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Happy May Day

May Day can be a such a special day in a family and at school.  My first recollection of celebrating May Day was in a local preschool where we 4-year-olds went around a simple May Pole each holding a ribbon.  I was dressed in a handmade costume—a robin. I still remember the feelings of awkwardness [Read more...]
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Lunar New Year—Year of the Horse

I always look forward to new stamps issued by the US Postal Service.  My favorite times to seek out new stamps are in November for Christmas and then in January for the Chinese Lunar New Year. I’ve been known to buy a whole sheet of them and then not even use them on envelopes as [Read more...]
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One Family’s Advent Wreath

Although my children are adults and out in the world, I’ve continued our family observance of an Advent wreath in December. Some years I have used four candlesticks and other years I’ve used a ring—a circular base with four built-in holders for the candles. My latest Advent wreath is a blue ceramic ring. Since it [Read more...]
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Advent in a Waldorf Classroom

We are now in the season of Advent. The following scanned article is from our book,  Waldorf Education: A Family Guide and located in the Celebrations section and written by a former member of the faculty at Marin Waldorf School. San Rafael, CA              
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The Solstice, Fireflies and St. John’s Tide

Celebrating The Light           A month prior to becoming Director of Community Development at the Waldorf School of Princeton (NJ) in 1993, my husband, youngest daughter, and I flew to Princeton to meet the faculty, visit the surrounding towns, and rent a place which would be our new home. It was [Read more...]
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Do You Love Your Teacher?

Today I heard one boy’s answer— When I left New Jersey, leaving behind my work as the Director of Community Development at the Princeton Waldorf School in 1995, I didn’t know that when I settled in my hometown in northeast Massachusetts, I would learn of a group trying to start a Waldorf school in Portsmouth, [Read more...]
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Growing Easter Grass

By the end of the post, you’ll see the final result of my growing some grass for an Easter basket. About a week ago, I purchased winterberry wheat seeds from a local natural foods grocer. If you can’t find those, then you might use “Cat Grass” which you might locate in a feed or a [Read more...]
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“Real” grass for your Easter Basket

Why not use “real” grass instead of using plastic shredded grass for your Easter decorations?  It’s not too late. If you have a week—or even a day or so less than a week, here are photographs showing examples of our family’s table decorations grown in time for Easter Sunday in past years. Look through your [Read more...]
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Grimms Fairy Tales-200th Anniversary

Thursday, December 20, 2012 marks the 200th anniversary of the first publication of the fairy tales collected by Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm – better known as the Brothers Grimm.  The publication was called Children’s and Household Tales.  The subsequent collections (and with new title) have influenced Western civilization, literature and movies and are said to [Read more...]
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Go to a Holiday Fair

Holiday fairs are often held in communities between Thanksgiving and Christmas or Chanuka. I recently worked at the fair sponsored by the Cape Ann Waldorf School. What a treat to buy items made of wood, beeswax, and other natural materials along with books and hand-made dolls. I am especially intrigued with the small wood animals [Read more...]
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