Finding the Fairies at the Bottom of my Garden

IMG_1916The school year is done at last! And I’ve had a couple of weeks now where I did not a whole lot–mostly rested and read books and cleaned my house. Now I’m ready to get back to some writing. (although I did finish another revision of my YA fantasy novel, too)

The end of the school year is busy, exciting, happy and sad. I love summer! But I’m also sad to say good-bye to the children who won’t be returning in the fall, and I had quite a few this year.

For our last circle of the year, we visited the fairies and some other friends in the garden. I like to give the children an end of the year gift (as do many of my EC colleagues), and this year, I made them fairies. These are made with wool I dyed when I took the amazing class with Natalie Redding.

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I used this tutorial to make them: How to make a fairy.

I first encountered the wonderful world of fairies as an adult in the Parent-Child class I took at the Chicago Waldorf School. My wonderful teacher told me about the book Are there fairies at the bottom of your garden? .  And I was hooked!

When my daughters were young, we built fairy houses in the backyard and inside, we had fairy tea parties, we loved fairy time.

And I still love fairies. I did have one child in my class this year who told me that fairies weren’t real, but I still believe–as do most of the children.

Here are a couple of my favorite fairy circle verses:

The Fairies Wash Day  (We used pieces of silk that we scrubbed on our legs–the silks later became cocoons and then butterfly wings)

Today is the fairies’ washing day,

with acorn caps for tubs

and tiny leaves for washboards,

each fairy rubs and rubs.

The fairy sheets so white and fine

upon the grass are drying;

the spider spins a line for them

and now those clothes are flying!

Fairies Funny (a finger game)

Fairies funny five are we,

laughing happy as can be.

Ha ha ha

Hee hee hee

Ho Ho Ho

Whee whee whee

And away we go!

For the room parents in my class, and my PTO representatives, I had mugs made by Gear Bubble from the Sweet Pea painting I did for the A to Z challenge–my class is called the Sweet Peas, and they are sweet, tenacious and growing strong just like the plants.

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I had extra Anna Marie Horner fabric from the quilts I made for my daughters–so I used that to wrap the boxes. One of the moms used her piece to make a head wrap for her daughter!

And so another school year has drawn to a close-a wonderful year filled with children who touched my heart, challenged my will, stretched my imagination. Thank goodness for summer with it’s rest and a little time to find the fairies at the bottom of my own garden.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Hope your summer is filled with magic.

XO

I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

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