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January 2011 Newsletter

In This Issue
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Winter Childcare Menu
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Winter Window Stars
Help One Another
Winter Burritos
NaturalKids Etsy Street Team
Playstands for Sale
January Sponsors
Snowflake Story
Snowed In????
Caregiver Meditation
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Winter Menu   
This menu is a five day per week menu (breakfast, morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack) set up so as to use the daily grains specified by Rudolf Steiner and widely used in Waldorf Kindergartens and homes the world over.

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Learn How to Make These Beautiful Winter Stars in our Winter Handwork Book Created Just for us By Syrendell

Help One Another

 

 "Help one another," the snowflakes said,

As they cuddled down in their fleecy bed.

 

"One of us here would not be felt,

One of us here would quickly melt;

But I'll help you, and you help me,

And then what a splendid drift there'll be."

 

"Help one another," the maple spray

Said to its fellow-leaves one day;

"The sun would wither me here alone,

Long enough ere the day is gone;

But I'll help you, and you help me,

And then what a splendid shade there'll be."

 

"Help one another," the dewdrop cried,

Seeing another drop close to its side;

"The warm south wind would dry me away,

And I should be gone ere noon to-day;

But I'll help you, and you help me,

And we'll make a brook and run to the sea."

 

"Help one another," a grain of sand

Said to another grain close at hand;

"The wind may carry me over the sea,

And then, oh, what will become of me?

But come, my brother, give me your hand,

We'll build a mountain and then we'll stand."

 

And so the snowflakes grew to drifts;

The grains of sand to a mountain;

The leaves became a summer shade;

The dewdrops fed a fountain.

 

Caregiver Quote to Ponder:

 

"Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper

darkness to a night already devoid of stars... Hate cannot drive out hate:

only love can do that."~Martin Luther King Jr. 

Winter Burritos

~ Tanya Carwyn

 

Supplies Needed:

6-8 sprouted grain, brown rice or corn tortillas

1 cup quinoa, uncooked

2 cups cooked black beans

1-2 tsp. ground cumin

1 small onion, chopped

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

1 bunch kale, chopped

Handful of mushrooms, chopped (optional)

Cheese, grated

Butternut squash (baked and mashed)

Salsa of your choice

Sea salt to taste

Dairy free option: omit cheese or use dairy free cheese

 

Cut the squash in half and bake, cut sides up, in a 400 degree oven until soft (about 45 minutes) In the meantime cook the quinoa like you would cook brown rice (or follow directions on the package).  Heat the beans with cumin. Sauté onions until translucent, add mushrooms and sauté for a few more minutes. Add chopped kale and minced garlic and season to taste with salt.  Assemble your burritos. Heat a tortilla in the oven, over an open flame or in a cry skillet for a few seconds. Spread on some squash. Add quinoa, beans, veggies, cheese, and salsa to your liking.

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January's Featured Sponsor

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NaturalKids Etsy Street Teamis a group of sellers dedicated to creating natural products for children. We are a diverse group of artisans who make natural toys, utensils, clothing and accessories for kids. Our sellers work with materials from the Earth, such as wool, cotton, silk and wood.   Go take a look at http://www.naturalkidsstore.com 

Little Acorn Learning Woodshop
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Little Acorn Learning's Woodshop is proud to offer 100% Natural Pine Playstands!
Each set of playstands is handcrafted with love by a Connecticut craftsman (the Little Acorn Daddy).  Solid and Sturdy - these stands will last a lifetime and provide endless hours of open-ended imaginative play!

Assembly is Required.  Please allow up to two weeks for creation and shipping.
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January Sponsors

 
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  ~*NEW* GIFT CERTIFICATES~

 from Little Acorn Learning!   
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 We have been receiving numerous requests for us to begin offering Gift
Certificates through Little Acorn Learning.  
Here they are!!!  What a wonderful way to give a 'Little Acorn' to someone you love!

