G/F 71-77 Smithfield, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong

Support For Kindergarten Families

幼稚園活動建議
Published on: 2020-05-01 15:35:14
Ref no: n201927

Dear friends,

Since the Hong Kong population began staying home to stop the spread of Covid-19, our Kindergarten team has worked very hard in fostering a sense of rhythm and positivity for our families with frequent conversations and care package. Here we are sharing the fruits of our labour with colleagues from all over the world as a means to support the worldwide movement.

The Kindergarten team tries to improve upon the care package each time so that each family will have their needs met. We recognise that while the children are home full time, it may be very difficult to complete all the tasks and to listen to the songs and games, and for parents to read the articles. Our care packages have a wide range of activities that we hope can engage children of different ages.

Disruption is a fact of modern life. By staying true to the Waldorf focus on real experiences, loving connections, meaningful work, beautiful creation, and creative play, there are lots of things we can offer to help children and their caregivers manage through these uncertain times.

With love,

Ms Tammy and team

Songs

Spring is coming, spring is coming, birdies build your nests

Weave together straw and feather doing each your best

Spring is coming, spring is coming, flowers are coming too

Pansies lilies daffodillies all are coming through

Shake the blanket, shake the blanket

Fold it over, folder it over

I met a dusty little gnome who wanted to clean up his home

Dust, dust, dust,

Sweep, sweep, sweep

Clean his home

Earth who gives to us the food

Sun who makes it ripe and good

Dearest Earth and dearest Sun

Our loving thanks for all that you’ve done

Wash hands, wash,

The farmer’s gone to plough

If you want to wash your hands,

wash your hands now

Fuzzy little caterpillar crawling on the ground

Fuzzy little caterpillar nowhere to be found

When the caterpillars’ furry coat becomes too tight

He spins up a cocoon and sleeps there day and night

Now you see it moving, his little head you spy

Now the caterpillar becomes a butterfly

Tira lira lira, grass so green

Tira lira lira, hear the stream

Tira lira lira, sky so clear

Tira lira lira, spring is here

Tira lira lira, in the spring

Orioles and robins gaily sing

From the leafy branches you can hear

Tira lira lira ringing clear

Waken, sleeping Butterfly burst your narrow prison

Spread your golden wings and fly for the Sun has risen

We’re dancing, we’re dancing around the Maypole high

With colours of the rainbow our ribbons do fly

Dear children take a ribbon please today May flowers

All are we, around, around, around a garland we do weave

Tralala tralala tralala tralala

Tralala tralala tralalala

Baa baa black sheep have you any wool
Yes sir, yes sir three bags full
One for the master, one for the dame
and one for the little boy who lived down the lane

Oats, peas, beans, and barley grow
Oats, peas, beans, and barley grow
Do you or I or anyone know how
Oats, peas, beans, and barley grow
First the farmer sows his seeds
then he stands and takes his ease
Stamps his feet and claps his hands
And turns around to view the land

Pussy cat pussy cat where have you been
I’ve been to London to visit the queen
Pussy cat, pussy cat what did you there
I frightened a little mouse under her chair

Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O.

And on his farm he had some chicks, E-I-E-I-O.

With a chick, chick here,
And a chick, chick there,
Here a chick, there a chick,
Everywhere a chick, chick,

Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O.

Pig – Oink, oink
Cat – Meow, meow
Dog – Bow wow
Cow – Moo, moo
Mouse – Squeak ,squeak
Duck – Quack, quack

Games

Pinka ponka pooster

In the house there lives a rooster

Where does he live

Upstairs or downstairs

Doggie doggie where’s your bone?

Somebody stole it from your home!

Tip tap rip rap ticka tacka too

Scarlet leather sewn together this will make a shoe

Left, right pull it tight, summer days are warm

Underground in winter, laughing at the storm

Big boots a hunting, sandals in the hall

White for a wedding, pink for a ball

This way, that way, so we make a shoe

Getting rich at every stitch

Ticka tacka too

Five little peas in the pea pod pressed

One grew, two grew and so did all the rest

And they grew and they grew and they would not stop

Until one day the pea pod popped

Sleep baby sleep, thy father tends the sheep

Thy mother shakes the dream land tree, a little dream then falls on thee,
sleep baby sleep

