Seasons of Joy

Looking for a way to bring peace and joy to your day? Seasons of Joy is my 10-week seasonal guidebook to add rhythm and fun to your daily routine. Each guidebook has ten weeks' worth of circle times, stories, arts, crafts, and handwork, painting, playtime activities and more!
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Seasons of Joy seeks to empower families to create peaceful rhythms and routines and joyful celebrations that follow the circle of the year. The blog also chronicles our adventures in living simply, loving exuberantly, and Waldorf inspired homeschooling.

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Good Morning, Dear Earth!

This week and next we’re going to focus on morning and evening routines because they are like bookends that hold up your day. There are a lot of hard things about mornings, like actually waking up, but I’m not going to start with that part. I’m going to start with something easy, at least for me.

I’m going to start with a song.

Now, if you’re one of those blessed overachievers who wakes up hours before your little ones even begin to stir, you probably will want to save this bit for later, unless of course you want your little ones to hop out of bed and come join you.

But if you’re like me and have one or two wee ones snuggled up next to you, or if you have to seek out your children and issue them a personal invitation to exit Dreamland and join the Land of the Awake, then this hint is for you.

Start your day with a song.

One of my favorites is an old Waldorf standard, Good Morning, Dear Earth.

The lyrics are:
Good morning, dear earth.
Good morning, dear sun.
Good morning, dear rocks
And the flowers, every one.
Good morning, dear beasts
And the birds in the trees.
Good morning to you
And good morning to me!

Isn’t it lovely? It’s such a gentle, peaceful invitation to the day. And if you’ve purchased my Seasons of Joy guides, you know that I like to make up new verses for the song that reflect what’s happening in nature. In autumn, for example, we sing
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!

For a more exuberant child (or for a child who needs a song with a little more oomph) there’s
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 and I sing
And I sing and I sing
When I wake in the morning early.

Really, any sunshiny song will do. And, in the immortal words of Bob from Sesame Street, “Don’t worry if it’s not good enough for anyone else to hear– just sing! Sing a song!”

I’ll try to sneak upstairs later today and make a recording of these two songs. Meanwhile, think about what songs you know that can serve as a wake-up call for the masses. Be sure to share them here!

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