Today we will celebrate my daughter's birthday at school. At Waldorf schools, they make a big deal out of birthdays in the early childhood. The family comes to class with a cake. The child wears a cape and crown and is led into a magical setup in the classroom draped with silks. All the children gather around in a circle, waiting to hear this child's special birthday story as told by the teacher.
The most striking part of the story is that it suggests that the birthday child has chosen her parents. I interpret this as a way to teach the child that he/she has choices in this life. I like that message.
Here's a birthday poem that was sung in my son's early childhood class many years ago. I'll never forget it.
In heaven shines a golden star
An angel led me from afar
In heaven high unto the earth
That brought me to my place of birth.
Welcome welcome golden day
With sunshine bright and flowers gay
With painted birds that sing their song
And make me kind and good and strong. [click to read more]