We had a busy few weeks of Advent before our break. We started off with our lantern walk and puppet show, which was a cold, rainy occasion, but still with the happy ending of a warm baked apple. We made pumpkin bread and delivered it to our neighbors and had the pleasant surprise of St. Nicholas dropping off a basket with some tasty treats, jingle bells, and a letter to all of the children! We heard a story of Old Gnome decorating a pine tree outside with tasty treats for all of the forest creatures, and we sang many jingling songs with our bells.
The children had a little shepherd circle, which includes lots of skipping, jumping, and spinning. It is a happy little circle that children adore, singing "We are shepherds and we sing, of lots of jolly things, we can dance and we can shout, we can wave our caps about. The stars shine above us, the Earth flows below, and we are so happy in this wonderous glow". We also did some hammering outside on a stump, and the children have also been working on removing nails from the stump as well, which requires a bit more skill!
Inside, the children have been enjoying creating their own "stories" using silks, blocks, and some of the peg dolls and animals around. It's a wonderful skill when they begin to apply their imagination and imitate some of the songs and stories we've been doing, adding their own parts. They will often repeat parts of stories over and over again, and I imagine something is resonating with them.