Contact_FullName:
Margaret
Contact_Email:
margaretcusack@aol.com

10-7-00

I find this rhyme very good for teaching positional language using our hands to carry out the actions. Do sitting down. 

Up and down, round and round (draw circles in the air), put your fingers on the ground. Over (hold hands above lap) under, (below legs) in between (you've hidden your hands in between your legs)
Now my fingers can't be seen!
Hands in front, hands behind , now my hands I cannot find. 
Here's my left hand , here's my right, 
Hands and fingers back in sight (wriggle fingers). 


Contact_FullName:
Meg
Contact_Email:
brendan.mcbride@gte.net

9-15-00

A finger play/chant to help learn the rules - chant is similar to "Five little monkeys jumping on the bed" - although sometimes we sing it to "5 little ducks went out one day"

5 little children at Preschool. 1 little child tests a rule. She runs around and starts to hit; makes the other children have a fit. Teacher says "You must follow the rule - There is NO hitting at Preschool!"

4 little children at Preschool. 1 little child tests a rule. He likes to scream, holler, shout, and yell. He's so loud; louder than a bell. Teacher says "You must follow the rule- there is NO yelling at Preschool!"

3 little children at Preschool. 1 little child tests a rule. She throws things down and makes a mess; Puts glue in her hair and paint on her dress. Teacher says "You must follow the rule - we don't make messes at Preschool!"

Two little children at Preschool. Two little children choose to follow each rule. They laugh and learn and paint today. They have a snack and go out to play. Teacher says "If you follow each rule- You'll have lots of fun in Preschool!"


Contact_FullName:
Lisa
Contact_Email:
lmcmulle@columbus.rr.com

9-13-00

I print all our favorite songs and finger plays on index cards. The card are placed in a brightly colored gift bag once they have been introduced. When we have some free time, the Happy Helper for the day, gets to pick a card from the bag and that is the song or finger play we all do. The children love to sing old favorites over again.


Contact_FullName:
jJane
Contact_Email:
jheister48@hotmail.com

6-13-00

Five Little Hotdogs (Fingerplay) (I use a small skillet and laminate some hotdogs that I printed off a clip art program)

Five little hotdogs frying in the pan, the grease got hot and one went BAM!

Four little, three little, two little, one little, etc.

NO little hotdogs frying in the pan, the grease got hot and the pan went BAM!


Contact_FullName:
Paula
Contact_Email:
lucy_duecy@yahoo.com

5-28-00

I work with 3,4,and 5 year olds and they just love this song.

The Donut Song

Well, I walked around the corner, and I walked around the block, 
and I walked right into The Donut Shop. 
And I picked up a donut right fresh from the grease, 
and I handed the lady a five cent piece. 
Well, she looked at the nickel, and she looked at me. 
And she said "This nickel is no good you see" 
"There's a hole in the middle and it goes right through." 
And I said, "There's a hole in my donut, too. 
Thanks for the donut, goodbye!


Contact_FullName:
Janet
Contact_Email:
jllewellyn@stnorbert.com

5-10-00

Big clocks tick so slowly, tick, tock, tick, tock. Little clocks tick faster, tick tock, tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock. Watches on your wrist go faster, tickatocka, tickatocka, tickatocka, tick!

Slap hands on legs, slowly for big clocks, twice as fast for little clocks and as fast as you can for the watches.


Contact_FullName:
Janice
Contact_Email:
freemanrj_143@yahoo.com

Date: 3-30-00

GOODBYE SONG (Tune: Popeye the Sailor Man)

The morning has just flown by I bet I can tell you why Ever since it's begun We've had so much fun Now it's time to say goodbye... Goodbye (clap clap) Goodbye (clap clap) It's time to say goodbye.


Contact_FullName:
Janice
Contact_Email:
freemanrj_143@yahoo.com

Date: 3-30-00

I Can Sing A Rainbow Red and orange and yellow and green Blue and purple too.... I can sing a rainbow. .l Sing a rainbow... And so can you.

I Can Dance A Rainbow... (Choose six children to come to the center of your circle and pick a rainbow scarf....I use The World Is A Rainbow by Steve and Greg for the music....These children dance their rainbow...then put the scarves down and you can choose six more children.

(Reminder...Don't force a child to do this...Only if they want to....Observation is participation and they will do it when they are ready.)


Contact_FullName:
Elizabeth
Contact_Email:
RobEl43@aol.com

Date: 3-28-00

Popcorn Song

Popcorn kernels, popcorn kernels, in the pot, in the pot. Shake them, shake them, shake them, Shake them, shake them, shake them, 'til they POP, 'til they POP!

Motions are crouching, shaking self while crouching, then jumping up at POP.

