Fairyland

Posted on August 25, 2014 by Leslie Ann Daniels

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Fairies are invisible and inaudible like angels.

But their magic sparkles in nature.

The fairy poet takes a sheet

Of moonbeam, silver white;

His ink is dew from daisies sweet,

His pen a point of light.

~Joyce Kilmer

Oak Meadow student, Fae Leonard-Mann, completed her third grade poetry block in language arts with a beautiful poem called “Fairyland.” As I was reading this poem she had scribed so endearingly, I couldn’t help but ponder how the season of summer seems to be the avenue for becoming entranced in the world of fairies.  
Little Leslie in Muir Woods!This summer, I had the joyful opportunity of personally experiencing fairyland when I visited Muir Woods National Monument in Marin County, California. Not only did I appear miniscule in this vast forest of giant redwoods, I could also feel the presence of tiny living elements amongst the ancient trees, shimmering streams, and frocks of ferns. It left me with a sensational impression that linked me to great unknowns.  
Exploring nature and reading the poem Fae shared in her main lesson book compelled me to further research and read other poems about fairies. I found a wonderful site that offers a plethora of fairy quotes, poems, and verses. For additional inspiration in music and cinematography, I encourage you and your family to view the brief video that offers soothing fairy-lilted voices and instrumentation. It is a balm to any fairy lover.
282265_456779501008138_1032505254_nAnother great activity for this time of year is building your own fairy houses. In the spring 2013 issue of Living Education, Oak Meadow’s Director of Curriculum Development DeeDee Hughes wrote a lovely article on Fairy Houses and Fairy GardensIt shares so many wonderful ideas and helpful tips for you and your children to design and construct your own fairy house or garden.
 
I do hope you take a moment before the end of this summer season to arouse your senses, hone in on your keen observation skills, and look around you at the mysteries of life that are so close to you. Who knows. You may even discover a new friend! 

Each fairy breath of summer, as it blows with loveliness, inspires the blushing rose.

~ Author Unknown

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