Nov. 18th, 2o17 Booty Bootcamp has been cancelled due to low enrollment.
November 17th, 2o17 Swing Night 7pm-9pm is cancelled due to instructor being ill. Mark your calendars for our next Swing Night December 15th, 2017!
Our Turkey Clay pinch pot workshop is cancelled today due to low enrollment. *If you were interested in dropping in at last minute please remember in future to purchase your class ticket at least 1 day prior to the scheduled workshop. We only can ensure our staff and supplies are on hand if we have confirmed enrolled numbers for these special events.*
Fall STEAM/ART Classes Postponed for November 13th-17th, 2017
**Start Date for the following classes are being postponed until next week November 13th-17th 2017:
1. Monday 11am Math Games
2. Monday 1pm Phonics Game
3. Wednesday 11am Beginning Drawing & Painting
4. Wednesday 4pm Earth Science
5. Thursday Winter Wonderland Arts & Crafts
If you are interested in enrolling head over to our website www.skagitseedlings.com all of our class details are listed under the Programs menu :-)
How does a person become a storyteller? When does it start and how many kinds of storytellers are there in our universe?
I love stories period and am always looking for the next inspirational story that can bring a tear to my eye and a laugh to my lips. Being a right brained artist, I notice that most people attribute storytelling as being an artistic life pursuit.
It is only the writers, poets, artists, thespians, and videographers that live the life of the storyteller. However, that cannot be further from the truth. I watch, listen and teach all kinds of children every day that are meant to become storytellers, regardless of their chosen profession.
Simply, the act of living means you are meant to be a storyteller; interests and profession aside.
A lot of my teaching is talking about habits. What are habits? How do you fall into a habit? How do you break a habit? Now most of these conversations happen in the dance studio, but in the larger picture they apply to any area of life. I believe in today’s world we as humans have adopted an unhealthy habit of constantly segregating the “Who” in “Who we are?” and the “Why” in “Why are we important?” and the “What” in “What we do for a living?” I think we often forget to overlay life’s details with the bigger picture. We do this when we decide on our life’s profession, the school we attend, the grade level we fall under and the group of faces we surround ourselves with on a daily basis.
Now, these habits good and bad are being formed from birth and especially during a child’s school years.
The most detrimental thing we can do in society is to segregate our children’s interests, age levels and learning abilities.
From the beginning, I never completely checked any of the “normal” life expectation boxes. In my early twenties someone told me, “you know you don’t have to just have one profession in life, you can do multiple things.” I physically remember the stress and internal worry about this subject falling away, as if I just got permission to be myself and stop having to conform to human’s static expectations. Live and let live became my motto, my gut became my compass, and grabbing at opportunities when they walked in the room became my reality. I honestly cannot say I have become a person with one title or that my business Skagit Seedlings offers one service. The beauty of this is that our space is open to all humans who are encouraged to become whatever kind of storyteller their heart desires. Let the scientists & inventors join our artistic creators to start telling the whole story that is life.
Welcome to Skagit Seedlings first Seasonal Seeds of Wisdom blog series! As we have transitioned our brand from Allen Grange Educational Center located in Bow to our new location in South Mount Vernon, we have spent a lot of time thinking how we want our mission to evolve, expand and create community involvement. Our new name “Skagit Seedlings” serves as our foundational inspiration. Life, thought, learning, and moving all are sparked by that first moment in time, where a love of doing, feeling, and tasting are discovered. At the same time many virtuous seeds are sharing this educational journey, growing their roots one experience at a time.
Today our personal message is two-fold. First, to help children and adults find that magical unexplainable moment of discovery and second, to help grow it up by awaking the virtues of each season of life. This new blog series will explore a virtue or group of virtues per season. Since fall & the holiday season is naturally the season of gratitude we are starting our blogging journey with the seed of thankfulness.
While there are multiple things to be thankful for during this harvest season, looking daily toward thankfulness in our hardest moments of unpredictability and disappointment can plant the most virtuous seed of all… hope.
Henry Ward Beecher said, “The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!.”
Our life paths are anything, but predictable. The Internet and all its wonder often wants us to believe that everyone is living in a perfect utopia. The truth is it’s all a lie. Don’t let your mind buy into the belief of the “if only.” We are all on this earth to experience both the tribulation and joy that life brings. The only way true joy is discovered is through much tribulation. It is never fun, but finding an attitude of gratitude in your moment of long suffering often is exceedingly rewarded.