When I submitted this the first time, the motions got mixed up with the words so I thought I should resubmit. I'm sorry that happened. I'm new to this format.
My preschool children like popcorn for snack time so I made up this song. They love "Popping"!


Contact_FullName:
Lori
Contact_Email:
bhphbp@aol.com

Date: 3-2-00

A little math, a song and movement: I did this with my three/four year olds last year and they loved it. We use mats for rest time. I had them line their mats up in a row very close to each other and lay on them. (Make sure there is room at the end.) We then sang "10 in the bed". As we sang, "roll over, roll over" they - you guessed it - all rolled over and I then took away the first mat. I had more than 10 children so we actually sang "15 in the bed". Whatever the number worked fine. At first some had trouble just rolling onto one mat, but they quickly got the idea. Have fun!! We did.


Contact_FullName:
Emily
Contact_Email:
 

Date: 2-25-00

Here's a song that my toddlers have always loved:

Open, shut them Open, shut them (Open and close yours hands) Give a little CLAP, CLAP, CLAP! (Clap your hands) Open, shut them Open, shut them Lay them in you lap, lap, lap (Clap hands on your lap) Creep them, creep them slowly creep them (Creep your fingers up your arm) Right up to your chin (Stop your fingers at your mouth) Open wiiiiiiiiiddddddddeeeeeeee your little mouth (Open your mouth wide) (QUICKLY SING-) But do not let them in (Race your fingers down your arm)


Contact_FullName:
Jeanette Schild
Contact_Email:
chrisschild@worldnet.att.net

Date: 1-30-00

This is an easy song for even 3&4 yr. olds to learn. Any tune

"I live in Kansas, My home is Kansas. It's the state in the West, where the people are the best. I live in Kansas, my home is Kansas I'm a Jayhawker through and through.


Contact_FullName:
Jeanette Schild
Contact_Email:
chrisschild@worldnet.att.net

Date: 1-30-00

This is a song for those of us who were born in Kansas or that live here now. I teach 3&4 year olds. We Jell-O painted a Jayhawker bird (Lemon-beak and shoes, Blueberry-body, Cherry-head) then sang this song. 

"I'm a Jayhawker bird, don't you see? (repeat) (clap hands) 
I'm a very pretty bird, (shake head yes) and my voice you've never heard (shake head no) 
I'm a Jayhawker from Kansas-Yessiree! (put hand in air as if to cheer)


Contact_FullName:
claire
Contact_Email:
sorrie@one.net.au

Date: 1-27-00

Here are two finger plays that I have found popular this last term, author unknown. 

5 sticky lollipops fixed on sticks 
Take a sticky lollipop and lick lick lick.

Bubble said the kettle 
Bubble said the pot 
bubble bubble bubble bubble 
We are getting hot 
Shall I take you off the fire 
No you need not trouble 
This is just the way we talk 
Bubble bubble bubble


Contact_FullName:
Beth
Contact_Email:
t.totton@prodigy.net

1-20-00

Circle Time Song Cube. Create a large cube by sliding two square boxes together. Food club double cereal boxes work well. Cover the cube with contact paper. On a piece of paper that fits on one side of the cube write the name of a song or finger play. Add a picture so the kids will recognize the song. Do this for all six sides of the cube. At circle time I have the kids toss the cube and whatever song it lands on is the one we sing. I change the songs each month to correspond with our theme. The kids love this and they learn the songs quite well by the end of the month.


Contact_FullName:
Luann
Contact_Email:
Kranz26@CS.COM

idea

I learned this song as a little girl many years ago and I never hear anyone sing it. I am not sure how to describe the right tune to use but here it is...

Oh,...I looked out the window and what did I see, Popcorn popping on the apricot tree. Spring had brought me such a nice surprise, popcorn popping right before my eyes. I can take an armful and make a treat, a popcorn ball that would smell so sweet. It wasn't really so... but it seemed to be... Popcorn popping on the apricot tree.

This can be sang as a song or told as a fingerplay. I always use hand motions to fit the song such as: Put your hands together over your head to look like a tree or make your hands into fists and let your fingers burst out as though they are popcorn kernels bursting into popcorn, etc.


Contact_FullName:
Shonda
Contact_Email:
mrsrep@yahoo.com

1-3-00

This song is a favorite of my daughter's. Days of the Week (sung to Adams Family tune)

There's Sunday and there's Monday,
There's Tuesday and there's Wednesday
There's Thursday and there's Friday 
And then there's Saturday.
Days of the Week (clap clap)
Days of the Week (clap clap) 
Days of the week, days of the week, days of the week (clap clap)


Contact_FullName:
Courtland
Contact_Email:
courtlndg96@enter.net

idea

This is a song that I have added verses to that the children love. I bringing home a baby bumble bee Won't my mommy be so proud of me I'm bringing home a baby bumble bee BUZZ Whoops it stung me

