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singingcedars_homeschool. Our Autumn handwork project is finally complete! It was a true labour

Our Autumn handwork project is finally complete! It was a true labour of love, learning, patience and all things new. We made our own patterns for the swords, shields, and tunics. Then Grandpa guided us in the wood working. From the measuring and tracing to the cutting, gluing and sanding, the girls were there with both hands in. After, they each created an emblem for their Warrior Goddess tunic and I sewed them together. We put it all together today and the girls couldn't have been more pleased. Looking forward to all the dress up and pretend play that is bound to happen this Winter. Happy hearts all around. #singingcedarshomeschool #homeschool #homemade #kindergarten #Autumn #woodworking #handwork #sewing #heartandhands #DIY #waldorf #pretendplay #dressup #warrior #goddess #raisingwisewomen #moon #pattern #seamstress #Novemeber #learning #fun #inbreath #patience #knight #happy #slowingdown #grandpa

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singingcedars_homeschool. We've been reading The Giant Turnip and it seemed like the perfect sto

We've been reading The Giant Turnip and it seemed like the perfect story to transform into shadow puppetry. So with Grandpa's help, the girls made the characters by first tracing then cutting out each figureand attaching a stick. I decided to give the puppets a go today and it wasn't long before the girls took over; retelling and creating their own stories. They are also intuitively learning about light and shadow. What fun! #singingcedarshomeschool #homeschool #kindergarten #Novemeber #Autumn #shadowpuppets #waldorf #learning #finemotorskills #lightanddark #fun #simple #DIY #grandpa #heartandhands #artsandcrafts #happy #storytelling #storytime #inbreath #indoorplay

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singingcedars_homeschool. Fun in the mud, foraging, snack by the pond and running through the le

Fun in the mud, foraging, snack by the pond and running through the leaves. A nature walk doesn't get much better than that! #singingcedarshomeschool #homeschool #kindergarten #Autumn #Novemeber #nature #naturewalk #freeplay #exploring #mud #outdoors #outbreath #wilding #forestschool #woods #forage #raisingwisewomen #leaves #happy #learning #spotsittting #waldorf #play

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singingcedars_homeschool. Happy Halloween from the Hiddles: Lolly, Pippet and Boppy! When I aske

Happy Halloween from the Hiddles: Lolly, Pippet and Boppy! When I asked the girls what they wanted to dress as this year, they both answered with eager enthusiasm "the Hiddles!". So we spent the weeks leading up to Halloween slowing cutting, pinning, and stitching knee patches, pointed hats and petal scarves & skirts. I have to say it's been a real treat to make this costumes. It made the celebration so meaningful for all of us. I think we just might dress up tomorrow for storytime. @the_little_oak_learning #singingcedarshomeschool #homeschool #kindergarten #Autumn #October #waldorf #Halloween #costumes #Hiddles #fun #sewing #happy #slowingdown #DIY #storytelling #storytime #trickortreat #festival #celebrate

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singingcedars_homeschool. We've been preparing for Halloween and Samhain all week. We made creep

We've been preparing for Halloween and Samhain all week. We made creepy crawlers, baked spooky cookies, carved pumpkins, finished sewing our costumes (we are dressing as our beloved Hiddles), and discussed what treats we will leave the Samhain witches. Looking forward to continuing the celebration with carving a Smahain spirit, trick 'o treating and some potion brewing. Lots of fun and learning going on around here! #singingcedarshomeschool #homeschool #the_little_oak_learning #waldorf #baking #kidsinthekitchen #Autumn #October #Samhain #Halloween #turningofthewheel #learning #kindergarten #fun #DIY #sewing #pumpkins #jackolanterns #celebrate #tradition #slowingdown #ceremony #ritual #witch #raisingwisewomen #spider #playtime #create #playdough #finemotorskills

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singingcedars_homeschool. Weekends are for adventure, resting and recharging. Slow to rise but a

