Wednesday, June 6, 2018

"The 12 Professions"

Since reading the Cobbler Circle (wonderful early childhood circle available free as a PDF), I've been trying to decide... if I was going to write a Circle, where would I begin? There are so many potential topics! And then I got the monthly Early Childhood newsletter from Suzanne Down for May/June and she is offering a fantastic class this July called Therapeutic Puppetry Tool Box - The Importance of the Worker in Fairy Tales and Story for Young Children.

Here's her description of the course:

    Juniper Tree Puppets is developing a series of workshops on Therapeutic Puppetry, a 'Tool Box' of practical and meaningful topics to deepen your skills and understanding of therapeutic ways of bringing puppetry to today's children.

    This workshop introduces and explores Steiner's '12 professions', and how they relate to the Worker Characters in Fairy Tales and Story. Therapeutically, we will focus on how purposeful, thoughtful, cared-for work supports the moral development of young children and their healthy will forces. We will also create worker puppet characters, and fine tune their gesture that honors the cosmic source of these important archetypes. All welcome.

In her email she shows a Baker puppet. On the webpage she shows several more puppets, including a Fisherman. I had already been thinking when I was listening to the CD of Shea Darian's songs from Seven Times the Sun about doing a Blacksmith circle. Now I'm thinking about a whole series of circles, one for each of Steiner's 12 Professions. I would LOVE to know what they are! Obviously not arborist, party planner, and computer technician. What might they be? Washerwoman? Spinner or Weaver? Farmer? Sailor? Carpenter? Shepherd?

I'm going to try to research what Steiner said about this given that I have a scheduling conflict and can't make it to Suzanne's workshop -- which looks AMAZING -- so if anyone has thoughts about this, please share them! And if you get to go to the workshop, please share about how it went! Until then, I'm going to content myself with making notes about resources with songs and verses which could be a good fit with a Worker Circle.

I will keep updating this list as I look through more books.


Games Children Play: How Games and Sport Help Children Develop
by Kim John Payne

    "The Mice in My House" - pp.3 and 4 - carpenter / house builder

    "The Tree" finger play - p.4 - shepherd

    "In the Water" finger play - p.4 - milkmaid

    "Golden Rings" finger play - p.5 - milkmaid

    "Babies Walk Up Stairs" finger play - p.5 - carpenter / house builder

    "Two Fat Gentlemen" finger play - p.5 - farmer

    "Ipsey-Wipsey Spider" finger play - p.6 - baker / cook

    "Thumbkin, Dance" finger play - p.7 - milkmaid

    "The Flying Hands" finger play - p.7 - washerwoman

    "Wee Willie Worm" finger play - p.7 - farmer

    "This Little Finger" finger play - p.7 - sailor / fisherman

    "Grandma and Grandpa" finger play - p.8 - spinner / weaver

    "All My Little Ducks" circle game - p.8 - milkmaid

    "See the Little Hare" circle game - p.9 - shepherd

    "My Pigeon House" circle game - p.9 - milkmaid

    "Nix in the Water" circle game - p.9 - sailor / fisherman

    "Who'll Come Into My Wee Ring?" circle game - p.9 - milkmaid

    "The Washerwoman" circle game - p.10 - washerwoman

    "All in the Wind" circle game - p.10 - sailor / fisherman

    "See a Shepherd Maiden" circle game - p.15 - shepherd

    "How Does the Farmer" circle game - p.16 - farmer

    "I Travelled Over Land and Sea" circle game - p.17 - shepherd

    "Punchinello" circle game - p.18 - shepherd

    "Farmer's Seed" game - p.19 - farmer


Let's Dance and Sing: Story Games for Children
by Kundry Willerth

    "The Carrot" (The Gigantic Turnip) song - pp.28 and 29 - farmer

    spinning wheel song - pp.32 and 33 - spinner / weaver

    working people song - p.35 - cobbler, tailor, baker, farmer, etc.


