Njeri's Morning Glory School and Art Center

Bringing Waldorf-inspired education to the South Bay

Weaving at Art Camp 2013

 

As is the tradition in Njeri’s Morning Glory Art Camp, the weaving continues for all children.  The second grade classroom is set up during the Summer months as the weaving room where children participate in weaving.

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Third and Fourth Graders’ Yosemite Trip 2013

 

Are my “soul lessons” finding fertile ground in the children?

In early May, the class and I, along with four indispensable parent chaperones, spent five glorious days communing with the light-soaked granite mountains, verdant meadows, flowering dogwoods, giant sequoias, and singing waterfalls of Yosemite.  We hiked, we sang, we played on the rocks, we listened to Miwok legends, we pondered the poetic musings of John Muir, we sketched what we saw during the day, and then we painted what we sketched late at night.  We experienced each waking moment with bodies and senses fully alive.

Our most exhilarating time was the day we hiked up the Mist Trail to the top of Vernal Falls.  On our right, a sheer wall of granite stretched up to the sky.  On our left, a slippery granite slope slid down to a jumble of bone-crushing boulders washed by the mighty Merced.   Under our feet, an uneven granite staircase carved by gnomes with a wicked sense of humor called forth from all of us our inner mountain goats.  Our labored breathing could not be heard over the deep-throated singing of the waterfall.  Our bodies literally vibrated with it.

Suddenly, in the midst of this drama, a child’s voice calmly floated up to me, “Mrs. Wang, I’m like the bear cub following in mama bear’s footsteps!”  This was a reference to the Miwok legend about the two bear cubs and El Capitan.

The children and I (as well as the parents!) had forged a bond strong enough for them to follow me up a sheer granite cliff with calm confidence.  In so doing, they discovered for themselves that the force of the unrelenting waterfall, the pervasive mist, and the immovable granite was but a reflection of the power inside them!

Blessings,

Teacher Eva

All Pictures Taken By Rex Lo

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The light that Inspires

I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful and rainy holiday season.

The Christmas season usually gives me reason to reflect on my own childhood and where my life has taken me. I was thinking about how much has evolved here at Morning Glory and where we are now and the inspiration that brought us this far. I know that my inspiration was rooted when I was a child in Kenya and a visitor came from Washington to spend a day at our school, her name was Mrs. Washington. I recall how my imagination piqued from her visit. She introduced a variety of Christmas cards and Easter cards and she asked us students to make a house of all this paper as an art project. I thought ‘We have never seen these things before,’ and wondered how we could create a house from paper. And so my imagination just clicked with this experience and the art project introduced to us and all of a sudden I knew it was an inspiring moment of my life. So, this is the inspiration I like to give to children. I think it is very, very important that teachers be the light in which the children can relate to…or, teachers can demonstrate creativity in ways that lights a child’s imagination. They can make the children’s light go on. I’ve been teaching for 25 years now and am enjoy watching when this happens. I am enjoying it a lot!

You take care now,

Njeri

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Inspiring teachers, creating eager learners

Today, as we embark on our second month of the Fall 2012 school semester, I can’t help but think of how much has evolved here at Morning Glory and where we are now and the inspiration that helped bring us this far. I think about what inspired me for teaching was initially rooted in the interesting visitor from America when I was a child in Kenya.

I have a clear memory of this visitor who came all the way from Washington D.C. to spend a day at our school…ironically, her name was Mrs. Washington.

Not just for myself but for my fellow classmates, Mrs. Washington sparked a sense of excitement, or me she piqued an interest in teaching that remains a part of me today. On the day of her visit, Mrs. Washington brought a variety of colorful greeting cards, cards celebrating Christmas and Easter on many different varieties of paper patterns, scenes, and stock. Our mission she said was for each of us to recreate a house out of the paper and cards.  I recall thinking, ‘We have never seen these things before,’ and wondered how we could possibly create a house from paper. But this was where imagination engaged me and my classmates that day, somehow my imagination just clicked with this experience and the art project introduced to us and all of a sudden I knew it was an inspiring moment of my life as each of us worked with the beautiful materials she brought to us that day.

So, this is the inspiration I like to give to our children. I think it is very, very important that teachers be the light in which the children can relate…teachers demonstrating creativity in ways that lights a child’s imagination as Mrs. Washington did for me and my Kenyan students so many years ago. I’ve been teaching for 25 years now and never tire of watching when inspiration happens.

You take care now,

Njeri

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