The winter solstice draws near, and Jupiter and Saturn will come close together as the bright Christmas Star – the first time in 800 years.
It’s all about light in December. Holidays are centered around light. I’ve never seen as many decorated houses as I have this year. It is lovely! People need to feel good, bring some cheer into this pandemic year. Light is the perfect antidote for the blues, and it is truly beautiful.
In my classroom, children are feeling the same way, needing to feel happiness. Can they sense things are different? Yes. Are they feeling a little lost? Yes. Are they anxious? Yes. We decided to string extra lights in the classroom, but that was just the beginning. We added lights to the loft, which is always a favorite place to play. Small, intimate spaces feel good, and light makes it feel even better.
We called it “Fairyland”. Then, things grew. Children wanted to make the walls sparkly and bright. We made crayon melts on aluminum foil. Oh, was it ever fun to slowly melt crayons. We put the foil on an a warming tray- not too hot, just enough to melt the crayons.
We strung colored beads and hung flashlights to add more light and color.
Fairyland became the place to just ‘be’. We talked about how it made us feel. Children need to talk about their feelings. That’s how they learn to sort things out.
We wrote a poem about Fairyland, children’s words about how it makes them feel. We posted it in big bold letters for everyone to see. Interestingly, children wanted to hear me read their poem aloud every day.
Poetry has a special way with words. It makes you feel. It certainly makes the children in my class feel. Deeply. They need this poem. They need light. They need to ‘be’. We all do.
“Give light and people will find the way.”