Weekends are for adventure, resting and recharging. Slow to rise but always eager to greet the day, we headed out for a late afternoon hike around one of our favourite ponds. I'm learning that the 'schooling' never ends, especially here in the richness of the outdoors. The girls searched for fairy holes, investigated bushes and trees, then communed with their woodland friends: ducks, songbirds, squirrels and jays. There was a true beauty and prayerfulness that unfolded here for us and it was all led by them. Children exist in natural wonder and curiosity. They are in tune and deeply connected to the world around them. My girls hear animals and plants speak to them. They pet rocks and lick bark. They sit in mud and dance in puddles. It's sensory experience. It's remembering and connecting to something sacred. It's walking the beauty way: listening, loving, giving and receiving. I'm so grateful to be here, observing them. Learning from them. #singingcedarshomeschool #homeschool #kindergarten #weekend #Autumn #October #nature #naturewalk #woods #wilding #forestfriends #forestschool #raisingwisewomen #connection #prayerfulness #communion #walkingthebeautyway #observe #ducks #squirrel #learning #grateful #sacred #waldorf #seasons #exploring #investigate #slowingdown #outdoors #outbreath

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singingcedars_homeschool. All about webs! Our lastest story is all about a spider trying to find

All about webs! Our lastest story is all about a spider trying to find the perfect spot to build her web, so it was fitting that we did some handwork creating a few webs of our own this week. We used yarn and the sticks we collected from our walk to weave them. Then we explored the different shapes of webs in our drawing lesson. With Halloween and Samhain right around the corner, this theme couldn't be more perfect. Looking forward to seeing what spooky things unfold next week! #singingcedarshomeschool #homeschool #kindergarten #Autumn #October #Samhain #Halloween #spider #web #handwork #heartandhands #finemotorskills #drawing #waldorf #fun #the_little_oak_learning #Hiddles #storytime #learning #connection #turningofthewheel #raisingwisewomen #theme #nature #naturebundle #naturewalk #natureanatomy

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singingcedars_homeschool. Out and into the woods to collect sticks and explore the changes in na

Out and into the woods to collect sticks and explore the changes in nature. The days are getting shorter and colder, but that never stops these two from diving into the wilderness. I let them lead the way today and we stumbled onto patches of wild mushrooms! It was exciting and led to a search among the leaves for mushrooms of various colours, sizes and shapes. We ended up at a pond for some observation, reflection and splashing around! #singingcedarshomeschool #homeschool #kindergarten #Autumn #October #learning #nature #naturewalk #raisingwisewomen #connection #woods #wilding #forest #forestschool #cycles #seasons #observe #fun #fungi #mushrooms #outbreath #outdoors #freespirits #collecting

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singingcedars_homeschool. How we know Monday: purple, rice and watercolour painting. I love expl

How we know Monday: purple, rice and watercolour painting. I love exploring the passage of time like this with the girls - through colour, food, and activity. It's simple and slow and meaningful. Really settling into our rhythm now. #singingcedarshomeschool #homeschool #kindergarten #rhythm #learning #watercolour #paint #waldorf #Monday #cycles #seasons #October #Autumn #slowingdown #simplicity #meaningful #time #happy

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singingcedars_homeschool. Another beautiful Autumn nature walk here in homeschool. We we're led

Another beautiful Autumn nature walk here in homeschool. We we're led on a journey to the Mighty Oak Tree and it was well worth it. This is the very first oak I've seen here on the island and it was spectacular! The girls were thrilled. We admired it's leaves and rubbed our hands through dirt sprinkled with acorns. We also spied fungi, flowers and all the reds and golds of Fall. What an adventure! Our spirits were lifted and we brought a lot of joy home. Nature truly is the best medicine and teacher. #singingcedarshomeschool #homeschool #nature #naturewalk #woods #learning #connection #grateful #Autumn #October #kindergarten #forest #forestschool #oak #tree #mushrooms #fungi #flowers #motherearth #waldorf #wilding #raisingwisewomen #earthchildren #slowingdown #observe #seasons #cycles #appreciation

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singingcedars_homeschool. More mushrooms! After searching high and low on one of our nature walk

