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Music & Movement – April 15, 2016

April 15, 2016

Books
Seals on the Bus – by Lenny Hort
Secret Seahorse – by Stella Blackstone
My Truck is Stuck! – by Kevin Lewis and Daniel Kirk (ordered through MeLCat)

Music
“Jumping and Counting” by Jim Gill / Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem and More Salutes to Nonsense
“The Goldfish” by Laurie Berkner / Victor Vito [2001]
“Wiggy Wiggles Freeze Dance” by Hap Palmer / Two Little Sounds
It’s Okay, Try Again” by The Shins / Yo Gabba Gabba – Music is Awesome!

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Song: The More We Get Together
The more we get together, together, together.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.
For your friends are my friends.
And my friends are your friends.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.

The Elevator Song (Tune of Do Your Ears Hang Low)
Oh the city is great, oh the city is grand.
There are lots of tall buildings
On a little piece of land.
We live way up on the 57th floor,
And this is what we do
When we go out the door:
Take the elevator up, take the elevator down,
Take the elevator up, take the elevator down,
Take the elevator up, take the elevator down,
Then we spin around!
(Repeat faster)

Movement Rhyme: Run in Place
Run in place,
Turn around,
Flap your arms,
Now sit right down.
Put your finger on your nose,
And wiggle it around.
Put your finger on your lips,
And make this sound, “Shh.”

Movement Rhyme: Dance Your Fingers Up
Dance your fingers up,
dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side,
dance them all around.
Dance them on your shoulders,
dance them on your head
Dance them on your tummy,
and put them all to bed

Hello Friends
Hello friends,
Hello friends.
Hello friends,
It’s time to say hello.
Credit to Jbrary. See the video with signs here.

This Little Light of Mine
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

Won’t let anyone blow it out, I’m gonna let it shine
Won’t let anyone blow it out, I’m gonna let it shine
Won’t let anyone blow it out, I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
Credit to Jbrary. See the video with signs here.

Activities:
Fish Puppets
Activity Mats

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April 15, 2016 at 2:04 pm Leave a comment

Music & Movement February 5th 2016

February 5th, 2016

Books

Silly Suzy Goose by Petr Horacek
Bear Counts by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

Music
You’re an Animal Too! by Anna Moo / Anna Moo Crackers
Doing the Penguin by Sesame Street /Hot! Hot! Hot! Dance Songs
Crazy Dance by Go Fish / Party Like a Preschooler
Dance Along Gong Song by Jim Gill / Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem and More Salutes to Nonsense
Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi / More Singable Songs

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Song: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.
Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose.
Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.

Movement Rhyme: Hello Friends

Hello friends,
Hello friends.
Hello friends,
It’s time to say hello.
(Video with signs can be found here. Credit to Jbrary.)

Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It

If you’re happy and you know it,
clap your hands.
If you’re happy and you know it,
clap your hands.
If you’re happy and you know it,
then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it,
clap your hands.
…stomp your feet…
…turn around…
…shout “Hurray!”…

Movement Rhyme: Dance Your Fingers Up

Dance your fingers up, dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side, dance them all around.
Dance them on our shoulders, dance them on your head
Dance them on your tummy, and put them all to bed.

Circle Time: The Hokey Pokey

February 5, 2016 at 11:59 am Leave a comment

Music & Movement – January 8th, 2016

January 8, 2016

Books
Ten on the Sled – by Kim Norman
It’s Only Stanley – by Jon Agee

Music
“Stretch” by Dragon Tales
“Doing the Penguin” by Sesame Street, Hot! Hot! Hot! Dance Songs
“Rock and Roll Freeze Dance” by Hap Palmer, So Big
“Shake My Sillies Out” by Raffi, More Singable Songs
“Wiggy Wiggles Freeze Dance” by Hap Palmer, Two Little Sounds
“Bean Bag Rock” Action Songs for Preschoolers

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Song: The More We Get Together
The more we get together, together, together.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.
For your friends are my friends.
And my friends are your friends.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.

The Elevator Song (To the tune of Do Your Ears Hang Low)
Oh, the city is great and the city is grand (Stand up and dance with a bouncy step)
There are lots of tall buildings
On a little piece of land
We live way up on the fifty-seventh floor
And this is what we do
When we go out the door
Take the elevator up, take the elevator down (3 times)
Then we spin around (spin around)

Movement Rhyme: Run in Place
Run in place,
Turn around,
Flap your arms,
Now sit right down.
Put your finger on your nose,
And wiggle it around.
Put your finger on your lips,
And make this sound, “Shh.”

Hello Friends
Hello friends,
Hello Friends.
Hello friends,
It’s time to say hello.
(For this song we learned the signs for “Hello” and “Friends.” Please click here for a video.)

Ten Little Fingers
I have ten little fingers
And they all belong to me.
I can make them do things,
Would you like to see?
I can shut them up tight.
Or open them wide.
I can put them together,
Or make them all hide.
I can make them jump up high,
Or make them go low.
I can fold them up quietly,
and sit just so!

