In August, Daniel will be starting our “Nursery Rhyme Nursery School” year. I believe that nursery rhymes are a very important part of every small child’s development, as well as essential for cultural literacy. This circle will change during the month, but here is how we’re beginning.
I begin with a “Gathering Song”. I wrote it myself and sing the first stanza until everyone is there (everyone being Daniel, the babies, and I and sometimes Nicholas) and then sing the second verse while we light the candle. I am still using a homemade beeswax candle we made at the beginning of the summer.
Come, little children, come dance, every one.
Come, little children, and smile in the sun.
Come now, my friends, to the circle with me.
Let us join hands in our circle.
Come, little children, we’ll dance and we’ll sing.
Come, little children, your light you will bring.
Come now, my friends, our day has begun.
Let us join hands in our circle.
In the morning the sun in low.
At noon, he’s overhead.
In the evening he dips again
Before he goes to bed!
Song: The Sweet Rosy Morning (Sing Through the Day, p. 9), words by Richard Leveridge
The sweet rosy morning peeps over the hills
With blushes adorning the meadows and fields.
The merry, merry, merry horn calls,
Come, come, come away!
Awake from your slumbers and hail the new day!
Rhyme: A Sunbeam’s Kiss (tune here if you choose to sing it)
Can you guess what woke me this morning,
What made me jump out of bed?
‘Twas a sunbeam’s kiss on my forehead
That said, “Wake up, sleepyhead!”
Song: Up Little Hands (Danish tune, found in Sing Through the Day). Daniel loves this song, probably for the “No, Mommy, No” part.
“Up, little Hans! Up, little Hans! Hear the birdies singing!”
“No, Mommy, no! No, Mommy, no! Just the barn door swinging.”
“Up, little Hans! Up, little Hans! Soon will ring the school bell!”
“No, Mommy, no! No, Mommy, no! I don’t feel at all well.”
“Up, little Hans! Up, little Hans! You can play your drum now”
“Yes, Mommy, yes! Yes, Mommy, yes! I think I will come now.”
Baby birds twitter.
Leaves gently shake.
And here comes the sun!
The day has begun.
Poem: The Sun by John Drinkwater
We’ve used this poem in several ways: for coloring, painting, and now for circle. There is music for it in Sing Through the Day on page 68.
I told the Sun that I was glad.
I’m sure I don’t know why;
Somehow the pleasant way he had
Of shining in the sky
Just put a notion in my head
That wouldn’t it be fun
If, walking on the hill, I said,
“I’m happy” to the sun.
Willie boy, Willie boy,
Where are you going?
O, let us go with you
This sunshiny day.
I’m going to the meadow
To see them a-mowing
I’m going to help the girls
Turn the new hay.
Song/Story: Over in the Meadow
This is rather long, so I simply linked to the lyrics. I may do another separate post and include them here on the blog as well. We don’t always include our story as part of circle, but will for the next week or so.
Movement: Sally Go Round the Sun
Echo Chant: Calamine Lotion
Calamine, calamine, calamine lotion. (Children repeat)
Oh, no, no, no, not the lotion. (Repeat)
Itchy, itchy, scratchy, scratchy, on my little backy, backy. (Repeat)
Quick, get the bug spray! I think it went thataway! Pshhhhh! (Repeat)
Song: It’s Hot! (M. T. Schuemann, Sing a Song of Seasons)
Song: Fireflies (M. T. Schuemann, Sing a Song of Seasons)
Poem: Bed in Summer by Robert Louis Stevenson
In winter I get up at night And dress by yellow candle-light. In summer, quite the other way, I have to go to bed by day. I have to go to bed and see The birds still hopping on the tree, Or hear the grown-up people’s feet Still going past me in the street. And does it not seem hard to you, When all the sky is clear and blue, And I should like so much to play, To have to go to bed by day?
Song: Falling Stars (M. T. Schuemann, Sing a Song of Seasons)