More mushrooms! After searching high and low on one of our nature walks, we discovered this amazing mushroom cluster. We examined it, noting the colours and shapes. Then today we created our own mushrooms, recalling the mushrooms from our walk and the story we've been reading for inspiration. I modelled how to make a stem ane cap then let their imaginations take the lead. I love seeing what the girls come up with and what impressions the themes make on them. Another wonderful day here at homeschool! #singingcedarshomeschool #kindergarten #Autumn #October #mushrooms #the_little_oak_learning #storytelling #nature #naturewalk #woods #discover #exploring #observe #play #create #imagination #playdough #finemotorskills #modelling #waldorf #wilding #forestschool #ourbreath #learning #homeschool #theme #slowingdown #connection

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singingcedars_homeschool. Preparing for the feast: chopping, peeling, seasoning. Gravy is made,

Preparing for the feast: chopping, peeling, seasoning. Gravy is made, vegetables are prepared and the turkey is roasting. So much to be grateful today! Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃🍁🌾💖 #singingcedarshomeschool #homeschool #kindergarten #Autumn #October #learning #festival #Thanksgiving #thankful #kidsinthekitchen #heartandhands #chopping #feast #gravy #finemotorskills #recipe #cooking #happy #holidays #tradition #family #togethertime #slowingdown

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singingcedars_homeschool. Homemade pumpkin pie is ready for baking! My youngest an I make this w

Homemade pumpkin pie is ready for baking! My youngest an I make this while my KG was off exploring in the woods with Daddy. We measured, stirred, pressed, rolled and tasted. There is still lots of work to be done before our Thanksgiving feast. Luckily I have two little girls eager to help! #singingcedarshomeschool #homeschool #homemade #Autumn #October #pie #pumpkin #kidsinthekitchen #learning #measuring #connection #Thanksgiving #grateful #joy #yummy #glutenfree #kindergarten #waldorf #happy #slowingdown #inbreath #heartandhands

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singingcedars_homeschool. Back to our island home and it's time zone. We eased ourselves into th

Back to our island home and it's time zone. We eased ourselves into the day with morning circle and our Hiddles story all about mushrooms. Then we headed into the woods to explore and play. After collecting leaves for our nature art we stumbled upon a mushroom kingdom! It was too perfect and I could see the wheels turning as the girls made connections between our story and live mushrooms we discovered. After a short chat, we commenced with our leaf artwork. What a fun day! #singingcedarshomeschool #homeschool #kindergarten #Autumn #October #nature #naturewalk #woods #wilding #art #leaves #learning #mushrooms #Hiddles #outdoors #outbreath #connection #earthaltar #fun #slowingdown #raisingwisewomen

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singingcedars_homeschool. October nature walk through the Wye Marsh today. So much abundance of

October nature walk through the Wye Marsh today. So much abundance of beauty and wonder here along the wetland: owls, frogs, dragonflies, high cranberry bushes, elderberries, and English purple asters. The magnificence danced all around us in the song of the wind through the reeds to the whisper of the lily pads. The girls lead us in a magical exploration pointing out different flowers, insects and colours. We were all filled with a lot of gratitude after this nature experience. Together time well spent! #singingcedarshomeschool #homeschool #kindergarten #October #Autumn #marsh #wyemarsh #Ontario #learning #dragonfly #wonder #magic #exploring #nature #naturewalk #observe #connection #gratitude #togethertime #slowingdown #simplicity #wilding #wetland #owl #frog #flowers #wildfood #listen #songs #raisingwisewomen

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singingcedars_homeschool. Our October sand painting! We collected fallen leaves, apples, pears a

Our October sand painting! We collected fallen leaves, apples, pears and twigs on our nature walk then used them to create this in Grandpa's yard. It is amazing to see all the colours come together in this Autumn collaboration. Such fun! #singingcedarshomeschool #homeschool #kindergarten #October #Autumn #nature #naturewalk #wilding #collecting #leaves #colours #sandpainting #earthaltar #raisingwisewomen #connection #create #imagination #forestschool #shamanism #seasons #cycles #slowingdown #togethertime