2 I'm bringing a home a baby dinosaur Won't my Mommy hide behind the door I'm bringing home a baby dinosaur Whoa he's heavy

3 I'm bringing home a baby grizzly bear Won't my Mommy pull out all her hair I'm bringing home a baby grizzly bear Big bear hug 4 I'm bringing home a baby red eared turtle Won't my Mommy want to call him Myrtle I'm bringing home a baby red eared turtle ooh he's slippery

Date: 10-14-99


Contact_FullName:
Beckie
Contact_Email:
amnesia@chek.com

Date: 8-19-99

For every mood and every situation we ever encounter there is a piece of music that fits how we are feeling. To emphasize this and build on creativity I often have my students listen to a piece of music and as they are listening draw what they feel. Sometimes it is just lines that rise and fall with the pattern of the music. Other times a specific vision or theme. With very young children I have them tell me a story about the music.


 

Contact_FullName:
Alyssa
Contact_Email:
OrffNazaza@aol.com

Date: 8-19-99

There have been many studies which prove that children learn better and faster when music is involved. My approach is to make all music and movement activities relate to the topic of the day in some way. This way the children are always exposed to what they need to learn and remember that day. I really enjoy seeing the reactions of the children when they figure out that the songs, movement, art, snacks, stories, lesson, etc. are all related. It's wonderful.


 

Contact_FullName:
Barb
Contact_Email:
mbstonebaker@prodigy.com

Date: 8-19-99

sing to the tune of "Little Teapot"

Funny little groundhog wake right up. It's February second, wake right up.

Funny little groundhog stretch and yawn. It's February second, stretch and yawn. Funny little groundhog climb on out. It's February second, climb on out. Funny little groundhog look around.

Funny little groundhog what do you see? It;s February second, what do you see?

You can add any number of verses.... Funny little groundhog wash your face... Funny little groundhog brush your teeth... Funny little groundhog put on shoes... I like to encourage the children to make up verses... It's also fun to act out the song as you sing... At the end , if the sun is out, "Ahhhhh, a shadow!"... At the end, if it's cloudy....."La, lala, lala, la..." go play...

stretch and yawn.


Contact_FullName:
Kim
Contact_Email:
kimandtony@primus.com.au

Date: 8-13-99

twinkle twinkle little star aussie style.. Twinkle, Twinkle Vegemite, on a sandwich brown or white, Spread it on buttered toast. That's the way I like it most. Twinkle, Twinkle vegemite, I'm okay and you're alright.


 

 

Contact_FullName:
Andie
Contact_Email:
Andie1965@aol.com

Date: 8-13-99

Jellbeans sung to: "Jesus Loves the Little Children"

I love all the jellybeans, All the jellybeans in the world. Red and yellow, black and white, They are such a scrumptious sight. I love all the jellybeans in the world.

I love all the jellybeans, All the jellybeans in the world. Pink and purple, orange and green, They are very scrumptious beans. I love all the jellybeans in the world.


 

Contact_FullName:
Andie
Contact_Email:
Andie1965@aol.com

Date: 8-13-99

I came up with this song when we did a unit on the story "Little Peter Rabbit". It is sung to "Three Blind Mice".

Little Peter Rabbit, Little Peter Rabbit. See how he runs, see how he runs. He runs from Mr. McGregor's rake, He doesn't know which way to take, Now he's finally found the gate. Little Peter Rabbit.


Name:
Terri
Email:
 

Date: 7-3-99

Song: "Herman the Worm"

I was sitting on my fence post, chewing my bubble gum chomp chomp chomp (make noise of chewing) Playing with my yo-yo, down up, down up (make up down movements with hands) When along came Herman the Worm and he was this big (hands small distance apart)and I said to him "Herman how did you get that way" and he said "I swallowed a fly"

repeat until "I swallowed then change to different animal as hands get progressively further and further apart.

I swallowed a dog, cow, horse, elephant.

Then hands go back to small distance apart (5cm) "Herman how did you get that way" "I burped".


Name:
Nelci
E-Mail:
thenelss@kos.net

Date: 6-28-99

I use this song frequently with children before having snack or before lunch to remind them about manners Good Manners (Tune: Zippity Do Dah) Chorus: Zippity do dah, zippity aye Good manners, we use them every day Please and thank you is what we say Zippity do dah, Zippity aye

We use them during snack time, at lunch time too. If we need a thing or two all we have to say is? Please and Thank you

Back to chorus Zippety do dah...


Name:
CHERYL
E-Mail:
CBSHINFORMATION@PRODIGY.NET

Date: 6-28-99

A,B,C,D A DIFFERENT VARIATION

To add a twist to the ABC song, sing it to the tune of "99 bottles of "POP" on the wall.

It will keep their attention and eventually they will want to sing it the "fast" way.

