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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Michaelmas & Fighting Your Inner Dragon

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Last year I learned about Michaelmas. It is a Christian Festival celebrated at the Waldorf Schools. It is on September 29th each year. In the Catholic Church it is known as the Feast of St. Michael or All Angels Day. For more information on the Catholic Feast visit here.
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Now the Waldorf view of the day is to go with the story of St. George slaying the dragon. There are many versions of the story available on line. Now this gets confusing because we talk about St. George and St. Michael. According to folklore, St. George is the earthly form of St. Michael, the archangel who threw Satan out of heaven. (Source) For a wonderful example of how a Waldorf Kindergarten teacher celebrates with her class check out this wonderful article, Taming the Dragon by Barbara Klocek.

Now to celebrate Michaelmas, we tell some dragon stories.




Some great books are available.Here are a few that we have discovered. I have a few more being sent to my local library for me which hopefully I'll have by Saturday.

  • Baby Dragon by Amy Ehrlich tells the story of a baby dragon whose mother must leave for a day. She promises to be back before morning, but of course the baby dragon gets tired of waiting. After turning down two offers from friends to play or get a snack, he decides to go with the crocodile to look for his mother, but of course the crocodile wants to feed the baby dragon to his own children. The baby dragon has to deal with his own demons and escape. It has a happy ending.
  • The Dragon Nanny by C.L.G. Martin tells of a nanny who has been fired by the king because of her age. As she wanders around upset she ends up disturbing a mother dragon who wants to eat her, but when the nanny sees her baby dragons she offers to take care of them. With several trials she ends up becoming important to the dragons, but when one of the babies becomes captured by the king, the nanny goes to save him. She gets caught and the king begs her to come back. She has a happy ending for everyone.
  • The Princess and The Dragon by Audrey Wood tells the story of a princess who is more like a dragon and a dragon who is more like a princess. They switch places and it makes everyone much happier. I posted activities to go with this book over the summer here.
  • The Sunflower Sword by Mark Sperring tells of a story of a young boy who wants a sword to fight a dragon. His mother gives him a sunflower to pretend is a sword. When the young boy meets a dragon the dragon is so touched that the boy brought him a flower they become friends.
  • Dragon Tooth by Cathryn Falwell tells of a young girl about to lose her first tooth and it is painful while it is in her mouth. Her father wants to pull it out for her, but she is afraid to let him. He refers to it as her dragon tooth which gives her the idea of making a dragon out of the things in the recycle bin. Then she imagines that the dragon is in pain because of a loose tooth and she pulls it out for him which makes him happy and then she lets her father pull her tooth out. (This is a great one for Michaelmas since it shows a girl overcoming her own inner dragon.)
  • A Dragon Moves In by Lisa Falkenstern is a cute story about a rabbit and a hedgehog who happen to picnic on a dragon egg that hatches. They bring the dragon home to live in their house which works well until the baby dragon grows too big for the house and gets stuck. They come up with a solution that works for everyone. This is a great story for young children who may be afraid of some of the other ones. It is a story about friendship and working together.
  • Draw, Model, & Paint Dragons and Prehistoric Monster by Isidro Sanchez has some great crafts to make dragons (as well as dinosaurs) out of clay and other modeling materials. I'm thinking of making some salt dough and making dragons with Hazel on Saturday.
  • Dragon Dancing by Carole Lexa Schaefer is a cute story of imaginative children at school. They are making decorations for a classmates birthday celebration after hearing a story about a dragon and they imagine that they become a dragon who travels the world.
There are some stories available on-line.
I would also like to share a story I wrote called Dragons in Every Day Life. It is about a little boy named George. His father is a dragon slayer and he is a bit shy, but one day he steps up and conquers his fears to help out some friends. Click on the picture of the story below to download it!



Then we will do some dragon crafts. I made this red and yellow dragon for Hazel. I made one for her classroom last year and finally finished the one I promised her. I got the pattern at Rhythm of the Home. I made the green one as a Christmas gift for one of Hazel's pen pals last year. The pattern came from Living Crafts Magazine Fall 2011 issue.


I also found some great coloring pages of dragons at Free Printable Coloring Pages. One of St. George and the Dragon is available at Activity Village.

We will also make dragon bread. I think this year I might use huckabuck bread recipe from school and follow the tutorial on Show Tell Share for the shaping.

I will share more about how we are celebrating Michaelmas tomorrow! Stay tuned!!

6 comments:

  1. We aren't Catholic, so this isn't something we celebrate, but I do like the theme of Inner Dragons. Definitely something we all deal with! I am actually posting a dragon craft tomorrow too since we just went to the Renaissance Festival!

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    1. I'm not Catholic either, but my husband is. He does not celebrate the separate saint days though. So our first experience with Michaelmas was through the Waldorf School.

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  2. Wonderful post! Thanks for visiting Seasons of Joy.

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  3. A beautiful post, full of ideas. :)

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  4. Oh I'm so sorry I didn't know about this. Thanks for sharing and we'll have to do it for sure next year.

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