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singingcedars_homeschool. Collecting, studying and creating with leaves this afternoon. There is

Collecting, studying and creating with leaves this afternoon. There is such a vast array of natural colour here that gathering fallen leaves is an intuitive act. After collecting as many different shapes and shades as we could, we study them then used them to make these fantastic etchings. The girls were thrilled to see the tracing pop through. Autumn surprises all around the table. When we finished, we turned the coloured paper into cards. Perfect Thanksgiving gifts to be shared next weekend. #singingcedarshomeschool #homeschool #kindergarten #October #Autumn #waldorf #colours #collecting #nature #naturewalk #leaves #leafstudy #artsandcrafts #heartandhands #exploring #experimenting #create #crayons #imagination #learning #fun #thankful #raisingwisewomen #DIY #slowingdown #simple

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singingcedars_homeschool. When you're at Grandpa's house, you get lots of extra story time. He's

When you're at Grandpa's house, you get lots of extra story time. He's reads to them and they read to him. It's a special time for each of them and so lovely to watch. Cozy Autumn days here! 🍂🍁🌾 #singingcedarshomeschool #homeschool #kindergarten #October #Autumn #Ontario #storytime #reading #lovetoread #books #learning #cozy #togethertime #slowingdown #raisingwisewomen

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singingcedars_homeschool. Dragon Bread! It was our first attempt at making this. I think it look

Dragon Bread! It was our first attempt at making this. I think it looks rather handsome. The girls absolutely adore it. They measured, mixed, kneaded and shaped the dough. Looking forward to tasting it during our Apple feast this evening. #singingcedarshomeschool #homeschool #October #Autumn #learning #baking #kidsinthekitchen #breadmaking #bread #dragon #Michaelmas #waldorf #kneading #fun #knightandlady #festival #kindergarten #slowingdown #yum #celebrate #heartandhands

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singingcedars_homeschool. An Autumn trip to visit Grandpa! We even brought our beloved Hiddles w

An Autumn trip to visit Grandpa! We even brought our beloved Hiddles with us on the journey. We spent our first day singing songs, dancing, and baking together. Then made sure our feathered friends had plenty to eat. I love being able to take schooling & learning wherever we go and share it with our family and friends. It really is walking the beauty way. Fall is my favourite time of year and I'm grateful to be experiencing here is this magical place where monarch butterflies dance on our footsteps. #singingcedarshomeschool #homeschool #kindergarten #September #Autumn #learning #singing #morningcircle #Hiddles #apples #appreciation #gratitude #butterfly #birds #forestfriends #kidsinthekitchen #baking #walkingthebeautyway #raisingwisewomen #waldorf @the_little_oak_learning #the_little_oak_learning #happy #travel #grandpa #slowingdown #simplethings

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singingcedars_homeschool. A knight and a lady went riding one day.... We've included this verse

A knight and a lady went riding one day.... We've included this verse as a part of our morning circle for the week. This creation manifested from the bits and pieces collected on our Autumn nature walk today: crab apples, colourful leaves, bark, and flora. They had fun sorting all their treasures before making this beautiful collage. I modelled with the dragon and they did the rest. The girls were most proud of the flower and apple frame! #singingcedarshomeschool #homeschool #kindergarten #morningcircle #knightandlady #September #Autumn #nature #naturewalk #collecting #creariveplay #create #collaboration #colours #leaves #learning #apples #beauty #raisingwisewomen #forestschool #wilding #wildnorth #togethertime #slowingdown #simplethings #imagine #imagination #fun #happy

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singingcedars_homeschool. Readying the table. Yellow day. Millet. Bringing warmth to our home as

Readying the table. Yellow day. Millet. Bringing warmth to our home as the days grow shorter and Autumn settles in. #singingcedarshomeschool #homeschool #kindergarten #yellow #daysoftheweek #millet #harvest #September #Autumn #seasons #cycles #changes #learning #love #togethertime #reflection #slowingdown

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