Monday, June 13th 2016
School will be out when she turns five so we celebrated a month early in class today.
Paul and I are invited into the Montessori classroom to participate in morning announcements, followed by some mindfulness breathing practices. (“Ocean Breath” today… lucky kids; lucky society!) Then ClaraJane introduces her special guests; “This is my mom. And this is my dad.”
A symbolic Sun is placed in the middle of the circle and ClaraJane carries an Earth globe around the perimeter as we sing her a little song.
After each revolution we stop and reflect at what she was like at each year, starting at zero:
The Peace Rose is then passed around the circle as each student shares birthday wishes to ClaraJane and says something kind. There was much adieu about her “headband,” which I picked up at the dollar store last night ‘specially:
Mommy and Daddy also share our birthday thoughts. Here is Daddy -in his Chef whites from the kitchen downstairs- telling ClaraJane how much he loves seeing her every day at Breakfast and at Lunch:
Yes yes, my kids have the BEST DAD IN THE WORLD; he COOKS (and cleans and does laundry and loves us all so very well thank you), BUT what about SNACK!??
THAT my dears, is under MY purview:
As you plainly see, the greatest virtue of this snack for school is that it is… GLUTEN FREE. (No I don’t know what “gluten” is so don’t ask. But I’m certain I didn’t add any to the grapes or bananas.)
Ms. KariAnne did not hesitate to list them sur le Menu du Jour:
She even posted it on Facebook:
To be clear, today is NOT about the snack, it’s not. It was just so fun to make, and because of team work with Daddy on shopping and his incomparable Sous-Chef ClaraJane on plucking and washing the grapes, it was *EASY.* Still not practical for every day purposes so all the more special.
Special like our spectacular big little girl, the one like no other, “La Plus Grande Petite Fille du Monde.”