Sunday, November 9, 2008

Rainbow Theme: Part II

This is a continuation of a post I made earlier last week about Rainbows. **Sorry for the lack of photos for this post. Currently, I'm hurting pretty bad from an injury to my leg. I wanted to get part II listed though so I can delete the activities off my computer and have them here on my blog. If you are doing the Rainbow theme, make sure and check out my earlier post. Also go to teachingtinytots blog as she sponsors the weekly challenge. Be sure to look under the Rainbow theme post for all the other moms who did rainbow themes.

*We made sidewalk chalk rainbows. Zhana just loved this! We used the rainbows for a beanbag rainbow game.
*We visited the website story, “Color the Rainbow with Freda Frog” at http://www.storyplace.org/preschool/activities/colorstory.asp; My daughter really liked this activity.
*We made a fingerprint rainbow. The rainbow printout came from http://www.makinglearningfun.com/t.asp?b=m&t=http://www.makinglearningfun.com/Activities/Rainbow/RainbowFingerprint.gif
*We had rainbow jello. For this you need Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple Jello. Make the red Jello according to instructions on the box. Pour a small amount in the bottom of each clear glass (about one sixth of the cup). When the red Jello has set (this will take hours or overnight), repeat using the orange Jello. Repeat with the yellow, green, blue and purple Jello. We had it in a mold but for some reason the mold didn't hold.
*We also read Brown, Bear because of the many colors of the Rainbow.
*We made lots of Rainbow coloring sheets that we printed from this website: http://www.coloring.ws/rainbow.htm
*We listened and danced to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”

Activities we didn't get to but had planned to do include:
*Making Rainbow Stew
*Making a handprint rainbow
*Making a rainbow mosaic
*Making a fruitloop rainbow

We also read this story. I try to incorporate culture into whatever we are learning. This is a Navajo tale called Little Dawn Boy and the Rainbow Trail. It is written by JoAnne DenneeLake to the Champlain Waldorf School in Vermont. Enjoy!

Little Dawn Boy dwelt in the Red Rock House by the side of a deep canyon. And there he lived with his father, his mother, his brothers, his sisters and a Medicine Man. Every morning, when the Sun rose, Little Dawn Boy sat on the edge of the canyon and looked far in the
distance at a purple mountain. Behind it stood a high, white cliff like a tower, which had its head in the clouds. Every morning Little Dawn Boy asked the Medicine Man, “Who lives on the top of the whitecliff.” And Every morning the Medicine Man answered, “Learn the sacred songs, and the 'I' will tell you.” So Little Dawn Boy learned the sacred songs and one day the Medicine Man said: “Now that you knowthe sacred songs and are old enough, you may visit the Spirit-of-All who lives in the House of Evening Light on top of the white cliff. In the House are four rooms and four doors. The first door is guarded by two bolts of bright Lightening; the second door is watched by two fierce Bears; the third door by two red-headed Serpents; and the fourth door by two angry Rattlesnakes. If a visitor goes there who does not know the sacred songs, Lightening strikes him and the Animal Watchers eat him up. But you know the sacred songs so well that you may go safely to the House of Evening Light and ask for good gifts for your
people.”“And how,” asked Little Dawn Boy, “shall I reach the top of the white cliff?”
“You must take with you gifts for the Spirit-of-All,” replied the Medicine Man, “and you must strew the Pollen of Dawn on your trail. And when you get to the summit of the Purple Mountain sing a sacred songand you will see how to reach the top of the white cliff.”
So Little Dawn Boy rose up and painted himself beautifully and decked his head with feathers. He took his bow and arrows and made ready to start. The Medicine Man gave him two bags. In one were gifts of strings of wampum and sky-blue turquoise and in the other the Golden Pollen of Dawn which theMedicine Man had gathered from the Larkspur flowers.
Little Dawn Boy set out on his way with Dew about his feet and Grasshoppers skipping all around him.And as he went, he scattered the golden pollen on his trail. All that day and the second and the third he traveled and early on the morning of the fourth day he climbed to the summit of the Purple Mountain. But Little Dawn Boy was not afraid. He scattered more pollen on his trail, and began to sing his sacred song:“Oh Little Pollen Boy am I!From Red Rock House I come!With Pollen of Dawn on my trail!With beauty before me,With beauty behind me,With beauty below me,With beauty above me,With beauty all round me,Over the Rainbow Trail I go!
Hither I wander, thither I wander,Over the beautiful trail I go!”And as he finished the song an arch of shimmering light all rose, violet, blue and every color, delicate as a
veil, began to stretch from the summit of the Purple Mountain to the top of the White Cliff. And in a minute Little Dawn Boy saw a bright Rainbow Bridge grow before his eyes. Singing with delight he hastened over the Rainbow Bridge and as he ran a wind spray up and blew a many-colored mist to the top of the cliff. And it blinded the eyes of the Animal Watchers at the four doors of the House of Evening Light. And when Little Dawn Boy reached the house, he went in and the Animal Watchers did not see him.As he entered he passed over a trail of daylight and sprinkled the golden pollen while he sang his sacredsong. Then the Spirit-of-All called out, “Who is this stranger who dares to come here unbidden?” AndLittle Dawn Boy answered and said, “I bring you beautiful gifts and I trust to find many friends in this house.” And he opened the gift-bag and took out the strings of wampum and the sky-blue turquoise.And when the Spirit-of-All saw these, he was well pleased and looked kindly at Little Dawn Boy and welcomed him to the House of Evening Light. And Little Dawn Boy said: “I come to ask for gifts for my
people. Give me, I pray, yellow, white and blue corn, green growing plants, fragrant flowers, black cloudsand thunderstorms with lightening also the Soft Spring showers and the Gentle Summer breezes with pale mists and golden Autumn hazes.”
And so the Spirit-of-All gave him these gifts. He feasted him with good things to eat and drink and afterwards sent him on his way.And as the Boy stepped out of the House of Evening Light, he began to sing another song.“Oh Little Dawn Boy am I!From the House of Evening Light!On the Trail of Evening Light!To Red Rock House I return!Held fast in my hand are gifts!With soft rains above me,With sweet flowers below me,With white corn behind me,With green plants before me,With pale mists all around me,Over the Rainbow Trail I go!Hither I wander, thither I wander,Over the beautiful trail I go!”And for three days and three nights he traveled, until early on the fourth day just as the Sunrose, he reached the deep canyon and entered Red Rock House. And there he saw his people waiting for him. Andjoyfully they welcomed him and spread a buckskin for him to sit upon. And he told of all his adventures and gave them the many good gifts that had come from the House of Evening Light.
And ever since that day his people have sung the sacred song of Little Dawn Boy:
“With soft rains above us,With sweet flowers below us,With white corn behind us,With green plants before us,With pale mists all around us.Over the Rainbow Trail we go! Hither we wander, thither we wander,Over the beautiful trail we go!”

4 comments:

teachingtinytots said...

great job! hope your leg gets better i twisted my ankle in july and it still bothers me some and if i knock out ouch!!! i was told i messed up the ligaments and stuff!

take it easy and let it heal! easier said then done i know!

Storm, The Psychotic Housewife said...

I hope your leg is feeling better! Here's some healing thoughts your way.

Yes, we received the onesie and I love it! It's adorable!! Thank you so much! :)

Hippie Family... said...

wow, cute. thanks so much for coming by our place. we love to see our MO Mommy's :D

faith said...

Hi there!:)
I just like your site, as well as your posts.
Coloring is my own favorite too, here is a site I have been, thecolor.com. You might want to add them to your lists.