Last year when Martin Luther King Jr. Day came, I did not tell Rainbow Girl much about who the wonderful man was. This year, I decided Rainbow Girl was ready to learn more about him and the basics of the Civil Rights Movement.
We began the day by breifly talking about who MLK was and what he had done to help the world. Then I let her watch a great video I found and watched the night before that addressed how segregation was when MLK was growing up and what he did to change things.
She said, "It's so sad that light people thought that dark people were different than them. We are ALL people!"
After our MLK discussion, we had a morning of board games. The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel is absolutely our favorite right now. It is such a simple game, does not take long from beginning to end, and no one gets upset when they loose because playing again isn't an ordeal.
The box doubles as the acorn tree. All of the silicone (at least they feel silicone) acorns rest in the box (tree) until you spin the spinner. Each player has an empty "log" with five empty holes, each with a colored circle that corresponds to one of each of the acorns. The player spins the spinner and either lands on a specific color, "pick one", "pick two", "the sneaky squirrel"- the player can steal one acorn from any player, "the sad squirrel"- the player looses his turn, or the gust of wind that blows all of your acorns back to the tree.
During nap time I began work on a few gnome orders that I have taken. I don't plan on making a business out of making the sets, but just planned on selling a few to cover the costs of the supplies that I purchased for the children and for making things for swaps. This week, I made three sets of gnomes including the days of the week, the seasons, weather, and a little Valentine's set.
That night, I also started working on orders I had for Waldorf Dancing Ribbons. These are so much fun to make and the 100% silk is so delightful to work with.
The following morning, Sugar Bear delighted in helping me needle felt my little gnome's hats. (Yes, how very observant of you! He has in fact been wearing the same shirt for almost three days now. I pick my battles.) He did a wonderful job, as usual, needle felting. That is, until the needle (my last needle) broke with only three hats remaining. To be fair, I had used that needle for quite some time at that point, so it was in need of being replaced. Thankfully I had a crafty box of goodness set to arrive the next day.
After nap time, when the temperature was the warmest it would be all day, we went outside for a wee bit of snow play. (In snow suits this time!) The hit of the afternoon was the ice that had formed on the slide. It made for a rapid fire sliding experience, shooting the children far into the snow.
|Rainbow Girl's "Snow Castle"|
After warming up, Rainbow Girl wanted to draw picture in her lesson book about MLK. The drawing did not show up super well in the picture, so I shall describe it. It says "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." at the top and has three hands of different colors intertwined.
|Rainbow Girl writing a letter to her pen pal.|
On Saturday, we went into the city for a meeting and on the way back, I saw something that I have never seen in my twenty years of living near the James River. We had to stop the car to get out and look. The entire top layer of the James River, for as far as the eye could see, was frozen solid. Not one section was visibly moving. An elderly man, also standing and looking in awe, said very quietly, "I have never seen this. I have seen icebergs floating down the river, but never has it completely frozen over."
It was magical, and eerie. Also wicked blustery.
Sunday, we went to a birthday party at "The Playroom". Sugar Bear's favorite part was the massive rubber dinosaurs. Rainbow Girl's favorite part was the big kid inflatable area. She skinned her elbow pretty badly and was almost purple she had been running, climbing and jumping so much. They both went to bed so easily that night.
|This is a cake. No, seriously. The birthday boy's mama is the most talented cake maker that I have ever seen. Go check out her stuff and order from her.|
Until next week, friends.