Happy Summer! St. John’s Tide, or The Feast of The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist as it called traditionally in the church, is almost upon us! I have a back post about Midsummer Day/St. John’s Tide here: https://theparentingpassageway.com/2009/06/09/midsummers-day-st-johns-tide-day/
Here are few things we are enjoying in our home as we prepare for this special day, both in church and at home.
This is a tune from the “Summer” Wystones book:
In the Summer Garden
Where we singing go
Light is flowing
Glowing flowing while the roses grow
Then I will add this version which I made up, to the same tune:
In the Summer Garden
Where the sun’s a- glow
St. John’s coming
Making straight and narrow the paths go
A Traditional Waldorf Verse, found in many different sources:
I am the sun
And I bear with my might
The earth by day, the earth by might
I hold her fast, and my gifts I bestow
To everything on her, so that it may grow
Man and stone, flower and bee
All receive their light from me
Open thy heart like a little flower,
That with my light I may thee dower
Open thy heart, dear child, to me,
That we together one light may be.
Ring Game For The Young Child:
Sally go round the sun
Sally go round the moon
Sally go round the chimney tops
On A Sunday afternoon – whoops!
Saint John, who ate locusts and wild honey, makes me think of bees in this summertime.
Five Busy Bees
Five little busy bees on a day so sunny.
(Hold up all fingers.)
Number one said, I’d like to make some honey.
(Bend down number one.)
Number two said, Tell me where shall it be?
(Bend down second finger.)
Number three said, In the old honey-tree.
(Bend down third finger.)
Number four said, Let’s gather nectar sweet.
(Bend down fourth finger.)
Number five said, Let’s take pollen on our feet.
(Bend down thumb.)
Humming their busy little honeybee song.
Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! (Fly fingers.)
From Nature Boxes for Early Childhood Educators, Debbi Williams, Story County Conservation Board
Here is the beehive, where are the bees?
clench fist and bring out fingers quickly one by one
Hidden away were nobody sees
Watch and you will see them come out of their hives,
One, two, three, four, five,
Buzz, buzz, buzz.
One little bee blew and flew.
He met a friend, and that made two.
Two little bees, busy as could be–
Along came another and that made three.
Three little bees, wanted one more,
Found one soon and that made four.
Four little bees, going to the hive.
Spied their little brother, and that made five.
Five little bees working every hour–
Buzz away, bees, and find another flower.
And you could end with the traditional favorite:
Ring around the rosies
Pocket full of posies
Ashes, ashes, we all fall down
Cows are in the meadows
Thunder, lightning, we all stand up!
Some little activities to enjoy:
Read the story of Saint John from the Holy Bible – such richness for all ages!
Make some small hanging suns – directions page 105 of the book “All Year Round”
Make some bees for your nature table: http://ancienthearth2.blogspot.com/2010/07/summer-bees-needle-felting-tutorial.html (no dry needle felting for young children, please! However, they could paint rocks like little bees)
Wet –on-wet watercolor painting with yellow
There are stories in the back of the Summer Wynstones and also a story for older children in the back of the book, “All Year Round”.
Many blessings on The Feast of The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist!