First Week of School

The girls just finished their first week of school. We're finding our rhythm again with early mornings, lunch packing, and homework. Phew. It feels really good.

On the first day of Waldorf School, there is a Rose Ceremony where each new first grader walks up on the stage to greet the new teacher with a handshake. Each eighth grader then hands his/her "buddy" a rose and walks the child to a spot in a semicircle where they are welcomed into the school community. It is tearful and beautiful. The eighth graders will spend the year reading to their buddies, helping with social issues on the playground, and doing fun things as well. On the last day of school, the first graders will give the eighth graders roses as the school says "farewell." Helen is wearing her Rose Ceremony dress in this photo. Finding the right dress was a big deal.

Lou's class uses placemats at their desks for snack and lunch. She decided that we didn't have any cool enough placemats at our house, so she made one. Here she is the morning of the first day, finishing it up.

She embroidered a purple peace sign on one piece of denim, sewed the right sides of the denim together, and then top stitched in a lighter purple. I'd say that's a pretty cool place mat for school!

The morning fog has been beautiful. We stopped to touch the sunbeams on the way to school--a good thing to do after a rushed morning.

Dawn  – (September 13, 2009 at 8:50 AM)  

Love the idea of touching the sunshine, the equivalent of smelling the roses, something we all have to be reminded to do.

Jane  – (September 13, 2009 at 2:17 PM)  

The waldorf rose ceremony sounds just lovely.

sarah haliwell  – (September 13, 2009 at 5:04 PM)  

What a beautiful ceremony :-) And I love the placemat.

Quiltin' Mama  – (September 13, 2009 at 9:41 PM)  

Gorgeous picture of the sunbeams . . .glad you could pause for that moment.

Teaching Handwork  – (September 14, 2009 at 8:18 AM)  

I love the rose ceremonies!

and yes the double pointed needles from china are AMAZING! I thought it was 96 cents a needle but it was 96 cents for 5 I have lots of needles....I guess I will teach sock making for adults this winter.

Tammy  – (September 14, 2009 at 8:42 AM)  

The rose ceremony sounds very reverent and lovely. What a beautiful way to bring together the older and younger children.

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