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May Day Crowns made by Grade 2


Here’s a branch of snowy May

A branch the fairies gave me

Who would like to dance today

With the branch the fairies gave me?

Dance away. dance away

Holding high the branch of May.

Dance away, dance away

Holding high the branch of May.

From Festivals, Family and Food

On Thursday May 3rd, Ms Crowley’s Grade 2 class made the crowns they will wear to the May Day festivities at the Waldorf School of Atlanta.

My inspiration was this photo, but we wanted the children to make their own crowns.    They turned out lovely!

We have 40”long pieces of raffia that are already bundled into 3 strands each (thanks Britt!) and knotted at 10”.  We  braided about 20”, knotted again and then have 10” left.  The two 10” pieces will be tied to fit each child.  We’ve gathered a springtime bounty of greens, vines, herbs, ferns and flowers.  We also had pieces of colorful ribbon added for décor and to help tie up any bits of greenery that need to be secured. 

The children needed to work in pairs – one braiding and one holding and then switch.  We were fortunate to have a few extra braiders so we could finish and be out of the classroom in an hour. 

All the ingredients for the crowns were laid out for the children to choose with no gender labels attached to anything.  Since we had items that were very fragrant, some let their noses be their guide.  Others were drawn to the texture and others to the colors.  It is always interesting to notice what items children choose to use in their crowns. 

Borrowing from the tradition of May Day Posies, these crowns are “talking” with the Victorian messages of the plants and the colors used.  What message did your child create with their crown?

Lemon balm- for health

Dandelion- wishes come true

Ivy- for fidelity, love & friendship

Honeysuckle- for generous affection

Periwinkle- for sweet remembrances

Clover – good luck, good education

Fern- sincerity

Juniper – protection

Baby’s Breath – happiness, pure in heart

Statice – lasting beauty

Yellow –friendship, increase productivity

Blue – patience, peace, truth, loyalty

Pink –personal harmony, friendship

Green – wellness, transformation

So those of you who know me (and love me anyway), you know I had enough materials for twice as many crowns as we have children in our class.  Ms Crowley just called with an idea for the WSA Community Services through Practical Arts group to make spring wall hangings.  So the leftover supplies will all be used tomorrow.  YAY!   

Thanks, Lindsey & Stephanie for helping braid and Britt for the lovely ferns & flowers! 

** May Pole paper mobile pattern is found in All Year Round


 © rw 2012

Eve Group Harvest gathering – summer 2011

Whether you call it Lammas (Loaf Mass) that celebrates the ripening of the grains or Lughnasadh with the story of the harvest lord or whether you just call it August 1st, we will gather at the Tapestry WIC (farmer’s market nutrition) garden in Ormewood Park on Monday morning August 1, 2011. 

I’ll send out address and direction info on email, but wanted to give you a quick peek through the sunflowers at the cool garden! 

The tomato plants are taller than Ivie!

Fred will lead us through the garden and the kids will get to pick a few veggies.  Then we will head over to the Lingenfelter’s for a snack.

The garden is huge, but with some nice shade trees surrounding — just a perfect place to celebrate the harvest!

EVE May Day Posies

May Day

Among Celtic people the celebration of May was called Beltane, meaning “bright fire.”  The root word “bel” means bright, whether associated with fire or with a light such as the sun.  This festival occasion was designed as a celebration of the return of life and fertility to a world that has passed through the winter season. 

Now we go round the Maypole High(Mulberry Bush tune)Now we go Round the Maypole high,Maypole high, Maypole high,Now we go round Maypole high,Let colored ribbons fly. See lasses and lads go tripping by,Tripping by, tripping by, See lasses and lads go tripping by,Let colored ribbons fly. In rainbow hues make garlands gay,Garlands gay, garlands gay,In rainbow hues make garlands gay,Let colored ribbons fly.

The children will have a May Day celebration at school later in the month with music and a May Pole, but we wanted to let our kids have an experience of sharing flowers as a celebration of Spring. 

May flower customs

Hundreds of years ago, May Day (May 1st) marked the first day of summer and a celebration of flowers. Even today, many cultures celebrate May Day and the changing seasons through the exchange of flowers. It was common at one time to leave flower bouquets (May Day baskets) anonymously at the front doors of your neighbors.  http://rhythmofthehome.com/spring-2011/spring-flower-seasonal-crafting/   has some simple bouquets.  We will had supplies ready for these and the hand held tussie-mussies.  Posies, nosegays and tussie-mussies date back to the sixteenth century.  These miniature, handheld bouquets are filled with aromatic herbs and flowers.  These dainty ‘talking bouquets’ became popular because they held hidden messages based on the symbolic meaning of the plants. 

Many flowers were picked the morning of our EVE event.

  The children came over after school and got to work on their posies. 

The flowers and herbs smelled great! 

Posies ready to deliver. 

 The gallant Sweet William is the center of this posy.

 We only bought some daisies, carnations and a dozen roses.  The rest were picked locally.

Daisy – for cheer & innocence
Pink Carnation- for encouragement
Yellow Rose- for friendship
Lemon balm- for health
Rosemary- for remembrance
Oregano – for happiness, health & money
Dandelion- wishes come true
Sweet William- forever lovely & gallantry
Sweet pea- for tenderness
Thyme- for starting a new project
Hawthorn – the May flower, protection
Ivy- for fidelity, love & friendship
Honeysuckle- for generous affection
Periwinkle- for sweet remembrances
Clover – good luck, good education


Festivals Family and Food by Diana Carey and Judy Large 
Tussie-Mussies the language of flowers by Geraldine Adamich Laufer 
Beltane springtime rituals, lore & celebration by Raven Grimassi 
Garden Witchery by Ellen Dugan