Oats, Peas, Beans

                       

OATS, PEAS, BEANS

Formation: Standing circle. Adult leader in the center.

 

The One-who-is-it: The adult leader takes all the turns in the center to give the chil­dren this special experience.

 

Procedure: The adult leader walks inside the circle of players during the first verse of the song, telling the story. As the second verse is sung, all players act out the mean­ing of the words. When the third verse begins, the adult leader begins to walk again inside the circle of players, looking for a partner. At the word “Open” the leader stops in front of the closest child, takes both of the child’s hands, and moves into the cen­ter of the circle as the rest of this verse is sung. At the beginning of the “Tra la la,” verse the leader positions her hands under the hands of the child so that the child is supported in “flying” high in the air with the leader’s help.

Song Text:

 

Oats, peas, beans and barley grow Oats, peas, beans and barley grow Nor you, nor I, nor anyone knows

how oats, peas, beans and barley grow

First the farmer sows the seed Then he stands and takes his ease.

He stamps his foot and claps his hands and turns around to view the land

 

Looking for a partner. Looking for a partner.

Open the ring and take one in while we all gaily dance and sing.

Tra la la la la la la Tra la la la la la la

 

Tra la la la tra la la la la Tra la la la la la la la

The adult leader places her hands (palms up) under the hands (palms down) of the child, with the leader placing her little finger between the child’s thumb and pointer finger. This allows the stronger part of the child’s hands to rest on the heel of the adult’s hands, providing support for the child to thrust himself up into the air. At the end of the “Tra la la” verse, the leader escorts the child back to his position in the circle.

The game continues with the adult leader beginning again.

Action:

 

The adult leader walks inside the circle of players, telling the story naturally in movement, facial expression, and body stance.

                       

All players act out the words as they sing.

The adult leader walks inside the circle close to the players, looking for a partner. At the word “Open,” the adult leader takes the closest child by both hands and moves into the center of the circle.

 

One Response to “Oats, Peas, Beans”

  1. Sabrina Says:

    I am very happy that you have a classroom website because I had a wonderful observation in your classroom this past october you are a true inspiration and I will be using this website as a great resource for my professional development! Thanks again for letting me come observe!

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