Today we celebrated Jacob's birthday at Kinder. Birthdays are a special occasion at Steiner kinder. It was so lovely to see all the little details that go into making the day special for the birthday child.
I made a simple cake for the children to share the night before (as well as my allergy cupcakes). When it come time for circle time, a special mat was laid out with the cake and some flowers. We then sang a song and said a little verse about Jacob and what he could do at each of his ages. Then Glenys, his kinder teacher, gave him a special cape and a crown to wear (Jacob refused to wear the cape though!) and lit a candle which they carried around the outside of the circle together. It was lovely to see Jacob's face, he was just beaming the whole time and all the other kids were smiling too.
We then lit the candles on the cake and sang happy birthday to him and then Jacob got to lead the kids over to wash hands and sit at the table for morning tea. We shared the cake, as well as the lovely apple crumble that the kids make each Tuesday morning.
At the conclusion of the morning session at kinder, the kids gathered together to share a story that Glenys told. Because it was Jacob's birthday, she told a special story about Jacob and how he had come to choose us as his parents. It was such a lovely story, all the kids were sitting there entranced as Glenys told it. I know I have said this a million times already, but I'm so glad we chose to send Jacob to Steiner Kinder. To see him grow and flourish under the care of his wonderful kinder teacher, and the style of teaching is just wonderful.