Activities:
Shaker Eggs
Bean Bags
Dance & Freeze songs

January 8, 2016 at 1:44 pm Leave a comment

Music & Movement – October 30th 2015

October 30th, 2015

Books
Where’s My Mummy – by Carolyn Crimi
If You’re a Monster and You Know it – by Rebecca and Ed Emberly

Music
“Five Little Monkeys” by Greg & Steve
“Ants Go Marching” by Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Song: The More We Get Together
The more we get together, together, together.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.
For your friends are my friends.
And my friends are your friends.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.

Little Ghosts
Little ghosts, little ghosts,
Flying through the air.
Little ghosts, little ghosts,
Tickling my hair.
Little ghosts, little ghosts,
Flying down low.
Little ghosts, little ghosts,
Tickling my toe.
Little ghosts, little ghosts,
Circling all around.
Little ghosts, little ghosts,
Please sit down. 

Movement Rhyme: Run in Place
Run in place,
Turn around,
Flap your arms,
Now sit right down.
Put your finger on your nose,
And wiggle it around.
Put your finger on your lips,
And make this sound, “Shh.”

The Itsy Bitsy Spider / The Roly Poly Pumpkin
The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again

(Variation)

Oh, the roly-poly pumpkin Went rolling down the hill.
Once it started rolling It couldn’t keep still.
It rolled and rolled Until it bumped into a rock.
Then the roly-poly pumpkin Rolled to a stop.

Five Fall Leaves Feltboard (Fingerplay, no tune)
(Can also be done using your five fingers as the leaves)
Five fall leaves, five and no more.
The caterpillar ate one, now there are 4.
Four fall leaves, that’s easy to see.
Along came a rainstorm, now there are 3.
Three fall leaves, nothing much to do.
A big wind, now there are 2.
Two leaves, that’s not much fun.
I glued one on my paper
Now there is 1.
Hang on pretty red leaf! Your branches won’t break.
You’re one less leaf for me to rake!

Activities:
Musical Instruments
Parachute Activities

October 30, 2015 at 3:13 pm Leave a comment

Music & Movement – April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015

Books
Can You Growl Like a Bear? – by John Butler
Cock-a-Doodle Quack Quack! – by Ivor Baddiel and Sophie Jubb

Music
“You’re An Animal Too” by Anna Moo, Anna Moo Crackers
“Doing the Penguin” by Sesame Street, Hot! Hot! Hot! Dance Songs
When the Saints go Marching In” Various Artists, Kidsongs: My Favorite Kidsongs Collection
“Down on the Farm” by Greg & Steve, We All Live Together, Vol. 5

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Song: The More We Get Together
The more we get together, together, together.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.
For your friends are my friends.
And my friends are your friends.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Monkey see, monkey do
Little monkey at the zoo
Monkey, monkey in the tree
Can you ________ like me?
(jump around, swing your arms, scratch an itch, climb, screech)

 

Movement Rhyme: Run in Place
Run in place,
Turn around,
Flap your arms,
Now sit right down.
Put your finger on your nose,
And wiggle it around.
Put your finger on your lips,
And make this sound, “Shh.”

Activities:
Musical Instruments
Parachute Activities

April 24, 2015 at 1:43 pm Leave a comment

Music & Movement – February 27, 2015

February 27, 2015

Books
Hattie Hippo by Christine Loomis
Kitten Lost Her Mittens (magnetic storyboard)

Music
Spaghetti Legs” by Jim Gill, The Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes
“Shake your Dragon Tail” by Dragon Tales, Dragon Tales
“Rock and Roll Freeze Dance” by Hap Palmer, So Big
“Wiggly Wiggles Freeze Dance” by Hap Palmer, Two Little Sounds
“Shake my Sillies Out” by Raffi, More Singable Songs

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Song: The More We Get Together
The more we get together, together, together.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.
For your friends are my friends.
And my friends are your friends.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.

Song: If You’re Happy and You Know it

If you’re happy and you know it,
Clap your hands.
If you’re happy and you know it,
Clap your hands.
If you’re happy and you know it
And you really want to show it,
If you’re happy and you know it,
Clap your hands.

…..stamp your feet…
…..nod your head…
…..say woo-hoo..!

 

Movement Rhyme: I Wiggle
I wiggle my fingers,
I wiggle my toes.
I wiggle my arms,
I wiggle my nose.
Now there are no more wiggles left in me,
Because it is time for the next story!

Activities:
Shaker Eggs & Dancing
Dancing with stuffed animals:
– “Teddy Bear Playtime” by Hap Palmer
– “Dance With Your Teddy Bear” by Greg & Steve

February 27, 2015 at 12:04 pm Leave a comment

Music & Movement – January 30, 2015

Books

The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort
Aunt Lucy Went to Buy a Hat by Alice Low

Music

“Stretch!” by Dragon Tales, Dragon Tales
“You’re an Animal Too” by Anna Moo, Anna Moo Crackers
“Rhythms on Parade” by Hap Palmer, Rhythms on Parade
“Five Little Monkeys” sung by Greg & Steve, Ready…Set…Move!

 

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Movement Rhyme: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.
Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose.
Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
knees and toes.
(Repeat at faster speeds)

Movement Rhyme: Run in Place
Run in place,
Turn around,
Flap your arms,
Now sit right down.
Put your finger on your nose,
and wiggle it around.
Put your finger on your lips,
And make this sound, “Shh.”

Activities

Musical Instruments

Parachute Activities

January 30, 2015 at 12:05 pm Leave a comment

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