I also add nursery rhymes in it to the same tune:

ABCDEFGHIJKLM NOPQRSTUVWXYZ

Oh, Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall Humpty dumpty had a great fall All the kings horses and all the kings men Couldn't put Humpty together again.

Oh Jack and Jill went up the hill To fetch a pail of water Jack fell down and broke his crown And Jill came tumbling after.

ABCDEFGHIJKLM NOPQRSTUVWXYZ

Again, the entire song is sung to "99 Bottles of "Pop" on the Wall".

I hope I explained this ok!!!


Name:
raffy
E-Mail:
raffy@optoline.net

Date: 6-28-99

Raffy Conti (To The Tune Of Yankee Doodle)

Raffy Conti went downtown. He saw a blue zamboni. He put some salmon in his hat and then cooked macaroni!! Raffy Conti got Ralph and then he got called Randy. He ate some white clam pizza and some Hershey chocolate candy!!

Name:
Bola
Email:
bol@mail.usa.com
 

Date: 5-20-99

At circle time every morning, during Calendar time, these are songs may be sung with the children in order to introduce them to the concept of days and to further enhance their knowledge of numbers. With younger children(2-4), it goes: Sunday,Monday Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday too.(Holding up the number of fingers you name),continue: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven days, Each day's different and every day is new.

For older children (4-6), in the ABCs song tune, sing: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Seven days are in a week, Twenty four hours in a day, Now, I know my days and week, Next time, I will learn some more.

Further activity: you may ask a child to sing the day song and stop on the day you are presently on. This helps associate the song to real days and they can always refer to the song to know which day they are on e.g. Yesterday was Monday, today is ______________ tomorrow will be ______________ child may quickly refer to song to know what today is and what tomorrow will be.


Name:
sheri
Email::
sheri.bartnett@juno.com

Date: 1-3-99

When kids return from an absence I call them to the front during our Morning Meeting and we sing (tune of Turkey In The Straw)

We're so glad to have you back

We're so glad to have you back

Wer're so glad to have you back  with us today.

Boom, boom, boom.(I hold their arms and wave them back and forth on these three words)

For we missed you very much,

Yes,we missed you very much

And we're glad to have you back with us to stay. Hurray!


Name:
Tami Cochran
Email:
elsh@swbell.net

Date: 12-26-98

I collect fingerplays and songs, type them out so they fit on an index card, glue-stick them to the card with clip art or stickers. I can keep them in an index card con- tainer or put some Velcro on the back and have the children select their favorites from a flannel board or you can make a music poster by cutting a tree or heart or flower and sticking Velcro backing or flannel to hold your songs.


10-15-98

Name: Debbie
E-Mail: chapin@integrityol.com

The "Name Game" Gather children in a circle.

While passing around a beanbag or small ball, sing "Hello (child's name) how are you? who is sitting next to you? The child passes to next child. child says his name. Repeat song until everyone has had a turn. This is a good way for children to learn each other's names, especially at the beginning of the school year or whenever there are new children.


10-6-98

Name: Carol
E-Mail: NrmaRae@aol.com

A very good friend of mine is a wonderful children's composer/singer.  He is Canadian, and his name is Markus..He has won numerous awards across Canada and the United States.  Markus music is fun and inspirational to all. His music ranges from animal songs, including dinosaurs, to the enviroment, friends and families.  Add him to your collection,you won't be sorry !!


9-23-98

Name: Sharon
E-Mail: alainn@theramp.net

For an aid in teaching color and numbers I use washable markers and place a color or number on each finger of the children (different one on each) and we sing (tune of Thumbkin) Where is ______ man, corresponding to what is on the finger. This activity helps to strengthen those fingers and makes them concentrate on holding up the correct ones. They don't seem to want to wash hands afterwards so they can keep singing it :)


9-23-98

Name: sara
E-Mail: gbaluha@snet.net

Here's a great song I found you can sing to the melody of an old song "Nobody likes me, everybody hates me, think I'll go eat worms..."

HUGS

Everybody wants one, Everybody needs one,

Everybody loves a hug!

Big hugs, little hugs, even itty bitty hugs.

Hugs for everyone!


9-23-98

Name: sara
E-Mail: gbaluha@snet.net

Also one the preschoolers adore:

Grey Squirrel

Grey Squirrel, grey squirrel

Swish your bushy tail. ( have the children shake their imaginary tails)

Grey Squirrel, grey squirrel

Swish your bushy tail.

Wrinkle up your funny nose (touch your nose with your finger and wriggle it)

Put a nut between your toes (pretend to do so)

Grey squirrel, grey squirrel

Swish your bushy tail.

(Can be sung brown or black squirrel too. Could substitute any color for fun I suppose.)


