Thursday, March 05, 2015

Full Worm Moon Today - Build a Wormery with Your Children!

Today we welcome the Full Worm Moon. Go outside with your children tonight and look for the beautiful moon together!

It is hard to imagine the ground softening any time soon here in Connecticut. Today my girls are enjoying a snow day!  

 After seeing my youngest daughter's artwork today, I guess I'm not the only one dreaming of SPRING!  

But, while I am really getting tired of the cold weather here, I do love making a warm fire and having everyone home with a clear schedule and nothing to do but play and go sledding with friends.

For those of you in warmer climates, I have shared a FREE tutorial on how to make your own wormery with your children in our new Little Acorn Learning Group Discussion Page on Facebook. 
Just request to join and I will let you in the group.  Please no promoting of your businesses or products.  This group is a support place for our  members and followers.  I hope you enjoy it and please feel free to share it with your Facebook friends!

From the Farmer's Almanac "At the time of this spring Moon, the ground begins to soften and earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of robins. In some regions, this is also known as the Sap Moon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins."

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Spring is Coming!

Spring is Coming! 


The Little Acorn Learning 'March 2015 Newsletter' has just been released filled with FREE recipes, crafts, stories, fingerplays, book recommendations and much more! 

Also, take advantage of our SPRING SALE which runs through the end of March - take 25% off some of our beautiful Spring EBooks!

Monday, March 02, 2015

Making this house a home...

We have lived a long time in this house.  We bought it when we first got married (literally the same month) a little over 14 years ago.  I remember when we found it.  We didn't have a lot of money and we wanted very badly to live in this town because of how good the schools were.  Our options were limited and this house needed a LOT of work.  It wasn't much to look at back then but somehow I could see a family living inside of it.  I imagined it one day being full of my children and busy days and maybe it would be our "starter home"...

Our home began like this:

 With a little TLC, it evolved to this (didn't have a front view that I could find):


As our family kept growing, the idea of it being a "starter home" changed.  Instead, we decided to add on.  A new garage, master bedroom and laundry room...




We added a deck...


A treehouse fort...




A new septic, a vegetable garden...


For a time - a home daycare...


An office so I could write more, a woodstove to save on heat....

Before back in 2001
After - 2015

and now, finally, a new kitchen is in progress.


To say we've made a lot of improvements to this house so it would work for our growing family is an understatement.  We thought many times of just moving somewhere into a home that better suit our needs but our love for the town we live in kept us here, so instead we built upon THIS home to suit our needs.  Because of my dedication to this town, I've become very passionate about standing up for it and protecting it.  We've laid down strong roots here and we care deeply about what happens to this place we chose to raise our children in.

And, while all of these improvements made the home bigger and much nicer, those things alone could never make it "home".  Making a house a home has very little to do with how many bedrooms you have or new kitchen cabinets.

This house has become "home" after 14 years of birthday parties, holidays with family all crammed inside, friends coming in and out, cooking together, graduations, crying together, slamming doors, opening them up again, pulling the decorations down from the attic, sticky fingers on the walls, too much laundry, family game nights, hot cocoa on the front porch, movie night, laughter, pool parties, forgiveness, good books, dog hair in every corner you can imagine, paint supplies and really good music.

So while I *LOVE* the idea of having a new kitchen very soon (I think the girls like the cabinet boxes better than the new kitchen idea),


I am even more grateful that I have had 14 years inside this sweet house, making it a warm and loving home for our girls and I hope they will grow up with beautiful memories of their time inside of it to share with their families one day.

What one thing do you think makes your house a home for your family the most?

Monday, February 02, 2015

Candlemas Day and Making Snow Candles!

Today is Candlemas and also Groundhog's Day.  We had a big snowstorm last night, schools are closed and I'm pretty sure the Groundhog isn't coming out any time soon!!  

My Mindful Parenting E-Course is also coming to an end.  It was wonderful to spend 5 weeks writing and supporting a group of parents who are hoping to move through life more intentionally.  I found, as usual, that the universe constantly provides me with what I need to write about at the correct time.  This week, we are focusing on asking for help when we need it most, as well as reaching outside of our family lives to connect with our community and find the support we need.  
I have been lucky to find true community in the town I live in.  Becoming active in the schools and town on a deeper level has brought me together with some of the most wonderful people I've known, people who I now call close friends. 

Because of this connection, my children also benefit.  They meet familiar faces in their day to day lives at school and their sense of "family" extends far beyond our little home.  I'm so grateful to live where I live and can't believe it took me 15 years of living here to finally branch out and get to know
my neighbors and the rest of my town.  I encourage the rest of you to make the time to do the same.  

So today is Candlemas... how do you celebrate?

Candlemas and Groundhog's Day stem from the very ancient festival of Imbolc which is one of the four Celtic Fire Festivals.

The term "Candlemas" comes from a very old Christian custom of blessing the candles on this day.  It is the halfway point of Winter when we can look ahead to the warmer days of Spring that are on the way.

A fun way to celebrate this special day is to make candles together.  It is also customary to eat pancakes on this day - so maybe have a pancake dinner?  

