Music and Circle Time

Merrily We Sing

Original Songs in the Mood of the Fifth

Ilian Willwerth

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Created by a Waldorf educator for the children in her care, these delightful new songs and singing games will bring joy to every home and classroom.  Dance around the Maypole -- play clapping and counting games -- celebrate a lost tooth -- sing prayers and lullabies -- all with the harmonious, healing music of the mood of the fifth.

Delightful for children and the adults who lead them.

The Mood of the Fifth

A Musical Approach to Early Childhood

Edited by Nancy Foster

Softbound

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This book collects a wide range of perspectives on the theme of music in the mood of the fifth, in order to help teachers and caregivers understand and work with this important means of supporting the healthy development of the young child. Classic articles by Jennifer Aulie, Wilma Ellersiek, and Rita Jacobs are included, along with new contributions by Michael Deason-Barrow, Jana Hawley, Renate Long-Breipohl, Sally Schweizer, Estelle Bryer, Eleanor Winship, Jill Taplin, and many others.

After many years of experimenting with the mood of the fifth, I am so glad to be able to offer this collection of articles by our colleagues in the Waldorf movement.  Many teachers find the journey into mood-of-the-fifth music a bit daunting; and many may share my resistance to making such a journey just because "we are supposed to."  The authors in our collection present a wide variety of approaches to this topic, sharing their own experiences and research into the "what, why, and how" of mood-of-the-fifth music.

- Nancy Foster
From the Introduction

Games Children Sing and Play

Singing Movement Games to Play with Children Ages 3-5

Joan Carr Shimer and Valerie Baadh Garrett

Softbound

Foreword by Jane Miller, EdD

Introduction by Sally Goddard Blythe

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A lot has been 'said' about protecting childhood, but this beautifully written and produced book will show you 'how'. The authors have poured a lifetime of what works for young children into these pages for us.

- Kim John Payne, M.Ed.
Author of Games Children Play and Simplicity Parenting

Games Children Sing and Play is a joyous outpouring of happy games for young children to play, for adults to teach, and for families and classrooms to experience the happy delight that flows out of these songs, movements and fun.  It is a book that will be welcomed anywhere there are children who want to play and adults who want to offer them the best foundation for life, along with a sense of happy security and peace.

Games Children Sing and Play is a treasury of thirty-four favorite, time-tested games for playing with three- to five-year-old children.  Not only is this book easy to use with children, but the authors also explain how these enchanting games help children develop in healthy ways.

This collection includes traditional gems and new games created or adapted for today's children. The magical weaving of rhythms, movement, songs, stories, and imaginative pictures invite children into worlds of vibrant wonder. These games help children feel at home in their bodies, become aware of others, and build relationships.  The authors give tips for using the games with children, and describe:

  • How games help child development and physical co-ordination
  • How healthy movement helps children's learning
  • How movement games develop the senses

In Games Children Sing and Play experienced educators Valerie Baadh and Joan Carr Shimer draw on both Spacial Dynamics and Waldorf early years education. Having worked extensively with children, they aim to encourage a healthy movement culture that counters our one-sided sedentary culture, with games that help children develop varied play and movement skills.  The authors offer these story games to educators and parents to provide children with a shared space for playing, growing, and learning.

A Day Full of Song

Work Songs from a Waldorf Kindergarten

Karen Lonsky

42 Original Songs in the Mood of the Fifth

Illustrated by Victoria Sander

Spiral Bound

$12.00

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This is how we knead our bread,
Push and pat, push and pat!
Roll it up and start again,
Push and pat, push and pat,
Push-a-pat-a-pat.

- from A Day Full of Song by Karen Lonsky

So many people have asked for more songs in the mood of the fifth* to share with young children. It is a joy to be able to announce this beautiful little book that is just what parents and teachers have been wanting - a beautiful way to carry children through the day and introduce them to the world where we do things to make life better for all. Just browsing through these songs is inspiring and joyous.

Please do share these songs with all the young ones in your care - they speak of a love of the earth at every turn.

*"The Mood of the Fifth" describes a type of pentatonic music, usually centered around A above middle C, which is light and delicate sounding, just right for very young children.

