the daddy fly and the larvae and the baby that hatched out

Our days have finally become consistent once again after the big move and I can assure you it feels so very good.  Little boys that are rested.  A mama that occasionally has a moment to gather her thoughts before the scampering feet arrive.  A home with everything in its place and a place for everything (ok, maybe not everything).  A general feeling of rhythm, routine, and calm has come over this home and I quite like it.

Part of that has included a waldorf inspired circle in the morning.  Though I never believed I would have the tenacity to keep something like this up, it has become a part of our day that I truly treasure.  It gives my boys at least an hour of focused mama time where chores are done together and where I don’t try and pick up around their play.  We dance, we sing, we play hand games, we do yoga, we recite simple poems/verses, we paint, we bake bread and generally have a good time.  And though I do indeed admit a full on love affair with the waldorf philosophy, truth be told my boy feels the same way about something else, he loves letters!  I have put no emphasis on them whatsoever yet he hardly draws a picture without declaring it looks like one.  “It’s a half an “A” mama!  It’s an upside down “M” mama!  It’s a “T” for uncle T mama!”, he announces.  And the list goes on and on.  While I believe that literacy begins with a love of stories rather than a focus on phonics, I can’t deny my little one of something so solid that he feels inclined towards.  So I have begun teaching him a few letters here and there, basing a couple unique projects around them, and sometimes picking up a book that happens to have a story with that certain letter’s involvement.

For instance

F

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Flying Miles

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And we read Fledgling and made fairy wands and built an incredible fort (one whom I enjoy being in so much it deserves an entire post of its own).  Overall it was a lovely week.  I feel certain this inclination towards letters will be something he dives in and out of during his preschool aged years, but I don’t intend on putting all our focus on them either.  I believe his imagination will be best preserved through play and storytelling and movement and adventure and life in general.  And we will continue to do lots more of that too.

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Oh not much has changed over the last two decades.  I believe my imagination has been preserved quite well.  I use to play pretend teacher on a regular basis making intensive “workbooks” for this pretty lady when she was Miles age and now look at her;  All grown up sitting on my couch loving my boy.  These two they are something else I promise you.

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