We had such a magical week at Nature School! We spent most of the week singing winter solstice songs, collecting pine and spruce bough to decorate the spiral, and hiking the forest!
To prepare for our solstice celebration, our group decorated the spiral with bark, boughs and pinecones. Then we wrapped colored string around the neighboring trees and attached ornaments and leaves. It was beautiful!
We started our celebration with a brief yoga sun salutation! Then each group walked the spiral as we sung our solstice songs and shook our shakers. Then the children used hole punchers to punch holes for their paper lanterns. What a lovely honoring and celebration of the suns return!
Here were a few songs we sung:
We are Spiraling
We are spiraling into the center
The center of the wheel
We are the weavers, we are the woven ones
We are the dreamers, we are the dream
We are Circling
We are circling,circling together
We are singing, singing our heart song
This is family
This is unity
This is celebration
This is sacred
Zoom Gali / It’s the Longest Night of the Year
Zoom Gali Gali Gali, Zoom Gali Gali
It’s the longest night of the year
And the darkness is drawing us near
So we light our candle and it burns
To remind us the sun will return
I hope you have a beautiful holiday and looking forward to the new year!!
Rainbow and Ladybug work together to move the pine bough to the solstice spiral!
Ladybug and Rainbow decorate the solstice spiral with the evergreens!
Ladybug spirals the colored string around the tree, giving the trees some celebratory cheer!