Thursday, April 24, 2014

Crafty Thursday: Create a May Day Festival

May First is coming!

There is the Maypole dance and many other rituals.  A book called "Festivals, Family, & Food" provides lots of ideas for truly enjoying festivals throughout the year.

In our local Homeschool Art Class, we are learning the maypole dance ritual and a beautiful song that goes along with it.  Did you know there is also a tradition of making gifts and giving them to neighbors?

You an make your own maypole by finding a large (6-8 foot) branch from a tree and tying long ribbons to it.  Stick it in the ground and see what transpires.

There is so much fun to be had....


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Go With It!

My child wanted the bat's head for his birthday.  So, I chopped it off.  Sigh.
Sometimes, while what our children might say or do is a little startling by our adult standards,
to them, there are no strings, no preconceived notions of right or wrong or freaky.

So, just go with it!  Let yourself play.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

TUESDAY BLAHS LIST: Go lean Up - Part 2

The clean up was a success although not as many interesting items as last year.  It showed the boys the importance of taking care of the earth, and, more importantly, it reminded me that we should do this more often...

It also reminded me that gloves and a double layered trash bag are very important!


Today is Earth Day.  Last year, I posted a list of some of the less than desirable things the boys and I found picking up trash along our street.
Today begins another adventure.
Stay tuned...

In the meantime, see if you can pick up 10 things today (wear gloves) to help our planet.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Make One Change Today

There are challenges over the weekend- transition.  The children can be cranky, and tempers can be short. 

Today, the start of a new week, make the choice to do one thing differently.
It can be very small, like give your children hugs and listen to them for 5 minutes before you get your coffee or it can be as simple as putting a smile on your face even if you are still groggy and tired.
It can be shaking things up a bit- eat breakfast outside in your pajamas.  Go for an early morning walk.  Pull out the fingerpaints without preamble...

See what transpires.