Waltz of the Snowflakes

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The holiday season is approaching quickly and with it many traditions.  One of my favorite traditions happens in my classroom.  For years I’ve devoted one class in December entirely to dancing along to the Nutcracker.  First we read the story and then we dance our way through all the parts, playing all the familiar Tchaikovsky songs along the way.  It’s a high energy class that is full of story and action and leaves everyone sweaty and happy at the end.

While this is a great experience that works for me, it’s hard to share it beyond the four walls of my own classroom.  Parents can’t help their children continue the dancing at home unless they are already familiar with the ballet and all its parts.  Educators (especially non-dance educators) have the same problem - plus they are often limited by the existing structure of their lesson plans where they teach.

Which is why I was SO EXCITED when I came across this board book version of the The Nutcracker.  It’s one of many board books in the BabyLit series - which introduces favorite classics to little ones.  This book is perfect for making a tradition of dancing the Nutcracker at home or in the classroom. 

Simply put on your favorite Nutcracker tune (mine is In the Pine Forest - which happens right before the Waltz of the Snowflakes) and read along.  Each page introduces you to different characters and their movements: Mice prancing, soldiers marching, snowflakes swirling…  it’s all right there for you and it only takes a few minutes!  Easy peasy.  

I hope this helps you incorporate the Nutcracker into your holiday fun!  

I am not having a baby in September

After a stressful, seemingly endless, uncomfortable and mildly invasive ultrasound, the midwife confirmed it - I'd had a missed miscarriage.  Basically, while I thought I was 10 weeks pregnant, the embryo/future baby I'd been carrying had stopped developing at about 7 weeks.  Since it could take up to 2 more weeks for my body to recognize that my pregnancy wasn't viable and start the miscarriage process on it's own, I decided to exercise what little control I had over this situation and have a medically managed miscarriage.  That meant I could go home, clear my schedule for the next few days, and take a medicine that would induce the miscarriage...

Love Yourself

Happy Belated Valentine's Day!

Have you been feeling the love this week?  I know I have.  And a lot of the love I feel... comes from me.  Because if there's one thing I've learned over the last few years, it's that you really, truly have to love yourself first.  It's that whole put on your own oxygen mask first philosophy.  Plus loving on yourself teaches you so much about how to love others.

I thought you might appreciate some new ideas (or reminders) of how to show yourself some love, so I put together a list for you!

Here's my top 5 ways to show yourself some love.