoke early, to find the tooth was gone! The water in the jar had magically turned a watery blue, and best of all, hidden inside the pouch was a beautiful quartz crystal! 


In Waldorf theory, losing the milk-teeth signals a significant development change. Along with other physical changes, it signals that a child is thought to be ready for intellectual learning. Readiness for First Grade learning in Waldorf theory is outlined <here>. The Magic Onions writes about losing the first tooth <here>.

Mousey Brown is incredibly excited to be a “big boy” now that he has lost that first tooth. For me, it is a strange mix of pride and a little sentimental sadness. My little boy is growing up, and it all happens so quickly. It’s a reminder to me to cherish these precious moments with our young children because, speak to anyone whose children have grown and flown the nest, the days are long and the years are short. 

And again, I’m reminded of how blessed we are to have him at home with us for another year. 

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