Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Sun Will Come Together....someday

Here is my four seasons mat. Confession time: I am not someone who normally sews.
I mean other than the occasional Halloween costume {that usually falls apart by the end of the evening}...I'm just NOT someone who sews. But seeing all of the creative and talented folks on-line who are using felt to create amazing toys for children, inspired me! And we needed a birthday something for our classroom celebrations.
This photo was taken before completion and now this somewhat completed four seasons mat is already being used with the children's birthday celebrations in the classroom. They seem to like it! We made up a simple & short song to go along with it. Here it is:

Four Seasons Song (tune: Twinkle, Twinkle)
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
There's FOUR seasons,
Count them all:
1, 2, 3, 4

There are also laminated labels provided that the children assist with laying out. (Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall) I'm hoping now that I've found my camera I can capture the mat being used and share that with you.
The following is the song we use for our birthday walks. What song to you use?
This is a sign language song I discovered while searching the web a while back.
The children really seem to enjoy it. It's tune is the same as the traditional Happy Birthday song.

"We celebrate your birth,
and your place on this earth,
may the sun, moon and stars
bring peace where you are."

Happy Birthday to you!


Anonymous said...

I LOVE IT!! Please post a finished picture as soon as you can. I am getting motivated to make something like this for my classroom. I also love the songs you use. Thanks for the inspiration (again!!).

plaidshoes said...

I am not exactly sure how you use it. Do the kids put felt seasonal thing on it? How do you use it for birthdays? It looks really great!

Marcy said...

I love the mat!! I've always seen a candle used as "the sun" for the birthday celebration, but what a great idea to have the seasons represented as well. Do you also lay out the months of the year?

Namaste Montessori School said...

Thank you! I'm new to this blogging thing but sites like yours inspire me. I am just starting to post pictures of work in our classroom. If you have time to check out my blog I'd appreciate and feedback or tips you could share.

Namaste Montessori School said...

Whoops. I realized I had a spelling error in my last post.

It's late and I really should go to bed but my head is spinning with so many ideas.

Shannon said...

love it!

I know your time is limited, but I tag/award you on my blog:

Mozi Esme said...

This is wonderful! And I love the birthday song you use.

amy turn sharp said...

this is perfect! yr awesome

Anonymous said...

That's a lovely mat. My son's Upper El class is trying to raise some money to help buy a vaccine fridge for a remote village in Peru. The kids want to make a class quilt and then raffle it off. Perhaps we could manage with felt...

Lindart said...

Beautiful!! I have been looking for something for a long time to use for birthday celebrations that is beautiful, and I think you have inspired me! Thank you!

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