AUTUMN CIRCLE


Greeting Song:

Morning has come, night is away,
Rise with the sun and welcome the day.
Birdies and bees, beasties and men,
Rise with the sun and join in the ring.

Action Verse (with motions):

The earth is firm beneath my feet,
The sun shines bright above,
And here stand I so straight and tall,
All things to know and love.

Early Grades Morning Verse:

The sun with loving light makes bright for me each day,
The soul with spirit power gives strength unto my limbs.
In sunlight shining clear, I revere,

O God, the strength of humankind
Which thou so graciously has planted in my soul,
That I may with all my might, love to work and learn.
From thee stream light and strength, to thee flow love and thanks.

Attendance is sung, warm wishes to those absent.

Seasonal Poem (Wendell Berry):

To go into the dark with a light is to know the light To know the dark, go dark, go without sight
And find that dark, too, blooms and sings
And is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.
Mental Math example:
10 little leaves so bright and gay
Were dancing about a field one day;
Then a wind blew all around
And only __ leaves were left on the ground.
How many leaves blew away?

Moving to Circle Song:Come little leaves said the wind one day,

Come to the meadow with me and play;
Put on your dresses of red and gold
For summer is done and the days grow cold.
When the leaves heard the wind's low call,
Down they came fluttering one and all.
Over the brown fields they danced and flew,
Singing the soft songs that they knew.

When the wind rustled the leaves of his tree, the squirrel below noticed a few acorns almost ready to drop...

Movement Verse:
Whisky frisky, hippity hop.
Up he climbs to the tree top.
Whirly, twirly round and round,
Then he clambers to the ground.

Hurley, furley what a tail!
Tall as a feather and broad as a sail.
Where is his breakfast? It's in its shell.
Snap, crackey, out it fell.

As squirrel enjoys his breakfast, his eyes follow the wind, moving through a field...

(sung with rhythmic movement)
In a field, golden morning,
Indian children gather corn.

Chorus:
Dance to the sun, dance to the rain,
Dance to the earth who gives us grain.

Indian children wear feathers in their hair,
Indian children string beads to wear.

Chorus:

Indian children walk quiet as a deer,
See the squirrel standing there...
Squirrel is startled by large shadows moving across the ground...
moving to poem:
White sheep, white sheep on a blue hill.
When the wind stops, you all stand still;
When the wind blows, you move away slow.
White sheep, white sheep, where do you go?
Squirrel chatters excitedly when he notices some fruits of the harvest left on the ground for him to gather...
(sung with motions)
Chorus:
Oats, peas, beans, and barley grow (x2)
Do you, or I, or anyone know
How oats, peas, beans, and barley grow.

First the farmer plans the seed,
He stands erect, then takes his ease,
Stomps his feet and claps his hands,
Then turns around to view the land.

Chorus:

Next the farmer waters the seed…

Chorus:

Then the farmer harvests the seed...

Moving from Circle Song:
The river called softly to the leaves, come with me,
I am waiting to take you on a journey with me.

So the leaves fell down softly on that quiet, Autumn day
And they floated down the river, far, far away.

Flute practice, Centering Verse, Main Lesson

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