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Valentine's Day Craft

Share the love with our fine feathered friends this Valentine's Day! Thanks to our Kindergarten for sharing the directions and photos for this sweet birdseed valentine.

1. Combine the following ingredients:
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup boiling water
1 packet unflavored gelatin
3 tbs corn syrup

Mix. Then stir in 4 cups of birdseed.


2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and lay out your molds.

3. Spray the inside of your molds (we used heart shaped cookie cutters!) with vegetable oil.


4. Fill the molds with the birdseed mixture, poke a straw where you would like a hole to be, and allow to set.


5. Release the birdseed cakes, add a string, and affix to a spot outside for the birds to enjoy!


Posted by mmcdonagh in creativity, play, family, wonder, Early Childhood on Wednesday February 11 at 04:02PM
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Tonight! Community Forum for East Ramapo

Please join us for an important Community Forum for East Ramapo tonight from 7-9pm in the Arts Building. A student-led forum for all East Ramapo high-school students will take place alongside a separate facilitated conversation for adults. The event is open to all and we expect well over 100 students and many adults to be with us tonight for this important conversation.

For some context on the situation in our school district, listen to this piece from This American Life.

Parenting Advice From "America’s Worst Mom"

This recent piece from The New York Times reminds us of the importance of letting our children have experiences that build their resilience and self-confidence.

A salient quote: "Dr. Gray links the astronomical rise in childhood depression and anxiety disorders, which are five to eight times more common than they were in the 1950s, to the decline in free play among young children. 'Young people today are less likely to have a sense of control over their own lives and more likely to feel they are the victims of circumstances, which is predictive of anxiety and depression,' he said."

Tonight! Raising Sexually Intelligent Kids in a Hyper-Sexualized World

Don't miss Marnie Goldenberg at Green Meadow tonight, at 7:30pm in the Arts Building Music Room. Get the tools you need to have supportive and effective conversations about sex and sexuality with your children, which help them make better decisions.

Not familiar with Marnie? Watch her TEDx talk, or take a look at her website.

This event is free and open to the public.

Julianna Margulies, former GMWS student, on her father's life and passing

Julianna Margulies was a student at Green Meadow for several years. We send our condolences to her on the passing of her father. Here is her beautiful remembrance of him.


Thursday night: Paula Moraine

This Thursday night, November 6, at 7:30pm in the Arts Building Music Room, we are pleased to have Paula Moraine offering a talk for parents. The event is free and open to the public. Paula Moraine, M.Ed., will be speaking on attention issues and offering techniques to strengthen our children's executive function, time management, and more. 

Paula has been a Waldorf class teacher and administrator; a tutor for elementary, high school, and college students; and a university adjunct, mentor, coach, and adult educator in teacher training programs in the US, Germany, and Scotland. Paula’s book Helping Students Take Control of Everyday Executive Functions – The Attention Fix has been translated into Dutch, Spanish, and Finnish. She is currently in private practice in Maryland.

Why marionette shows are good for us all

Don't miss the puppet and marionette shows this Saturday, October 11, at our Fall Fair. Here is some background on marionette theater and its role in Waldorf Education, from our Early Childhood Chairs:


Dear Parents,

The Early Childhood teachers at the GMWS Fall Fair, October 11, perform a marionette puppet story. The silk puppets, props and set are all handmade and the selection of each story is carefully considered. We choose stories that offer windows into diverse peoples, give pictures of magical occurrences, and offer delight to our young children and adults. We are hoping each child will come to one of the performances at the fair.

Marionette Theater has a very special place in human history that begins in the South Pacific islands and Asia. There is a long evolution from the east into the west of shadow puppets, paper figures on rods, glove puppets and puppets on strings. The term “marionette” comes from “Little Mary”, when puppet stories were performed in churches in middle Europe. From that time, characters such as Puncinella and Punch-and-Judy spilled into the market places for children and adults to see.

Everything offered in the Waldorf early childhood programs is there with a full background of reasons of the benefits to young children. Marionette stories have the obvious feast to the senses of color and movement for the eye, music for the ear, and a story that stirs imagination and feelings. And, there is so much more for your child, and for you.

Puppet stories of all kinds offer special times for inner quieting, contributing to attention and concentration. Even our most active children need the balance of meeting their inner quiet. It is this place of inner sensing as an older child and an adult, where our thoughts meet the imaginations living in our heart and we are then able to perceive the resolve for our next steps to any situation.

The stories give the picture of a little world that is whole and becomes fully realized- there is a problem to solve, obstacles to overcome and every character receives the deserving fruits of their efforts. Our children must first experience a world that is good and whole, if they are to become adults who can meet a world that is riddled with issues and needs mending. In our marionette stories the puppeteers are visible. Regardless of your personal beliefs and religious practices, this is the picture that there are other forces and elements at work in the world that assist our intentions with love and support us in our challenges.

The indications we work with come from Rudolf Steiner and his intensive work with people in a children’s home after World War I. He believed fairy tales, told in this medium, gave comfort and healing to children in those devastating times.

Parents find their way to the Waldorf school because they recognize something here that is in harmony with their wishes for their children as they guide them into our complex world. In these simple and delightful tales is rich food for all the children and adults at the school.

On Saturday, October 11, at our Fall Fair there will be three performances of our marionette puppet show, “Talking Eggs” (for children 4 yrs and older). Show times are at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:00pm.

In addition to the marionette performances, we are offering a table top puppet show, “Autumn Bear” (for children ages 2 to 4 yrs. old). Show times are at 11:00am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm.

On behalf of the Early Childhood teachers, we hope that you and your child will join us for one of these special performances.

Warmly,
Leslie Burchell-Fox and Lisa Miccio
Co-Chairs of the Early Childhood Section

“The Pedagogical Values of Marionette and Table Puppet Shows for the Small Child”, Bronja Zahlingen, An Overview of the Waldorf Kindergarten, WECAN Publications. 

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