Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Gifts

Today I brought out an extra special surprise for Abby and Henry to play with. Our dear friend Tiffeni let us borrow gifts 3, 4, 5, 5B, and 6 and asked that I let the kids explore the gifts on their own and only observe.  Tiffeni will be speaking at the 2012 Froebel USA Conference in California in a few weeks and asked if I could photograph the kids for her presentation. I have to say they were completely engaged and excited about each and every one. We started with gift 3 and I let them open the box and find the perfect little treasures hidden within the beautiful boxes. Then onto each other gift one at a time and I just sat back and took in all their play and took lots of photos. They made everything from simple animal shapes to elaborate snowflakes to a "domino" type game and then they each built a fortress and acted out their version a "Yorktown" battle cannons and all! Amazing!! I guess living in such a historic area and visiting local attractions was bound to turn up in their play at some point. They played and played and I finally had to ask them to stop when it was time to start preparing dinner. But they both asked afterwards if they could play with the gifts again tomorrow and if this time they could mix them all up and use them all together. If we manage to get them all put back into the correct boxes it will be a miracle. So thank you Tiffeni for letting us borrow these amazing treasures and Thank you Mr. Froebel for your beautiful gifts! 

I cannot tell you how thrilled we are that we have chosen this style of education for our children. A perfect blend of philosophies from our favorite educators. If only more people knew about Froebel and Steiner. If so, then perhaps, our world would be a very different place and a much happier and well balanced one at that.

Oh, and watch the video it's really very interesting!!!


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