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In long straight rows he puts it.
winds blow o'er. Here the children pretend to cut clover with a scythe.
(Repeat verse 1)
The children form two concentric rings, girls in the outer, boys in. the inner ring. Both dance round while singing the first verse.
They stand still to sing the first part of the second verse, and pretend to be sowing seed.
Then for the last four lines they join hands and dance round in quicker time than for verse 1.
2 O we can tell
For we know well-
(Repeat verse 1)
For we know well-
4 O we can tell
For we know well
That sunny winds blow o'er. The children pretend to be stacking clover with a fork. For the last four lines the boys re-form their ring, and each girl places her hands lightly on a boy's shoulder, and they dance round in this position, repeating the last four lines twice.
Annebelle R. Bucknam
with the child opposite him in the other line as both bow. Hearts, like doors, open with ease,
This line then draws backward to place, and the other line With very, very little keys.
advances. In this way the greeting takes a very short time. And don't forget that two of these
Allow different children, who may be appointed for Are, “I thank you,” and “If you please.”
different days or for a week, to answer the door when there
is a knock. Teach them to greet the one knocking, to ask With the first days of school in September, among the him in, and to give him a seat and a book, if a class is numerous other good things, do start teaching “politeness," reading. both by precept and by example. The day's work will go
Teach even the small boys to raise their hats when they much more smoothly, and the children are forming habits bow to ladies. Use this little stanza to help them to form of courtesy that will remain with them through life, for the habit: the following quotation from Froebel has been proved too
If a lady on the street, often to be disputed:
Or my teacher I should meet,
From my head my hat I take, You may now in these early years do things with a touch as light as
And a bow like this I make. a feather, which later you cannot do with the pressure of a hundred weight.
With the older children use the following. Choose one
boy for “Brother Sunshine” and one girl for “Sister Song.” At first use the simple "Good morning" and "Good The children may form a ring to represent a home. night” salutations. If it can be arranged, it is a good plan The two children chosen knock at the door, or at an for teacher to stand at the door, or by her desk, and greet imaginary door, as the children sing, using the music of each child with “Good morning, Alice," or "Good morning, “Good-morning, Merry Sunshine”: John," and a clasp of the hand. The children will take care that hands are clean and nails are in good condition
Good morning, Brother Sunshine; if this is customarily done.
Good morning, Sister Song. Then, in the game period, use the following simple little
We beg your humble pardon,
If you've waited very long. game.
We thought we heard you rapping; The children may form in a circle, or in two rows opposite
To shut you out were sin. each other, or they may remain in their seats until greeted.
Our door is standing open; One child is chosen for the first neighbor. He goes to any
Won't you walk right in? child, and as that child rises, they shake hands and bow,
At the last line the joined hands of the children are as all sing, or the first neighbor may sing alone.
raised, and "Brother Sunshine" and "Sister Song" walk I'll go across the street,
into the ring. If the children have not formed a ring, but My neighbor dear to greet,
have remained in their seats, the two visitors may be shown How-do-you-do?
to seats placed at the front of the room.
Two other children have previously been chosen for The child greeted is then the neighbor who greets another
“Brother Gladness” and “Sister Smile?” They now child, and so on. Or they may both greet other children, and knock, and the children sing: in this way in a very few minutes each child has been greeted and has also extended a greeting to another.
Good morning, Brother Gladness;
Good morning, Sister Smile. If the children form in two opposite lines, one entire line
They told us you were coming, may advance toward the other and each child shake hands
So we waited on awhile.
Or if unkindly wrong I've given,
With“Forgive me," I shall be forgiven.
When friends give anything to me,
I use the little “Thank you” key. All the children stand in a line or form a small circle, as they all repeat:
We'll often use each golden key,
This is its motto, "Be ye kind."
blackboard, perhaps using colored crayon. "We'll often use each golden key”
The children may pass their keys to the child who held
them at first, or hang them on little hooks above or below We're lonesome here without you,
small mottoes bearing the words which they represent. A weary while it's been.
