Oh October how I love thee! October has got to be my favourite month by far! Cool crisp breezes, warm sun, abundance in harvest, so much outdoor beauty and fun. Cosy sweaters, plenty of flannel, and wool knits, mmmmm. With a new month comes a new circle for our Waldorf-inspired homeschooling. Here's what we plan to do each day for 10-15 minutes:
Good Morning Dear Earth
Autumn Leaves - Active Song (to the tune of London Bridge)
Autumn leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down,
Autumn leaves are falling down welcome Autumn.
They are yellow, red and brown, red and brown, red and brown,
They are yellow, red and brown, Welcome Autumn!
Rake the leaves and put them here, put them put here, put them here,
Rake the leaves and put them here, welcome Autumn.
Jump right in and have some fun, have some fun, have some fun,
Jump right in and have some fun-welcome Autumn.
Here stands the apple tree, strong and green
Here are the apples that hang between
A strong wind blows and knocks them to the ground
Here is the basket to take them all to town
Five Little Pumpkins - Poem
5 Little Pumpkins sitting on the gate
The first one says Oh my it’s getting late!
The second one says there’s a chill in the air
The third one says I don’t care!
The fourth one says let’s run and run!
The fifth one says I’m ready for some fun!
Then woosh went the wind and out went the lights
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.
I'm A Little Pumpkin - (to the tune of I'm a Little Tea Pot)
I’m a little pumpkin, short and fat (put your arms out to your sides, curved around like you're a pumpkin)
I’m going to be a jack o lantern, how about that? (put your hands on your hips)
Just carve me out a mouth and nose and eyes (run your finger along your mouth, the point to your nose and eyes)
And light me up on Halloween night! (place your hands, tips of fingers touching the tips of your thumbs, near your cheekbones, then open up your hands and move them away from your face, as though you're illustrating light coming out of the jack o lantern)
Scary - by Betty Jones
Scary scarecrows? Ha ha ha!
Crows just laugh at them! Caw, caw, caw!
Scary ghosties? Boo, boo, boo!
Not as scary as you, you, you!
Scary witches? Hee hee hee!
Not as scary as me, me, me.
Fall Finger Play
Five little leaves so bright and gay (hold out hand, flutter outstretched fingers or use pressed leaves)
Were dancing about the tree one day (sway hand in rhythm overhead)
The wind came blowing through the town OOOO (put other hand to mouth and blow)
One little leaf came tumbling down (sway hand from side to side while folding appropriate finger towards palm, repeat entire verse 5-4-3-2-1-0)
Old Mrs. Witch (song from A Child's Seasonal Treasury)
Old Mrs. Witch. Old Mrs. Witch.
Tell me how you fly. Tell me how you fly.
I fly on a broom stick up in the sky.
Old Mrs. Witch, Old Mrs. Witch.
Tell me what you see. Tell me what you see.
I see a little Jack O'Lantern
Looking at me.
Old Mrs. Witch, Old Mrs. Witch.
Tell me what you'll do. Tell me what you'll do.
I'll ride on my broomstick
And I'll scare you.
Three Little Witches (to the Tune of Ten Little Indians)
One little, two little, three little witches,
Flying over haystacks, flying over ditches,
Sliding down the moon without any hitches.
Hey, ho, Halloween's here!