two-surprise tuesday

Our newest tradition: Two-Surprise Tuesday!

Both surprises welcomed Mia when she awoke this morning.

I love the idea of starting the day with wet-on-wet watercolor painting, as is done in Waldorf classrooms.  This is something I would love to do every day, but with the hoopla of getting everyone dressed and fed in the morning (and undressed and tucked into bed the night before), that might be a stretch.

However, there is a special treat I don’t have to stretch for: having hot porridge in the crock pot, prepared the night before and ready to eat in the morning.  With a dollop of butter, a little cream, a swirl of maple syrup, we have a simple, wholesome breakfast that almost made itself!

But of course, as much as I enjoyed these little treats on Two-Surprise Tuesday, this  was not about me.  It was about Mia.  It was about making her feel special, adding to her memory-bank, and welcoming a new tradition to our weekday lives.

She loved it.

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Bookmaking is a simple way to encourage free expression in children.  It is open and loose; there are no rules or patterns to follow, and it provides endless opportunities for developing creativity.  A variety of materials can be used–materials that most households already have on hand.

The end result is an intimate, little object that children (and adults!) will love to hold and page through, over and over again.

Today Mia and I made books together.  She filled a few with drawings and words and wrapped them to give to her special people for Valentine’s Day.  A  sweet girl and a special day.