~ The Teacher’s Treasure Trove - Spring 2021 ~

A collection of seasonal finger plays, movement journeys, loving touch plays and singing in mood of the fifth.

This delightful, playful work provides developmental movement, music and speech for a healthy early childhood foundation for life.

Welcome to the early childhood educator’s seasonal page! You’ll find resources for working and playing with your children and also resources to aid you in supporting the parents in your class. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or requests -- this is for you so don’t hesitate to reach out!

Enjoy!

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☙ Spring Favorites

~  Snowdrop Song & Snowdrop Bells Ring  ~

Spring Fun ~ Hand Gesture

Spring Fun ~ Large Movement

The Birdie ~ Hand Gesture

The Birdie ~ Large Movement

The Little Woodpecker

Round-a-Ring

Round

Visitor

For Your Work with the Parents 

These videos are available in the Parents Corona Treasure Chest for them to practice.

~  Ma - Ma - Moh  ~

Giving Love - Bringing Joy by Wilma Ellersiek, page 44

 

~  Wiggle, Waggle  ~

Giving Love - Bringing Joy by Wilma Ellersiek, page 40

 

~  Crawly, Crawly, Crawl  & Wind Rockabye  ~

Giving Love - Bringing Joy by Wilma Ellersiek, page 37; Gesture Games for Autumn and Winter by Wilma Ellersiek, page 137

 

~ Glitz - Glitz and Thaws Away ~

Giving Love - Bringing Joy by Wilma Ellersiek, page 66

 

~ Father Rocks His Baby ~

Giving Love - Bringing Joy by Wilma Ellersiek, page 86

 

~ Winter Hand-washing Song ~

Teacher Inspirations 

Poem by L.R. Knost

"Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go . . . . Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you."

Music:

Drop Pebbles of Love on Spotify

Patrick Kennedy – Director of the Seminary of the Christian Community (facebook link)

A Renewed Declaration:
We hold these truths to be our guiding star: That all human beings possess an inherent, sacred value and dignity and their equality in the eyes of the Creator must also be expressed in the law; that their very humanity is an endowment of the Universe - an original, creative spark that no one has the right to extinguish; that each human being is destined to be the lord of their own life in full liberty of mind, soul and body; and that our nation has the simple and holy task: to foster a society in which each individual human being can pursue what they believe will bring true fulfillment, something no one can force upon them from without.

Music - "Deep Peace" by Ashana

Early Childhood Insight from Henry David Thoreau:

“I am struck by the fact that the more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think that the same is true of human beings. We do not wish to see children precocious, making great strides in their early years like sprouts, producing a soft and perishable timber, but better if they expand slowly at first, as if contending with difficulties, and so are solidified and perfected. Such trees continue to expand with nearly equal rapidity to extreme old age.” - Henry David Thoreau

Poem

Awake Awhile Hafiz

Other Resources 

New WECAN Community GroupThis group is to serve the members and friends of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN) and facilitate communications within this community.” This is a new group formed by Susan Howard where you can find and/or share all sorts of resources during these extraordinary times.

Here’s an excerpt from the Topic: The Invitation, by Cynthia Aldinger

“We have the opportunity for a cultural re-set, a paradigm shift that simplifies and slows things down to a pace that is not so overwhelming, a pace that is spaciousness enough for wonder.

Human connection, life skills, levity, outdoor excursions, trust that we can navigate these times – all of this and more will create a healthy foundation for the children in our communities, our families and our care. Putting these at the forefront and virtual connection and screen time more in the background, and only when necessary or needed, sets a stage for the resiliency we seek for our children and ourselves.”

Subscribe at: [email protected]

Pikler Loczy USA on facebook “Well-being for the Children of the World”
free weekly webinars, posted and available on their facebook page afterward

Newsletter from Dr. Adam Blanning - Below is the link to an article about the corona pandemic from an anthroposophic point of view. Dr. Adam Blanning, an anthroposophical physician and lecturer from Denver, Colorado is an inspiring and enlightening speaker who presents practical tips for parents and teachers. Below the article you’ll also see other offerings.

https://denvertherapies.com/looking-towards-the-recovery-stage-of-a-healing-crisis/

Article: The Pandemic is a Portal by Arundhati Roy

https://www.ft.com/content/10d8f5e8-74eb-11ea-95fe-fcd274e920ca

L.R. Knost, Editor of Holistic Parenting, Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources

www.littleheartsbooks.com