UNDER THE WILLOW TREE #1

Willow Cottage NZ Newsletter for December 2021





Hi everyone! Welcome to our first monthly newsletter where you'll find: - Early Summer Ideas For You To Explore - From My Brain - Early Summer Prompts - Something To Ponder and An early summer DISCOUNT! ***************************************** EARLY SUMMER IDEAS FOR YOU TO EXPLORE - butterflies and moths - make a bumblebee nesting box - map reading - basketmaking - sweet or savory salads FROM MY BRAIN Around 20 years ago I attended a talk by Diana Waring - an American home educator/speaker/advocate/author. Something that stuck with me from that talk was when she shared about the fact that her daughter was very creative when it came to wrapping gifts. So much so, that Diana happily passed that job to her daughter when they had a gift-wrapping need. At the time my first two children were 6 and 8 year old, and I thought how wonderful it would be to see a child surpass myself in ability, and be able to share the load of general every day tasks. It is. It's absolutely wonderful - like a precious gift for the minutes, hours, days, months and years we pour into our children. As they grow and mature it becomes clear where their passions and talents lie. I encourage you to call upon your children in their areas of interest, consider their opinions and help them make decisions, employ them to make gifts for others, decorate your house, guide or entertain their siblings perhaps? Build a tight team, and as captain of the team it's your job to stay up-to-date with the skills, maturity and interests of your team members. EARLY SUMMER PROMPTS Art & Craft ideas You might like to choose a favourite animal to draw, collage, paint, model, knit or carve. A sitting animal may be one of the first models a child makes with dough, plasticine, clay or modeling beeswax. Use a toy, a picture, or an animal in real life as your inspiration/model. This can be more successful than trying to do it from memory! Trust me!

Study - character traits When you learn about good character traits it can help you to spot them, and encourage them in your friends and family. Here are some positive character traits to celebrate: (lifted from an extremely thorough list on the Berkley Personality Traits site)


  • Accessible

  • Accurate

  • Active

  • Adaptable

  • Admirable

  • Adventurous

  • Agreeable

  • Alert

  • Ambitious

  • Amiable

  • Amusing

  • Appreciative

  • Articulate

  • Artistic

  • Assertive

  • Athletic

  • Attentive

  • Attractive

  • Balanced

  • Benevolent

  • Big-thinking

  • Bold

  • Breezy

  • Brilliant

  • Calm

  • Capable

  • Captivating

  • Caring

  • Casual

  • Cautious

  • Charming

  • Cheerful

  • Clean

  • Clear-headed

  • Clever

  • Colorful

  • Compassionate

  • Complex

  • Confident

  • Conscientious

  • Conservative

  • Considerate

  • Consistent

  • Constant

  • Constructive

  • Contemplative

  • Convincing

  • Cooperative

  • Courageous

  • Courteous

  • Crafty

  • Creative

  • Cultured

  • Curious

  • Cute

  • Daring

  • Decent

  • Decisive

  • Dedicated

  • Deep

  • Delicate

  • Dependable

  • Determined

  • Dignified

  • Directed

  • Disciplined

  • Discreet

  • Dutiful

  • Dynamic

  • Earnest

  • Easygoing

  • Efficient

  • Elegant

  • Eloquent

  • Empathetic

  • Energetic

  • Enthusiastic

  • Ethical

  • Exciting

  • Extraordinary

  • Extravagant

  • Fair

  • Faithful

  • Farsighted

  • Farsighted

  • Fashionable

  • Flamboyant

  • Flexible

  • Focused

  • Forgiving

  • Forthright

  • Freethinking

  • Friendly

  • Fun-loving

  • Generous

  • Gentle

  • Genuine

  • Good-natured

  • Gracious

  • Grateful

  • Hardworking

  • Healthy

  • Helpful

  • Heroic

  • Honest

  • Honorable

  • Humble

  • Humorous


SOMETHING TO PONDER ON What are five things you wish someone could tell you every day? Take it further - what do you think are five things your husband/wife/partner/best friend/child would like to hear every day? ************************************* EARLY SUMMER DISCOUNT! For the month of December 2021 use the code EARLYSUMMER at the checkout to receive a 15% discount on Stockmar Modeling Beeswax 12's!







Thank you for reading this first Willow Cottage NZ monthly newsletter. Please forward it to friends if you feel they'd benefit from it. Look out for our second newsletter next month! Bye for now Debbie