A Day Full of Song - Audio CD

Work Songs from a Waldorf Kindergarten

Karen Lonsky

A Companion CD to the songbook, A Day Full of Song

Illustrated by Victoria Sander

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Learn the songs from the teacher who wrote them - a beautiful accompaniment to Lonsky's songbook.

 

Dancing Hand ~ Trotting Pony

Hand Gesture Games, Songs and Movement Games for Children in Kindergarten and the Lower Grades

Wilma Ellersiek

Translated and Edited by Lyn and Kundry Willwerth

With a contribution by Ingrid Weidenfeld

$28.00

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We are so very happy to be able to offer yet another joyous book of gesture games and more by Wilma Ellersiek.  As with all her other books, hand gestures meet up with words, movement and songs in ways that are so warm and delightful it's easy to forget that this loving, warm play is also working to develop children's cognitive capacity and enhance language development. And yet, that is just what is happen -- as the hearts of both adults and children open through these beautiful, lively gestures, so too are the pathways for learning and understanding opened and enhanced.

Wilma Ellersiek passed on not too many years ago.  I think of her often and hope that she is able to look down upon us all and see her gifts for children enacted and embraced by many more than she ever dreamed would know of them. These are wonderful - for everyone. 

 

Gesture Games for Autumn and Winter

Wilma Ellersiek

Hand Gesture Games, Songs and Movement Games for Children in Kindergarten and the Lower Grades

Inside Spiral Bound

$28.00

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Long awaited, it will be long loved! Gesture Games for Autumn and Winter brings with it the same love and warmth of Ellersiek's Spring and Summer volume and her incomparable Giving Love, Bringing Joy. Anyone with young children in their lives will discover a new world of joy in Autumn and Winter - one with crackly leaves and crunchy frost, one with beauty all around. This beautiful book is a gift to children and the adults who love them - we warmly invite you to enter its world.

Gesture Games for Spring and Summer

Wilma Ellersiek

Hand Gesture Games, Songs and Movement Games for Children in Kindergarten and the Lower Grades

Inside spiral bound

$28.00

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These songs, hand gestures and movement games foster a joy and enthusiasm that leads our children toward a love and understanding of nature -- and no wonder, as they were created by the author of Giving Love, Bringing Joy. What an inspiring work! You'll love these as much as the children do.

Gesture Games for Spring and Summer, Autumn and Winter - CD

Hand Gesture Games, Songs and Movement Games for Children in Kindergarten and the Lower Grades

A Learning CD

Performed by Connie Manson Accompanied by Ilian Wilwerth

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Beautifully performed songs from Gesture Games for Spring and Summer and Gesture Games for Autumn and Winter -- for you to learn to sing with the children in your care.

Contains 19 songs of Spring/Summer and 18 Autumn/Winter songs.

Gesture Games Set

Gesture Games for Autumn and Winter - Book Gesture Games for Spring and Summer - Book Gesture Games for Spring and Summer, Autumn and Winter - Audio CD

Price if purchased separately: $71.90

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Giving Love - Bringing Joy - Book & CD

Book & CD Together

John Wilkes

Price if purchased separately: $38.95

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Giving Love - Bringing Joy

Hand Gesture Games and Lullabies in the Mood of the Fifth

Wilma Ellersiek

For Children between Birth & Nine

$28.00

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Here is a beautiful collection of original songs, hand games, touch games, lullabies, and, well, just about everything you could want to create a joyful moment with a child or class of children. I have personally never seen an offering quite like this one - Ellersiek's gift is that the tapestry of her songs and games actually awakens love within the adult which then streams out in joy to the child(ren) with whom the adult plays and sings. These are wonderful! If you have young children in your life, try these. They are like liquid drops of golden sunshine.

Giving Love-Bringing Joy CD

Hand Gesture Games and Lullabies in the Mood of the Fifth A Learning CD

Wilma Ellersiek

Performed by Connie Manson

Poetic Translation by Kundry Wilwerth

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A beautiful way to teach yourself the lullabies, hand games and simple songs of Giving Love - Bringing Joy. Connie Manson sings all fifteen of of these very special songs with a simplicity and lilting grace that evoke the love we carry for our children. There's a bonus song, too!

Juegos de Gestos de Mano

Para el jardín de infancia y la primera edad escolar

Wilma Ellersiek

Softbound

A Spanish language selection of gesture games taken from several of Wilma Ellersiek's books.

