Gathering and Morning Verse (Briar Rose)
Morning Circle Gathering verse (Briar Rose)
Let us form a ring, dancing as we sing, ring a ring a raya, ring a ring a raya
Let us stand straight and strong, standing straight and strong, kickery kickery kee, kickery kickery kee.
Morning Circle Morning Verse (Briar Rose)
The earth is firm beneath my feet,
the sun shines bright above
And here stands I so straight and strong,
all things to know and love.
Autumn Circle Songs
Autumn Good morning (BR)
Yellow the bracken
Golden the sheaves
Rosy the apples
Crimson the leaves
Mist on the hillside
Clouds grey and white
Autumn good morning
Summer good night.
Here is a tree (BR) (spoken)
Here is a tree with leaves so green (fingers outstretched)
Here are the apples that hang in between (make fists)
When the wind blows
The apples will fall (falling motion with fists)
here is a basket to gather them all.
My Nice Red Rosy Apple (MH & RaR)
My nice red rosy apple (make an apple with hands, moving top hand over apple in circular gesture)
Has a secret all unseen (bring up to eye)
If you should peep inside you'd see (peep between hands)
5 rooms so neat and clean (hold up 5 fingers)
In each one is living (hold up 1 finger)
5 pips so black and bright (hands flat make a pip with palms together, then flip hands so other hand is onto)
Asleep they are and dreaming (keep hands together and rest head on hands)
Of lovely warm sunlight. (sunlight gesture above head)
I Have a Basket I'll Tell You Why (MH)
I have a basket, I'll tell you why (make basket with arms)
I'm picking blackberries to bake in a pie (right hand 'picks' berries and puts in basket)
I'll mix them with apples, (string gesture)
put pastry on the top (both hands indicate pastry covering top)
If my pie is good enough
Don't buy one from the shop. (1 finger up and swaying left to right in don't gesture)
All I want is a Little Pony (RR)
All I want is a little Pony
Jig Jig Jiggalong Jiggalong Jig
Not too fat and not too boney
Jig Jig Jiggalong Jiggalong Jig
All I want is to go for a ride,
All along the countryside,
With a .......
Jig Jig Jiggalong Jiggalong Jiggalong
Jig jig Jiggalong Jiggalong Jig.
The Blacksmith Song (RR)
My little pony needs a pair of shoes
How many nails must I use
1, 2, 3, tie him to a tree
Let him have a bag of hay then he will not run away
Now here comes the blacksmith with his hammer and tongs
he'll fit a new horseshoe,
It won't take him long
I am a blacksmith good and true
Best of work I always do
All day long my hammers go
Clinging clinging clanging so
With a rickety dickety dickety dick
With a rickety dickety dickety dick.
Who has seen the wind? (MH & BR)
Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you,
But when the leaves hang trembling down
the wind is passing through.
Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I,
But when the trees bow down their heads
The wind is passing by.
Winds of Autumn (BR)
Scarlet and yellow and purple and brown
Winds of Autumn blow the leaves down.
Blow from their branches their curtains and spread Carpets of yellow beneath them instead. Glistening with rain or ablaze in the sun
Falling in showers or drop one by one.
Fluttering treasures of Autumn come down
Scarlet and yellow and purple and brown.
Like a leaf or a feather (BR & RaR)
Like a leaf or a feather in the windy, windy weather,
we will whirl around and swirl around all fall down together
Little Winds Whisper - verse (MH & BR)
Little winds they whisper, they whisper as they pass,
Telling tiny secrets to the flowers and the grass.
But the big winds go a blustering and buffeting about
The little winds they whisper but the big winds they shout!
All the little leaves (MH & BR)
game - could be played separately if you wanted to
All the little leaves so bright and gay (sway from side to side)
Were dancing on a tree one day
Brother wind blew into town Woo-oo-oo (let go hands bring arms up parallel above head)
And all the Red leaves came tumbling down (red leaves run to centre of circle)
Red leaves hold hands forming a small inner circle
We red leaves flutter
We red leaves you sway,
Up high on the trees
The wind comes to play. (arms up, children return to big circle)
Repeat for orange, golden and brown leaves
Up in the green orchard - end of circle release (MH)
Up in the green orchard there lives a tall tree
The finest of apples you ever did see
The apples are ripe and ready to fall
And _______ and _________ shall gather them all.
In Steiner Education 'Morning Circle' is where we come together in a movement journey, which includes songs and rhymes, often but not always seasonal in nature. The songs and verses are tied together through a common theme and lead the children through an imaginative journey where they can practice gross and fine motor skills, balance, dexterity and language. They develop their sense of movement, sense of balance and life sense and sense of touch, which are all vital to healthy child development.
To make this more manageable for parents and fit better within the home context we are offering a selection of songs and rhymes rather than a whole complex circle. We have opted for doing this as an entire early childhood faculty to make it appropriate for all families. We will start with some songs, from each of the groups that the children will have learnt last term and then we will add songs and verses as we go so you can gradually learn more and integrate them as you feel able. Each song will have an audio attached to it for you as the parent to learn the song to then share with your child. We suggest doing this a few songs at a time and gradually build in new songs when you and your child are familiar with those you have been doing.
We will put in brackets next to each song, which group has heard it last term so you know and can ask your child to help you and teach you any actions. Most children will be able to show you the actions done to the gathering verse and circle verse. If you have a child in Ring a Rosy and one of the Kindergartens please choose which one you wish to do at home - there is no need to do both.