by Devin, Aidan’s Mama
“Come, Little Acorns! Time to have our lunch.” Ms. Helen is the kindergarten teacher for our growing Waldorf-inspired school. It didn’t take her very long to come up with the nickname, Little Acorns, for the lucky children in her class. From day one, the children were enamored with all of the acorns to be found on their gorgeous school’s grounds – squirreling them into their pockets, collecting them in buckets, gifting them to their teacher. Just the other day, one of the girls created a perfect little tower of dirt topped with acorns to adorn it.
Aside from the many uses of play the acorns provide, my focus is of the children themselves as little acorns. Inside, they all quietly contain the immeasurable amount of power and strength that they will need to one day become great oaks. Their spirits and childhood must be protected and preserved to form the strong, deep roots that will become the foundation needed for a full, well rounded education and life. Below is a beautiful quote I came across recently:
“The acorn is a symbol of strength and power. In the fall, these tiny yet hardy little nuggets drop from the oak trees to land on the ground… Because the acorn only appears on a fully mature oak, it is often considered a symbol of the patience needed to attain goals over long periods of time. It represents perseverance and hard work.”
As their parents and caregivers, we need to nurture our Little Acorns. Ms. Helen does a beautiful job of nurturing our children with her daily and weekly rhythms and guides the children in songs and movement. Her classroom is a beautiful, loving environment to play in and grow in. With its warm colors, soft textures and cozy atmosphere, you will find that it is truly an extension of home life. This eases the transition out of the home and into the school for the children. The room is filled with open ended toys made of natural materials so that the children are unlimited in their play. Ms. Helen also allows for lots of outside play so that the children are able to safely explore the natural world around them and witness the changes of the seasons and weather.
As a parent, I am so incredibly happy that my boys have this amazing gem of a school to call their own. We have attended Great Oak school since its inception and are excited to be part of the nurturing group that will help it grow. We are truly a community of dedicated parents, grandparents, caregivers, and families. It will take all of us to nurture our children and nurture our growing school, so that we all may one day become mighty oaks.