Winter Wonderland - Weeks 6 through 10


I think we're about due for a Circle Time update, if for no other reason than for me to keep track of where we've been and what we've done. There have been glimmers of spring in the past couple days; days warm enough to make snowmen, puddles in the driveway, and coats not fully zipped. Soon, soon.

Weeks Two & Three: Snowflakes
Week Four: Animals in Winter
Week Five & Six: Tracks in the Snow

Week Seven: Groundhog Day
Books: A Garden for a Groundhog by Balian & Groundhog Day! by Gibbons

Week Eight: Hibernation
Books: Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep by Yolen & Hibernation by Hall

Week Nine: Valentine's Day
Books: The Valentine Bears by Bunting & Saint Valentine by Sabuda

Week Ten: Night Animals

* Circle Time Opening Song:
Circle Time
Circle Time
It's Time for Circle Time
Come on down
Settle in
For rhythm and for rhyme
* Song: The Chickadee (May Morgan/German Folk Song)


Trees are bare, everywhere,
Snows are deep and skies are gray.
Yet one bird, can be heard,
On the coldest day. 
Ask his name and he'll reply,
Cocking up a roguish eye:
Chick-a-dee! Chick-a-dee!
Chick-a-dee-dee-dee.
* Song: In the Winter Garden (M. Meyerkort/N. Foster)
In the winter garden,
through the falling snow,
Stars are gleaming, streaming, gleaming,
down to earth below. 
In the winter garden,
Seeds lie warm below,
Flowers are waiting, waiting, waiting
For the spring to blow.
* Verse: 
An owl sat alone
On the branch of a tree
And he was as quiet
As quiet could be. 
It was night and his eyes
Were round like this
(make rings with thumb & pointer finger, hold to eyes)
He looked around
Not a thing did he miss. 
Some brownies crept up
On the branch of a tree
And they were as quiet
As quiet could be.
Said the wise owl
To-whooo! To-whooo!
Up jumped the brownies
And away they all flew!
An owl sat alone
On the branch of a tree
And he was as quiet
As quiet could be. (source)

* Storybook: Owl Moon by Yolen
* Lesson Book: Where are the Night Animals? by Fraser

* Song: Winter Showers (Meyerkort/Foster)
Winter showers, winter rain,
Wash the earth all clean again,
Wash the earth all clean again.
* Movement: 
(sing) Listen closely to the sound!  (put ear to the ground and listen)
Listen closely to the sound!
(Chant rhythmically) Who is this I hear? (stomp rhythmically, swinging arms)
Deep down in the ground?
Hacking and cracking the rocks and the stones? (cross alternate arms half time) 
Is it the squirrel scampering so? (holding a nut)
Collecting acorns to and fro?  (scampering movement to left and right)
No! It’s not the squirrel!  (wave finger) 
Then…Who is this I hear? (stomp rhythmically, swinging arms)
Deep down in the ground?
Hacking and cracking the rocks and the stones? (cross alternate arms half time) 
Is it the giant so big and bold?  (arms up like showing off big muscles)
Stomping around in the winter cold.  (stomping)
NO! It’s not the giant so big and bold!  (wave finger) 
Then….Who is this I hear? (stomp rhythmically, swinging arms)
Deep down in the ground?
Hacking and cracking the rocks and the stones? (cross alternate arms half time) 
Listen closely to the sound! (put ear to ground again)
Listen closely to the sound! 
Behold the dwarfs inside the hill–
Their tiny hammers are never still.
They sing and work deep underground,
And as they tap the rocks resound: 
Crack, crack, the rock we hack (begin to pat ground)
Quake, quake, the mountains shake (get a bit louder)
Bang, bang our hammers clang (louder still!)
In caverns old, we search for gold! (adapted from Wynstones)
* Circle Time Closing Song:
Circle Time
Circle Time
Circle Time is done
Now it's time
To fill our day
With laughter and with fun

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful activities! Love the chickadee tune!

    Thanks for sharing and wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

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