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.
the humming room reggio november thankgsgiving tree_-3

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!

the humming room november thanksgiving tree _-2

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!

the humming room november thanksgiving tree _

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 ✨

2 replies
  1. Chantel
    Chantel says:

    I just found you via Instagram and just wanted to say how much I LOVE the idea of this series! Traditions and the whole experience I am giving my children at home are something I am thinking about a lot lately (I’m waiting for Sally Clarkson’s new book “The Life Giving Home” to be released next month!), you have many great ideas here that I would love to incorporate into my home. Off to go read December and January’s cultivating traditions . . .

    • Raechel
      Raechel says:

      Chantel your words are so very encouraging. It’s such a blessing to meet other moms doing the same things day in and day out in hope to better her family. You have to let me know how you like that book I haven’t heard of it! I’d also love to hear how you adapt the ideas you have found here to your home!!


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