Where I live with all this snow - it is a PERFECT day to make Snow Candles!!!  We made these last year and the girls loved it so much!  


Happy Candlemas to You!!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Bundle Up and Win a FREE E-Book!

Suzie Stephensen
Abby Martz
Andrea Ormerod
Suzie Stephensen
Ummmmmm can it get much cuter?  This month's Little Acorn Learning Photo Contest theme is:

Wool & Warmth

Be sure to show us up to 3 photos of your little ones keep warm in the cold for a chance to win a FREE e-book of your choice from Little Acorn Learning!  Our contest ends on Monday, January 19th (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day).  To enter:

Send no more than 3 photos to info@littleacornlearning.com 
Provide written permission for Little Acorn Learning to use your photos in future marketing or publications (we do our best to always give credit to the photographer) 
Check our FACEBOOK PAGE and when you see your photos spread the word to family and friends by clicking share and asking them to vote for your photos by clicking LIKE
The photos with the most LIKES get a free e-book of their choice from LAL - please be sure to keep checking back on our Facebook Page because that is where winners are announced.

Best of Luck!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Creating Meaningful Relationships with Our Children - LIVE Call Event!

I am beyond excited to be offering Little Acorn Learning's very first LIVE Call event as part of our Mindful Parenting in 2015 Series.  

In addition to our new Mindful Parenting E-Courses that have begun, tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. EST we will be hosting a dial-in (or log-in) event to help you toward more mindful and simple parenting and educating this year.  

'Creating Meaningful Relationships with Our Children presented by Charlie Manos
Live Event: Wednesday, January 14th 7:00 p.m. EST


Those who purchase can attend LIVE and will also gain access to the 
recorded class at any time!

The lecture portion of the call will last approximately 30 minutes followed by a 30 minute Question and Answer Session.  

I am lucky enough to know Charlie personally and he always does an amazing job presenting and supporting parents and educators in their work with children.

Charlie Manos has worked as a School Psychologist for 26 years in grades K through 12 and was the Coordinator of Pupil Services in Danbury, CT for 4 years prior to coming to Brookfield, CT as the Director of Special Services. Charlie has maintained a private practice for the past 25 years with specialty in marriage and family therapy. He is certified as a School Psychologist and Licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist.


Charlie will be discussing communication, boundaries, decoding behaviors, praise, and fostering strength with the children that we work with. There will be time to ask questions during and at the end of the event.

After signing up, you will also have free access to the recorded lecture if you cannot attend the live event or wish to hear it again.


Little Acorn Learning

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Happy Three Kings Day & The Epiphany!

I just love saying that word "epiphany".  :) 


Photo and craft by Jennifer Tan of Syrendell as in our Three Kings Day & The Epiphany E-Book

Wow things have been really busy these last five days and my commitment to focusing more on my business and making changes in my daily routines have been going well so far.  I know myself well though and consistency and discipline is what I struggle most with when it comes to balancing work and family.

Today began my first Mindful Parenting E-Course and I hope that I get as much from it as the students.  I have so many wonderful ideas that I have to balance with keeping the e-course simple and obtainable so members can make changes without getting more overwhelmed than they already are.  And while I have a wonderful outline, I am absolutely putting out fresh ideas each day and I hope it serves the members of the course well.  It is not too late to join us, all emails and class posts will be available to you at any time you sign up!

In the e-course, I plan on focusing upon the following key areas that I have identified in my life that need equal attention in order to obtain true balance as a parent and caregiver:

Environment:

We will work together to try to create habits that help us to prepare our week ahead, establish and maintain routines in our homes, add beauty to the places we dwell, slowly organize our spaces and create peaceful and loving homes and schools for the children who depend upon us.  As fun as beautiful crafts can be, children - more than anything - need rhythm, consistency and an environment that is predictable.  Focusing here and on ourselves (in the next item) is the MOST important thing.

Self (Body/Mind/Soul):

We will learn to take time out each week for ourselves as often as possible to breathe, meditate, stretch, exercise, get fresh air, be creative, explore our talents, turn off media and background noise, connect with friends and our community, eat clean food, drink water, get proper rest, journal and slow down to pay attention to the world around us.

Children:

We will incorporate (slowly) simple activities, songs, stories and ideas that create a soothing presence around the children we care for.  We will remind one another to include children in the daily tasks of running a home and school so they can learn practical life skills by modeling our behavior.  We will slow down and remember that we are being watched and it is our responsibility to be worthy of imitation.  We will work harder to provide healthier meals, better rest, more outdoor time and less media so our children can thrive and develop optimally.  

Celebrations:

We will look at easy and attainable ideas to bring the seasons and festivals into our homes and schools.  We will slowly consider how this particular time of year plays into our lives, as caregivers, on a deeper and more spiritual level.  We will include songs, stories, books and crafts when we feel able in order to create a home filled with seasonal spirit.  We will NOT blame ourselves when we cannot fit these things in.  Caring for our environment, self-care and being a more mindful and present parent outweighs this and should always take precedence over crafts and activities.  

