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March 2011 Newsletter

In This Issue
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Beams of Love Fingerplay
Spring Childcare Menu
March Enrichment Guide
The Coming of Spring
Little Acorn is Hiring
Free Rainbow Ebook!
Pot of Gold Hunt
Caregiver Meditation - New Life
Outdoor Work & Play
March Featured Sponsor
March Sponsors
Lent is Here!
Spring Afterschool Menu
Irish Stew Recipe
The Full Worm Moon
The Little Plant Play

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Beams of Love Fingerplay

~Eileen Straiton

 

Round the golden dome above

(arms above head in a circle)

 

Sends to me its beams of love

(bring arms slowly down and cross over heart)

 

As I go about my day

(move arms back and forth like 'walking')

 

Beams of love unfold in play

(start with hands crossed over heart and slowly bring arms down and outward)

 

Take these beams I give to you

(hands outstretched showing palms, move the outward more)

 

And pass them on in all you do

(bring hands together in front of you)

spring 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.

Check Out Our *NEW* March Enrichment Guide for Afterschoolers, Homeschoolers, Teachers and Childcare Providers!

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Over 130 Pages of Amazing Seasonal Ideas to Celebrate February with Your Children.
 
Add extra songs/verses, recipes, stories, crafts, activities and Caregiver Inner Work Activities to your lessons or afterschool schedule.
 
For a more structured lesson plan, try our March 3 Day or March 5 Day Monthly Lesson Plan Guide!

The Coming of Spring

 

I am coming, little maiden,

With the pleasant sunshine laden;

With the honey for the bee,

With the blossom for the tree,

With the flower and with the leaf;

Till I come the time is brief.

 

I am coming, I am coming,

Hark!  The little bee is humming;

See, the lark is soaring high

In the bright and sunny sky;

And the gnats are on the wing;

Little maiden, now is spring.

 

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Pot of Gold Hunt

 pot of gold

**from our March 5 Day Lesson Plan Guide

 

Supplies Needed:

VERY long rainbow colored ribbon or various colors of ribbon tied together to create an incredibly long stretch of ribbon

Small Pot

Small Tokens, Toys, Candy, Treats, Etc. 

 

Before the children arrive or wake up in the morning, run your ribbon starting from your door leading outside all over, up, down, around, under and across your entire back or front yard creating a maze.  At the very end of the maze place a small pot filled with tokens, toys, candy and treats to symbolize the Pot of Gold at the end of a rainbow.  Have the children follow the ribbon to find the Leprechaun's Pot of Gold. 

 

Caregiver Meditation:

 New Life

*from our March Afterschool Enrichment Guide 

"Don't ask what the world needs.  As what makes you come alive, and go do it.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." ~Howard Thurman   

In this life we are living, we have been given pure gifts in the form of our talents, passions and skills.  Whether or not we choose to live and work in capacities that make us 'come alive' is our choice.

The way to discover your passion is to pay attention.  The universe is always sending us signs.  When you are feeling a bubbling excitement within and have trouble pulling away - that is a sign that you are on the right path.

  When have you've felt that way in your life?  What have you been doing?  Creating art?  Working with children?  Mothering?  Building?  Calculating? 

Have you given yourself enough opportunities to discover your passions? 

As spring returns, allow yourself the gift of a new beginning - a chance to give birth to the true you, a chance for you to live a life filled with passion for what you do with your short time here on earth. 


Outdoor Work & Play

*from our March 3 Day Lesson Plan Guide

spring bird

During your outdoor time this week, listen to the different bird songs.  Can you identify which sound goes with which bird?  Before doing this activity with your children, you can familiarize yourself with the various sounds of birds on websites such as this one:

 

http://www.enature.com/birding/audio.asp

 

Keep track of which sounds you hear in your Nature Notebooks.

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Spring is just around the corner, and Rhythm of the Home has gathered together a collection of stories, articles, recipes, celebrations and crafts to welcome this beautiful season.  We invite you to pour a cup of tea, grab a slice of cake, and settle in for this newest Spring edition.

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Lent 

easter lily

Once more the solemn season calls

A holy fast to keep;

And now within the temple walls

Let priest and people weep.

 

Today is the first day of Lent.  There are many ways that Christians and Non-Christians alike can journey deeper into themselves during this time.  Our March Afterschool Enrichment guide has an entire week devoted to bringing this sacred time of year into your home or school.

 

Consider giving more of yourself rather than giving something up.  Where are your talents and contributions most needed in this world?  The answer is already inside of you.

Spring Afterschool Menu is HERE!!! 

Spring Meals

 

The frogs are chirping in the pond, the spring flowers are peeking their heads out of the ground and we fling open the windows to let the clear spring colorful breezes sweep through our homes. 

