Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Room to dream
We go to a Steiner playgroup where the children play with natural materials and simple toys. They build cubbies out of muslin and tuck cloth dolls into bed beneath crocheted blankets. Today Darcy improvised a game which involved throwing the hand-felted marsupials from the nature table through the ring at the top of the muslin tent in the dolls' corner. It proved a hit with the little folk. He is a bit of a leader among the two-year-old set right now.
I love the way that Steiner education follows the rhythm of the seasons. One of Darcy's favourite books has always been The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. So making crowns out of autumn leaves and playing king of the forest was special indeed.
We are busy making lanterns in readiness for the winter solstice next week. Our family always marks the longest night of the year by gathering together with close friends to feast by candlelight. We have done so each year since Lewis was born, and I am so happy that those same friends will be traveling to share midwinter's night with us in the deep south next week.
I am trying to stay enthusiastic about kindy and nurture a love of learning in my middle child. I planned on spending tomorrow morning at school with him to help with the craft tables and preparing fruit for morning tea. Darcy was looking forward to having me there and wearing the special fruit-helpers' hat. But a big storm is brewing here in the west and school has been canceled.
It is the kind of thing I dreamed about happening for all my school years but never a day did we miss. Bushfires and storms have forced the local schools here to close twice in the last six months. We live much closer to the elements in the country it seems. Not that we mind. We will stoke up the fire and bake cupcakes while the storm rages outside. It is where Darcy would prefer to be, after all. There is room for him to dream here.