Traducido y editado por Michael Kranawetvogl

$25.00

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Este libro ofrece una selección de varios ipos de juegos de gestos de mano: juegos de tacto y de movimiento rítmico, juegos de movimientos del mundo animal y para las estaciones del año, y gestos para acompañar canciones de cuna.  Estos juegos están hechos desde un profundo conocimiento del ser humano y de las necesidades del niño en el primer septenio de su vida.

En estos juegos viven la veracidad y grandeza de la naturaleze, la música en su sentido más amplio, yel arte de hablarle al niño en un lenguaje que es el suyo propio.  El secreto del efecto saludable y terapéutico de los juegos de Wilma Ellersiek está en la armonía artística entre la palabra y el movimiento, que se crea a través del siempre presente elemento rítmico musical.

Movement Journeys and Circle Adventures

Movement Enrichment with a Therapeutic Approach for Early Childhood

Nancy Blanning and Laurie Clark

Spiral Bound

$23.50

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What a joy! Here is an entire book filled not just with charming circle games and songs for the kindergarten, but with charming games and songs that have been created to help our young children find their way into their bodies and souls. In more prosaic language, these games and movement songs address the spatial integration and sensory processing development issues that it seems more and more children are struggling with.

However you think about it, this is a book of genius and a gift to young children. The games are delightful - teachers and parents will have as much fun as the children. And, they are brilliantly thought out to include movement forms that will bring the children into the world with strength and balance.

This is a truly essential resource of the caliber of AHE's Resource Teacher's Developmental Exercise Manual. Use it. Love it.

Clump-a-Dump and Snickle-Snack

Pentatonic Children's Songs

Johanne Russ

Translated by Lyn S. Willerth

Softbound

$10.00

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This lovely collection of songs became an almost constant companion when our children were young. We sang just about all of them -- some, like the lullabies, were heard every day; others, like the songs for Christmas, Michaelmas, Easter and the seasons, became hallmarks of joyous times and occasions.

For sheer beauty and delight, and for songs that both children and parents love, Clump-a-Dump and Snickle-Snack is just the ticket!

Let's Dance and Sing

Story Games for Children

Arranged by Kundry Willerth

Spiral bound

$15.00

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Let's Dance and Sing offers up some of the most beloved circle games of the Waldorf kindergarten. All of them tell little stories, some of them reflect fairy tales told during story time. The music is charming, engaging, memorable (the minute I saw these songs again, I started humming some of my favorites, so well did they live in my memory after nearly 20 years!). You'll love them, the children in your care will love them. A classic collection.

Contents:

  • Introduction
  • The Daffodil (a personal favorite of mine!)
  • Eastertrain
  • The Three Little Pigs
  • The Seven Little Kids
  • Birthday
  • Aschenputtel
  • The Carrot
  • The Spinning Game
  • St. George - A Play
  • Stone Soup
  • Old Joseph Goes Walking
  • King Kaspar
  • Christmas Night

Spring
Summer
Autumn
Spring
Summer
Autumn
Winter
Spindrift
Gateways
Winter
Spindrift
Gateways

Wynstones Kindergarten Series - All 6 Books

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The Wynstones Kindergarten Series

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Gateways - Wynstones Kindergarten Collection

A Collection of Poems, Songs and Stories for Young Children

Wynstones Press

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Morning, Evening, Birthdays, Fairytales! The changing times and things of wonder that make the world go round! In this volume of treasured songs, poems and stories from Waldorf kindergartens around the world, you will find:

  • An outstanding essay on the value of music in a young child's life
  • 31 poems for morning, evening, birthdays and fairy tales
  • 40 songs about morning, evening, birthdays and fairy tales - with music
  • 3 birthday stories
  • recommended reading for parents and teachers

Spring - Wynstones Kindergarten Collection

A Collection of Poems, Songs and Stories for Young Children

Wynstones Press

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Awake, awake, it's Springtime! In this volume of treasured songs, poems and stories from Waldorf kindergartens around the world, you will find:

  • An outstanding essay on the value of music in a young child's life
  • 50 poems celebrating spring
  • 30 springtime songs with music
  • 9 fairy tales and nature stories
  • recommended reading for parents and teachers

