|Smiling faces from wall to wall!|
On Saturday our halls and grounds were filled with children’s laughter, uplifting music, the delightful aromas of tasty food, and the unique joy that accompanies our annual Children’s Festival and Artists’ Market.
|Hey Mavis rocked the house!|
Over 700 visitors from the school and the greater Akron community joined us for this delightful celebration. We are grateful to Lerryn Campbell for once again directing the monumental task of coordinating staff, volunteers, and outside vendors, to bring this delightful day together for all to enjoy. Lerryn has risen to this challenge for many years, and the wealth of love and good spirit she brings to the task is infectious.
|Cookie Fairies from the Class of 2014|
We’re also grateful to the many, many volunteers who helped set up Friday night, worked in the craft rooms, served in the kitchen, and stayed after the Festival Saturday to get the building back in order. The Children’s Festival and Artists’ Market is a shining example of how we can all come together — heads, hearts, and hands — to create a magical experience for one and all.
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Home Made Graham Crackers
- 2 ½ Cups Whole Wheat Flour
- ½ Tsp Salt
- ½ Tsp Baking Powder
- ¼ Tsp Cinnamon
- 1 stick of Butter
- 3/4 Cup Honey
Preheat oven to 375. Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon into a bowl. Melt together the honey and butter. Pour this into the dry ingredients. Mix with a fork then push the dough together with your hands. Do not knead or over mix. Place the dough on a well-floured rolling pin to 1/8” thick. Cut rectangles (1 ¼” X3”) with a knife and prick them with a fork. Place on a lightly greased baking tray and bake for just 10 minutes. Cool on a rack.
Many children (and parents) remember the fresh baked bread from our Early Childhood classes with great fondness. This must be why so many people ask for the recipe! Well, here it is.
- 2 tbsp yeast
- 3 cups warm liquid
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp honey
- 1/3 cup oil (melted butter works)
- 3 tsp salt
- 6-8 cups of flour mixture (wheat, white-2 cups of the mixture can be oatmeal which gives a nice texture, millet, seeds,etc)
- Mix yeast, 1T honey and some warm water in a bowl. Leave it to foam up
- Combine with warm liquid, oil, salt, honey and yeast mixture in a large bowl.
- Add the sifted flour mixture until the liquid is absorbed. Let sit for 5 minutes.
- Continue adding the flour mixture until the dough is kneadable. Knead dough and form into rolls or loaves. (Recipe should make 2 loaves or 24 rolls)
- Place on a cookie sheet in a preheated 200 degree convection oven for 15 minutes to rise.
- Turn up to 300 degrees and bake (rolls) for 15-20 minutes until done.
Welcome to the world of outdoor play, EVERY day! Kids don’t care about rain and snow and at Spring Garden they get outside to move three times a day rain or shine, wet or dry, mud or mud. This is why Waldorf schools require proper outerwear for active kids.
Unfortunately, the big box stores don’t have these items on the list of back-to-school essentials, so finding a pair of rain pants locally, in August, can be tricky. Besides, if Target had four pairs of rain pants, one of the other 100+ Waldorf families in your area might have snagged them first. And so . . . here are some places where you can buy rain gear for the kiddos before August 27th (6 weeks from today!).
Need it all? Here are three retailers who sell jackets, pants and boots, all in one place:
If you only need Pieces Parts you can shop above or also try:
Oftentimes, each of these retailers will have all these items or run out of stock in one or more items. So, it helps to shop early. And, of course, there’s always thrift shopping and swapping with other families!