Thus by games, or poems, by precept and by example, Our door is standing open;
remembering always that children are imitators, seek to Won't you walk right in?
form these habits of courtesy and politeness so that they “Brother Gladness” and “Sister Smile” walk into the may easily and naturally become a part of the child's daily
life. If we can do this, we shall indeed open ring or to their reserved seats.
that this pre
prove Two more children have been chosen to represent cept from “Poor Richard's Almanac” is really true, 'not “Brother Kindness” and “Sister Cheer.'
only for the children, but also for ourselves: They, in turn, knock and are admitted joyfully as the
Would you live at ease? children sing:
Do what you ought,
Not what you please.
Use many games of motor activity during the play
periods. Remember that this is September, the first month Some way we keep forgetting
of school, and as the children have been accustomed to much We have to toil and spin
freedom of movement during the long summer, it is not easy When you are our companions;
nor desirable for them to sit quietly in school for any great Our door is standing open, Won't you walk right in?
length of time. If you cannot have much playground
apparatus, at least try to secure a swing or two. The first two children chosen may choose the next two, Here, too, is another opportunity to instill lessons in and so on, if desired, before the game begins, or as it pro- kindness and courtesy, as the children take turns swinging, gresses. Explain to the children how much we all need
or give place to others. these six helpers, not only in school, but at home, at play, Teach at this time, “The Swing,” by Robert Louis and in fact everywhere.
Stevenson. For the following, provide large keys cut from yellow
How do you like to go up in a swing, cardboard, or from stiff white paper colored yellow.
Up in the air so blue? Choose one child to hold the keys. This child repeats:
Oh, I do think it's the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!
Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
Rivers and trees and cattle and all The child with the bunch of keys may choose all the
Over the countryside other children, or each child may choose the next one to receive a key.
Till I look down on the gardens green,
Down on the roofs so brown —
Up in the air and down!
If it is not possible to have a real swing, have one or more Then the third child repeats, as she takes her key from imaginary ones. the bunch held by the first child:
Choose three children for each. Two children clasp
hands and form the swing, while the third one pushes it When evening comes, "Good night,” I say,
back and forth, and perhaps “runs under" just as if it were And close the door of each glad day.
a really truly swing with some one swinging in it.
The older children will like to sing the following, by The fourth child says, as she takes her key:
E. S. Bumstead, using the music of “Blue-eyed Mary.”
Here we go to the branches high!
Here we come to the grasses low!
For the spiders and flowers and birds and I The next child repeats:
Love to swing when the breezes blow.
Swing, little bird, on the topmost bough;
Swing, little spider, with rope so fine;
Swing, little flower, for the wind blows now,
But none of you have such a swing as mine. As she takes her key, the next one says:
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The Swedish Folk Dancers
Lyle Wilson Holden
HIS simple entertainment is for any even number
of girls and boys from the primary grades, or it
may be given by girls alone, half of them taking the boys' parts. The children taking part will enjoy dressing up in the peasant costumes, and if the dances are done in a spirited manner they are very effective.
The girls should wear short skirts of some striking color. Red, green or blue will probably be best. Over these are worn aprons of a lighter color. A black laced bodice is worn over an ordinary white waist. Either red or white stockings should be worn with black slippers. The boys wear tight knee pants, a highly colored vest over a white shirt, and a gay tie. If the girls wear white stockings, let the boys wear red ones. If the girls take the boys' parts, they may wear dark colored gymnasium bloomers.
They enter in pairs in time to the music, and take their position in a line across the front. They recite the verse which follows in concert.
Just for a time we have come from old Sweden,
Playing the games of our fair native land; And if you wish we will dance some folk dances
That will be fun for each one in our band. First we will play an old game while we're singing,
Just as they've played it in Sweden for years; And we do hope you will like our folk dancing,
Then you will greet us with smiles and with cheers.
The players stand with hands upon hips, swaying in opposite directions. When the front partner bends to the right, the one behind bends to the left. Be sure that the bending is done from the waist. Arrange the circle so that each couple has another couple directly opposite. Beginning with the third line, the partners may join hands and alternate the peeping front and back of arm movements, by first throwing head back with arms front, then arms pointing back, with head thrown forward. In the second part, change partners by the ones behind stepping forward and taking for a partner the front girl directly opposite. Sing through three or four times.