Saturday, September 04, 2010
The Gifts of Nature on A Table
This morning I am filled with gratitude for windows open, temperatures in the low 60's and a feeling that I have not felt for months, coolness. Natural coolness, not the artificially made coolness that comes from air conditioners, but that wonderful early fall kind of cool that is scented with the wonderful aroma of leaves, tree bark, freshly turned soil, a hint of hay and the wonderful tiny bits of good smells that arrive with each breeze.
The birds sing and chirp right outside the open window. There is no need for music to be playing on the stereo, for right beside me is the most beautiful music. I hear crickets in the background keeping a steady rhythm, with an occasional frog croaking out a beat that suits this song perfectly.
Having the windows open has inspired me to go hunting outside for things to put on a fall nature table. Nature tables are wondrous things to have in your home. When you have small children at home or grandchildren visiting, a nature table becomes a source of wonderment for them and a teaching tool. A nature table is meant to be played with.
Our oak trees are heavy with acorns which has given me the idea to make some felted acorns to put in a bowl for the nature table. Even if you are not into felting, you can make these by purchasing some small wool felted balls that are sold in some craft store, but making them is so much fun. There is a great video on YouTube on how to make these delightful little felted acorns. Here is the link.... How to Make Felted Acorn Ornaments
This same felting technique can be used to make felted pumpkins. I have plenty of pumpkin color wool roving that will be just the right color for that.
Back to school time always brings me back to so many delightful memories of our 17 years of homeschooling and now, once again with grandchildren that visit often, I have the joy of doing many of those same crafts and decorations once again.
The Nature Table and so many of the concepts we enjoy in our home came from the thinking of Rudolf Steiner. Its as though he put to words many of the thoughts and actions we hold dear. As in many thought systems in the world, we do not agree with everything he wrote about but so much of it speaks right to my heart.
I am a big fan of the Waldorf education style and used it for the early years of our homeschool with wonderful results.
We still incorporate many of the aspects of Rudolf Steiner's thoughts on learning in our home since one is meant to learn their entire life.
This weekend we will be gathering items for our nature table as we embark on a hiking adventure. So thankful for the blessing of cooler weather as it once again allows us to hike the wilderness !
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