In several countries around the world, May 1st is known as May Day, a holiday intended to welcome spring.  It derived from the festival of Flora, the ancient Roman goddess of flowers.  In current times, the holiday is often celebrated outdoors, with children dancing around a maypole, weaving beautifully colored ribbons over and under as they dance.

For homeschoolers, the maypole dancing of May Day is a beautiful and festive way to welcome spring among friends in your co-op or homeschool support group.  Just choose a local part or other natural setting to meet, and set up a small pole that has colorful ribbons attached at the top.  It’s fun to have the kids dress up in their Easter clothes to weave in and out during the dance, and makes for beautiful pictures for the moms.  A picnic afterward is the perfect way to end the day and welcome spring!

Happy May Day!

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