We continued with our Songs, Verses & Movement for classroom routines.
#1 - "Good Morning, Dear Earth" verse
#2 - "Morning Verse"
from A Child's Seasonal Treasury, page 13
#3 - "We Stretch Right Up to the Star of Our Birth" verse
from The Breathing Circle, page 56
#4 - "We Stretch Like Cats, We Stretch Like Tigers" verse
from The Breathing Circle, page 57
#5 - "Hippo Song" verse
from The Breathing Circle, page 71
#6 - "The Door's Shut Tight!" verse
from The Breathing Circle, page 73
#7 - "Pull on My Rain Boots!" verse
from The Breathing Circle, page 88
#8 - "The Elephant" verse
from A Child's Seasonal Treasury, page 17
#9 - "I'm a Tall, Tall Tree" song
#10 - "Looking through the Garden Gate" verse
from The Breathing Circle, page 94
#11 - NEW - "Five Little Peas" finger play
from The Breathing Circle, page 82
#12 - NEW - "Two Fat Gentlemen" finger play
from The Breathing Circle, page 82
- read "The Magic Porridge Pot" retold by Shea Darian
from Seven Times the Sun, page 57
- make cream of wheat
We began the week by doing the circle time above, composed of long-time favorite verses along with a few fun new finger plays.
When I told the Sweet Porridge story I used props: a wooden stable, carved wooden figures of the little girl and her mother, a small wooden bowl to be the porridge pot, and golden silks. There was a small golden silk -- which fit inside the wooden bowl -- for the right quantity of millet porridge, and a large golden silk -- which spilled out of the window of the wooden building and flowed along the ground -- for the pot which would not stop cooking. This was a favorite fairy tale of mine when I was little and I still remember where I was sitting the first time I heard it at our elementary school library!
We followed the story with our first taste of porridge, a simple dish of hot cream of wheat.
- field trip to the library to see Stone Soup Shakespeare
- Creamy Millet Porridge with Roasted Strawberries
Today I retold the Sweet Porridge story with the same props as before but at the end the children helped arrange a small town of wooden buildings along the golden silk / porridge river. And then we had a very special treat. We went to the public library to see the actors from Stone Soup Shakespeare! They, along with audience participation, performed the story of Stone Soup and an extremely brief version of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
In the morning before we left for the field trip all of the children helped to grind the millet grain in our coffee mill; when we got back from the library we enjoyed a delicious warm millet porridge with almond milk, maple syrup, cardamom, and strawberries. MMMMMMM.
- Sweet Porridge shadow puppetry
- Movement Journey composed by Nancy Blanning, pages 94-97
from Movement Journeys and Circle Adventures: Therapeutic Support for Early Childhood, Volume 2 by Nancy Blanning and Laurie Clark
- grits with butter and shredded cheddar
I set up a bedsheet over the chalk rail of the chalkboard and placed a lamp (without a lampshade) behind it. Time to explore shadow puppetry! I demonstrated how to tell the now-familar story and move the wooden figures so that clear shadows would be thrown against the sheet for the audience, and each child had the chance to be the storyteller for our group.
After our Circle Time movements, fruit salad, and today's porridge tasting (grits with butter and shredded cheddar), some children donned their puddle-stomping gear and went outside into the rainiest of rainy days and some children stayed inside to help me set up the obstacle course for our Movement Journey. This obstacle course includes a seesaw balance board, a silk to jump over, a series of stools for "mountains" to climb, a broom to slither under, a long winding tape line to walk, and a pile of yoga mats for forward rolls. I love the sweet little song composed by Nancy Blanning!
- Cook, little pot, cook, cook
Bubble, bubble, burble, blop
Cook, little pot, cook, cook
Cook until I tell you "Stop"
Here was our list of group contributions for Fruit Salad this week:
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