Wednesday, 11 June 2014

May 2014: Our Nature Table & Autumn’s End

Monday 26th May - Sunday 31st May

It is the last week of Autumn and our seasonal nature table is bursting with delightful Autumn finds and handwork. Berries, haws, nuts, seeds, leaves and even medlar and figs are gathered in small piles or scattered over the table. Little creations from our Autumn stories and crafts are displayed here and there. 

"Nothing is a better, soothing, more joyful activity than to bring home bits and pieces of a day's adventure or walk and place it on the table as a celebration of that day or season, or all. Lovely things are available for nature table decoration, and you can make many things as well; small dolls, gems, crystals, roving fairies, bits of found feather or sea shore shells, pebbles, cloths, branches and flowers, or candles in the colours of the seasons. Our table was always changing and always drew the children to it directly upon coming home, inspired them when out and about, or indirectly made them aware of the time of year or holiday just by it's existence in our home. A wonderful connectedness results between child, the outer and inner world, rhythms, and family by this simple easily incorporated lovely ritual."  -- Lynn at < Seasons Natural Toys > 

Creating a seasonal nature table is a lovely way to help children connect with the world around them and to observe the changing seasons. Our nature table forms part of our yearly rhythm at home. A nature table can be small or large, simple or elaborate. We keep ours fairly simple - we have an old branch that we decorate seasonally and underneath, we place seasonal treasures we’ve collected on our walks and adventures, and we have a little seasonal scene on display.

As we draw close to Winter, we add a beaded snowflake to our seasonal tree each time it snows at home. We have 3 beaded snowflakes already this year!

Our nature table is such a lovely collection of memories, adventures and delightful moments shared together,  that I always feel a little sentimentally sad when it is time to change at the turning of the seasons, but change we must. I transition our nature table slowly, just as the seasons move slowly but steadily forward. I look forward to seeing how our Winter nature table takes shape this year.

<Creating With Children – The Nature/Seasonal Table>  is a lovely blogpost on ways to start one in your home.

{ Language, Literature, & Literacy }

The Elf and the Dormouse
by Oliver Herford

Under a toadstool crept a wee Elf,
Out of the rain to shelter himself.

Under the toadstool, sound asleep,
Sat a big Dormouse all in a heap.

Trembled the wee Elf, frightened and yet
Fearing to fly away lest he get wet.

To the next shelter—maybe a mile!
Sudden the wee Elf smiled a wee smile.

Tugged till the toadstool toppled in two.
Holding it over him, gaily he flew.

Soon he was safe home, dry as could be.
Soon woke the Dormouse—"Good gracious me!

"Where is my toadstool?" loud he lamented.
And that's how umbrellas first were invented!

Stories told, stories read, stories written, stories played. So many stories. Language, words, songs and rhymes are bursting out of both boys and they are revelling in the joy of it! We have been to the local Steiner School Library and the State Library in the same week, and our books shelves, desks, baskets and beds are overflowing with wonderful discoveries. Here are just some of the books we have been reading this week…

‘You And Me, Little Bear’ by Martin Waddell
‘Princess Sylvie’ by Elsa Beskow
‘The Princess In The Forest’ by Sibylle von Olfers

My Reading: ‘Earth, Water, Fire and Air’ by Walter Kraal

{ Handwork & Artwork }

finger knitting

lucet knitting





building with Daddy and Pop

making our own knitting needles

clay disc botany prints

My Handwork: Little felt toadstools

{ Maths in the Kitchen }

{ Sourdough buns… }

measuring ingredients





measuring time


{ Banana and Walnut Cake… }

measuring weight

measuring volume

measuring amount

following instructions







{ Science & Nature }

Bushkinder and bubble wands, Boronia Beach...

In the park...

Autumn leaves

native birds

climbing trees

squirrelling nuts

Misty Autumn weather...

Chilly evening walks...

Autumn’s ending peace  <3

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