Sweet September, golden sky, the acorns falling on to the ground, fresh winds, cooler mornings;
a lovely warmth inside my heart when I see all the leaves turning yellow, red and brown...
Autumn gardens, Apple trees, Pears and Plums, Grapes and Squashes...crumbles baking, sweet smelling home!
Grinding Flour, making dough, baking Bread, cooking Soup...The Harvest Time is a Happy Time.
Autumn in my Heart
Autumn Term- New Beginnings
Acorns Adult and Child group sessions
The apples are rosy red and the last summer sun rays are ripening the berries;
The miller is grinding the flour and the farmer gathering the harvest.
This is the new term, the big children back at school; all feels fresh and new.
This is a little guide full of resources for the sessions, compiled by me; I do it for myself, really, but I like to share with you.
Simplicity, simplicity and more simplicity!
It is so tempting to try something different and new...yet, we, at Adult and Child sessions on purpose keep the same old same: sequence, rhythm, times, snacks, style, toys, songs...everything...as almost time has not passed, yet, the children get older, and then the magic happens. The spark in their eyes as they 'remember'; that feeling is the same feeling we get when we go home on Sundays for our family roast dinner, or every Christmas, full of treasured memories.
The essence of Acorns is the 'home coming' feeling!
I remind myself each time to keep things simple, too, as often I forget what is like to be first time mum and caring for a little one, no time to read or talk, just keep to the basic and putting children first. This is why it is important for the parents to learn a nice craft and relax as it allows them to feel acknowledged. The children play better when the adults are working and learning and sharing. The children sense the community, feeling and play in this lovely space we are all creating together. This is the magic of the Parent and Child sessions. Usually, at some point in the middle of the session time stands still and everyone and everything is connected and there is a little silence…
Seasons and Festivals; Autumn Festivals
In this term we have two main themes: the harvest, and the days getting darker and colder.
Within these themes we have Michaelmas, Halloween and Martinmas.
For the meaning of each festival please refer to the Festivals book or go google info, I have also separate sheets and resource documents, I gathered info in the past years.
The ring time songs talk about squirrels gathering nuts, apples falling, leaves dancing and winds blowing, story time brings tales of animals gathering food and getting ready for the colder days; the activities suggested are below but please keep it simple if you are a new leader:
Grinding flour and making bread rolls
Leaf and seed/conker mobiles
Pressing leaves, tracing leaves – drawing and colouring on top- leaf crowns
Animals and people made of cones-sticks-conkers, etc…
Conker spider webs, with sticks and wool
Making apple juice, or apple sauce or apple tarts
Walnut cots with little wool baby
For Michaelmas, dragon bread or dragon wool- felted or knotted magic wool figures
Pumpkin carving, pumpkin soup
And for the St Martin or lantern Festival, making lanterns
Acorns: a gentle nurturing environment for babies and young children.