In Seasons of Joy, I’ve written

Circle time is both one of the most rewarding and one of the most difficult aspects of Waldorf education to duplicate in the home. In fact, it is impossible to “do” a Waldorf circle time in your home the same way it is done in a Waldorf school, unless you plan on inviting 8 to 10 close friends over each and every day. Find what works for your family. Some families have a set time, others fit it in when they can, and still others don’t have a circle time, per se, but try to work in songs and rhymes throughout their day. Experiment a bit, and see what works best for you.

From the Everyday Waldorf archives!

First, some background information : )
In my previous life (before I had children!) I was a teacher in a
preschool with a strong multicultural emphasis. There were no snowmen-
just snowpals (after all, how would one tell if it was a girl or a boy?!)
So… the other day the children were sifting through our box of usable
recyclables and found some yogurt cups. The following craft sprung from
that.
We painted the outsides of the cups with glue, and then covered them
with wool fleece (white). Buttons were added for eyes, an orange felt
carrot for a nose, and a smiling piece of yarn for a mouth. We tied a
bow around the “neck” and made a top hat from black construction paper.
Voila- snowpals!


In my pre-Waldorf, pre-Mama days, I was a preschool teacher and did graduate work in early childhood education. Back in the day, circle time was a pretty academic affair. We had a calendar, chose jobs, participated in show and tell, presented lessons, reviewed our ABCs and 123s, planned out how we would spend our mornings.

We’re having a giveaway for Winter Seasons of Joy over here, but I wanted to share a little more of what’s included for the $15 price.

1. Circle Time
Winter gathering verse, winter candle lighting verse, winter end of circle verse
5 circle times: A Winter Adventure, Winter Woods, Winter Tea Time, Winter Light, and Jack Frost
Both traditional and original finger plays, songs, poems, and verses, and music is written out.

2. Fairy Tales
Five fairy tales with extension activities: The Candles, The Mitten, The Elves and the Shoemaker, Star Money, and The Boy Who Went to the West Wind. Original and traditional music is also included.

Our winter woods animals surrounding our Circle Time candle
and Angel of the Forest on the mantle

We had a wonderful time today doing the “Winter Woods” movement journey from Winter Seasons of Joy. While it’s not practical for us to go out into the woods for real right now– it’s bitterly cold here!– I really do feel like we’ve created a feeling of reverence for Mother Nature and her winter animals during this circle.

Favorite activities include moving like some of our favorite animals, pretending to ice skate on a frozen pond with fishies swimming deep underneath, and playing “Gray Squirrel” by hiding a beanbag “seed” somewhere and finding it again.