Morning Circle

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.  

We have worked together as an early childhood faculty to bring to you the next circle starting week 4 (4th May). This circle will have a familiar feel as it has been written based upon the story you told in the first few weeks "The Little Gnome Who Had to Stay Home". This circle will further support your child while they stay home and will also give them plenty of active therapeutic movements. The end verses could be used at home if you need some support for getting your child ready for bed at the end of another day at home. The Autumn songs are still here for those of you who would like to continue adding these into your day or play!

Gathering and Morning Verse (Mother Holle)

Morning Circle Gathering Verse (Mother Holle)

Gentle fairies, wise elf men 
Come join us please do 
We bring golden light 

From our gardens to you

Our Angels they guide us
By day and by night

In the sun, and the moon, and the stars shining bright.

Morning Circle Morning Verse (Mother Holle)

Good day to the sun up in the sky

Good day to the birds as they fly on by

Good day to the tree so straight and strong

Good day to the nest where the birds do rest

Good day to one and all

Gentle Fairies
Morning Verse

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.

Circle verse Briar Rose
Circle gathering song Briar Rose

The Little Gnome Who Had to Stay Close to Home Circle

The Little Gnome Who Had to Stay Close to Home Circle

A circle adapted by the Early Childhood Faculty of Little Yarra Steiner School © April 2020 from Susan Perrow’s original story

“The Little Gnome Who Had to Stay Home” © March 2020 http://susanperrow.com/stories

 

 

 

VERSE: use your individual rooms gathering song and verse prior to beginning.

Little gnome couldn’t go far from home                               (walk around circle to the left)
He couldn’t go to gnome school                                          (walk around circle to the right)
He couldn’t play with his friends                                          (walk around circle to the left again)
Didn’t everyone know gnomes love to roam?                      (walk around circle to the right again, with a bit more ‘spring’ in your step)
 

(tune 1) Mother Tree whispered to him:                                (arms extended to either side as a tree)

“Things are not as they used to be                                       (wave pointer finger like a ‘no’)

But trust me, soon you will be free.                                      (cross over chest. Arms out like wings and gently fly around)

(tune 1-part B) You can dance, you can sing                          (dance/skip around in circle clockwise)

You can do most anything”

            

Then out of his window what could he see?                        (hands together like an arch above head then lower to eyes as if peering                                                                                               - out a window)

Little ants scurrying up and down a tree                              (down on hands and knees crawling, then crawl up and down in air)

Leaves are turning from green to brown                              (arms out to side turn slowly around in a circle)

Twirling and whirling down to the ground.                          (arms in air twirling around in a circle bringing ‘fluttering’ hands down to                                                                                               - the ground)

 

(tune 2) Little gnome could dance                                        (Dance/skip around in circle clockwise)

Little gnome could sing

Little gnome could gather leaves

And then the golden sheaves

 

Pile the leaves up to the sky                                                 (arms gesture gathering leaves from ground, then stand)

Little gnome jumps on them, so high                                   (jumping up and down)

Jumping jumping, jump jump jump

Down he falls with a bumpity bump!                                    (fall down to ground and clap hands on thighs in rhythm to ‘bumpity bump’)

Raking the leaves back into a mound                                   (Gesture raking leaves on ground)

Then into the wheelbarrow with a rustling sound                (Gesture picking up leaves and putting in a wheelbarrow – rub hands together for rustle x3)

Now pushing the wheelbarrow to Mother Tree                    (make a human wheelbarrow with your child and walk around)

What to do next, let’s wait and see                                       (arms out to sides in a question gesture)

(tune 1) Mother Tree whispered to him:                                (arms extended to either side as a tree)

Things are not as they used to be                                        (wave pointer finger like a ‘no’)

But trust me soon you will be free                                       (cross over chest. Arms out like wings and gently fly around.)

 

(tune 2) Little gnome could dance                                        (dance/skip around in circle clockwise)

Little gnome could sing 

Little gnome could dig

With his little spade jiggedy jig!

He dug, dug, dug with his little spade                                   (gesture digging with a spade)

What a great big hole he made.                                            (arms out wide in front to make a big circle)

Something was glistening in the ground                              (twinkle fingers down to earth)

A sparkling crystal there he found!                                      (gesture scooping crystal with both hands together)

At first in the hole there was just one                                  (hold up 1 finger)
But then he saw more sparkling in the sun                          (twinkle fingers again close to ground with thumbs joined and then lift up to sky as the sun)

Into his sack he gathered them                                            (gesture placing crystals in a sack)

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10                                                            (hold up a finger for each number; repeat using your home language or German as audio)

What to do next, let’s wait and see!                                      (stand and arms out to sides in a question gesture)

(tune 1) Mother Tree whispered to him:                                (arms extended to either side as a tree)

“Things are not as they used to be                                       (wave pointer finger like a ‘no’)

But trust me soon you will be free”                                      (cross over chest. Arms out like wings and gently fly around)

(tune 2) Little gnome could dance                                        (dance/skip around in circle clockwise)

Little gnome could sing 

Little gnome could skip

All around the fairy ring

He skips and he skips all around                                          (light footed joyous skipping clockwise)

With his feet barely touching the ground

Skipping around his garden home

Sun sinking low go home little gnome                                 (make a sun with your hands and slowly move in arc to the west)

Back he goes to his underground home                               (turn anticlockwise and go back home taking little steps that go lower to

One day soon he will be free to roam.                                  - ground as you move)                                 

He eats dinner after saying his grace                                   (gesture eating, then hands together in prayer gesture)

Then cleans his teeth and washes his face                           (gesture brushing teeth and washing face)

Into his bed without even a peep                                         (hands together beside cheek and then slowly lie down)

And soon little gnome is fast asleep.

 

(tune 1) Mother Tree whispered to him:

Things are not as they used to be

But trust me soon you will be free (x3)

 

*As the children lie in sleeping gesture on the floor gently wake them with a soft gesture like butterfly fluttering fingers down head and back, tickle a feather or run a silk cloth over them

The Little Gnome Who Had to Stay Close t

Autumn

 

 

 

 

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.

Autumn Goodmorning
My nice red rosy apple
I have a basket
All I want is a Pony
Blacksmith Song
Who has seen the wind
Winds of autumn
Like a leaf or feather
Little winds whisper
All the little leaves
Up in the green orchard
 
 
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