9-14-98

Name: Mary

E-Mail: mphorsley@earthlink.net

I used "Give All the Love" by BetsyQ as our circle song during the first week. The children really begun to learn the words and actions. I also wrote the words down in a Big Book mostly for a cheat sheet for me, however, when I forgot to open the book the kids reminded me. This helps them realize how songs are made up of words to be sung.


9-14-98

Name: Mary Jo

E-Mail: cconnors @NMu. edu

UUse the tune Raffi Shake your sillies out. Have child do movements to shake their sillies out. Jump, fly, tiptoe, spin, the children take turns naming how to get rid of their sillies.


9-2-98

Name: ginny

E-Mail: Msginnyedu@aol.com

Five Little Children (Similar Five Little Monkeys)

5 little children went to school,

5 little children didn't follow the rules.

5 little children jumpity, jumped,

1 little child went KABUMP!

Teacher called the MaMa and the MaMa said,

No more children going jumpity, jump....

4 little children went to school,,,,,

Continue as in the monkeys on the bed..I use little children finger puppets I got from Oriental Trading to do this spur of the moment self created fingerplay that the kids love.


8-18-98

Name: Erica

E-Mail: toner5@gte.net

For little ones:My kids love the song "Car, Car." I have it on the Joanie Bartels' Travelin' Magic CD. It is on a few others. We each have a steering wheel (flying discs available very cheap from Oriental Trading, or cardboard circles). We each take our steering wheel and drive while we sing the song!!! They love it!


8-8-98

Name: Carole

E-Mail: Anglmom@aol.com

Comments:

There was a little turtle who lived in a box

He swam in the puddles, he climbed on the rocks.

He snapped at a misquito, he snapped at a flea,

He snapped at a minnow and he snapped at me.

He caught the misquito, he caught the flea,

He caught the minnow, but he didn't catch me!

When you say the first lines about snapping, have the children use their hands in a snapping motion.When you say the lines about catching, have the children clap their hands together like they are catching something.


8-8-98

Name: Dana

E-Mail: mccabl01@tigger.stcloudstate.edu

I teach prekindergarten as well as elementary music. I have a degree in music education. I have a few books that I use a lot when teaching my prekindergarteners as well as my kindergarteners and 1st graders that I feel are really helpful and easy to use. One is called "Musicbook O" by Bisgaard-Stehouwer-Aaron. Another is called "Music for Little People" by John Feierabend. This one is for 3-7 year olds. He also has one for infants and toddlers called "Music for Very Little People." Also, the "Wee Sing" books are excellent. They range from Bible songs to Chidren's Songs and Finger Plays to Silly Songs. I think there are 9 or 10 books in the set now. They come with tapes, are very reasonably priced and can be purchased at stores like Target or Walmart. Also a hint for singing with youngsters: They're voices are naturally higher pitched than most adults, so when singing with children, you should start the song a bit higher than is comfortable for you. This is much better for their voices. You may not sound as great as you'd like, but they won't care!


7-30-98

Name: Shelly

This song is called Alice

Oh, Alice where are you going?

Upstairs to take a bath.

Oh Alice, with legs like toothpicks and a neck like a giraffe ta da da da da da.

Oh Alice stepped in the bathtub pulled out the plug and then

OH my goodness

Oh my soul there goes

Alice down that hole hole

Oh Alice where are you going

Glug Glug Glug


7-17-98

Name: cathy

E-Mail: csc54@ivillage.com

Planet song.

I teach 3,4 and 5 year olds in a Montessori school. In May we study the solar system and this song is very helpful in teaching the names and position of the nine planets.

Sung to (Ants go Marching)

The Planets revolve around the sun...hurrah, hurrah

The Planets revolve around the sun...hurrah, hurrah

The Planets revolve around the sun, they spin on their axis everyone

And they all go spinning...around and around they go

Mercury, Venus,Earth and Mars...hurrah, hurrahMercury, Venus, Earth and Mars...hurrah, hurrah

Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars all whirling and twirling among the stars

And they all go spinning, around, and around they go

Jupiter and Saturn are next in line...hurrah, hurrahJupiter and Saturn are next in line...hurrah, hurrah

Uranua, Neptune and Pluto makes nine

And they all go spinning around, and around they goBoom, boom, BOOM!


7-17-98

Name: STEPHANIE

E-Mail: DRTGRT@AOL.COM

My 3 and 4 year old class loves to sing the Itsy Bitsy Spider song. So we sing it very very softly. But then I got bored with just one verse, so I came up with a second one. First sing itsy bitsy making a very small spider with your fingers, and sing it very softly. Then the second verse sing replacing itsy bitsy with BIG DADDY spider. Open your fingers very wide and clap very loudly. This verse gets sung very loudly also. The kids just love it!


6-13-98

Name:  Barbara

E-Mail:  BD218

If I want to count in Italian

I can do that easily

Uno, due, tre, quatro

Easy for you and me

Easy for you and me.