Parent Education:

Along the way, I will send writings, links, tools, quotes and adult book recommendations that I feel will help you learn and grow as a parent and teacher.  Taking a course like this is a wonderful first step but in order to break old habits, we need knowledge to back it up.  I am also working on a potential guest speaker call to bring more ideas into our group.  

Today the group focused on adding simple meditation, routines and a mantra to their days ahead and looking forward to get a clear understanding of their obligations and commitments this week so they can work around that framework.


I LOVE the crafting, singing, stories and activities that I include in my guides - but the truth is that these are bonuses and the most important thing we can do as caregivers is to take care of the needs of our homes, our "selves" and our children.  

For that reason, I will only offer simple ideas for celebrating Three Kings Day tomorrow and through the week to students (yes it is OK if you celebrate later in the week or not at all!!).  But, if you do want to celebrate, take a look at the Little Acorn Learning January 2015 Newsletter for some fun ideas and activities.  

Is this a new festival for you and your family to celebrate?  In what simple ways will you bring the joy of the season into your home or school this week?  

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Mindful Parenting E-Course Winners!

Wow, I'm not sure we've ever had this amount of winners but it feels great and it really adds to the excitement of this new e-course!  We truly all could use support and encouragement as parents and caregivers and the response to a course like this should let us know we are not alone in our struggle to keep it all together.  

Our e-course starts tomorrow but do not worry if you join in or sign-up late.  You can pick up right where we are and have access to the same content.  If you were not chosen as a winner but would still like to join us, please do so at www.littleacornlearning.com

If you ARE a winner, you must email us directly at info (at) littleacornlearning.com telling us who you are, what you won and we will then provide you with the download information and/or payment information with your discount.  We recommend you do this as soon as possible so you can begin with the class.

I am looking forward to starting 2015 with you and working together toward becoming the parents our children need us to be.

xoxo
Eileen

5 Winners of FREE Enrollment!

 ClothDiaperClub said...
I have come to realize that all the good ideas and books are of no help at all if you don't know how to make it work in your life. I spend more time thinking about the things I want to do with the kids than actually implementing them. Any kind of help in that area would be such a blessing!

 Dori said...
Just in time for the New Year, my family would be blessed if "mama"-me, took this course. I could use the inspiration in our homeschool. Thank you for such a wonderful offering! Blessings- Dori

 Lizzie said...
I have been trying for a while to find rhythm and 'do' everything. It was wonderful to see a course like this and know that sometime I may find a way to get things together for my boys.

 Catherine Lowe said...
Winning this would rock my little guys world! I have been so caught up last year with heading back to work and juggling pre-pep as a single parent I feel all my parenting ideals have flown out the window as we hit survival mode. This course will inspire me to bring back the magic into our lives and celebrate the simple things once again. I would be so grateful for the gift of this course. Thank you. C

Anonymous Hilary said...
I need this course as I am grieving a great loss, and trying to remember the great mom I am. I have an 18 year old, 8 year old, 5 year old and a 9 month old. thanks for the chance.

5 Winners 50% OFF!

Anonymous amanda C said...
We could really use this course! I have come to realize that I do "all the motions" of parenting but most of the time I am not really "there". I really need some assistance on focusing and being actively present in my children's lives.
Brandi said...
I have four children ranging in age from 7 months to 7 years old. Homeschooling keeps us busy...I love incorporating Waldorf things and this course would be wonderful.

Tammy H said...
Would love this to start the new year! what a great opportunity. ~Tammy H.

 dan said...
Wow, what an awesome opportunity, thank you!
Somewhere back there I lost it and have been trying to find my way back to a more peaceful, calm, mindful way of parenting my two girls. They deserve more than I am giving them at this moment. I have been making headway but its a two steps forward, one step backwards process. Maybe this would help give me some extra steps forward.
Again, thanks for this giveaway and also for organizing this course for those of us who have found ourselves somewhere we don't want to be.

Jodi said...
Thank you for offering this give-away! You have made my afternoon/evening very exciting! I read your blog and have purchased some of your offerings which have been helpful in our home. We are heading back into the school routine tomorrow and this course would fit right in for ME! This course offers the COMMUNITY that I desire and would be a great kick-start to the new year. Thank you!

5 Winners 25% OFF!
ashadele said...
This course would be such a blessing to myself and my children! I am still new to Waldorf, but I incorporated the Adent and Saint Nicholas ebook into our lives this season and it was wonderful!! I have wanted to incorporate Waldorf into my homeschool, but I have been really overwhelmed with where to start. Little Acorn Leaning has the hand holding that I am looking for! This course would be a tremendous blessing for our family and the other children in our lives. Blessings....ashleigh

Anonymous Clara E. said...
We just adopted our second child, and I'm so frazzled most days! I need remainders/lessons on how to keep centered and in the moment...especially when both the boys need my attention.

Anonymous Robin R said...
I have loved using LAL since 2005! I now have 4 kids and homeschool them and definitely could use the extra help!

Wolfe Family said...
We would love help with our intentional parenting practices. We have 2 kids, one with autism. We struggle to keep things simple and I feel this e-course would help provide us with a roadmap for that.

I need this course! I have 3 kids and I run 2 preschool programs and I feel so overwhelmed by what I should do!

Leigh


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