Marigold Dyed Scarves

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I’m easily intimated by new recipes, but knowing this one involved silk scarves I was eager to try. I have dyed cheesecloth with blackberries and strawberries but never silks and they came out beautifully. At the request of the girls’ preschool director, I dyed silks using these golden marigolds.   White silks can be bought […]

Conversations About Death

How do I set the tone for this post?   While everyone else is writing about determination and resolutions, or anti-resolutions and sending images to remind you of hope and happiness in the new year, I want desperately to tell you my story.  Because as much as the new year is about what’s to come, […]

Tiny Treasures

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  Trusting children with little things, may take getting used to but when they are ready small toys can take on the role of treasures.  Tiny toys to wrap their hands around and stuff in those itty bitty pockets.     Things found and things that they can keep as their own without the adults […]

Spontaneous Games

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  Childhood is the time for idleness. It is the time for long afternoons in the yard catching ladybugs or mornings spent with some paper, tape, and a pair of scissors.     A little time to themselves and the girls invented a game. Some translucent cups and a projected light were their inspiration.   […]

Facilitating the Learning Process

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Right around mid-May, I started to get anxious. There were only a few more weeks left of school, and I was worried about how we would all adjust to this change in our routine. The girls (3 and 4 years old) attend preschool twice a week for four hours each day. It’s not a lot, […]

Inspired by Paint

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    Brand new jars . . .   Red, yellow, and blue paint mixed in several combinations.         Newly mixed paint means newly inspired children.     Lots of ideas!     The colors were named green-blue, purple, dark purple, purple, blue-yellow and so on.     I think we need […]

Storytelling With Child-Created Puppets

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  “What would you like to play?” Me to the girls.   Without a moment’s hesitation, Greysen says, “I want to sew a puppet.”   Since my sewing knowledge is limited, I grabbed felt (my go-to material), and a small sewing kit that I put together when Greysen worked on her first such project.   […]

Why I Think There is No Place for Coloring Pages in ECE

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    One of the things I miss most about being a curriculum coordinator is the direct impact I could have on ECE practice.  If such a thing existed, my ECE rule book would firmly state, no coloring pages allowed.   My opinion of coloring pages is not about what coloring pages are, but rather […]

The Relationships of Childhood

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When I look back through the blog, I notice how much my early posts focused on the girls’ individual experiences – what they did and how they did it. Now that they are older, I can more easily see how their world has grown. Their relationships now extend beyond our immediate family.   The relationship […]

A Waldorf Inspired Birthday

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  When you were one, you explored.                   I was getting to know you.    When you were two, you became passionate.                  I started to know myself as a mama.   When you were three, you became aware of being empowered.                  I began to understand how to flexibly partner with you.     […]