This is not the way I would like to have started the first day of school, but I was just thankful we had a home to come back to. So far, over 800 homes have been lost in the central Texas fires. Almost every one knows someone who has lost every thing.
Any way, about our first day of school. Ava's friend was dropped off with us in the morning and we began our day with a short circle time and morning prayer. I love the idea of a Waldorf inspired morning prayer because it sets the tone for the day. Asking the Lord to bless what your teaching, to bless their learning and to bless the day you have together allows you to transition from what could just be a normal play date in to something more. Our morning verse goes like this;
For this new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends.
For every thing Thy goodness sends,
We thank Thee, dearest Lord.
We also sang a song which we shall sing each morning to start the day. It goes like this;
Good morning to God,
This is Your day.
I am your child,
Show me Your way
In art we made these little face flippers. One side showed a sad face and one side showed a happy face. We used these later (after they dried) in a discussion about things that made us happy and sad. I asked them questions like, "How do you feel when some one takes a toy you are playing with?" and they would show me using their face flippers.
The week's events have given everyone a lot to worry about. The central Texas fires are still not contained and every one I talk to seems to get the same sick feeling in their guts every time a siren goes off. Many neighbors and friends have lost every thing they owned. If you would like to help there are several opportunities available. If you live in Austin, here is a list of ways you can help in the area. If you do not live in Austin you can always make a donation to the Red Cross of Central Texas. Thank you, as always for stopping by.