Full Wolf Moon

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This is a time when the winter cold has taken its toll on many of life's creatures and hunger has set in. The January full moon was named after the hungry cries of wolves that Native Americans often heard around their tribe at this time of year. What is your soul hungry for? How can you answer its call?

Snowflakes

 

Once there was a little raindrop that thought it had played long enough up in the clouds, and said it would go down to the earth and see what it could do. So it started.

 

While it was falling, it had to pass through a cloud that was very cold, and this funny little raindrop, instead of shrinking together as we do when we are cold, stretched out and stretched out, until it was not round any more, but was long, and thin, and hard like a needle; and that is just what it was, a little ice needle.

 

As it went on falling, it met another just like itself. The second said, "Little Ice Needle, where are you going?" "Down to the earth, to see what good I can do." "I'll go, too." So it joined the first needle, and they fell together.

 

Pretty soon they met a third, who said, "Little Ice Needles, where are you going?" "Down to the earth, to see what we can do." "Then I'll go, too." So it joined the others, and they fell together. 

 

Then they met another, and another, and another, and another, who all joined them. Then there were six little ice needles falling together, and they had a new name; "Snowflake".

 

Little Snowflake met others who were also snowflakes but each and every one was different than the other. The snowflakes asked Little Snowflake to go, too. But where shall we go?" "I know," said one of the little flakes. "Last summer, when I was warm and round, I saw a place where a poor little sick boy had planted some seeds which a kind lady gave him. Let us fall on that place and keep it warm, so that the seeds in the ground may not freeze, and the little boy may have some flowers next summer." "Oh! so we will," said they all; and they fell faster and faster, so that they might get there sooner.

 

Other snowflakes saw them and went too, and the ground was covered more and more thickly with snow, till there was enough to keep the seeds from freezing during the winter. 

 

When the weather began to be warm, the snow turned into water and ran down into the earth, and the seeds drank it, and swelled and swelled, until by and by, little leaves came out above the ground, from each seed. Then other leaves grew, and, when summer came, the little boy had his flowers again, and all because one little raindrop wanted to do some good in the world.

Snowed In? 

Cuddle Up with Our King Winter E-Book!

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A Beautiful EBook filled with King Winter Activities to Shine on your Home or School to Celebrate the Coming of Winter!
Filled with seasonal homemaking activities, Waldorf crafts, stories, recipes, songs and so much more.  This theme book is a perfect way to bring a
little bit of Magic into your Home or School!

Caregiver Meditation

(taken from our January guide)

 

Reflection:  Forgiveness

 

"Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life."

~ George MacDonald

 

Accepting what has occurred in the past as well as what is occurring in the present, is an act of forgiveness. When we forgive the moments in our lives, we accept them for what they are - without trying to change them.  In return, we open ourselves up to receiving Life with all of its lessons, its beauty, its sorrows... we accept that every event in our life has a purpose.

 

Spend time this week contemplating issues that are causing pain in your life.  Allow yourself to use this mediation time to forgive the events and accept them for what they are. Allow yourself to break free of resistance and the desire to make it right or change it. This type of surrender will in turn give you the peace you desire.

 

 

January Photo

 

Be sure to visit our website and check out our other amazing January offerings such as our January 3 Day and 5 Day learning guides and our January Afterschool Supplement. 

  

Snow Lanterns 

(from our January 5 Day guide)

 

Supplies Needed:

Snowballs

Candle on Plate or Other Small Light Source Such as Battery Operated Light

Long Stemmed Lighter or Very Long Match Sticks

 

Form snowballs and make one layer of a small circle on ground. Continue to build up like an igloo and about 

halfway up place candle or light inside.

 

If you are using a battery operated light source, you can light it now. If you are using a candle, continue to build up your lantern wall and use a very long lighter or matches to light before completing. Be very careful doing this

activity with young children.

 

 This is a perfect way to welcome in the light of the New
Year.

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