Science and The Body children beautifully welcomed a new student.
We began class by lighting our special beeswax candle, then ate on a "floor" table the children beautifully set up.
We unscrambled the scrambled letters of each child, practising asking for help when needed.
The children looked closely at Calendula flowers, emerging Calendula seeds, and fully formed Calendula seed heads. We figured out where, within the flower head, seeds are formed.
With watercolors, we painted our individual interpretation of Calendula. We agreed that it's cool to borrow ideas and materials from each other.
Parents and relatives arrived.
We gathered in the pillow room, and thought about how we might like to end class. One student thought it would suit the spirit of our class if we ended each Monday with a poem.
One student's uncle recited the first lines from Shakespeare's Sonnet 18:
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate. Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date. Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimmed; And every fair from fair sometime declines, By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimmed; But thy eternal summer shall not fade, Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st, Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest in his shade, When in eternal lines to Time thou grow’st. So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
It was so lovely, we held hands and had him repeat this three more times.
The child who had begun class by lighting our candle blew the candle out.