Monday, May 12, 2014
A Day with Friends
In the fall, a small group of moms came together to create a little Waldorf playgroup for our kiddos. There was quite an age range, which I think played a role in Reece deciding after Christmas that it just wasn't for him. There were only three five year olds in the group, one of which had already stopped coming, and the rest of the kiddos were two and under. So I completely understood his loss in interest. I have to admit I was sad about it, after all here was a group of mamas, like minded mamas, creating a little magic for our kiddos, and Reece just wasn't into it.
The experience of the group, along with the experience I have gained this year on our homeschooling journey, got me thinking...why not create a little group for the older kids? And so I did. I sent out an invitation to the other two five year olds from our first group and included two other families I had a feeling would be interested and on Saturday we had our first Waldorf inspired day at our home.
We began our day with outdoor play and then moved onto a beautiful circle time and story. We prepared gluten free bagels for baking, and while Justin kept an eye on them in the oven, we ventured into the forest for a walk. Back at home we gathered for a gratitude circle and then enjoyed our bagels, with some added extras for lunch. There was a little more free play after lunch and then some handwork, before a closing circle and our good byes.
For me, it was a beautiful day. To be in the presence of some pretty amazing and inspiring mamas, and to be sharing this day with our children was pretty darn wonderful. Supporting our children through their little disagreements as they played, sharing a meal together, sitting in a circle together, each child intently working on their embroidery...all of it was lovely and made my heart sing.
My mind is already working on plans for another day, much the same, in June. Until then I will ride the high of the magic we shared on Saturday.