Gratitude becomes especially visible in our love for nature. The very young child observes us with their whole being — how we care for each other, ourselves, for the animals around us and our gardens. If we as parents and educators display this care and gratitude, we will instill this in our children. This wonderful wisdom inspired by Rudolf Steiner is so simple but it can so easily get lost in this fast world of ours, more so than ever in this time of fear and uncertainty.
The children at Playgroup have been most helpful in the garden and some children have taken it upon themselves to rake leaves for our compost bin, in preparation for spring. We have been finding magical treasures in our garden, like little Dandelion Puff.
We also have been over to the Farm, where Farmer Andrew helped us shovel some compost into our wheelbarrow to plant our climbing beans. Some children are putting the little bean seeds into the warm mixture of soil we had prepared. To the delight of most children we discovered some earthworms and the children experienced holding them gently. Some children wanted to know what the worms do, prompting a lively discussion, before we put them back into the soil, so they could do their busy work.
The children are also very eager to help care for our hungry silkworms, who need a lot of cleaning and feeding.
This week, I finished setting up our bean teepee and hopefully by the time our beans are breaking through the earth to greet the sun, the children will be there to witness it.