Autumn, Circle, Halloween

Hey, Ho, for Halloween! A circle time

This is being posted a little later than I would have hoped. I’m slowly getting my groove back, and some days are better than others.

This year, our Halloween circle is framed by a lovely little story by Nancy Foster called “The Naughty Little Hobgoblin.” It can be found in Let Us Form a Ring. This is a great book and I highly recommend it, even if just to learn how a Waldorf circle “works.” I also found a copy of the story here.

At the end, there’s a lovely little traditional song:
Jack o’ lantern, jack o’ lantern,
You are such a funny sight
As you sit there in the window,
Looking out in the night.

Autumn, Circle

An Autumn Circle

Call to Circle
Are we ready? Are we ready?
Holding hands together? Holding hands together?
Time to light the candle, time to light the candle.
Circle time! Circle time!
Adapted from The Singing Day, sung to the tune of “Frere Jacques”

Candle Lighting
The sun it shines so warm and bright.
It shines on all I do.
Now let me take this bit of light
So I shine brightly too.
Autumn Seasons of Joy
Autumn has come to the country and town,
Wearing its garment of golden and brown.
Apples she brings us so round and so red,
Brings us our corn that we bake into bread.

Circle, Spring

Five Little Flowers

Five little flowers growing by my door.
I picked one, and then there were four.

Four little flowers I did see.
I picked one, and then there were three.

Three little flowers, pretty and new.
I picked one, and then there were two.

Two little flowers out in the sun.
I picked one and then there was one.

One little flower growing in the sun.
I picked it too, and then there were none.


Circle Time: This little cow

This rhyme from Seasons of Joy Spring is Daniel’s absolute favorite!

This little cow eats grass.
Tickle the pinky toe and make chomping noises.
This little cow eats hay.
Tickle the next toe and make more chomping noises.
This little cow drinks water,
Tickle the middle toe and slurp.
And this little cow runs away.
Tickle the next toe and then run your finger up one side of your child and down
the other.
But this big cow does nothing
But just lie around all day.
Grab the biggest toe; end by making snoring noises.
So we’ll chase her and we’ll chase her and we’ll chase her away!
Tickle, tickle, tickle!


Skipping along, two by two

We found this in the Waldorf Clearinghouse Newsletter, and the Nicholas, Daniel, and Katie Grace really enjoyed it!

Children skip hand-in-hand

Two by two we all go ’round
Each of us another has found.

Stepping along, along-long-long,
This is the way we sing our song.

On we go by the way so wide,
Daniel and Nicholas are side by side.

Stepping along… etc.