We had a great discussion on another symbol of the season, holly and oak. Ironically, we are studying deciduous forests at the moment, and the kids recognized that we share some of the same biomes as Europe, as oak and holly are found there as well.
Candle Blessing: Today we bless who we are, and what we have.
Story of the day: The Story of the First Yule
Quote of the day: “Successful people don’t worry about what others are doing.” I managed to get our vocabulary discussion in during this time because only one child knew what successful meant. We talked about how it was important to sometimes ignore what other people are doing and focus in on what you need to do. I used the example of our Taekwondo class. Two of my children have extra help from me at home to work on their form. But once they get on the do-jo, they begin to copy other students. If the student they are watching does it wrong, but with confidence, my kids will change their initial motion to copy the other student. Then I pointed out that usually, their first instinct is always right! So I have been working really hard to make them think only of what they need to do, and not listen or look at other students. Only the instructor will correct you if you are wrong!
Craft: We made ornaments from felt from Fa la la la Felt: 45 Handmade Holiday Decorations
a cute little book with inspirational ornament ideas and patterns. One child chose to do a dove outline using a running stitch, and completed it by herself! I am so proud! The second child chose to do a snowflake pattern. On the backs are their nicknames. The third child chose to do his craft yesterday (the tugboat), and today spent a great amount of time sitting in the desk chair spinning in circles, generally annoying his sisters.
Background Music: I really like this song because it is not a deep, serious, chanty, power raising song. It is an easy, lighthearted song that will get you to hum along with, even while sticking yourself with a needle.
There will be pictures later, I promise, today I forgot to upload them to WordPress. 🙂
- Planning Away for Yule 2013 (paganfamilysabbats.wordpress.com)
- First Day of December, Yule, or…. Whatever you want to call it (paganfamilysabbats.wordpress.com)