If I want to count in Hindi

I can do that easily

Ache, doe, teen, char

Easy for you and me

Easy for you and me

If I want to count in Japanese

I can do that easily

Each, knee, san, she

Easy for you and me

Easy for you and me

If I want to count in Swahili

I can do that easily

MOHjah, mmBEElee, TAHtoo, NNneh

Easy for you and me

Easy for you and me

If I want to count in English

I can do that easily

One two three four

Easy for you and me

Easy for you and me!


6-6-98

Name: Nicole

E-Mail: YMCAYarmouth@KLIS.com

Sweetly Sings the Donkey:

This song is sung softly at first then when it comes to the time when you make the Donkey sound you get the children to say it loudly.

Sweetly Sings the Donkey at the break of day

If you do not feed him this is what he says

!!!Eehuh, Eehuh, Eehuh!!{ Loudly, make a donkey sound}


4-28-98

Name: Ruth

E-Mail: GA6562@musicalnumbers.com

URL: http://www.musicalnumbers.com

The song "Pussywillow" has always been a favorite song with my class of preschoolers. The main objectives in teaching this song are: ascending and descending notes of the major scale, increasing vocabulary etc. Since I have found that one can teach many things with the aid of music, I like to incorporate a science lesson when introducing this song. The children and I discuss the necessity of water and sunlight in the growth of a seed. I invite the children to curl up into a little ball and become the seed. One child holds up a picture of a sun and another gently waters the seeds with a spray bottle. After the giggles and squeals of delight, the teacher plays the song on stepbells or keyboard instrument. The children help with the singing and grow slowly as the tones go higher and then lower. After a few times I ask a child to become the teacher and play the stepbells. This gives me the opportunity to become one of the seeds and GROW with the children. PUSSYWILLOW played on C I KNOW A LIT-TLE PUS-SY HER played on D COAT IS SIL-VER GREY, played on E SHE LIVES DOWN IN THE MEADOW NOT played on F VER-Y FAR A-WAY played on G 'THOUGH SHE'S NOT A PUS-SY SHE'LL played on A NEV-ER BE A CAT SHE played on B IS A PUS-SY WIL-LOW played on high C WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT. Starting on high C sing meow, meow, etc. on descending scale. End with a big jump singing SCAT. One child can make a glissando on the piano keys using a dust cloth on the word SCAT.


4-2-98

Name: Alicia                   E-Mail: soup5@lamere.net

ITSY BITSY SPIDERS

Make a spider for each child out of black yarn (octypus style).

Use it to sing Itsy Bitsy Spider and Little Miss Muffit.

Another song : Put Your Spider on your nose, on your nose.

Put your spider on your nose, on your nose.

Put your spider on your nose and watch where it goes.

Put your spider on your nose, on your nose.

Put your spider on your ear, head, knee etc etc.

Toddlers never seem to tire of these spiders.


4-2-98

Name: Teri                  E-Mail: teri123@yahoo.com

What's the Weather

tune: Clementine

What't the weather

What's the weather

What's the weather like today

Tell us (Matthew) what's the weather

What's the weather like today

Is it sunny (make big cirlce with arms above head)

Is it cloudy (cover eyes with hands)

Is it rainy out today (rain fingers)

Is it snowy (act cold)

Is it windy (windy arms)

What's the weather like today?


3-30-98

Name: Teri                    E-Mail: teri123@yahoo.com

Happy Birthday Song

Tune: Zippity Doo Day

Zippity Doo Day

Zippity Dee Ay

Our friend (Matthew) is (6) today

Plenty of fun is coming his way

Happy Birthday

Hooray, Hooray!


3-11-98

Name: Jan                    E-Mail: a1a7749@bc.sympatico.ca

Twinkle Twinkle

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Daddy Bought A Motor Car.

Push the Botton, Pull The Choke.

Off We go In A Cloud Of Smoke.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Daddy Bought A Motor Car.


3-6-98

Name: Jan                      E-Mail: a1a77749@bc.sympatico.ca

LITTLE MOUSIE BROWN

Up the tall candlestick.

Went little Mousie Brown.

But when he got to the top.

He couldn't get down.

So he called for his Grandma "GRANDMA"

But she wasn't in town.

So he curled himself into a ball.

And rolled all the way down.

(You can do the actions to the song or do it on flannel board.)


2-28-98

Name: Gina                     E-Mail: burkhard@ecsu.campus.mci.net

Recently, when we were comparing life in the city and life in the country; we sang "The Wheels On The Bus", then made up our own versions of "The ______ On The Farm" to the Wheels On The Bus tune. It's a cross between "The Wheels On The Bus" and "Old MacDonald Had A Farm".