Waken sleeping butterfly burst your narrow prison

Spread your golden wings and fly for the Sun has risen

Tinga linga linga linga ling x 3

Where is the Easter hare

Hopping here and hopping there x 3

Hopping here and there and everywhere,

in our Easter garden

Tinga linga linga linga ling x 3

Where is the Easter hare

Slowly, slowly creeps the little snail

Slowly, slowly down the garden rail

Quickly, quickly, quickly runs the little mouse

Quickly, quickly, quickly all through the house

A tisket, a tasket, a green and yellow basket

I wrote a letter to my love and on the way I dropped it, I dropped it

Someone must have picked it up and put it in their pocket

Could it be you, could it be me

Look behind your back

🐁 There was a little mouse hiding in his house hiding in his house and
he was so hungry
He decided to go out and look for some food
But then he saw a great long tail so he ran back in his house, he ran back in his house

Repeat 🐁

But then he saw a great shining eyes
So he ran back in his house, he ran back in his house

Repeat 🐁

But then he saw a great pointed ears
So he ran back in his house, he ran back in his house

Repeat 🐁

But then he saw a great long whiskers
so he ran back in his house, he ran back in his house

Repeat 🐁

And then he ate the bread and cheese and he scattered the crumbs to the birds
And then he ate the bread and cheese and he scattered the crumbs to the birds

One, two, three, four, five, once I caught a fish alive
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten then I let him go again
Why did you let him go because he bit my finger so
Which finger did he bite? This little finger on my right.

Stories

In a Waldorf kindergarten, teachers would usually remember stories by heart and tell them to the children. We would often work with the same story for a few weeks and use puppets or dress up to perform it. For older children, they may be ready for a different story sooner.

And yet, home is still home and not kindergarten, so do your best but there is no need to become a Waldorf teacher overnight!

Week 1 & 2 – Stone Soup, adapted by Shreya Sharma
Week 3 & 4 – The Elves and The Shoemaker by the Brothers Grimm
Week 5 & 6 – The Little Gnome Who Had to Stay Home by Susan Perrow
Week 7 & 8 – Mother Holle by the Brothers Grimm
Week 9 & 10 – The Little Red Hen
Week 11 & 12 – The Spindle, the Shuttle, and the Needle by the Brothers Grimm

Parents’ enrichment readings

The Sense of Life by Connie Helms
The life sense schools us – it teaches us to pay attention to discomfort and in the best scenario it helps us to get enough sleep, to eat well, exercise and to rest if we are sick.
Daily Rhythm at Home by Helle Heckmann
In the daily life with your children there are three important considerations: i) To be flexible; ii) To set limits (borders), and; iii) To observe the same routine everyday
Working with the Will of the Young Child by Nancy Blanning
Remember, you, as the parent, are the child’s loving authority. Do not be afraid to claim that role. Your guidance will strengthen, not suppress, your child’s will. The child is reassured by a warm, confident adult who knows how things work in the world and who can show him or her the way.
The Meaning of Illness by Susan R. Johnson
The etheric body is formed during the first 7 years of our life. Routines and daily rhythms (especially around mealtimes, bedtimes, morning times, and holiday celebrations) all strengthen the etheric.
The Sense of Touch by Connie Helms
Various issues may arise when the sense of touch has not received enough stimulation in infancy and in the early years.
Sleep by Helle Heckmann
The quality of sleep depends on our feelings, impressions and general wellbeing during the day. Thus, different essential aspects of life are deeply connected.
The Seasonal Festivals in Early Childhood by Nancy Foster
How can we penetrate to an experience of these seasonal festivals that will be meaningful and nourishing for families of every background, and how can we bring this experience into the life of the young child in a developmentally appropriate way?
Why are we teaching? What are we teaching? by Barbara Klocek
Our involvement as teachers in the social realm can create an opportunity for many social skills to be learned, for many rough edges to be smoothed and for many friendships to bloom.
The Sense of Self Movement by Connie Helms
Children are naturally wired to move for optimal brain development.
The Kindergarten Child by Peter Lang
It can be shown that in Waldorf education, kindergarten is a time of thorough preparation for future learning in school and in life.
Helping Children in a Time of Trouble – A Few Thoughts by Nancy Foster
In a time of trouble, such as the death of a family member or friend, parents are faced with the question of how to help the children through this time.
Choosing Fairy Tales For Different Ages by Joan Almon
Over the years, with the experience of actually telling the tales to children, one develops a “sense” for this, but in the beginning some guidelines may be of help.

Ms Tammy

Class Teacher for Kindergarten, 2019/20