tenderfoot has requested that we do more number work. so we’ve visited hobjolia again: a land i created some years ago that is entered through a portal. the portal is found on trees with ‘posted’ signs, and only the ones that have direct sun or moonlight on them act as a gateway to hobjolia. you have to jump into the tree to get there. hobjolian trees exist in the wilde woods where lightfingers, sugar plum, whispering wind, sally and suzy sullivan, and the tottly family live. these are all characters i made up that feature in many stories that get told in our family. hobjolia is peopled with hobjos and the sky is green, the grass is blue, the moon shines during the day, and the sun at night there. there are seven hobjo clans, distinguished by their different colored hair: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. their king has all seven colors of hair plus a streak of pure white.
in hobjolia there are very few trees, only the portal trees. the grobjos: green haired hobjos, are the caretakers of the trees. while tending the trees the grobjos begin to notice the different numbers of branches and how some are a part of the trunk. and thusly is how i’ve introduced her to the factor trees block, found in the files at the waldorf home educators yahoo group. we’ve spent long moments looking at the trees around here and finding the pines are just like the one trees, the tulip poplars are twos, sometimes even threes, and the apple trees can be threes or fours. so the factor trees have begun and she is enjoying experimenting with the many ways that the trees can be made.
over the past two months we’ve done stories for how the days got their names. i told the tale of rabbit and the sun, from native american myths and legends, for sunday. the washerwoman who disappears, only to go to the moon and return with moonshine to put sparkle into the clothes, for monday. tews, loki, and the imprisonment of the fenris wolf in ragnarok for tuesday. how woden traded his one eye for wisdom for wednesday. thursday’s tale featured thor besting the giant at four challenges. friday was the story of frigga and her son,baldur’s, death. and saturday was a tale of saturn, who looks after the farms and things that grow via agricultural means.
so the children wanted to know how did january get its’ name??? for this i told the story of romulus and remus, twin brothers being raised by a she-wolf until a shepherd found and raised them, then romulus going on to become king of the city of rome, which he founded. this led to many discussions on: how do you make a city??? lots of exploration there, but eventually i told of janus, the being who could look both behind into the old year and forward into the coming year at the same time, guardian of doorways, portals, gates, and entrances from one place to another. i tied it together with romulus coming to capture the sabine woman and janus coming to the women’s aid. january: named after janus.