Lantern Walk

“There isn’t enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle.”  Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism (563-483 B.C.)

Martinmas Lantern Walk

The Martinmas Lantern Walk is a traditional Waldorf festival celebrated by Waldorf schools. This celebration demonstrates the kindling and protecting of our own flame – our inner light. This light was sparked within each of us during our Michaelmas Celebration as we reached deep within to find our courage. It has grown now into a glowing light of love and faith. This is the same light that Martin showed by sharing his cloak with the poor beggar.

With our lanterns, we protect our flame as we walk together, singing with family and friends. As the light of summer grows dim and the warmth of the sun fades during these autumn and winter months, we must strive to protect our own inner light so that it may grow.Let us keep our light shining bright for all to see and let us nurture the light in others.

You may listen to the songs and read the lyrics here:

Song one: Glimmer, Lantern, Glimmer

Song two: I Walk With My Little Lantern


Glimmer Lantern Glimmer

Glimmer, lantern, glimmer
Little stars a-shimmer
Over meadow, moor and dale
Flitter, flutter, elfin veil
Pee-wit, pee-wit, tikka-tikka-tik
Roo-coo, roo-coo.

Glimmer, lantern, glimmer
Little stars a-shimmer
Over rock and stock and stone
Wander, tripping little gnome.
Pee-wit, pee-wit, tikka-tikka-tik
Roo-coo, roo-coo


I Walk With my Little Lantern

I walk with my little lantern
My lantern, myself and I
Above, the stars are shining
Down here we’re stars to the sky

The new moon shines, the cat meows
Ay, ay, ay! La boom-a-la, boom-a-la bay!
Ay, ay, ay! La boom-a-la, boom-a-la bay!

{ material provided by: Ms. Erica }



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3rd and 4th Grades: What are they up to

Thanks to Mr. Justin for providing the opportunity and Ms. Erica for putting this together we have a snapshot of what this class is up to.

In keeping with Swallowtail’s experiential approach to education and commitment to real-world application, Mr. Justin’s third and fourth grade class has created a map of our school’s neighborhood as a finale to their block study on local geography. The children have embraced this project with much enthusiasm!

The class has already been on two hikes this year! Their first hike of the year, to the Coast, resulted in a deeper awareness of each student’s determination and strength. Their most recent hike was a journey to the Columbia River Gorge, along the beautiful Wakheena Falls Trail.  This most recent journey was met with even more confidence and excitement! Great fun was had by all!

The Hillsboro School District has agreed to provide bus transportation one Thursday each month form the main campus to the farm campus. This will be the first bus ride for many of the Swallowtail students.

The children’s work at the farm will be to sow a cover crop of oats with Ms. Ingrid’s class. They will also plant garlic in their winter garden, and stay warm around the fire and in the yurt.

The Third and fourth grade class is also beginning their first Math Block of the year, with much excitement from the children! Mr. Justin is helping his students look at numbers in new and interesting ways. In fact, the children are learning that very large numbers can hold small secrets within them! Be sure to ask one of these brilliant students to explain the mystery of secret numbers to you!

3rd and 4th Grade