You might be saying ‘how is that possible?’ and ‘how could I ever make my child understand such a thing or even want them to experience that type of pain?’
The truth is you will never have to worry; a lady called experience will hold their hand as they explore each season of life. Let your child fall, let them feel, let them find their way and they will surprise you. Strength and thankfulness have a way of growing inch by inch toward the light with each challenge thrown their way. The best you can do is encourage them to feel those emotions of disappointment and change, and guide them to seek out what to be thankful for in those moments when plans spring a rye.
Kahil Gibran says it best in his chapter V on Giving;
“For in truth it is life that gives unto life – while you, who deem yourself a giver, are but a witness.
And you receivers – and you are all receivers – assume no weight of gratitude, lest you lay a yoke upon yourself and upon him who gives.
Rather rise together with the giver on his gifts as on wings; For to be overmindful of your debt, is to doubt his generosity who has the free-hearted earth for mother, and God for father.”
Throughout this transformative season look to the seed of gratitude to celebrate and come to peace with each valuable lesson learned in your steps taken in 2017. Much like Pollyanna played the “glad game” let us practice the game of thankfulness and words of gratitude daily in our minds and actions.
Blessings abound to you and yours in this season of gratitude
Amy Christianson & the Skagit Seedlings family
Ladies come out for a fun night of shopping and pampering at Skagit Seedlings to celebrate the beginning of Summer! All of your favorite vendors will be there with products available to taste, test and try on :-) From LuLaRoe, H2o at Home, Usborne Books, Tupperware & doTERRA to Ruby Ribbon, Nice + Bella Jewlry, and Poofy Organics, there is something for everyone! Plus there will be door Prizes, appetizers and drinks to enjoy throughout the evening. Admission is Free, we hope to see you all there 4PM – 7PM!
Skagit Seedlings: Growing in the Arts is excited to announce that we have a new Preschool/Kindergarten dance program!
It’s called Princess Ballerinas and your little one is just going to LOVE it!
New Session-Based Format
Our new Princess Ballerinas classes will run in 10-week sessions starting in the fall 2017. Each session is based on an imaginative story and theme that will take your budding ballerina on an exciting adventure where we’ll explore with thematic music, dancing and imaginative props. If your tot or kinder-dancer just does not want to wait for Fall we currently are offering introductory spring classes for the next 5-weeks. Either sign up for the remainder session or Drop-In and experience the Princess Ballerina magic for FREE! Plus, there is still time to register for either of our 2 exciting Summer Camps!
A Fresh Theme & Story Every Session
The stories and themes are designed to keep your tiny dancer excited and engaged each and every week, all year long- In fact, she’ll never see the same theme twice as long as she’s enrolled in a Princess Ballerinas class!
Each story book features a matching set of student bonus materials! Each session, your child will receive…
- Her very own hardcover copy of that session’s story book
- A matching coloring page
- A sticker chart to track skill progress
- A certificate of completion to celebrate her effort and hard work in class.
- Your dancer can even practice or perform at home- free matching playlist of our in-class music is available on Spotify!
- Best of all- all of the new bonus materials are 100% complimentary!
Our new 10-week sessions of Princess Ballerinas classes will offer more opportunities to come in for a front row seat to see your little ballerina perform. During week 5 of each session, you’ll be invited in during the last 5 minutes of class for a “sneak peek” to see a little of what your child has been learning in the session so far.
Then, at the last class of each session, you’ll be invited into the classroom during the last half of class for a full performance, in costume! Costumes are provided on a “dress-up” basis, so there’s no additional cost to you.
We have two Princess Ballerina Camps offered this summer and all students enrolled in our spring and summer sessions will have priority registration. We expect our classes to be at capacity by the start of the session.
Care to guess what our fall theme is?
Hint: Think butterflies, bees, frogs…and singing fairies… :-)
FALL Priority Registration for existing students and Previous Allen Grange Educational Center families will begin on Monday, May 16th and continue through Saturday, June 4th.
Besides getting the opportunity to reserve a spot in our exciting new program, as an added bonus families who enroll before 6/4 (for either our Summer Princess Ballerina Camps or Fall Session) will receive a new leotard with an attached tutu on the first day of the session (a $40 value). Plus, we have a limited Early-Bird bonus for the first 20 families who enroll between 5/16-6/4 **This applies to families registering for either Summer and Fall sessions. Be one of the first 20 families to enroll and receive a $150 credit towards one of our new premium Princess Ballerinas Birthday Parties! See our website for more details.