Setting the Tone and the Table

The ritual of connecting and bringing intention to mealtime Coming together to enjoy a meal is an essential anchor in our daily rhythm at home and at school. Bringing intention to this vital part of the day is a meaningful way to connect with your children and family. The communal aspect of bringing family and friends together to share a meal is treasured in various cultures around the world and is a core component to our daily rhythm at The Playgarden. At school we come together for a snack and for lunch, sing our blessings and use “the best Playgarden manners or etiquette” while we sit at the table. Treating this time as a sacred practice elevates the experience for the child and gives the

A Bridge Between: Enjoying & Smoothing Transitions

A few weeks ago at Dutton Island, the Hummingbird Forest class was out exploring the north side of the island and we found a big puddle of mud. The children were so happy to jump and slosh around in the muck. We stayed and played for a long time but soon it was time to go. Miss Natalie and I knew that waiting for the children was a dock they’d never seen before and perhaps some fishermen, but who would want to leave such a fun mud puddle? Certainly not our forest kids! So, Miss Natalie began singing ‘Come follow, follow, follow, follow….’ Many of the children raced off after Miss Natalie as her song pulled them along but a few remained behind, not quite ready to leave. I told them they had ‘

Reflection from the Dock

Our teachers write the most poetic emails to our families. During this time when we cannot be together, words are a wonderful way to connect. This message really speaks volumes: Within walking distance of my house is a little patch of forest. There is an overgrown path that leads to a broken fishing dock. I assume at some point there were stairs leading up to the platform, but they have long since fallen down and the platform is now just a skeleton with a few unattached boards laying across the top. We discovered it not too long ago, and have walked there several times. This evening after sunset, with the dim oranges and pinks still lingering, I ventured down there with my child-free momen

A Guide to Building a Rhythm at Home

First, let me confess something. Even though as a young mother, I studied Steiner’s teachings and read You Are Your Child’s First Teacher, which stresses the importance of an at-home rhythm, I had a very hard time sticking to one. With my artsy, freewheeling spirit, I liked to float along, going wherever I wanted. In reflection, I can see that my lack of sequence did not serve my mothering or my coping skills. It was not until I became a Lifeways teacher that I really understood and fell in love with rhythm. Once you have a rhythm in place, the stress of what comes next dissipates and you can actually float along in the way I always thought I was by being artsy and freewheeling. The Internet

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