Summer - Wynstones Kindergarten Collection

A Collection of Poems, Songs and Stories for Young Children

Wynstones Press

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Ah! Summer! Dear little violet, open your eyes! I'm busy, busy, busy said the bee! In this volume of treasured songs, poems and stories from Waldorf kindergartens around the world, you will find:

  • An outstanding essay on the value of music in a young child's life
  • 59 poems celebrating summer
  • 27 summer songs with music
  • 13 fairy tales and nature stories
  • recommended reading for parents and teachers

Autumn - Wynstones Kindergarten Collection

A Collection of Poems, Songs and Stories for Young Children

Wynstones Press

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It's golden in the treetops! Autumn's on it's way! In this volume of treasured songs, poems and stories from Waldorf kindergartens around the world, you will find:

  • An outstanding essay on the value of music in a young child's life
  • 59 poems celebrating autumn
  • 30 springtime songs with music
  • 6 fairy tales and nature stories
  • recommended reading for parents and teachers

Winter - Wynstones Kindergarten Collection

A Collection of Poems, Songs and Stories for Young Children

Wynstones Press

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Let's go walking in the snow! Let's put our mittens on! In this volume of treasured songs, poems and stories from Waldorf kindergartens around the world, you will find:

  • An outstanding essay on the value of music in a young child's life
  • 52 poems celebrating winter
  • 31 wintery songs with music
  • 10 fairy tales and nature stories
  • recommended reading for parents and teachers

Spindrift - Wynstones Kindergarten Collection

A Collection of Miscellaneous Poems, Songs and Stories for Young Children

Wynstones Press

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Celebrate the animals, the carpenters, the trees and mother making pancakes! Spindrift is a rich and wonderful celebration of daily life. In this volume of treasured songs, poems and stories from Waldorf kindergartens around the world, you will find:

  • An outstanding essay on the value of music in a young child's life
  • 156 poems celebrating all sorts of things
  • 29 songs with music
  • 43 fairy tales and nature stories
  • recommended reading for parents and teachers

Let Us Form a Ring

An Acorn Hill Anthology

Nancy Foster

$21.00

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Let Us Form a Ring is the original Acorn Hill Anthology and anyone who has used it can testify to the happy richness these songs and games bring to children. This is truly a classic collection. The collection is organized by season, celebrations and daily rhythms and is a treasure worth its weight in hugs and kisses.

Let Us Form a Ring

Set of 2 Audio CDs

Nancy Foster

2 Audio CDs in jewel case

$20.00

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This Waldorf classic is brought to life in this audio CD set.  A full 87 songs are portrayed with loving care and gentle beauty.  This is a beautiful way to learn the songs so that you can share them with the young children you love.

Dancing as We Sing

Seasonal Circle Plays and Traditional Singing Games

Nancy Foster

$21.00

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Dancing as We Sing is the second Acorn Hill Kindergarten anthology. It includes Daily Songs to use each day to introduce circle time, snack time, story time, and the end of the morning; Seasonal Circle Plays for circle time throughout the year; and Traditional Singing Games that have been longtime joys for children. Nancy Foster has added introductory commentary to these three basic sections which offers her experience in using the songs and games in a Waldorf kindergarten. Just reading through this collection makes me feel like I'm back in the kindergarten - what a delight!

Dancing as We Sing - Audio CD

Nancy Foster

1 Audio CD in jewel case

$15.00

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All 67 songs from the book recorded beautifully as a learning aid for teachers and parents.

Lavender's Blue Dilly Dilly

Enchanting Nursery Rhymes, Mother Goose Songs and Singing Games for Wonder-Filled Dance and Play

Mary Thienes-Schunemann

Songbook & CD with Guitar Chords

Spiral bound

$24.95

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Every nursery rhyme I've ever loved and sung to our children is here, accompanied Mary Thienes-Schunemann's soft, heart-opening voice on a learning CD. This is a beautiful collection of traditional children's songs and games - timeless, joy filled, life affirming.

Today's children are starved for singing, just as they are for touch, story telling, and play. . . . This songbook is truly a treasure, one that should be in the hands of every parent, care-giver, and teacher. This book fills a critical need in American childhood (and parenthood) today!

- Joseph Chilton Pearce,
Author: Magical Child, Evolution's End, and
The Biology of Transcendence

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Sing a Song of Seasons

Singing with Children Series

Songs from the seasons of nature to sing with young children

A Naturally You Can Sing Production

Arranged by Mary Thienes-Schunemann, Musician and Waldorf Educator

Songbook and CD

$24.95

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Sing the new songs! Sing with Joy! . . . not only with your tongue, but with your life!

