Showing posts with label fairies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fairies. Show all posts

Saturday, February 26, 2011

March Guide eBook Available!

These beautiful monthly enrichment ebooks follow the rhythm of a weekly theme with the flexibility that teachers, homeschoolers and afterschooling parents need to enrich their children's Waldorf learning experience at home or school. Some of Syrendell's crafts are shared in the March Guide!

Week One, March
Fairies & Dragons, Magic

Week Two, March
The Season of Lent, Sacrifice

Week Three, March
St. Patrick's Day, Luck

Week Four, March
Spring's Return, New Life

Week Five, March
Rainbows, Creating Color

For more details on each week's wonderful activities and a sample of the beautiful songs you will teach your children - visit Little Acorn Learning

Monday, March 16, 2009

Leprechauns in our Yard

Now that the weather is improving, we are spending time daily in the back yard. Inspired by The Magic Onions post on her gnome feast, Wilson decided to create a little home for leprechauns and fairies.

Wilson laughed with glee when he found the perfect mushroom. "I think that they would like to play hopscotch," he exclaimed as he busily found items to decorate the fairy home. Creating a ring around the mushroom with stones, we added leaves for beds, acorn caps for soup bowls and drew a hopscotch game in the dirt leading into the circle. The acorn caps fit snugly into the natural splits in the mushroom top.

"I'm making soup for the leprechauns!" said Wilson as he loaded up each little acorn bowl with tiny clovers, always searching for that special shamrock.

We are going to check on the fairy home on St. Patrick's Day to see if the leprechauns visited to eat their meal and rest on the leaves....

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Dell

dell: n. A small secluded wooded valley. A vale.

Our homelearning space is known to us as the "dell". Because we call ourselves "Syrendell", dell is a nickname of sorts. The word "dell" brings up images of a beautiful, magical, wooded vale, full of fairies, sprites and gnomes!

We love our homelearning space...small, secluded and at times, full of wood! The changing seasons are honored by hanging colorful mobiles, and attaching window stars, mosaics or snowflakes to the glass. When the weather is warm, we open the sliding glass door and paint on the deck, extending the dell into the natural world.

We create a wreath for each season. The circle is woven out of wire by Ricky. All three children decide which type of leaf or other bits of nature to include in the wreath. We gather real leaves and make patterns to use later when we cut with felt. In the winter, holly berries are needlefelting. Spring is coming soon, and we will be needlefelting tiny eggs, birds and nests starting this week.

Our "Seasonal Spot" (aka, nature table) is a shelter built by Daddy with twigs from our backyard and reclaimed wood. A wooden tree puzzle shows us the season by the color of leaves (or lack of color). Our friend Gnomy likes to hang out in the Seasonal Spot. Seasonal fairies, finger puppet children, Syrendell Sprites, acorn families or other creatures often visit. Special stones, geodes, acorns, pine cones also can be found in the Seasonal Spot.

The dell features small chalkboards, a space for featuring books and projects that relate to the stories, holidays, S.S. block or science explorations of the week. Daddy's wood puzzles, wood stove, and tree blocks are found under a table, easy to reach for everyone! Our naturally-dyed silks, handmade crowns, play cloths and wooden clothespins are available whenever the mood strikes us. A large basket, full of percussion instruments sits near the foot of the dell, by the piano, as a nice transition space to wear we have our circle time.

Each person in the family has a frame on the wall made from twigs, featuring a watercolor, drawing, or crayon exploration. Baskets of crayons, finger puppets, geometric shapes and wool fibers with a drum carder, hand carders and needlefelters can be found throughout the dell.

We love the dell and try to tidy up when we can! It's our special place to learn, love and grow....

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Syrendelina by Joey Tan

Once upon a time there was a fairy and her name was Syrendelina. Like all fairies she was kind, sweet, and caring. She was from a magical land called Fairiedell. Fairiedell is a wonderful and pretty place where all sorts of fairies live, who are also called fairydell. There are water fairies, garden fairies, animal fairies, light fairies, and earth fairies. Syrendelina is a garden fairy. She and other garden fairies care for plants.

One day, Fairiedell turned gray and everything and everyone got droopy and sad. Syrendelina and all of the other fairies didn’t know what to do.

Then……… Swooosh Swiiiisssshhhhh! Fairy dust flew everywhere! Everyone gasped. Then the fairies looked closer and saw the fairy godmother of Fairiedell floating in front of them! Everyone smiled. Syrendelina tried to fly over to her but couldn’t. Syrendelina asked, “Fairy Godmother, what is happening?!”

“Don’t fear my darling,” the fairy godmother said in a gentle tone, “I am here to fix Fairiedell’s magic,” she explained. Then, she flew up and twirled in the gray sky! Fairy dust flew everywhere! All of the fairies danced in glee.

“Fairiedell is magical again!” said all the fairies. Syrendelina smiled as the fairy godmother fluttered off. “Thank you," she called up towards the beautiful sky at the fairy godmother. “Thanks a lot!”
The End

Syrendell Blogtale #1
Written by Joey Tan, 9 years old
Artwork by Rick Tan, older than Joey

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Our Labyrinth

As we meander down the sacred path through the bushes and trees in our back yard, we feel a sense of excitement as our labyrinth comes into view. We walk slowly, one person at a time into the spiral...breathe in...breathe out...pausing in the middle to meditate or visualize. Then, slowly we amble back to the opening of the circuit. After a journey through the labyrinth, we feel calm, grounded, and inspired....

We made a labyrinth in our backyard. It is beautiful, spiritual, calming, and magical.
After walking around the yard a few times, the kids decided that the back corner was the perfect space. We studied pictures of labyrinths from all over the world and we selected the design that we liked the best. Joey drew up a 7-circuit labyrinth, but then quickly decided that the paths would be too narrow. The design was modified to a 5-circuit labyrinth.
Next, we collected stones from the yards and placed them in the corners, the opening, and the middle. Fortunately, we found a bucket full of stones from Carlsbad beach, camping trips to Mt. Lassen and Idyllwild, trips to Lake Almanor, Lake Tahoe, and San Diego...beautiful stones from magical places! This was the perfect opportunity to infuse our yard with the energy of some of our favorite places.

We drew lines in the ground with sticks and then laid the stones on the lines. We spent a couple of weeks completing the circuits. During trips to dance, art and music lessons, we collected a few rocks and brought them home, always being carful to not take too much from one place.

A couple of geodes from the gold country, some agate and calcite from Idyllwild and an amethyst crystal were incorporated into the design. The crystal stands out of the ground at the top of the middle of the labyrinth, reminding us to pause and breathe.

After the rain, we fix any stones that have moved and find unique, pretty mushrooms that seem to have sprung to life over night. We think that the mushrooms are a sign that the fairies and gnomes love our labyrinth!