Monday, March 31, 2014

Autumn Circle Time or Morning Basket

Yippee......I finally worked out to write up my plans for things in a word document. I am so proud as it is easier to do this than using a handwritten one each time.
Now I can just insert the appropriate poems and verses into the document each time. But you don't really want to hear this.
Here is what we are using for our Morning Circle Time/ for Autumn at the moment.
It is actually quite long, it takes us about an hour to complete but I am happy with the content and what we are covering in this time together.
Here is what we were doing for Summer. There is some repeating of start and finishing but I like that.

Circle Time Planner ~

Gathering Verse:
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.'

Opening Verse;
Fire Fairies come to us,
Fire Fairies come to us,
Flames of red and golden.
Fire Fairies warm and bright,
thank you for your golden light.

Seasonal Verse:
In the Autumn garden,
Scarlet evening glow
Apples ripening, brightening, ripening
Brown the acorns grow...Oh oh, oh oh
Harvest byDorothy Hancock
Now all the farmers from far and wide
Have gathered their bounty of countryside:
Corn and barley from field and wold
Honey from beehive and wool from the fold,
Fruit from the orchard all ripe, red and gold,
Log for the fire to keep out the cold.

Seasonal Song:
1. The Harvest in the Fields-
The harvest in the fields and on the orchard hang low,
the haze is on the hills and all the earth is a glow.
On lakes streams and rivers the geese seem to know
that autumn is upon us, tomorrow they’ll go.

2. The leaves be greene
The nuts be browne,
They hang soe high
They will not come down

Scripture Verse:
The Weekly 24 Family Ways Verse (repeated from Breakfast)

The world is full of colour!
"Tis Autumn once again,
And leaves of gold and crimson
Are lying in the lane.

There are brown and yellow acorns,
Berries and scarlet haws,
Amber grose and heather
Purple across the moors!

Green apples in the orchard,
Flushed by a glowing sun;
Mellow pears and brambles,
Where coloured pheasants run!

Yellow, blue and orange,
Russet, rose and red-
A gaily-coloured pagent-
An Autumn flower bed.

Beauty of light and shadow,
Glory of wheat and rye,
Colour of shining water
Under a sunset sky!

One chapter of St Joseph First Communion Catechism
Read a Bible story

Action Verses/Songs:
Peter works with 1 hammer, 1 hammer, 1 hammer
Peter works with 1 hammer, this fine day.
(1 hammer-fist pounding)
Peter works with 2 hammers, etc.
(2 hammers-2 fists pounding)
Peter works with 3 hammers, etc.
(3 hammers-2 fists & 1 foot pounding)
Peter works with 4 hammers, etc.
(4 hammers-2 fists & 2 feet pounding)
Peter works with 5 hammers, etc.
(5 hammers-2 fists & 2 feet & head nodding)
Two little brownies dressed in blue,
Let us see what they can do.
Stand at attention, stand at ease,
Hands on your hips, and bend your knees.
Hands on your neck, and touch your toes,
Slap your sides. And down you go. SIT
Here's a nest for Robin Redbreast,
(Cup hands to form nest)
Here's a hive for Busy Bee,
(Fingertips together to form hive)
Here's a hole for Jacky Rabbit,
(Fingertips together to form hole)
And a house for me.
(Interlock fingers, knuckles up, for house)
This is the father, kind and true;
This is the mother who cares for you;
This is the brother so big and tall;
This is the sister who plays with her ball;
This is the baby, pet of them all.
See the whole family, big and small.
We are working, working hard
Chopping firewood in the yard
Chopping, chopping, chop, chop, chop!

Merrily the pieces drop!
Hands up high, that is right,
We must hold the chopper tight
Chopping, chopping, chop, chop, chop!

It’s the finest game we know,
It makes us warm from head to toe.
Chopping, chopping, chop, chop, chop!
Now a bundle we will tie
We’ll put it in the shed to dry
Chopping, chopping, chop, chop, chop!

Standing in a circle, the children grasp imaginary axes and “chop” in rhythm. At “bundle,” all stoop to pick up “heavy” bundle, trudge to center of circle to dump the load of wood.

Skip Counting/Times Tables:
10 times tables and skip couting with actions
5 times tables  and skip counting with actions

Angel Food
Enchanters End Game
The Tales of Tiptoes Lightly
Fairy Necklaces (if time)

Closing Verse:
Our work is done, our day is past,
We'll go our separate ways.
And I will hold so tight and fast
What I have learned today.
I¹ve given with my heart and mind
The effort that it needs.
And I will strive in me to find,
Good thoughts, good words, good deeds.' ................
and snuff out the candle.

'Ticka Tacky
Nicky Nacky Nu
Dear little sultana where are you?'

Props Needed:

Blessings to you and your homes,

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