Goodbye Autumn

We’ve decked out the (tiny) tree, started listening to Christmas music, and I can’t stop thinking about hot chocolate… so I think it’s time to say farewell to the glorious Autumn we have had. Here are some pictures I’ve been meaning to get up, both from our preschool group and some regular days.

Our story for November was “The Autumn Blanket” from the book Autumn by Wynstones Press. You can find the whole story written out here, along with images of beautiful storytelling props: Bending Birches ~ The Autumn Blanket

November/December Late Autumn Circle:
{opening song}
Good morning dear earth, good morning dear sun, good morning dear stones, and the flowers every one. Good morning dear animals, and birds in the trees, good morning to you, and good morning to me. ::::::::::::::::::::
{verse: say and stand up}
Little leaves, feel the breeze, like butterflies, we fly and rise ::::::::::::::::::::

{song: sing and dance with fall colored silks}
Come little leaves, said the wind one day, Come over the meadow  with me to play, Put on your dresses of red and gold, For Summer is gone and the days grow cold.
Soon as the leaves heard the wind’s loud call, Down they came fluttering, one and all; Over the fields they danced and flew, Singing the soft little songs they knew.
Dancing and whirling the little leaves went Winter had called them, and they were content, Soon, fast asleep on their earthy bed, The snow laid a coverlet over their head. (last line x2) :::::::::::::::::::::

{finger play}
These are the pretty leaves Fluttering down, And this is the tall tree Bare and brown. This is the squirrel With eyes so bright; Hunting for nuts
With all his might. This is the hole Where day by day, Nut after nut He stores away. When winter comes With its cold and storm, He’ll sleep curled up All snug and warm. ::::::::::::::::::::

{action poem: whole body movement}
Gray squirrel, gray squirrel, swish your bushy tail. Gray squirrel, gray squirrel, swish your bushy tail. Wrinkle up your little nose, hold a nut between your toes. Gray squirrel, gray squirrel, swish your bushy tail. ::::::::::::::::::::

{song: holding hands in a circle, alternating feet tapping to the center of the circle for first two and last two lines, walking in a circle holding hands for middle verse}
Boom de a dah, boom de a dah, boom de a dah Boom. Boom boom boom boom. I like the flowers I like the daffodils I like the mountains I like the rolling hills I like the fireside… When… the lights are low. Boom de a dah, boom de a dah, boom de a dah Boom. Boom boom boom boom. ::::::::::::::::::::

{song}
I go outside with my lantern, my lantern goes with me. Above the stars are shining bright, down here on Earth shine we. The cock does crow, the cat meows, la bimmel, la bammel, la boom. ::::::::::::::::::::

{song}
Glimmer, lantern, glimmer Little stars a-shimmer Over meadow, moor and dale Flitter, flutter, elfin veil Pee-wit, pee-wit, tikka-tikka-tik Rucoo, rucoo.
Glimmer, lantern, glimmer Little stars a-shimmer Over rock and stock and stone Wandering, skipping, little gnome Pee-wit, pee-wit, tikka-tikka-tik Rucoo, rucoo. ::::::::::::::::::::

{goodbye song}
Merry have we met, merry have we been, merry shall we part, and merry meet again. Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye.
::::::::::::::::::::
Lantern songs on youtube (so you can learn the tune, slightly different lyrics in some parts): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3zRxjBIaqo
Come Little Leaves on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-T0eocxFos

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