It's Michaelmas today.
It's the first time we have celebrated it.
You can find out lots of information here on a great post by Twig and Toadstool.
This is our table setting for Michaelmas.
I made the dragon out of felt after reading this at Rhythm of the Home.
It took a few evenings.
The beeswax candle was made by Big Seed.
I bought the wooden fire from Rjabinnik at Etsy.
I liked the link with dragon breathing fire and Big Seed is also into playing with fire engines.
It will be useful for storytelling this season.
Big Seed is too young to understand the real story behind Michaelmas,
and he is scared of dragons and fire...so we kept it very simple.
Here is his happy dragon painting.
What you say? It looks like a fish?
That's because he painted over his legs!
He didn't want a dragon story tonight so we played his current favourite game.
A pot of wooden acorns and a pot of real acorns.
( The block in the middle of the pic is purely artistic, placed there by Big Seed).
Roll a dice and put that number in your opponent's pot.
The winner is the first to empty their pot.
I will say that I dabble in Montessori because I don't follow
it strictly to the letter but I really like some of the ideas they use.
I also find it very expensive to do at home if you live in the UK because there is only
one major supplier, unlike the US.
I really like the wooden movable alphabet.
I bought this from here for £12, which is good value as you get about 6 of each letter.
Daddy Seed made the box which I am so pleased with (or they are expensive).
Big Seed sees them displayed like this and immediately wants to play with them.
He thinks it's another game and enjoys feeling them.
(I have never come across these in any mainsteam school, probably due to the expense as pieces probably get lost. So sad as it helps to make sense of word building. I also wonder if this would encourage boys who are not drawn to writing, as this makes it more physical.)
I gathered some objects together and I also placed the initial sounds on the table
for Big Seed to match up.
To my surprise he did them all correctly first time. So we are now building an alphabet box.
You can do all these activities with a printed out alphabet and images from the internet.
Then he moved onto something simple...
Sorting pompoms into silicon cupcake holders with a strawberry huller.