Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Advent Countdown Giveaway *DAY TWO* - 50% OFF TWO December E-Books!~

What an amazing response to our Advent Giveaway Countdown!  Are you ready for more discounts to help you celebrate the beautiful days of December with your children?

As posted yesterday, each day leading up to the first day of Advent (which is this Sunday, November 19th), we will be posting a new coupon or deal here for a product at Little Acorn Learning!

Yesterday we gave 25% off our Advent and St. Nicholas E-Book.

Today's Gift for Day Two of our Countdown is:

Buy our Advent and St. Nicholas E-Book and our December 5 Day Program *together* and get BOTH e-books for 50% OFF! This is a value of $44.98 at only $21!
To take advantage of this deal, please purchase HERE  

We hope you enjoy this amazing deal that will guide you and your children through the entire month of December.  Our 5 day program has amazing content for all ages, especially early childhood.

This deal will end tomorrow so please act quick.

Happy Almost Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Advent Day One Countdown GIVEAWAY from Little Acorn Learning!

The first Sunday of Advent is this weekend, November 29th.  

Photography by Cari Dettling
I'm sure I am not the only one who hasn't yet prepared.. if not, have no fear!! Our Advent and St. Nicholas E-Book truly simplifies the planning process. It is a reflective and spiritual time of year and I enjoy bringing that into my home and little school.  This e-book guides caregivers through that process and also within themselves.

I wanted to celebrate this magical time of year in a special way so I've decided to offer an Advent Countdown Giveaway on our blog!  

We are going to countdown to the BIG 'countdown' of Advent!  Starting today through this Sunday (which is the first day of Advent) we will be offering a small Advent gift to all of our followers.  The gifts will be in the form of discounts or special offers on our products at Little Acorn Learning.

Day One, Advent Countdown

This offer will only last one day so get it while you can.  To claim your gift, please visit our website page HERE (this offer will not remain after Day One 11/24/15 and will go back to the original price of $19.99 after it has expired). 

Monday, November 09, 2015

Easy Martinmas Lanterns

 Martinmas Lanterns

My lantern! My lantern! 
Sun and moon and stars 
Put out all your lights 
Put out all your lights 
That my lantern can truly shine bright. 

In Germany, the custom of children carrying their lanterns into the dark and singing Martinmas songs are deep rooted.  In some areas, children go door to door in a procession with their lanterns, singing sweet little songs in return for candy. 

These easy Martinmas Lanterns taken from our Martinmas and Thanksgiving Festival E-Book can also substitute as a bedtime nightlight.  Using the battery operated lights and vellum paper make them a safe alternative to real candles.  For more fun ideas, recipes, songs, crafts, meditations and much more to help you celebrate the beautiful November festivals - be sure to grab a copy of this amazing e-book that we just released last November.


  •          mason jars
  •          vellum paper (transparent)
  •          paper cutter
  •          mason wire holders (can purchase at craft store)
  •          mason lids with design (can purchase at craft store) *optional
  •          design paper punch – or hole puncher
  •           battery operated tealights

Many of the supplies can be substituted with other items in your home.  For our lanterns, we purchased three mason jars and mason jar accessories from our local craft store.  We also used one of our favorite star punchers that we had in our crafting room.  A simple hole puncher can also be used or small x-shaped slits could be made in the vellum paper to help the light shine through. 

Begin by cutting your vellum paper to an appropriate width that will allow for it to open up within the mason jar when rolled and put inside.  Then use your hole punching tool to create punched out designs on your vellum paper. This is how the light will show through your lantern.


Let your children be the ones to punch out the holes.  They will love working to make their lantern unique and beautiful. 

When you are done, simply roll the vellum paper in a tube and slide it inside your mason jar.  The paper should be cut short enough that when it is placed inside the jar, it opens up wider to fill the circumference of the lantern.

Add your mason jar wire handle accessory and replace the top of your mason jar with your designed lid.  Place your battery operated candle inside to check how the light looks through your lantern.

Sing special songs and take your lanterns outside on a night time walk around your neighborhood or yard.  When you return, use these lanterns as a magical nightlight to bring the peace and selflessness of St. Martin into your home. 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

How Childcare Changes the World...

I've been really enjoying my time running my little Waldorf Friends Class. I have been trying to organize the childcare space and make it welcoming and inviting for the children. I love being able to offer them a gentle place to play and grow, free from electronics, tv and video games. 

I have some very firmly held beliefs on early childhood education. One of them is that I feel it is important for us to break through many of the stereotypes we place on children.  One in particular is that only little girls should play with dolls or act out loving and nurturing behaviors in their play. I think it is important to allow little boys to play with dolls and doing so helps raise gentle and loving fathers for our future world.   

I also love childcare that can include children of mixed ages whenever possible. Because of state regulations and our educational system starting Kindergarten so young, this is not always feasible but in home daycares, with small ratios, it is. When the ages of the children are varied in a program that is home-like, it mimics the natural setting of living with siblings at home.  Little ones are able to learn from the other children and it provides older children with the opportunity to help guide others and build their self-confidence. 

Sometimes I think it is hard to remember how very important our work is raising these little people.  It is especially hard to remember during the tough times.  Being a parent, teacher or caregiver literally changes the world one child at a time.  It is a sacred job that should be cherished, valued and deeply respected as the future of our world depends upon it.  We desperately need more childcare and parenting programs that promote this type of loving care from an early age, as those years are so pivotal in the development of a healthy and whole human being. Just imagine the possibilities if every child - even those who live in undesirable home situations - received this type of gentle love and care in their childcare program all day long.  What difference would it make in who that child is able to become later in life?

As many of you know, I have written many books and non-academic curriculum to help others teach and raise their children in this way. Please be sure to visit my website and check out some of the free sample weeks for you to use at home or school.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Autumn Came, With Wind and Gold...

Autumn is here and the girls and I have been taking every opportunity we can to soak in all of the beautiful colors, sights, activities and abundance this time of year offers us. I try to take them apple picking each year together and it has become a fun tradition for us that we look forward to as Fall approaches.

I love walking around our property when the seasons change like this and capturing as much of it as I can in photos. The colors of the trees are in full change right now in Connecticut and we have acorns, hickory nuts, pinecones and so many leaves on the ground.  

Our local farmer's market is just wonderful this month too. I've been volunteering my time a little bit to help manage it and it feels so good to support local farmers. We hope to grow the market as the years go by and I'm excited about the possibilities.   

I love that the weather is getting more crisp and we can put on our woodstove and bundle up when we go outside. It's cozy and awesome knitting and reading weather. 

We went to a fun corn maze and picked our own pumpkin. It was the first time we actually went to a place where you cut the pumpkin off the vine and it was a fun experience.  It was hard to find a good pumpkin though as the field was pretty much picked over but we found an area that was blocked off and one big, perfect pumpkin was there just waiting for us.  It weighed 11 lbs and we can't wait to carve it. Our garden hasn't done as well this year as it has in previous years so we did not grow our own pumpkin in our garden but we did grow other veggies - and we just started picking our carrots. The children in my program loved helping harvest carrots from the garden... 

And the chickens loved the carrots too! 


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