Photo by Karen Must (2021)
Friday, 23 July 2021 19:00
Estonian Life No. 29 2021
Hoorei me Seedrioru noored!
Vaba mets meil kaitseja
Elu ilus oled sa!
Our second week despite a menacing weather forecast, turned out to be an absolutely beautiful week for fun in the sun!
The theme for the second week was Arts and Science and we were very fortunate to have a variety of arts represented: weaving, Viking shield making, tile making, glass decorating, tye dying, wood burning, and a LIVE theatre presentation! Our campers were happy ones as throughout all of the presentations you could have heard a pin drop- they were so engaged in what they were learning and doing.
Many thanks to our own Lisa Ross - Hamilton School Board teacher - who is passionate about science and the environment who provided interesting activities like making slime, tye dye colour mixing, and fossil discovery!
Kristina Ojaperv engaged the children with the story of Vahva Toomas and how he saved the city with his bravery. The lapsed were then challenged to build towers and buildings of vana Tallinn out of paper! They were very skilled tower builders!
Kristina read the story in both English and Estonian- they were totally entranced in the story!
Tädi Anne Remmel came to us, a newcomer volunteer this year with tales of her father and his exquisite leatherwork creations. The older children were able to make pendants, bracelets learning a new Estonian vocabulary of words pertaining to leatherwork . The creative juices were flowing and the craftsmanship was astounding!
Tädi Rutti Yalle taught the younger children about the traditional art of yarn dolls and created all sorts of dolls and animals - they were amazing!!!
Tädi Leena Kimsto entertained our younger children talking about our Viking ancestry and how we Eestlased were important traders 600 years ago. They made shields with a variety of Estonian patterns. The older group was taught how to weave with blue-black-white yarn. The results were beautiful!
Tädi Silvi Aarlaht taught all of our lapsed how to recycle glass yogurt containers into beautiful votive candleholders with a variety of recycled materials. They were so unique and bringing more light into the world!
Tädi Kai Eichenbaum was back with us once again and instructed the older group on tilemaking. Stay tuned, as she comes back next week with the tiles which have been fired.
We were entertained by parent Sarah Granskou and the Ewert family with a series of stories about the environment. She brought a host of felted puppets which were beautiful to behold and appreciate. The presentations were interactive and intriguing for all the groups toddlers, younger and older children. The older children really appreciated the artistry of the puppets. Check out her website: www.sarahgranskou.com
The toddlers group enjoyed experimenting to make their own playdough, painted birdhouses, decorated flower posts and planting seeds in them to take home and watch grow, catching bugs, decorated mesilaste headbands went swimming twice every day, nature walks, beading, playing games like Mis kell on Hr/Pr Hunt? and visited the resident rooster and chickens!
Many thanks to tädi Kaili Hilkawich, tädi Kairi West and tädi Carmen Poolakese for your super activities, and having so much fun with us!
On the toddlers’ last supper, the entire camp said goodbye to them clapped for them and when asked if they were going to come back next year they squealed Jah!!!
The whole camp also said thank you to the Kitcheneri Estonian Association for cooking wonderful meals for us this week: tädi Linda Montgomery, tädi Merike Hansen, tädi Krista Heap, tädi Rutti Yalle, tädi Kaila Montgomery and tädi Kadri Munro, tädi Katti Otsa and tädi Karen Must : many, many thanks!
We ended the week with the suured and vaiksed going shooting at the gun range. Many thanks to the TEPP volunteers: Trevor Crossman, Lia Hess, Markus Aliksaar, Margus Juhum,Marika Kull, Mati Raudsepp and Toomas Aasa for teaching the children gun safety and to appreciate this traditional Estonian sport.
We are so lucky to have so many volunteers that care so much about our future: our children. Memories have been made, friendships renewed, and the love of our Estonian background reignited.
Stay tuned…next week: SURVIVOR WEEK!!!
Elagu Seedrioru!!!Karen MustFOTOD -
Karen Must (2021)