Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Favorite homeschool/ preschool resources



Philosophy and parent education

www.theparentingpassageway.com
www.rhythmofthehome.com

Lesson plans and curriculum

www.homeschoolshare.com
www.waldorfessentials.com
www.cnps.org/cnps/education/curriculum
www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/horned_lark/id
www.birdsleuth.org

Supplies

www.waldorfsupplies.com
www.novanatural.com
www.imaginechildhood.com
www.dickblick.com


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Cultivating abundance

After years of cultivating peace, and learning about acceptance- I feel it's time to stretch a little further. What if, when we ask for just enough- we get just that. What if, instead of feeling guilty asking for more- what if, in having more it spreads like water on a cloth? Like love, and light, and health- what if more, is just that. More. What if more doesn't take from anyone? What if the opposite is true? And what if I'm brave enough to find out?

"I embrace abundance. I overflow with more than the minimum. I expand with health, wealth, love and light. My abundance takes from none, but gives rise to more for all"

Monday, April 15, 2013

Summer spaces available

We have 3-4 spaces for school agers to join our program this summer. If you have a young one that enjoys the outdoors, good food and good friends- please join us!
Activities include:

Basket making
Knot tying
Shelter building
Geo- caching
Drama
Plant and animal studies
Science arts and crafting

But most importantly- drinking up as much summer as possible!


Monday, April 8, 2013

Dandelions


This is one of our favorites to sing as we collect dandelions all summer. but- i always need a refresher in the spring.

Dandelion
~ Author Unknown ~

There was a dandelion,
With lovely, fluffy hair,
That glistened in the sunshine,
And in the summer air.
And oh! This pretty dandelion
Soon grew old and grey,
And, sad to tell! Her charming hair,
Blew many miles away.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

In the late of winter

In the late of winter, it's cold and it does snow,
In the late of winter, how the wind does blow,
But just beneath the earth, the seeds do start to glow,
For in the late of winter- they await the spring so they may grow.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Sherenes chocolate chip cookies

My chocolate chip cookie recipe makes enough for a crowd with a few left over. Ninety some cookies have been counted to come out of the oven. Often we will half or quarter the recipe for a chocolate chip
Cookie emergency. I'm a firm believer in the ability of these little cookies to boost spirits, bring siblings together, make guests feel welcome- and, ahem, make friends. I know my daycare mamas and papas are never unhappy to see we have warm cookies at pick up. And now you have the recipe.

2 cups best butter you can find
1 cups brown sugar ( we use maple sugar)
1 cups granulated sugar
1T vanilla
4 eggs
1.5t baking powder
1t baking soda
Pinch of salt
4 cups flour ( we bake one cookie and if it spreads too much, add another 1/4 cup. Butter changes over the course of the year, and sometimes more flour is needed)
2-4 cups chocolate chips

I recommend using organic ingredients in their whole and most raw form. Chocolate chip cookies are simple, and yes, you'll probably want two or three no matter what they are made from. But, if you want these cookies to also carry a bit of magic and the ability to heal up a broken or bruised spirit- you need a wholesome base, real chocolate, and a little something to make them your own.




Saturday, January 26, 2013

Yoga for Motherhood, home study January 2013


http://feeds.feedburner.com/YogaToday/ipod
I found this pod cast about two weeks ago. Since then, I have watched it several times. While chopping vegetables for dinner, while the children watched a movie near by, while the baby nursed. I have not done it once. Not even rolled out the mat. I have managed to do 5 sun salutations on most mornings. I have noticed them strengthening, my body moving more like fluid from one place to another. I have noticed my breath, even off the mat. I have noticed my place, my time, my space.
Because, here, in the thick of full motherhood- the strength of my body and mind are the only tools I need. Here, in this time and place- Asana practice is not to increase flexibility, or give me a firmer body. Never, is asana about what I can do on the mat- it's about what I can take with me when I leave the still, quite rectangle and move into the great wide open.
So practice here, is about finding that balance between what is needed-and what can wait. Wait till babies do not cry when they are left, wait till big girls don't need grown ups at brownies, wait until after the only time two tired parents can find each other. I do indeed need my asana practice, and my meditation, and my reading, writing, breathing, and art. But, if the main objective of all them is to bring me clarity and balance- then I need not lust after time for these as long as I find myself in a place of clarity and balance.
There will be time, time to study more, practice more, explore more- but there will never be more of this. I will never get more of these precious beings as they are today. And I will never get more time to practice being here, in full motherhood. What there is to learn here- cannot be learned from someone else, only from showing up here, present and mindful.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Yoga for Motherhood, home study January 2013

http://feeds.feedburner.com/YogaToday/ipod