Get everyone in a circle with one person in the middle.
The person in the middle walks around inside the cricle while eveyone else sings,
“Little Sally Walker walking down the street.
She didnt know what to do so she stoped in front of me.”
At this point, the one in the middle stands in front of someone and does a dance move.
“Hey girl, do that thing! Do that thing and switch!”
The the person that got picked swaps with them and does the dance move back.
“Hey girl, do that thing! Do that thing and switch!”
The new person now walks on the inside of the circle and continues the game.
To have fun and warm up.
Little Sally Walker
Walkin’ down the street (clap clap)
Didn’t know what to do
So she stopped in front of me (clap clap)
She said, “Hey girl, do that thing! Do that thing and switch!” (Person 1 dances)
“Hey girl, do that thing! Do that thing and switch!” (Person 2 swaps sides, copies the dance back)
Song: The Witch Song
Album: Circle Round and Sing! Songs for Family Celebrations in the Goddess Traditions
Artist: Anne Hill
Who were the witches, where did they come from?
Maybe your great, great, grandmother were one,
Witches were wise, wise women they say,
And there’s a little witch in every woman today
there’s a little witch in every woman today
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Title: When the Wind Stops
Author: Charlotte Zolotow
Age Range: 4-8 years old
Paperback: 32 pages
Themes: Circle of life, Cycles, Seasons
Where does the wind go when it stops?
When a little boy asks this question at the end of a happy day, his mother explains that the wind does not stop-it blows away to make the trees dance somewhere else.
Reassuringly, she tells him that nothing ever ends, it simply begins in another place or in another way. Rain goes back into the clouds to create new storms, waves fold back upon the sea to become new waves, and the day moves on to make way for the night, bringing the darkness and stars for the little boy to dream in.
Charlotte Zolotow’s lyrical prose and Stefano Vitale’s rich illustrations make this a beautiful celebration of the cycle of life.
Sometimes it is easiest to think of the UU principles in the children’s version.
Sometimes it is helpful to think of the Unitarian Universalist Principles arranged as pillars.
Other times, it is helpful to think of the UU Principles arranged as an inverted triangle. In the moments of darkness, I change my perspective to viewing our UU principles in triangle style. Going from 1 up to 7. From the individual person out to the bigger world.
They now become a useful ladder with a clear path to follow. When I don’t have the energy for broadcasting on all 7 channels? I dial it down to the level I can best be at.
It begins with Principle 1: “The inherent worth and dignity of every person.” Even me. I could be kind to myself, and expect of me what is actually doable, what is actually realistic.
My flu best isn’t going to be the same as my healthy best. My grief and mourning best isn’t going to be the same as when we are not in bereavement. That’s ok. All I have to do is my best in the moment. Hit the number I can hit. When I am doing better, I can climb the next rung on the ladder and add that.
If my compassion does not include myself, it is incomplete.
Title:Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes
Author:Demian Elaine Yumei
Age Range: 3 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Themes: Interconnectedness, connection, circle of life
Review by Janet Boyer on amazon.com:
“Everyone and everything-my daddy, my mommy, bugs and worms, clouds and sky, lakes and rivers, the sun and stars-are parts of the tomato you cannot see. Take away any one, and the little yellow pear tomatoes in my garden could not be.” -from the book
Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes is a delightful 32-page book by Demian Elaine Yumei examining the universal circle of life through the innocent eyes of a young girl. Inspired by the author’s youngest daughter (who really *does* love pear tomatoes)-as well as the Zen teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh-the little girl in the story marvels at all the energy and collaboration it takes to grow the tomatoes. From the earthworms who aerate the soil with their tunnels to her Mommy who weeds the garden, there are a lot of not-a-tomato things that are in little yellow pear tomatoes!
Filled with lush, vibrant illustrations by first time Mom Nicole Tamarin, Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes follows the contemplations of a little girl who see that everyone and everything brings something essential to the fruits she loves so much. Because many things contribute to the growing of the tomatoes-her Daddy who plants them, the sun which grants energy, the lakes, rivers and oceans that supply the clouds with water, and even the hearts of stars-all things are inside every little pear tomato.
Imbued with exquisite artwork and the gentle message of interconnectedness, Little Pear Tomatoes is a fitting book for such troubled times. Ever since we’ve gotten this book, my son has asked me to read it to him every night before bed. Interestingly, this month’s picture on my kitchen calendar features tomatoes of all shapes, sizes and colors, so I was able to show my son pictures of actual yellow pear tomatoes. Admittedly, I hadn’t heard of-or seen-these types of tomatoes until reading this book!
While the Amazon recommendation says that this book is geared towards babies and preschoolers, the words are advanced enough to challenge the reading skills of 7-8 year olds in my opinion. This is no mere picture book