Movement Journeys and Circle Adventures: Movement Enrichment with a Therapeutic Approach for Early Childhood, volume 1
by Nancy Blanning and Laurie Clark

    Zoo Exercises - caterpillar crawl - p.11 - farmer

    Zoo Exercises - crab walk - p.11 - sailor / fisherman

    Zoo Exercises - donkey kick - p.12 - farmer

    Zoo Exercises - fish - p.12 - sailor / fisherman

    Zoo Exercises - rabbit - p.12 - farmer

    Zoo Exercises - rocking boat - p.12 - sailor / fisherman

    Zoo Exercises - wheelbarrow - p.13 - farmer

    "Indian Harvest" song - p.23 - farmer

    "Picking Up Apples" song - p.33 - baker / cook

    "Galloping Farmer Rhyme" from Wynstones Autumn - p.37 - farmer

    "This is the way the farmer rides" movements - p.38 - farmer

    "Wheelbarrow Song" - p.39 - farmer

    "Polly, Put the Kettle On" - p.55 - baker / cook

    Farmer Brown verse and movements - p.67 - farmer

    missing lamb game - p.67 - shepherd

    scarecrow verse and movements - pp.67 and 68 - farmer

    "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" song - p.68 - sailor / fisherman

    "Two Little Boats" tune and movements - p.68 - sailor / fisherman

    "Norwegian Milking Song" - p.69 - milkmaid

    "Zoom-a-zoom-a-zee" song - p.72 - shepherd

    entire "Pelle's New Suit" circle play - pp.77 to 82 - spinner / weaver

    entire "Springtime Garden Circle" - pp.83 to 86 - farmer

    "In Spring" song - p.87 - shepherd

    "Swim Little Fish" song - p.84 - sailor / fisherman

    "Waddling Duck Rhyme" - p.94 - milkmaid

    "Five Little Peas" gesture game - p.95 - farmer

    "Little Round Bun" story / circle adventure - pp.101 to 106 - baker

    "Ding, Dong, Dell" verse and movements - p.111 - farmer


Seven Times the Sun: Guiding Your Child through the Rhythms of the Day
by Shea Darian

    "I Will Work with Joy" song - p.88 - general work

    "The Blacksmith" song - p.90 - blacksmith

    'Work-a-Day" song - p.91 - general work

    "Hot, Brown Loaf" song - p.92 - baker / cook

    "Many Hands" song - p.93 - general work

    "Hanging Out the Linen Clothes" song - p.157 - washerwoman

    "Peace Bless This House" song - p.191 - carpenter / housebuilder


This Is The Way We Wash-a-Day book & CD
by Mary Thienes-Schunemann

    "The Blacksmith" song - p.13 - blacksmith

    "Pick a Bale of Cotton" song - p.13 - spinner / weaver

    "The Carpenter" song - p.14 - carpenter

    "Mother's A-Weaving" song - p.15 - spinner / weaver

    "Cobbler, Cobbler" song - p.15 - cobbler

    "Pat on the Railway" song - p.16 - railroad worker

    "Manamolela" song - p.17 - railroad worker

    "Haul Away, Joe" song - p.17 - sailor / fisherman

    "Corn Grinding Song" - p.19 - baker / cook

    "Have You Ever Seen a ..." song - p.20 - carpenter / house builder

    "This is the Way We Wash-a-Day" song - p.22 - washerwoman

    "Washin' Woolies" song - p.24 - washerwoman

    "Sweeping Song" - p.25 - carpenter / housebuilder

    "Oh, When I Go a-Ploughing" song - p.27 - farmer

    "Growing Song" - p.27 - farmer

    "It's Fun to Dig Potatoes" song - p.28 - farmer

    "Little Watering Can" song - p.28 - farmer

    "Little Red Wagon" song - p.29 - farmer

    "The Farmer in the Dell" song - p.30 - farmer

    "Fairies of Water, Fire, Air & Earth" song - p.31 - farmer

    "Shortnin' Bread" song - p.33 - baker / cook

    "Chop, Chop, Chippety Chop" song - p.34 - baker / cook

    "Sweet Potatoe Pie" song - p.34 - baker / cook

    "Muffin Man" song - p.35 - baker / cook

    "Let's Set the Table!" song - p.36 - baker / cook

    "Warm Water" song - p.37 - baker / cook

    "Help Me Wind My Ball of Yarn" song - p.42 - spinner / weaver

    "Folding Song" - p.43 - washerwoman

    "The Thread Follows the Needle" song - p.43 - washerwoman

    "Lovely Sunshine" song - p.45 - general work

    "Johnny Appleseed" song - p.47 - baker / cook

    "Angel of Mine" song - p.49 - general work

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