Oh Where Are The Snowflakes?
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Welcome back to school to all the Bluebells. After just two weeks the children have come back taller and full of stories of their holiday adventures! In January I always begin the winter term with a snowy, wintry circle and story. The children and I are all a bit concerned that the snow fairies just don't seem to be coming to us much yet. Jack had the great idea that we sing our favorite snowflake song each day until they do come. So at some point each morning, you can hear the Bluebell children singing,
Oh where do you come from you little flakes of snow
Falling softly, softly falling to the earth below.
On the trees and on the bushes, on the mountains afar,
Tell me snowflakes do you come from where the angels are?
Maybe you too can sing this at home and with any luck, there will be a blanket of snow on the ground before too long. In the meantime we are having a great time in our imaginary winter wonderland circle. We are enjoying a circle movement journey that we call "Through the Snow" adapted from Nancy Blanning's wonderful book, Movement Journeys and Circle Adventures. We climb mountains, cross the bridge over the icy river, build a wonderful, warming fire, dance to the tune of "Old Brass Wagon", and also build a snowman. We even crawl through a rabbit's burrow underground. All the joys of winter are included in this experience and it seems to bring much joy to the children, and some movement challenges as well! This experience is mirrored later in the morning for story time, as I tell the story called "The Rabbit and the Carrot". This is a delightful cumulative tale expressing the great generosity of four friends: rabbit, donkey, lamb and deer. The carrot gets passed from friend to friend until it ends up at rabbit's house again. It is so fun to watch how the children arrive at the "joke" of the story as, in the end, rabbit is the one who gets to eat the carrot when it was she who wanted to share it in the first place. This week the children will see the story acted out as a puppet play.
We are enjoying a busy birthday season in the next few months! Happy 61/2 birthday to Elsa and happy 5th birthday to Vaughn!