- St. Augustine

So begins - and rightly so! - this gift of a songbook for parents, teachers and children. Mary Thienes-Schunemann has created exactly the songbooks that I have for years heard adults who care for children begging for. As with her other songbooks, this one is packed with beautiful, mescal, expressive songs to share with young children - AND it comes with CD you can use to hear Mary sing all the songs in a voice so pure and simple it can bring tears (of joy and gratitude) to your eyes. And thus, in joy and beauty you can learn these songs and share them with your beloved children - who will grow with smiles and gladness and song at their singing.

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Sing a Song with Baby

Singing with Children Series

Delightful bounces and body games from fingers to toes to sing with your wee ones

By Mary Thienes-Schunemann, Musician and Waldorf Educator

Songbook and CD

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For a caress is abode and shelter;
I caress the child
so as to protect her
and bring her joy . . .
Thereby she receives a sign
on the velvet of her face.

- Antoine de Saint-Exupery "The City in the Desert"

The songs in The Sing a Song with Baby are indeed caresses - of laughter, the joy of discover, of head-to-toe delight and soft soothing wonder. Mary Thienes-Schunemann has created exactly the songbooks that I have for years heard adults who care for children begging for. This songbook offers up a feast of parent-baby games, bounces and joy - all beautiful and deliciously musical. It comes with a CD you can use to hear Mary sing all the songs in a voice so pure and simple it can bring tears (of joy and gratitude) to your eyes. And thus, in joy and beauty you can learn these songs and share them with your beloved children - who will bring your their giggles and squeals and joy again and again and again.

One of our customers writes:

At the time we ordered the songbooks from you, my new son was about two months old and Grace, my 2+ year old daughter, seemed to be doing the "big sister withdrawal" that older siblings sometimes do . . . The music, and the beautiful drawings, drew her in right away. Especially The Singing Baby, which incorporates so much play and touching, was just what we needed to reconnect. Of course, when she was avoiding physical contact it was really that she wanted it very much because she saw how much Luke was getting. This allowed us to get close again in a happy, fun way.

- RD in Massachusetts

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The Wonder of Lullabies

Singing with Children Series

Lullabies from around the world to sing with children of all ages

Arranged & Recorded by Mary Thienes-Schunemann, Musician and Waldorf Educator

Songbook and CD

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. . . to all the children under the Sun, Moon and Stars

-Mary Thienes-Schunemann

Here are the songs mothers round the world use to grace their children at the close of each day. Mary Thienes-Schunemann has gathered lullabies from all over our dear planet, like glowing pearls on a necklace of love. This grace-filled songbook comes with a CD you can use to hear Mary sing - ever so sweetly - each lullaby in a voice so pure and simple it can bring tears (of joy and gratitude) to your eyes. And thus, in joy and beauty you can learn these songs to guide your children into sleep - and you can watch as your children smile into the arms of their angels.

The Christmas Star

Well-loved songs for the Christmas season from Advent to Three Kings Day to sing with your beloved children

Mary Thienes-Schunemann

A Naturally You Can Sing Production

Songbook and audio CD Parent/Teacher Resource

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In olden times, when a person wished to express something sacred and holy, they were not allowed to speak about it, they could only sing. It was recognized that singing contained a higher power than speech and was a holy activity. There are still echoes of this ancient practice in some cultures of the world today. The memory is still present that how we use our voices to sing and speak can contribute to healing and peace, in our hearts and in the world.

- Mary Thienes-Schunemann

Tears filled my eyes several times as I listened to the CD that accompanies this extraordinary song book. It was not just that the music and singing were so very beautiful, nor was it that the songs were so well chosen, nor even that they brought back some of the best memories of my life. It was that Mary's music is all these things and something much more as well - The Christmas Star is quite simply a sun-drenched outpouring of hope and love. What could have been just one more nice collection of Christmas carols has, through her healing artistry and deep sensitivity, come into the world a gleaming, golden gift of life offered to our children and their children beyond.

I can't think of a better gift for your children, your family, yourself - a true celebration of the Light of Love kindled in the darkest season.

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