Monday, 5 January 2015

January 2015: Summer Love

January 5, 2015

So much has happened since I blogged last. It’s Summer, for one thing! I skipped blogging Spring altogether, which is kind of a shame as we had a full, fun and productive few months, and it’s so easy to forget what we’ve been doing. 


Now Summer is here, and in full swing. Our days have been spent as all long summer days of childhood should, filled with gorgeous sunshine, productive gardens, long lazy days, insects buzzing, cherry and blueberry picking with friends, and of course Christmas and New Year celebrations!  

Our schooling itself hasn’t changed much. We have been learning each day as we always do, so the idea of ’school holidays’ is kind of meaningless. It does mean, however, that we have the chance to catch up with schooling friends a little more regularly over their summer break which has been lovely.


We managed to get away for a long weekend on Maria Island with a bunch of other families. It was a wonderful trip packed with history, exploring, wildlife and fun.





 We shall definitely be back, and in the meantime the trip has sparked an interest in history and we will be exploring Tasmania’s convict history in our local area over the coming months.

Learning happens every day, and the addition of science kits, experiment books, worm farms and all sorts of educational games and resources given to the boys very thoughtfully this Christmas by grandparents, aunts and uncles, has meant a reinvigorated interest in science, literacy and numeracy. We haven’t kept up with a Morning Circle over the Christmas/New Year period, though we sing each days as we go about our little activities :) Some of our favourite Summer songs and rhymes are:

{ Summer Circle-Time }

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Opening Verse:
Come out, come out this sunny day
The fields are sweet with new mown hay
The birds are singing loud and clear
For summer time once more is here
So bring your rakes and come and play
And toss and tumble in the hay
The sweet wild roses softly blow
All pink and white the roses grow
The nodding daisies in the grass
Lift up their heads to hear you pass
Upon this happy, sunny day
When you come out to make the hay.



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Action Song:
If I were a farmer, a farmer, a farmer.
If I were a farmer, what would I do?
I would feed the hungry chickens/milk the cows each morning… etc.
That’s what I’d do!

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Action Rhyme:
Long green snakes in the grass are we,
Our tail is far away,
We wriggle and wriggle and twist and turn
As in and out we sway.

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Fingerplay:
This is a house for a robin
(make a nest with hands)
This is a hive for a bee
(two fists together to make a hive)
This is a hole for a bunny
(thumbs and pointers on both hands to make hole)
And this is a house for me!
(Arms and hands form roof overhead)

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Song:
Flutter, flutter butterfly
Floating high up in the sky
Floating by for all to see
Floating by so merrily
Bye, Bye, butterfly!

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Butterfly Game:
Dancing among the flowers with dainty painted wings
Flits the golden butterfly, joy to my heart she brings
Stopping only for a rest to sip the morning dew
Then flits and flutters off again
Butterfly, I can't catch you!
(Children sit in a circle with hands held up and cupped on top of head acting as flowers. Butterfly dances inside the circle, flitting in and out of the space between seated children. Butterfly stops behind one child in circle for a rest, bends, and sips dew by tickling a flower in the child's palms. Flower child jumps up and chases butterfly back to his place, then becomes the next butterfly. Repeat game with new butterfly.)

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Action Rhyme:
Here is a beehive
But where are the bees?
Hiding away where nobody sees!
See them come crawling out of their hive:
1,2,3,4,5!
Bzzzzzzzzzzz

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Action Rhyme:
What do you suppose? 
A bee sat on my nose!
Then what do you think? 
He gave a little wink and said:
“I beg your pardon, 
I thought you were the garden!”

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Poem:
Little bees work very hard,
making golden honey. 
Taking nectar from the flowers,
when the days are sunny.


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Action Song:
Here is the sea,
The wavy sea.
Here is a boat.
And here is me.

And little fishes,
way down below,
Wiggle their tails,
And away they go!

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Action Rhyme:
Build a sand castle to the sky,
(Pat air; move hands upward.)
Make a moat so when the waves roll by
(Make a big circle with arms in front of body.)

The castle will stand with its sandy wall
(Hold arms upright with fingertips touching.)
‘Til high tide comes and then it will fall.
(Fingers flutter at rooftop, and slowly flutter downward to lap.)

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Action Rhyme:
1,2,3,4,5
Once a caught a fish alive.
6,7,8,9,10
Then I let it go again!
Why did you let it go?
Because it bit my finger so!
Which finger did it bite?
This little finger on my right.

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Closing Poem:
O Dandelion, yellow as gold, what do you do all day?
“I just wait here in the tall, green grass, ’till the children come to play.”
O Dandelion, yellow as gold, what do you do all night?
“I wait and wait, while the cool dew falls, and my hair grows long and white.”
And what do you do when your hair grows white, and the children come to play?
“They take me in their dimpled hands, and blow my hair away!”

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The boys have been a huge help in the kitchen garden over the last few weeks, planting, weeding, mulching and watering. The addition go new wheelbarrows for Christmas have meant I have eager and willing worker looking for “jobs” every day. Lucky me! :) The garden is looking lush and abundant, and our blossoming little berry farm is slowly coming along. Since I last blogged, we’ve added some new members to our family, 4 little ducklings who hatched under our mother hen just before Christmas, and 3 guinea fowl chicks who peep and chirrup all day long! 






Summer days certainly have a delightful magic of their own <3