Cultivating Traditions: November

Little ones makes the holidays especially sweet don’t you think?

October was a precious season in the Humming Room: apple/cinnamon painting, making fall leave sun catchers, molding spiced play dough with nature bits , coloring pumpkins with watered chalk and so on! More importantly it was a time for cultivating family traditions: Reggio halloween costumes, a progressive dinner with neighbors, large outdoor art project, and exploring the changing nature of fall!

Aristotle says, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit”

November is upon us! Here are the customs we are committed to this month and for the years to come!

Thanksgiving Tree

We gathered sticks, pine cones, acorns etc. to make a tree-like sculpture in glass wrapped with lights.
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I covered the tree jar and leaf jar in a large label to promote a literacy rich environment.

the humming room reggio november thankgsgiving tree early literacy_Each day we fill out a leaf with something we are thankful for!

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I plan to take the tree with us on our Thanksgiving vacation to Florida and to send it with the girls to share on their visit to Gigi’s. I’d also like it to roll in to December and be an addition to our Christmas tree!

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Serving Others

I desire to focus our thoughts on the needs of others and how we can serve them with our provisions, gifts, and talents. When names pop up on the Thanksgiving tree that’s an opportunity for us to focus on that individual and find ways to serve them.

the humming room preschool project

(Here: Fin insisted that she take home and fix the broken toy from church nursery)

Tiny Friends Giving Dinner

Our friends don’t know it yet but I’d like to help the girls invite, host, and serve a friends giving dinner for their friends!the humming room preschool tiny friendsgiving dinner

Tea Time with Beatrix Potter

Reading is an important part of our day and I want to make a more permanent time commitment to it! In the morning we read the bible and lots of books with our morning basket. This time is dedicated to reading Scripture, memorizing verses, then reading books that spark and correlate with our daily interests.

the humming room november reggio tea time and beatrix potter tradtition_

(The girls love the little green cup used to house milk.  It’s special because it’s the cup mommy drank tea from while in China)

Tea Time is a way for us to carve out time after nap for lots and lots more books. We make tea and tasty treats and cuddle up in our reading nest to read Beatrix Potter (l just love her classic writing style! It fits perfectly for our elegant little ritual). Next month we will likely switch to a different author or focus on poetry but the point is gathering together to savor a specific genre of literature over proper tea! (Also the girls love to carefully and clumsily pour their own honey and milk. It’s truly become a sacred part of our day).

Acrylic Paint and Nature

Each day I’d like to present an invitation to create with acrylic paint and different parts of nature. Acrylic paint is so thick and vibrant it begs the user to work. It’s such an inspiring medium to work with. I want to slow down and expand our knowledge of one art medium at a time to refine our skills with each. I likewise love the idea of painting with things other than brushes and like to incorporate nature in much of our paint sessions (whether for inspiration or tool).

the humming room november reggio art traditions

the humming room reggio november nature art display

Baking Tasty Treats

Domestic traditions are so virtuous. I want my girls to have them. Call me old fashioned.  We also need a steady supply of morsels for our tea time! So naturally this is a custom we are committed to this season.the humming room november reggio pumpkin chocoloate chip cookie baking tradition_

A  Fall Season-Water Color-Nature Walk

I have a special basket filled with journals, pencils, binoculars, magnifying glasses, paint and brushes begging to be used! I want to take the girls to a very beautiful nature scene and paint our observations together. I’d love to do it for every season change!the humming room nature basket

Lantern walk

We got together with some friends to make mason jar lanterns for a special walk in the woods. This special tradition among Waldorf schoolers originated from the Story of St. Martin and his servant heart towards the needy. Soon we will gather together, light our lanterns, and walk in the forest at dusk to represent light overcoming darkness.the humming room waldorf latern walkAnd it certainly has:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1: 1-5

And then we will cuddle by the warmth of a fire with smores, cider, and friendship.

Memory Verses

We read the bible because:

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

We are committed to:

Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 11:21

The girls have so far memorized Psalm 34:1 and The Lord’s prayer.

These are our memory verses for November!

1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever.

1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

the humming room morning basket scripture readingWhat are some fun traditions that your family does this time of year? I’d love to hear about it! Comment below!

May we do all things to connect with and learn from each other ✨

Can Halloween be Reggio?

Reggio is a term used to describe a philosophy of schooling. Reggio Emilia is a town in Italy known for its preschools’ unified commitment to child-led learning. Each member of each classroom is a driving force in the study choice. The child/children choose the activity, project, materials, mode of planning, execution strategy, time frame, and representational work. They essentially choose who, what, when, where, and how to study.

When a child directs his learning can you imagine the earnest for each project??

I can attest that given the power to choose and direct his learning, a child has all the passion and tenacity he needs to soak up knowledge in a meaningful way.  We have adapted the Reggio approach of learning to our homeschool and decided to adapt Halloween this year as well.

Instead of choosing a theme and doing everything for the child (like we often do in their educational life) I decided to have a Reggio Halloween. And we are never looking  back!

First the girls chose what they wanted to be. They wanted to be chickens. Specific chickens from our flock. Goldie and Leroy.the humming room chickensThey drew pictures of the chickens and then sketched out what their costume would look like. We brainstormed about the details of the costume’s colors, where the beak would be on their face, etc.

the humming room reggio project based homeschooling

the humming room reggio project based homeschooling observational drawings

the hummingroom reggio project based homeschooling work dispalyFin suggested next that we go to the store to get “ingredients” we need to make the costumes. We went to the local Scrap store, sketches in hand, that houses loose parts and second hand craft materials. The girls thoughtfully gathered their supplies :Ribbon, shoulder pads, paper, fabric, etc. I found large gift bags to be the base of the costume. They liked that idea.the humming room reggio project based homeschooling research stage“This can be for his beak”

the humming room reggio project based homeschooling choosing materials“ Red. Goldie is red. We need all the red things”

“Lets gather leaves outside for the feather of her wings”

the humming room reggio outdoor playI set out their materials and sketches at the table and upon waking from their nap they got right to work!

the humming room reggio project based homeschooling work spaceFin (age 3) chose her materials, cut them, found their placement. I just hot-glued where needed.
the humming room reggio project based homeschooling work spaceLou (age 2) was not interested in the project but still made a few choices here and there. (An important aspect of reggio is to steer clear of forcing a child into an interest. She just simply didn’t care for the project but enjoyed engaging with glue and scissors every so often. And that’s ok!

the humming room reggio project based homeschooling work spaceFin’s work continued to grow and revise over the course of the week. She eagerly went back to her project, over and over, ready to add more. She decided that cuts of red ribbon was a better choice for feather than her original idea of leaves. She found shoulder pad to be the perfect wings.the humming room reggio project based homeschooling work spaceWhen I ran out of hot glue she finished off her project with her glue stick! It was rewarding for her to work completely independent, with no need of an adult to see out her vision.

the humming room reggio halloween costume project

the humming room halloween costume projectAs it turned out, neither Fin or Lou wanted to wear their costume for Halloween! And that’s ok! That’s Reggio! The joy of an open ended process, seeing your own vision through and being motivated by your passion! She did end up wearing it a few days later and certainly many days to come! She beams with pride when she wears her work of art! I’m so proud of her.  Im proud of myself too! For stepping out of control mode and into support mode.  I can easily be a dictator mom but for this I was a gentle guide! Like I said, I am the biggest learner of all!the humming room reggio halloween costume project

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together” – Vincent Van Gogh

If you would like to learn more about Reggio click here.

I’d love to hear about an Ah-ha moment you’ve had in your homeschool journey! Comment below!

May we do all things to connect with and learn from each other ✨