Sunday, March 7, 2010

March Goals and Rhythm

'spring garden' by C (c)2008

If you have not followed this blog before these monthly planning pages lay out a general structure for the month, including a theme and seasonal table, a way to wake, a table candle blessing, a couple of projects and a verse for going to sleep. These are goals the follow up varies from great to imperfect but having the plan helps it to happen and helps bring rhythm to our days!

March Festival / Theme: Spring
March, while we still try to ski and snowshoe and hang onto winter, it is Spring Break, in our family the beginning of preparation for the arts - our speaking, dance and piano competitions are all in the next few months!

Seasonal Table - Spring
Whatever the children choose from our spring box - mermaids, flower fairies, garden gnomes! No the kids want to continue the red Canadian theme for ParOlympics, plus some tulips for spring!

Breakfast Verse
Continuing with author June Cotner's book House Blessings as a resource.

"The kiss of the sun for pardon, The song of the birds for mirth - One is nearer God's heart in a garden. Than anywhere else on earth.."
by Dorothy Frances Gurney (1858-1932). From House Blessings by June Cotner

Waking Song
Kids are wanting to continue with he line from "Beautiful Day" by the Boo Radley's. They like to join in! Find it on itunes.

"Wake up its a beautiful morning, the sun is shining for your eyes.., Wake up its a beautiful morning.."

Bedtime Verse
The children have started this calling our thing in the manner of "the Waltons" though they have never seen or heard of that show. We call out "good night great mama", "good night great daddy""good night great T.." "good night great C.." Its fun, its their own, we're going to run with it!

March Project 1 Poetry
The children are all over poetry at the moment so they are writing away. We will aim to submit some once i find a collaborate call for poetry submissions - it is never to early to practice this as long as children can handle being turned down!

March Project 2 Gratitude Book
The Secret Gratitude Book, by Rhonda Byrne - I love this we are filling in a page a day in the morning! Next year C wants to make our own - great idea!

Not a lot of bread or soup happening at the moment! Disappeared since we went away! That happens, we'll get back to it :-) Great salmon bbq, tenderloin bbq and even pie, however! We had a fabulous Bakehouse pie and now that has triggered a renewed interest in pie making, well pie eating at least!

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