Well, it seems like I have been slacking lately with my Monday posts and I apologize for that. The weekends have been so full lately that the girls and I are so exhausted we go to bed early and sleep in late Monday morning.
I can't believe K starts school in just 8 days! I am rushing around like a madwoman trying to finish everything up and get her ready for her first day of school. Last Friday night was a much needed break. I attended K's kindergarten class' parent meeting. We will have one every month during the school year but this was the first.
The rainbow we all walk under as we enter the kindergarten (one of my favorite things about the classroom)
I walked in to her classroom to find a cozy circle of chairs (each with it's own lamby) around a table with beeswax candles and modeling wax. The atmosphere was filled with so much warmth and love. I felt like I came home.
I was the first to arrive so I had the chance to snap a couple of pictures and chat a bit more with her teachers, while they put some water on for tea and finished preparing snacks.
The other parents arrived and they all gave each other hugs and really seemed to be so close. Most of the parents already knew one another because this is their child's 2nd year of kindergarten. K is among 3 or so new students. Even though I was one of the new parents they all welcomed me into the group with open arms. I have to say I felt so relieved. Yes, I still have those silly acceptance fears from my own school days.
After an opening verse and introductions we were all given a beeswax candle and modeling wax to make our child's birthday candle to be used in the classroom. K actually has the first birthday of the year in her class (the 2nd week of school!) so I had to really get to work on mine. It was so relaxing to work on her candle while we discussed the the upcoming first day of school. K's first day will be a baking day so I know she will have fun.
The teachers asked us questions about our little ones like what brings them the most joy in life, and discussed a couple of Steiner's teachings and issues with allergies with all of us. We don't eat meat or eggs (the teachers mentioned that to everyone) and that is a big concern for me. Now that everyone knows what we don't eat I feel a lot better.
The teachers have been working on the children's symbols. Here is K's in progress
After that we passed around some articles to bring home and read, as well as sign up sheets for things like laundry faeries, classroom volunteers, etc. I signed myself up for weeding/caring for the garden because I can bring C along to do that.
To close the meeting we were all given a candle and we gathered around the above centerpiece at the childrens table. The teachers read another beautiful verse and one by one we went up and lit our candles and placed them in the sand while we voiced a wish for our own child. I wished for K to find everything she was looking for in school as well as unending happiness. It was a beautiful little ceremony and you could almost feel our wishes and love in the room. I hope that feeling stays for the first day of school... I have a feeling it will.
Now to move forward and finish with my school preparations! I have another meeting at school tonight but this time with my and C's teacher for our parent/child classes. I hope to have more to share afterwards.
Before I forget, here is the 'after' picture of K from her rag curls. As you can see her hair came out really, really curly. By the end of the day it fell into cute loose curls, though. If only I took a picture. Next time I will roll them up a bit looser.
Wishing you all a beautiful and magic filled day!