Just as there is a rhythm to each day with different tasks appropriate to different times of the day, there is a rhythm to the year. Observing the changing season, in community, helps the children foster a sense of harmony with the rhythmic life of nature.
I'll be a knight for Michael, too,
And polish my crown to a golden hue.
Ask the gnomes the iron to mine,
Iron from the stars, from the earth, so fine,
To bring to the blacksmith, who with his might
Will make me a sword, so strong, so bright.
The Harvest Festival in an all school event that takes place shortly after the autumnal equinox.
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At this time of year, the light of day has begun to shorten. We take this time to turn inward, towards self and community. The school garden has been lovingly tended since early spring. In the autumn, we make a soup of the vegetables we've grown that is shared by all!
In the spirit of Michaelmas celebrated in traditional Waldorf Schools, the Mountain Sage Harvest Festival is visited by a dragon, sing songs together, shares in eating dragon bread, delicious soup and freshly pressed apple cider.
There are tasks to do before and during the festival. Primarily, we look to the 4th through 8th families grades to hold this festival.
I go with my little lantern, my lantern goes with me
In heaven the stars are shining, on earth are shining we.
The cock does crow, the cat says meow,
Aaa Eee O000
la bimmel, la bammel, la boom (boom boom)
The Lantern Walk is for kindergarten through 3rd grade children and their families.
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With a vision of little lanterns dancing through the darkening evening, this special moment will live in our memories through the darkest times of the coming winter. Singing songs while slowly walking down the path lit with luminarias, we treasure the little lights that we bring into the darkness, as well as the love light in our hearts. Learn more details about Lantern Walk here.
There are tasks to do before and during the evening of the festival. We look to the kindergarten through third grade families to help with this festival.