We came up with:

The cow on the farm says moo moo moo

The duck on the farm says quack quack quack

The tractor on the farm goes (make own tractor noises, almost everyone's was different!)


2-10-98

Name: Jamie               E-Mail: jamiesmilz@aol.com

Here's a song that my co-teacher and I made up to remind the children how to hold their hands when cutting with scissors... (to the tune of "Are You Sleeping?")

Keep your thumbs up,

Keep your thumbs up,

When you cut!

When you cut!

We can cut with scissors,

We can cut with scissors,

Open & shut!

Open & shut!


2-10-98

Name: Marlene               E-Mail: mapiggy@aol.com

"Yankee Doodle can go to town in other ways besides riding on a pony It can be called slideroni, skiparoni, walkaroni, hoparoni,tiptoearoni----

Yankee Doodle went to town

Riding on a pony

He stuck a feather in his hat

And called it Skiparoni

Yankee Doodle skipped to town

Skipped to town so dandy

Mind the music and the step

And with the kids be handy


Name: Karen         E-Mail: tigger73@aol.com

(Sung to the melody of Wheels on the Bus.)

The waves on the sea go up and down, up and down, up and down, the waves on the sea go up and down all day long.

Continues with:

2. The shark in the sea goes snap snap snap..

3. The fish in the sea go swish swish swish..

4. The boats in the sea go toot toot toot...


Name: Pleasant    E-Mail: plesanth@ access.mountain.net

My four-year-old class is currently working on farm animals. They love to sing Old McDonald's Farm. We sing it the first time and name an animal that might live on the farm. The second verse is just the sound that the animal would make through the whole verse. For example, we would sing Old McDonald had a duck in the first verse. The second verse consists of "Quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, etc." This is one of their favorite games. Sometimes I give each child a small farm animal to hold. When their animal's name is called, they are allowed to come to the center of the circle holding their animal high. What fun!


Name:  Jean          E-mail:  mjg74@dfs.the-link.net

THREE BEARS WITH A BEAT (Updated)

(Snap or clap or pat, or keep the beat in any way you want, on the words in parenthesis and where you see the X's.)

(Once) upon a (time) in the (mid)dle of the (woods) there were (three) (bears).

(One) was a (Pa)pa bear, (one) was a (Ma)ma bear, (one) was a (Wee) Bear. ((x)) ((x)).

A(long) came the (girl) with the (gold)en curls.

She (knocked) on the (door) but (no) one was (there).

So she (walked) right (in) cause she (did)n't care.

(Home), (home), (home), came the (Pa)pa bear,

(Home), (home), (home), came the (Ma)ma bear,

(Home), (home), (home), came the (wee) bear. ((x)) ((x))

(change voice with each bear)

"(Some)one's been (eat)ing my (porr)idge!" ((x)) said the (Pa)pa

(bear). "Grrrrrrrr" (hold hands in front like sharp claws)

"(Some)one's been (eat)ing my (porr)idge! ((x)) said the (Ma)ma

(bear). "Ahhhhhhh" (throw both hands up in surprise)

"(Hey)-baba-(ree)-bear," (said) the little (wee) bear, "(Some)one has (eat)en my

(soup)! Hmmmmmph!" (cross arms on chest and pout)

"(Some)one's been (sit)ting in (my) (chair)!" said the (Pa)pa (bear). "Grrrrrrrrr"

"(Some)one's been (sit)ting in (my) (chair)!" said the (Ma)ma (bear)!"  "Ahhhhhhh"

"(Hey)-baba-(ree),bear," said the little (wee) bear, "(Some)one has (brok)en my

(seat)! Hmmmmmph!"

"(Some)one's been (sleep)ing in (my) (bed)!" said the (Pa)pa (bear)!  "Grrrrrrrrr"

"(Some)one's been (sleep)ing in (my) (bed)!" said the (Ma)ma (bear).  "Ahhhhhhhh"

"(Hey)-baba-(ree)-bear, (said) the little (wee) (bear), "(Some)one is (still) in my (bed)! Hmmmmmph!"

(Change to a whisper)

Just then Goldilocks woke up. (Scream, arms raised:) "Aaaaahhhhhhhhh!"

She (jumped) out of (bed) and she (beat) it out of (there)! (point with thumb)

"(Bye),(bye), (bye)," said the (Pa)pa bear. (wave)

"(Bye), (bye), (bye)," said the (Ma)ma bear. (wave)

"(Hey)-baba-(ree)-bear," (said) the little (wee) bear, "(This) is the (end) of our (tale). Hmmmmmph!"


Submitted by:  Sara              E-Mail: csdavis@mcs.com

Idea:   Zoo Songs

We are doing a unit on Zoo Animals right now. I try to incorporate as much movement as I can with recorded music vs. group singing. Although with this unit, we have a balance of both! The children really love it, and I feel as though these activities really grab their attention regarding new vocabulary, descriptive language, and peer interactions. It is kind of like incorporating circle and music time together.

