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January 2015 nature tableI'm spending a lot more time with the computer turned off these days.  I don't feel like I'm drowning quite as often, either.  So, not too many links, and that's okay.  I did have a nature table picture to share, since I am so accustomed to doing that each month.  It really has become the children's space.

  • The Bear :: A sweet, seasonal verse.  We're doing a bear story this week and I think it is one of the favorites.  The children wanted it again right after I read it the first time.

  • Nature Table Collection :: Send your photos to this site and have them shared with others from around the world.  Here's one of mine from Advent.  This month's photo will appear there, as well.

  • The River :: Lovely illustrations.  I would like to see this book in person.

  • 11 Untranslatable Words from Other Cultures :: Fun list, numerous things that are joys in my life.

  • Great Gear to Keep Kids Warm :: Lots of good ideas here if you are looking to stay out all day with your children.  We have done well this year with our frugal versions.  I'll have to do a little write-up on it.

  • Felted Wool Boots :: I love felt shoes, love them.  These handmade ones look very nice!  When I was looking at Winter boots, I briefly considered them.  Maybe a refund expenditure. . .

  • Making a Giant Ojo de Dios :: This looks really neat and would be a nice way to use up little bits of yarn.  So, would EZ's Tam O Shanter, I read.

  • The Six-Year-Old Waldorf Kindergarten Year at Home :: This sums up nearly exactly what we are doing here with Enki.  I am loving kindergarten.

  • Seneca on the Shortness of Life :: Many good words here, a lot of what I am trying to work on this year, especially.

And now, time to turn off once more and preheat the oven for a German pancake. 


( 8 trees — Plant a Forest )
Jan. 29th, 2015 04:28 pm (UTC)
I love your link lists; I click through to nearly all of them.

I do hope you post about keeping kids warm! I read a series on warmth when James was just a baby (it's not online anymore, but I think I have the PDF somewhere), and I recently was telling the author how much that series permanently wove its way into my parenting. Right now my toddler is running around in not-very-warm PJs and bare feet and it's making me wince (her papa got her dresses last night :)) I'm going to be one of those old ladies that force booties on all the barefoot babies she sees.
Jan. 29th, 2015 11:37 pm (UTC)
I always think of you when I send my kids out without hats :)
Jan. 30th, 2015 12:19 am (UTC)
LOL! Well, you do live in Atlanta :) Just now, I sent Sophia out in tights, babylegs, a flannel dress, TWO wool sweaters, and a hat. Miriam went out with bare legs, no sweater, no hat, and some rainboots on her bare feet. There's no reasoning with that one :) It's sunny and dry, and really not THAT cold. She'll come in when her hands freeze :)
Jan. 30th, 2015 12:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's my version of pinterest, which never really clicked for me. ;-) I feel like the Baby Hat Police, just like you. I can't stand to see little bare heads.
Jan. 29th, 2015 11:37 pm (UTC)
Interesting links! I enjoyed reading the kindergarten year one, because even though we don't follow Waldorf here, I've found many of the same things through trial and error. Our days are full with minimal academics. Love the giant Ojo, too. A friend was working on one made of a hula hoop, running yarn through it like bicycle spokes first and then weaving in between them.
Jan. 30th, 2015 12:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, I think it's just a good list of what a balance kindergarten year should look like. :-) That Ojo sounds very impressive! I could see Willow (or Gnarly) making one like that someday.
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Jan. 30th, 2015 12:23 pm (UTC)
Glad to share! Yes, it is like a Dutch Baby, but I just cannot bring myself to call it one. ;-) Oooh, French toast sounds yummy!
( 8 trees — Plant a Forest )

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It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

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