Circle, Nursery School

Circle Time! Day and Night

With daylight savings time ended and winter coming fast, Nicholas has been very aware of the differences between day and night. For our nursery rhymes this week (and maybe next) we’ve chosen two: Wee Willie Winkie and One Misty Moisty Morning, which you can find over in the right sidebar.

We’ve been really doing this up, using play silks as blankets and making little “beds”.

Gathering Verse:

Candle Lighting Verse:
from Autumn Seasons of Joy
The sun, it shines so warm and bright,
It strengthens all I do.
Now let me take this bit of light
So I shine brightly too.

Circle:
Morning is come,
Night is away.
We rise with the sun to welcome the day!


I wake in the morning early,
And always the very first thing
I sit up in bed and I lift up my head
And I sing and I sing and I sing!

Traditional, with additional words from Autumn Seasons of Joy
Good morning, dear leaves,
So pretty and bright.
Good morning dear moon-
I’ll see you tonight.
Good morning dear squirrels,
And birds flying free.
Good morning to you.
And good morning to me.

Lazy Mary (or other name), Will you get up,
Will you get up, Will you get up?
Lazy Mary, will you get up,
Will you get up today?
No, Mother, I won’t get up,
I won’t get up, I won’t get up.
No, Mother, I won’t get up,
I won’t get up today.

We like to follow this with a tickle.

When the sun lights up the sky
I sit right up and rub my eye.
I dress myself with greatest care.
I brush my teeth and comb my hair.
Then off to story time I go
To hear the tales that I love so!

(If you wish, you could follow this with a story)

To the tune of Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush

This is the way we wash our hands, etc.
(comb our hair, brush our teeth)


Sing Raffi’s You Brush Your Teeth

This is a great American folk tune.
Nelly Bly shuts her eye
When she goes to sleep.
And in the morning when she wakes
The frog begins to peep.
Hi Nellie! Ho Nellie! Won’t you come with me?
I’ll dance for you, I’ll sing for you

The sweetest melody.

from Elisabeth Lebret’s Pentatonic Songs
Said Day to Night, “I bring God’s light;
What gift have you?” Night said, “The dew.”
“I give bright hours,” quoth Day, “And flowers!”
Said Night, “More blest, I bring sweet rest.”


Time for a bath!
After the bath I try, try, try
To wipe myself ’till I’m dry, dry, dry.
Oh, what a difference it would make, make, make
If I were a dog and could shake, shake, shake!

Follow this one with a good head to toe shake!

from Autumn Seasons of Joy
The gnomes are sleeping in their homes,
Bye baby bye.
The little squirrels no more do roam,
Bye baby bye.
If gnomes and squirrels must go to bed,
You too must rest your sleepy head.
Don’t make a sound, off to sleep instead,
Bye baby bye!


They call me little Sleepy Head (point to head)
I yawn at work, I yawn at play.
I yawn and yawn and yawn all day;
Them I take my sleepy yawns to bed (close eyes and lay head on hands)
That’s why they call me Sleepy Head!


This little boy (girl) is going to bed (lay pointer finger in palm)
Down on the pillow he lays his head (thumb acts as pillow)
Covers himself with blankets so tight (wraps fingers around “boy”)
And this is the way he sleeps all night (close eyes)
Morning comes, and he opens his eyes (open eyes)
Throws back the covers and up he flies! (open fingers)

Goodbye Verse
Merry have we met,
And merry have we been.
Merry shall we part
And merry meet again.
Goodbye! Goodbye!