Currently, this week, I am using the Animal Action II song (great animal movements and sounds, direction following) from Kids in Motion. Then the Kangaroo Hop (using a mini-trampoline kids take turns jumping on then off: great for teaching positional concepts, turn taking, gross motor movement= jumping off a "step"). We talk about all the animals we will be learning about for example, the kangaroo has a pocket on its tummy (we all look for pockets on our clothes) and the baby sits in the mommy's pocket. Then we sing a cute song I got from Animal Piggyback Songs (this is GREAT resource, any piggyback books are fabulous!), it is called Hear the Animals (tune: She'll be coming round the mountain) it goes like this:

You can hear lions roaring at the zoo, ROAR! ROAR!

You can hear lions roaring at the zoo, ROAR! ROAR!

You can hear lions roaring, you can hear lions roaring,

You can hear lions roaring at the zoo! ROAR! ROAR!

You can hear snakes hissing at the zoo, SSSS! SSSS!

You can hear snakes hissing at the zoo, SSS! SSS!

You can hear snakes hissing, you can hear snakes hissing,

You can hear snakes hissing at the zoo, SSS! SSS!

Others: The kids start thinking up their own!

You can hear bears growling at the zoo, GROWL! GROWL!

You can hear zebras braying at the zoo, BRAY! BRAY! (neigh! neigh!)

You can hear monkeys chattering at the zoo, (hoo-hoo-ha-ha)

You can hear tigers growling at the zoo, GROWL! GROWL!

You can hear elephants trumpeting at the zoo, TRUMPET! TRUMPET!


Submitted by:  Sara              E-Mail: csdavis@mcs.com

Sally The Camel

I drew a picture of a camel on the chalkboard with four humps.. then we sang, Sally the Camel each time we sung a verse, I erased one of the humps, great for problem solving skills figuring out how many are left when we take away one! I don't know where this song is from. But it goes like this:

Sally the Camel has four humps (we bend our knees to pretend that we are riding a camel --- it's a bumpy ride!)

Sally the Came has four humps

Sally the Camel has four humps, so

Ride Sally, Ride! Boom, Boom, Boom

(erase one of the humps)

Sally the Camel has three humps

Sally the Camel has three humps

Sally the Camel has three humps,

So Ride, Sally, Ride! Boom, boom, boom.

(erase one of the humps)

Sally the Camel has two humps,

Sally the Camel has two humps,

Sally the Camel has two humps, so

Ride Sally, Ride! Boom, Boom, boom.

(erase one of the humps)

Sally the Camel has one hump,

Sally the Camel has one hump,

Sally the Camel has one hump,

so Ride Sally, Ride! Boom, Boom, Boom.

(erase the last hump)

Sally the Camel has no humps (we don't bend our knees for this verse, because they ride is not bumpy anymore!)

Sally the Camel has no humps,

Sally the Camel has no humps, so

Sally is a HORSE!

They get a real kick out of it!


Submitted by:  Diana                   E-Mail: BOOBear123@aol.com

Activity:  Dinosaur Song (This is for all the children who have been interested in "The Lost World")

ALL AROUND THE SWAMP

SUNG TO: "THE WHEELS ON THE BUS"

THE PTERANODON'S WINGS WENT FLAP, FLAP, FLAP,

FLAP, FLAP, FLAP, FLAP, FLAP, FLAP.

THE PTERANODON'S WINGS WENT FLAP, FLAP, FLAP,

ALL AROUND THE SWAMP.

THE TYRANNOSAURUS REX WENT GRRR, GRRR, GRRR,

GRRR, GRRR, GRRR, GRRR, GRRR, GRRR,

THE TYRANNOSAURUS REX WENT GRRR, GRRR, GRRR,

ALL AROUND THE SWAMP.

THE TRICERATOPS' HORNS WENT WENT POKE, POKE, POKE,

POKE, POKE, POKE, POKE, POKE, POKE,

THE TRICERATOPS' HORNS WENT WENT POKE, POKE, POKE

ALL AROUND THE SWAMP.

THE BRONTOSAURUS WENT MUNCH, MUNCH, MUNCH,

MUNCH, MUNCH, MUNCH, MUNCH, MUNCH, MUNCH,

THE BRONTOSAURUS WENT MUNCH, MUNCH, MUNCH,

ALL AROUND THE SWAMP.

THE STEGOSAURUS' TAIL WENT SPIKE, SPIKE, SPIKE,

SPIKE, SPIKE, SPIKE, SPIKE, SPIKE, SPIKE,

THE STEGOSAURUS' TAIL WENT SPIKE, SPIKE, SPIKE,

ALL AROUND THE SWAMP.