Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Crown in the forest


A little story and craft for these days, to bring the concept of work as a team in the family and the community.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

the Easter Hare


We are getting together this Easter with three homeschooling mothers to do the puppet show. It is a sweet short story that I was told at the waldorf training in Spain and lived in my heart throughout that year. It is about the right measure and has a lot of meaning for me.
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The starting time is ten o'clock with an Easter song, then the puppet play and after a light snack, the mothers get to talk about the Van Duin's book; we will continue right through Easter and the last day we will have a hunting egg game in the garden, if the weather wants to suit it...

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here is the script of the play and please forgive any mistakes in the translation,

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THE EASTER HARE


Once upon a time there lived a family of hares, the mother hare, the father hare, and seven little hares. One day mother and father were talking about which one would be the Easter hare for that year. they decided they will choose with a quest and they brought a basket with seven eggs to their offspring. each one of them must chose one egg from the basket and go through the forest, pass the bridge on the river, get into the garden of the human children and let the egg for the children to discover.

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the oldest hare had his turn first, he choose a golden egg, put it in his little basket, and started running through the forest, he passed the bridge on the river and upon seeing the gate of the garden of the children house, he jumped as high as he could, with such a luck, that his golden egg fell to the floor and broke. the oldest hare could not be the Easter hare for that year...

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the second one choose a silver egg. he too crossed the forest and the brifdge on the river, but a black bird called on him: give me your egg and i will give you a coin in return! in no time after he had voiced this words that the blackbird pecked the egg from the basket and took it flying with him to his nest. the second hare could not be the Easter hare for that year....

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now it came the turn for the third hare who choose a chocolate egg, and started his trip along the forest, a squirrel he found on his way, who asked for a little licking of that delicious looking chocolate egg. lick by lick, the squirrel almost finished the egg and left just crumbs for the children house. this third hare could not be the Easter hare for that year.

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the fourth one choose a spotted egg, and kept walking through the forest peacefully, but alas, when arriving at the river, she looked herself at the reflection of the waters for a while, admiring her pose and making faces, with such luck that the egg fell into the river and got lost of sight. this fourth hare could not be the Easter hare for that year.

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it came upon the turn for the fifth hare, who choose a yellow egg form the basket. a mother fox he met in the forest who asked him for that bright shiny egg. the fox pledged the hare to come to her den and show his little babies that sparkling egg and the hare went on to the very door of the den and played with all of the fox babies and the yellow egg. in a little while the yellow egg was broken, leaving behind thousand of pieces of it on the grass. this fifth hare could not be the Easter hare for that year.

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when it was turn for the sixth hare there were just two eggs left, and he choose the red one. on he went, away from his home and throughthe forest, when upon arriving at the bridge he saw another hare from another family at the opposite end of it. they look at each other and none will let the other pass first, so they started discussing and then fighting, and the egg broke in half. this sixth hare could not be the Easter hare for that year.

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lastly it was the turn for the youngest hare, and she took the blue egg form the basket. crossing the forest she let the blackbird behind fast, and let the squirrel behind without convincing her of anything, she did not see the mother fox, and at the bridge she let the other hare go first at once and she did not look at the water for her image. when she arrived at the gate of the children's garden, she jumped the fence, not too high, not too low, just a right one, and she left the blue egg in a special space destined to it.

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This hare was the Easter hare for that year.




Sweet Spring Gift


We are still in snow season here, but we had a surprising gift of spring weather for a week, the children have delighted in playing outside and wearing summer clothes.
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This reminds me of how to await for gifts, and to expect the unexpected sometimes, because if not i am set on my fixed routines, and on what i think it will happen next. This also extends on how we look at the world, because even though we all look through our own colored glasses, we can also take them out and try to see what the other person really is or is really saying.
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With my children I have developed over the years a sense of who they are, and that is good, but also it gives them no free space to give another picture of themselves. I was lucky the other day to peek through the door seeing my five year old daughter in a class situation without me, and it was amazing to discover this other side of her, more in charge of the situation, and more sassy! I think my thinking of her as the middle one, and the sweet and innocent one, is right as far as she is playing within our family dynamics, outside of it, she is displaying other traits.
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I could use this gift of spring in our town to consider other points of view from the ones I am standing usually, and breaking the routines or our weather expectations can bring great discoveries and amazement,
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blessings,
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raquel