Michaelmas! KG Resources for September 29th

My back porch...

My back porch...

Oh, how proud my kindergartners have been, dying their capes, finger knitting their belts and sanding their swords.  When homeschooling, we can celebrate on festival day,  by picking just one or two activities, while the school rhythm requires up to a month to prepare.  For those at home, or in Waldorf-inspired programs, here's a few resources for the weekend:

Silk Capes

1 satin silk square, 21x21" or 35x35".  Use a chiffon stitch for the edges, leave unhemmed (we think this is beautiful and natural at our house), or purchase finished here.  3" of satin ribbon.  Sunflower, marigold, calendula, or Goldenrod petals to dye - you likely don't have them, so...turmeric! (We love the down-to-Earth, simple herbal folkarts at our dear friend Latisha's page)

Alternately, I suppose you could buy them for next year.  


Sword Belts: 

Let your little one fingerknit a 4' length of wool yarn.   You can get a natural skein of wool and dye that along with the silk.  Place a loop halfway in, to hold their sword.


1 garden stake, a 5" length of 3/4" pine, rasp, c-clamps, #1, #2 & #3-grit sandpaper.  Yellow paint for the whole thing, beeswax to polish, gold paint for the blade.   Pencil & woodburner (optional).


One of my sons made this sword under the love of kindergarten teacher Mary Caridi-Gorga a couple of years ago.   (Notice they always saw off the tip before rasping.)  While the older children perform the annual Michaelmas play, the kindergartners are knighted, before breaking bread with their grownups.

Here's another example of this sword.  And another.


Offering the Cape:


"I give to you this cape of light, To bring you courage, strength and might." 

-Teacher Mary


“You are a knight, brave and true,

Bringing love to all you do.

You are a knight, brave and strong,

Courage fill you with your song.” 

-from Ms. Sarah


Brave and True Will I Be

Each Kind Deed Sets Me Free

Each Kind Word Makes Me Strong

Fight for the Right Conquer the Wrong



Song 1: 

The Autumn wind blows open the gate

Oh, Michael, for you we wait

We follow you, show us the way

With joy we greet this Autumn day

Good morning, good morning" 

Extended Verses:

Oh Saint Michael, God's great knight...

strong and pure and shining bright.

i'll be a knight of Michael, too...

and polish my crown to a golden hue.

And ask the gnomes to iron the mine,

iron from the stars and the earth so fine.

to bring to the blacksmith, who with his might...

will make me a sword, so strong and bright.

I'll polish by sword so fine and bright,

and I will use it for the right.

drive evil away, I will try

and protect those who are weaker than I.


Song 2:


Autumn Blessing:

 Brave and true will I be,

Each good deed sets me free,

Each kind word makes me strong.

I will fight for the right! 

I will conquer the wrong!

Sword of Michael brightly gleaming,

Down to earth its light is streaming,

May we see its shining rays

In the Winter's darkest days.


Knighting Ceremony Scrolls

As the child is kneeling, read a scroll you've made with a personal note describing honor and acknowledging them as an enobled being, or the following verse.  As you read, tap each shoulder, right, left, and right again, before helping them to their feet and assisting them in putting their sword into the belt. 


You've made this sword, so fine, so bright

It's not for some silly quarrel or fight

But to help you remember to do what is right

Now rise and be one of Michael's knights

By your side your sword will stay, bringing you courage along the way

(More verses here.) 



Up to the Heavens  (Point sword up)

Down to the Earth (Point to ground)

No Fear Here! (Foot stomps, L, R, L)

Michael be my guide, stand by my side.             

No Fear Here! (Foot stomps, L, R, L)

Michael be my guide, stand by my side.  

By my side my sword will stay (Sword tucked into belts)

Bringing me Courage along the way (Hands on heart)



Dragon Bread

One table's version...had almond scales and a fruit roll up split-tongue.

One table's version...had almond scales and a fruit roll up split-tongue.


Waldorfish Dragon Bread

Makes 8 tiny dragons or one large for 8. 


1/2 packet (3 g) quick-action yeast

1 large pinch salt

1 T sunflower oil

3/8 pint (210 ml) water

3 1/2 cups (350 g) all-purpose flour

(my gluten-free everyday flour mix is here)

Set oven to 350'.  Mix dry ingredients well.  Add wet.  Mix into a firm dough.  Place on a floured board.  Push and knead for 5 minutes.  Shape into dragon(s) and add raisins for eyes.  Place on a greased cookie sheet in a warm place.  Let them double, then bake for 15 minutes. 

Here's another recipe


At home, we're reading Festival of Stones, by Reg Down.  It's a Tiptoes Lightly anthology that takes us from Autumn thru Advent. 

See our Michaelmas Pinterest board for plenty of other ideas, tutorials and resources.

I haven't been able to find the authors of these songs and verses, so if you know them, please share!  How do you celebrate? 

Warmly,  Maya

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October's Party

It's almost Fall ... my favorite season! I'm ready to be done with the heat here in California. In preparation for Fall, here is a chalk drawing and a fantastic poem about October. This poem stirs up such beautiful imagery...perfect for  learning in the middle grades (4-6ish) and equally appropriate for writing out and displaying on your home chalkboard. I can also see this poem becoming the starting point for an upper grades drawing. Enjoy!

- Brian

October's Party

by George Cooper

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came.
The Chestnuts, Oaks and Maples,
And leaves of every name.

The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.

The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses maple
In scarlet looked their best.

All balanced to their partners,
And gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.

Then in the rustic hollow
At hide-and-seek they played;
The party closed at sundown
And everybody stayed.

Professor Wind played louder;

They flew along the ground;

And then the party ended

In jolly "hands around."