Classroom Songbook

Welcome to our digital songbook. We have created this to support the families in our programs as they learn the songs that guide us through our days—both so you can join in, and so you can integrate some into your home lives if you feel called! These recordings are meant as a teaching tool for adults, please do not play them for your children.

Songs shared here are those we have learned through Folk traditions—that is, by hearing them and likely changing them a bit ourselves along the way. At the bottom we’ve also shared some excellent published collections of songs for those we have direct sources of.


Glimmer Lantern Glimmer

Lantern Walk Song

Listen

Glimmer lantern glimmer
Little stars a’ shimmer
Over meadow moore and dale
Flitter flutter elfin veil
Pee wit pee wit rick-a-tick-a-tick
Roo coo, roo coo

Glimmer lantern glimmer
Little stars a’ shimmer
Over rock and stock and stone
Wander tripping little gnome
Pee wit pee wit rick-a-tick-a-tick
Roo coo, roo coo
— Learned from Maggie Touchette of the Harbor Waldorf School

For the Golden Corn

meal Blessing

Listen

For the golden corn and the apples in the trees,
For the golden butter and the honey in our tea,
For fruits and nuts and berries
That grow beside the way,
For birds and bees and flowers
We give thanks today.
— Learned from Meggan Gill of the Brooklyn Waldorf School

n.b. “corn” in this song is from the British usage, meaning the staple grain of a region, rather than maize, with which it’s come to be synonymous in the United States. Feel free to change it to “grain” if you feel called.


Fire Fairies

for Blowing out special Candles

Listen

Fire Fairies,
Fire Sprites
Thank you for
Your golden light.

Helping Hands

clean up song

Listen

Clean up, Clean up
Now it’s time to clean up
Helping hands
Everyone
Now it’s time to clean clean up.

The Leaves are Green

Apple time song

Listen

The leaves are green the apples are red
They hang so high above our heads
Leave them along ‘till frosty weather
They’ll come tumbling down together

The leaves are green the nuts are brown
They hang so high they won’t come down
Leave them along ‘till frosty weather
They’ll come tumbling down together
— Learned from Gun Lee Blue of the Brooklyn Waldorf School

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