 

This afterschool menu is a beautiful companion to our regular weekday childcare menus.  The afterschool menus focus on weekday evening meals and weekend meals. 

 

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Irish Stew  

Irish Stew

**from our March 5 Day Lesson Plan Guide

Supplies Needed:

1-2 T Olive Oil

1 Lb Stew Beef, cut into 1" Pieces

6 Large Garlic Cloves, Minced 

6 Cups Beef Stock

1 Cup Guinness Beer

1 Cup of Red Wine

2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste

1 Tablespoon Rapadura (whole sugar) or ˝ T honey

1 Tablespoon Dried Thyme

1-2 Star Anise (optional)

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

2 Bay Leaves

1-2 Tablespoons Butter

3 Lbs Russet Potatoes, Peeled, Cut into 1/2" pieces

1 Large Onion Chopped

2 Cups ˝" pieces Carrots

Sea Salt and Black Pepper to Taste

2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Parsley 

The Guinness beer and the red wine add a great flavor to this dish and all the alcohol will burn off during cooking.  If you are allergic to gluten omit beer and replace with beef broth.  Wine can also be replaced with beef broth if you choose.   

Heat olive oil in heavy large pot (cast iron dutch oven is best)  Add beef and sauté until brown on all sides. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute, making sure not to burn the garlic. Add beef stock, Guinness, red wine, tomato paste, rapadura, thyme, Worcestershire sauce,  star anise (if using) and bay leaves. Stir to combine. Bring mixture to boil. Reduce heat to low, then cover and simmer 1 hour stirring occasionally.   

While the meat and stock is simmering, melt butter in another large pot over medium heat. Add potatoes, onion and carrots. Sauté vegetables until golden, about 20 minutes. Set aside until the beef stew in step one has simmered for one hour.    

Add vegetables to beef stew. Simmer uncovered until vegetables and beef are very tender, about 40 minutes.  Spoon off fat if there seems to be a lot. Add seasalt and pepper to taste.  Sprinkle with parsley and serve.     

 

This recipe was graciously provided by Tanya Carwyn.  Tanya is Little Acorn Learning's Certified Clinical Herbalist and Nutritionist and real food fanatic.   

Full Worm Moon

 

full moon

This month we will see the first full moon of the Spring season.  Native American tribes often called this moon the Full Worm Moon as the ground is no longer frozen and the earthworms soon reappear inviting the Spring birds to return.  Other variations among tribes include the Full Crow Moon, The Full Crust Moon and The Full Sap Moon. 

 

**Consider taking a Listening Walk during the evening of the full moon to listen to the nighttime sounds with your children.

 

The Little Plant

~ Frances Gillespy Wickes

little plant 

*from our March Afterschool Enrichment Guide

 

The following story can be acted out with puppets or older children can perform this as a play for the younger ones.  You could really have fun with this and prepare costumes the week before with the children and then invite parents (or family members of your own) for a potluck and show.

 

Characters:

First Tall Tree

Little Plant

Crow

Second Tall Tree

Sun

Wind

Rain

 

First Tall Tree: See that little plant down there. She hardly grows at all.

 

Second Tall Tree: Yes, I should think she would be ashamed of herself. Come, little plant, try to grow. Look at us. You should learn to be straight and tall, as we are.

 

Little Plant: I do try to grow; but it is so cold and the ground is so hard, and I get so tired.

 

Crow: Why don't you grow, little plant? Everything ought to grow.

 

Little Plant: I can't.

 

Crow:  Can't! Can't! Don't talk to me. I'll tell you what is the matter with you. You are lazy, that's all. Can't! Can't! Can't!

 

Wind: The crow is right. You must grow. I'll make you.

 

Little Plant: Please, please, Mr. Wind, don't blow so hard. You will tear me from the ground.

 

Wind:  Nonsense! I will blow harder. I say you must grow.

 

Sun:   What is the matter here? Be quiet, Wind, you hurt her. Why don't you grow, little one?

 

Crow: She is lazy.

 

Wind: She won't try.

 

Little Plant: Indeed, I do try. I try and try and try and try. But the ground is so hard, and the wind is so cold, that I just can't grow any faster.

 

Sun: You poor little plant, I am so sorry for you. I am sure you have tried. Now, I will help you, and my brother, the rain, will help too. Won't you, Brother Rain?

 

Rain: To be sure I will. All you need, little plant, is a friendly hand to help you. Come, be happy. We will have you growing in no time.

 

Little Plant: Oh, I am growing tall! How warm the sun is, and how soft and wet the ground is now! I am so happy! It is a beautiful world.

 

Sun: That is right, little plant.  Just be happy and grow, and you will be the loveliest tree in all the forest.

 

Crow: Why! Why! Why! Is that the little plant? I should never have known her! She is a beautiful Linden tree.

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