Updated: Dec 15, 2020
I never knew that I would create a home so connected to Waldorf traditions, yet here I am embracing as much as we can and loving every moment of it. My own background with early childhood education is Montessori with some public school Kindergarten sprinkled in but my love of handicraft keeps pulling me towards the Waldorf style. At the end of the day I think it's nice to have a mix of whatever works best for you. For me it is a blend of Montessori and Waldorf with nature at the heart of all we do.
This is our first year doing a winter spiral with my little ones and it has been incredibly magical so far. We made our winter spiral out of salt dough and adorned it with acorn cap candles- my little ones had a hand in all of it and it truly was so special to make. Now each night before bed we say our winter poem and light a candle to mark the passing of December. It is a little bit like an advent calendar but we are trying to make it more about celebrating the light within all of us amidst the darkness and less about a Christmas countdown (and nothing really to do with advent since we don't personally follow that tradition). We have still been leaving little surprises each morning (a book, a pomegranate, a special activity...) but I feel like our reading of the poem each night is really reinforcing the meaning behind our actions.
So, without further ado, here is the poem we have been reading and slowly memorizing! We try to learn and practice one line each day during our morning routine and then by the end of our winter spiral we will have it all memorized. If you haven't tried to teach your little ones poems or songs yet, this is a great time to start! It is incredible for their brains (and your own!) and is amazing for their language development. Plus, they will be so proud of themselves for remembering.
I painted some water color paper and just wrote ours down so it felt a little more special but you could easily just write it out on some regular paper or even print out a copy.
The gift of the light, we thankfully take
But not shall it be alone for our sake.
The more we give light, the one to the other,
It shines and it spreads,
Growing still further.
Until every spark by friends set aflame,
Until every heart, the joy to proclaim.
In the depths of our souls,
A shining sun glows.
This is our winter poem for our special winter spiral but soon I will post some Spanish winter poems we are learning at home! How are you celebrating this year?
*I did not write this winter poem- I found it on The Waldorf Collection!