Circle Time With My Ducklings

Happy Easter, Hedgehogs! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday. This is the first year that Ben has really grasped the whole concept of bunnies and egg hunts, and it’s been a lot of fun. Peter has no clue what’s going on, but he’s a good sport. Can’t you tell they’re having a great time?

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Also, Ben called it “trick or treating.”

Despite our freezing Iowa weather, working on the play mat from the March envelope has me in the mood for spring and rabbits and bunnies and such. If you haven’t started your mat yet, be sure to check out Sam’s tutorial:


Our cute little Holztiger duck is the inspiration for this month’s circle time. As usual, we start with Good Morning Dear Earth (the song starts at 2:15):

Next, it’s time to move. I like to do this near the beginning of circle time because it’s the activity that Ben enjoys the most. If I can hook him early, he’s more likely to stay engaged. I found the verse and accompanying movements here.

All the little ducklings,
Line up in a row. (stand up)
Quack, quack, quack, (clap three times)
And away they go. (walk in place)

They follow their mother, (put hands behind back like a tail)
Waddling to and fro. (waddle)
Quack, quack, quack (clap three times)
And away they go.

Down to the big pond (make large circles with both arms)
Happy as can be. (smile)
Quack, quack, quack (clap three times)
They are full of glee.

They jump in the water (jump up and down)
And bob up and down,
Quack, quack, quack, (clap three times)
They all swim around.

All the little ducklings
Swimming far away (make swimming motions)
Quack, quack, quack (clap three times)
They’ll play another day.

 

We’re working on a new song called Earth, Sun, Wind and Rain.  It goes like this:

We’re sticking with Gerda Muller’s Spring book again. It’s such a simple, lovely book, and it has ducks, so it fits! If you have older children, you might want to read Malissa’s Each and Every Special Day from the March Zine.

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Ben’s patience is usually waning by this point (as I mentioned before, almost-three is a little young to do circle time, but we try to work it in so that our morning isn’t a rushed blur. If my kiddo isn’t into it, I don’t force it), so I wrap it up with a finger play. I prefer this one to the more popular Five Little Ducks. Even if FLD has a happy ending, it always struck me as little dark.

Five little ducks paddling to shore,
One paddled away, then there were four;
Four little ducks paddling towards me,
One padled away, then there were three:
Three little ducks paddling towards you,
One paddled away, then there were two:
Two little ducks paddling in the sun,
One paddled away, then there was one:
It paddled away then there was none.

Finally, we finish with the verse we’ve adopted as our family creed:

We are truthful and helpful and loving in trust.
For our heart’s inner sun glows brightly in us.
We will open our hearts to the sunbeams so bright,
And we’ll fill all the world with our heart’s inner light.

How do you approach circle time in your family?  Do you have a favorite theme or verse? Let us know in the comments!

 

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