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End Of Summer Circle

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As I begin to blog again, I want to make an effort to share more of our Homeschool days.  I get so many questions and rarely have good answers...perhaps just sharing what it is we do will help inspire others.  I know when I read another blog or post by a mama in a similar situation I breathe a sigh of relief knowing I am not the only crazy one out there!!
I am working with Fionnuala, 4th grade and Erris 1st grade.  The "grades" are just time markers since both children are working at their own pace.  I of course also have Caoimhe (4years old) and Oonagh (almost 2!) at home as well.  You can read more about what we do on our Homeschool page.


First day of school gift.  A lovely little Doll made by Lauren of Duck Duck Toys.

I've shared our Circle Times before,  and they are some of my favorite posts to go back and experience again.  What is Circle Time?  It's a way to gather and connect as we begin our "school" day.  ALL 4 girls enjoy Circle Time.  As Fionnuala has grown she has taken on a bigger role.  She helps plan some songs and does many of the props.  She is working on her recorder lessons so she can soon be a source of music accompaniment!  At the 9 year old change this added responsibility helps keep her busy and involved.  I was thinking about adding small videos of some of the songs.  Some of these poems and songs can be hard to find tunes to.  Would anyone be interested in that?

I pull our songs, poems and verses from many sources: old playgroups, Suzanne Down, Wee Sing, Sing A Song of Seasons, magazines, blogs etc....  I will always try to credit the author, but know that some of these verses are very old, some have been adapted by me, and some are just passed on anonymously. 
More toes around the circle this year!

End of Summer Circle

**As we light our candle:

Fire fairies fire fairies, come to our circle
Let the fire fairies come, bringing golden light from the sun!

**Opening Verse:

The Earth is firm beneath my feet, (touch hands to ground)
The sun shines bright above. (Make sun above head)
Here I stand so straight and tall, (standing up very straight)
All things to know and Love. (Hug self)

The Petal Song:

When I woke up this morning, the day had just begun.
I saw a golden flower with petals like the sun!
The flower was unfolding, and waking from the night.
Each petals face was shining in the morning light.

This petals name was Fionnuala, and this petals name was Erris,
and this petals name was Caoimhe, and this petals name was Oonagh.

Now our golden flower has opened to the sun,
and we will shine and blossom tip the day is done!

Summer Bugs are Leaving: 

(using props- bumblebee, butterfly and ladybug. Clap, wiggle and pound are hand movements)
Bumblebee, butterfly
and ladybug so small.
Come around and dance with us,
as Summer turns to Fall.

Bumblebee of summertime,
do once more your best.
Buzz around and clap with us,
before your Autumn’s rest.

Butterfly of summertime,
do once more your best.
Flutter around and wiggle with us,
before your Autumn’s rest.

Ladybug of summertime,
do once more your best.
Crawl around and pound with us,
before your Autumn’s rest.

Bumblebee, butterfly 
and ladybug so small.
Come around and dance with us,
as Summer turns to Fall.

Oats Peas Beans and Barley:

Oats, peas, beans and barley grow,
oats, peas, beans and barley grow,
can you or I or anyone know 
how oats, peas, beans and barley grow?
(stand and bend at knees to the rhythm)

First the farmer sows his seed (put seeds in ground)
then he stands and takes his ease. (stand with arms folded)
He stomps his foot and claps his hands (stomp/clap)
and turns around to view his land. (shade eyes and turn around)

Repeat first verse.

Waiting for a partner, 
waiting for a partner. (Waiting)
Take my hand and take my hand (join hands)
For then we’ll skip upon the land. (skip in a circle holding hands)


Fingerplay:

Round and round the garden,
goes the little snail.
Up up up he creeps,
he slime will leave a trail!
(using a small wooden or felt snail, play with children’s palm and then creep up their arm, tickling at the end!)

Farewell Summer:

"Farewell Summer” the flowers all sung
their seeds they had scattered, their seeds they had flung.

“Farewell Summer” the creek did cry
cause in no time at all the creek would run dry.

“Farewell Summer” the birds did say
for when nights turn cold, they all fly away.

“Farewell Summer” whispered Father sun
“My flames must grow weaker until there is none”.

Farewell my old friend,
You may no longer stay.
Farewell my old friend,
Autumn is on its way.

**Closing verse:

Stars, moon and sun…
Now our circle is done.
We’re ready to start our day
full of learning, love and play.
**- these stay with us all season,and will change in Winter!
Our Autumn Nature Table, a group effort by the children.

I've blogged about past circle times here:

5 comments:

  1. I love this!! Thanks so much for posting! It all sounds lovely and magical!

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    1. Thanks! I hope to share all our Circle Times this year...if only for my own use later!!

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  2. Thank you for sharing, this is great!

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  3. Yay! Thank you for the inspiration... yes, tunes would be fantastic. I am always trying to make up my own tunes and they aren't so great. lol -Suzy

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    1. Well I'm not saying that mine are any better!! Ha Ha! Yes, we will share more next week.

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