A typical day at Shining Cedars Nature Circle... 10:00 Tuesdays we make porridge and do wet-on-wet watercolour painting; Wednesdays we have music (pentatonic flute) and movement; and Thursdays we chop vegetables for soup and draw with natural beeswax blocks 10:15 We have our welcome circle. Through songs, games, and morning yoga children will be connected to the season and experience an opportunity to stretch their bodies. 10:25 We venture into the forest, have our nutritious snack and Tina will have a story to tell! We also introduce the learning focus for the week (Waldorf-based) 10:45 The children will make their plans for the investigative part of the day and will venture on their many explorations. Free outside play will offer everyone an opportunity to connect with each other and the plants and animals around them. 12:15 We take a nature walk to collect wild edibles for our Forest Tea and we have a healthy lunch from home with a story to go with the season and the themes that we are exploring. 12:45 The children continue with free play and free flow learning. This is the time for gardening, handwork, medicine-making, woodworking and baking, depending on the week and season. 2:15 We meet in circle for Forest Tea, gratitude and sing our closing songs 2:30 Children get picked up *times will vary according to the children's needs *chores will be at lunch time (rotates each week: one child cleans the table before lunch; 2 children set the table; 2 children clean the table after lunch; 2 children wash the dishes) *group lessons may include: wet-on-wet painting, beeswax and clay modelling, medicine making, woodworking, music, eurythmy and gardening
You may see us...
Having free outdoor play
Going on nature walks
Building personal projects as well as forts and bonfires
Foraging and baking organically
Working on the land
Painting with natural paints
Sewing, weaving, carving and sculpting
Singing and music making
Dancing, yoga and eurythmy
Having simple puppet shows with story time
Playing with natural objects and dolls
Before the children leave, we will sing a farewell song and then the children may depart! We ask that all children arrive on time, as that sets the all-important rhythm of the day.