Sophie loves her baby dolls! She has two very special dolls and she loves to snuggle them and carry them all around the house. Sophie loves to kiss her baby dolls too! If you say "Sophie, give your baby a kiss." she puckers up and gives the doll a big kiss with the kissing noise and all!
It's a couple of weeks before Easter, and we are reading our favorite Easter book ever, The Easter Egg by Jan Brett. We've been making some Easter Eggs of our own, inspired by the book. Our first eggs were wet-on-wet watercolor eggs. Ethan called his a "fire egg" and it really does look like fire on the egg. Audrey wanted to make a speckled egg like some of the eggs she saw in the book, An Egg is Quiet.
I could not wait to wet felt eggs this year. It was such fun! We wrapped colorful wool roving around these white eggs that I found at Hobby Lobby last year (not sure what they are made of, not plastic, not really wood either). We dipped them in hot soapy water and patted them gently like they were "little baby chicks". It was almost magical to see the felting process happen right in their own little hands. They turned out so pretty. I want to make some more!
For Painting Day this week, we used watercolors to paint some wooden Easter Eggs. It was so much fun and the eggs look beautiful. Ethan mixed his colors on each egg beautifully. Audrey chose to make a rainbow of eggs; one each of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. The best part about these eggs is they will last for years of play. Ethan began playing with his as soon as they were dry. He pretended that he was an alligator and these were his alligator eggs...completely his idea! It was so cute! Audrey told me that she was Jemima Puddle-duck with her eggs. Later on the same day, Audrey and Ethan took turns being the Easter Bunny and hiding the eggs for the other.
"Rainbow, rainbow, in the sky
Pretty colors up so high
How I wish that you could stay
Bringing color every day!"
Audrey has loved rainbows for a long while now. So we decided to spend a long time learning and playing with rainbows. We read a wonderful little story called the Golden Rabbit and the Rainbow Eggs. It can be found in, Tell Me A Story from the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of America. In this story a little bunny hops about in the meadow on the first day of spring. As he is hopping, he sees a beautiful rainbow in the sky. The rainbow calls to him and tells him to take these rainbow eggs and hide them all over the world for the children to find on Easter morning.
Letter G was supposed to be for goose and gold, but today it was for goofy! Audrey was just goofy during our lessons today and it was so much fun!
Sophie is such a busy girl and she keeps us all so busy too! She is walking everywhere. She goes from place to place, room to room, getting into anything and everything that she can. In the kitchen, Sophie wants to cook and stir. In her room, she loves riding her rocking horse. She can get on all by herself. Then she starts rocking and making a cute galloping noise.
Just when we think spring is finally here, we get another snowy day. But that's okay! Just another chance to make one last snowman...or dinosaur ball (in Ethan's case).
"My Lady Spring is dressed in green
She wears a primrose crown
The sun shines if she laughs at all
And when she weeps the raindrops fall
My Lady Spring, My Lady Spring, My Lady Spring"
~from Wynstones Spring~
We celebrated the First Day of Spring with a lovely little Spring ceremony. We made spring crowns with wool roving braids and needled felted flowers. We also wore springtime capes made with play silks. Audrey and Ethan painted little flower pots, filled them with soil, and planted daisy seeds. Now with water and sunshine we are waiting and watching for the seeds to grow.
We also read a story of the arrival of Lady Spring. The story can be found in Tell Me A Story by the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of America. In this story, a young girl stumbles upon Lady Spring as she arrives in the land and with her pots of color begins to paint all of the springtime flowers. The young girl asks what she can do and so begins helping Lady Spring paint the colors of spring. Just as Lady Spring and they young girl paint spring all over the land...Audrey and Ethan use their pots of paint to paint springtime!
St. Patrick's Day at our house means lots of green and rainbows! We read the cutest story about a leprechaun looking for his pot of gold. The animals on the farm try to help the leprechaun by offering to share their "gold" with him. The rooster's gold is the sun. The hen's gold is her fuzzy yellow chicks. The duck's gold is the corn given to him by a little girls. The lamb's gold is the yellow daffodils. Each time the leprechaun says, "no, no, no! That may be gold to you but it is of no use to me!" Finally, the little girl reminds the leprechaun that the beautiful rainbow in the sky will lead him to his pot of gold.
Hi! I am Allison. I am a happy homemaker, wife, and mother to four sweet babies. I am also a Classical, Christian homeschooling mom trying to make every day a celebration of love and family. I love to bake, cook, garden, read, do art, and spend time outdoors with my amazing family.
Our story of loving and learning at home...
"Let them be little, 'cause their only that way for a while. Give them hope, give them praise, give them love every day. Let them cry, let them giggle; let them sleep in the middle, oh, let them be little."
- Written and Sung by Billy Dean