Studio Blue 2023-24 Music & Movement

Week of February 14, 2024

Movie Star

Who Fed the Chickens?

We read Go Away Big Green Monster, by Ed Emberley on Wednesday.

Peace Like a River

On Top of Spaghetti

Alligator Song

Week of February 6, 2024

Who Fed the Chickens?

Be My Echo

We sang happy birthday to Sasha (Sylva Rose’s mom) on Tuesday! I asked her if she had a song request for her birthday, and she requested: Puff the Magic Dragon. I sang this again on Thursday.

Baby Fish

Puddles, and some standing yoga poses: mountain, moon, elephant, star, Eve.

We All Need More Kindness

Yellow Jello

My Favorite Flower

There Was a Little Turtle

I sang Baby Beluga (with the book) on Friday.

Alligator Song

Week of January 30, 2024

Week of January 23, 2024

Week of January 16, 2024

Baby Fish

Alligator Song – I shared this one with them on Friday, after the entire class engaged in a spontaneous and rambunctious alligator dramatic play!

Jingle Bells

A Cat Had a Birthday

Open Shut Them

We All Need More Kindness

Week of January 9, 2024

Baby Fish

Popcorn Chant

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

A Cat Had a Birthday

Give Light

We got out the rope for Row Row Row (crocodile and “out of gasoline” verses) and
Shake It All Over Town

Puddles

YOGA: mountain, moon, elephant, star, Eve, butterfly, turtle

Twinkle Twinkle (silly version)

Come Sail With Me

Little Mr. Robin

Old Shoes, New Shoes

Magic Penny

Sailor Song

Alligator Song – I shared this one with them on Friday, after the entire class engaged in a spontaneous and rambunctious alligator dramatic play!

On Wednesday, we played a game in which each child had a turn rolling a cube with a different color on each side, then that child picked a card with the color that the cube landed on, and we did whatever it said on that card, e.g., giving ourselves a hug, stomping feet, look for something blue, lift up your arms and legs (photo below)…

Week of January 2, 2024

Paw Paw Patch

Baby Fish

Popcorn Chant

Magic Penny

It’s a Rainy Day

3 Green & Speckled Frogs

There Was a Little Turtle

Open Shut Them

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

On Tuesday and Wednesday I also read them a book I created called “Goodnight Hearts,” a takeoff of “Goodnight Moon” that’s about all the things that are found inside the Two Big Black Hearts sculpture. We took a walk to the Hearts on Wednesday and many of the children were excited to find the objects that were in the book!

Where’s My Pajamas?

Yellow Jello

Old Oak Tree

On Top of Spaghetti

Wish They’d Find a Home

Peace Like a River

A Cat Had a Birthday

Week of December 12, 2023

LANTERN WALK SONGS

Come Sail With Me

It’s a Rainy Day

Wish They’d Find a Home

Jack in the Box

Popcorn Chant

Puddles

Magic Penny – I played this on Thursday, but didn’t bring down the red ball to pass around. The children responded by passing around a pretend ball, all the way to the end and back again!

Yoga: Eve, mountain, moon, elephant, star.

I also sang Baby Beluga to them as Blake turned the pages in the book (Thursday).

3 Green & Speckled Frogs

Little Mr. Robin

Old Oak Tree

Yellow Jello

What Makes the Fire

Open Shut Them

Week of December 5, 2023

Yellow Jello

Give Light (1st verse)

My Favorite Flower

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

It’s a Rainy Day

Where’s My Pajamas?

Wish They’d Find a Home

On Thursday, I showed the children the lanterns that they’ll be using for the Lantern Walk. We’ll be putting colored tissue paper inside the lanterns, so I asked each child what color they wanted in their lantern. Tomorrow we’ll put the tissue paper inside. I then played them the song we’ll sing as we march, We Walk With Our Little Lanterns. Then I told them that we’ll also be singing This Little Light of Mine at the singalong, and we sang that, too. All the songs are in this link: LANTERN WALK SONGS

YOGA: mountain, moon, elephant, star, Eve

What Makes the Fire

Little Mr. Robin

Jingle Bells

Give Light

Week of November 28, 2023

Week of November 21, 2023

Week of November 14, 2023

Week of November 7, 2023

Week of October 31, 2023

Magic Penny

What Makes the Fire

Where’s My Pajamas?

Yoga: we tried doing the sculpture Eve Celebrant (which I just call Eve) – photos below!

Owl

On Top of Spaghetti (a great song, which is also helpful in learning to sneeze and cough in your elbow, as we say “Ahh-choo!” in the sneeze part.)

Twinkle Twinkle (silly version)

We All Need More Kindness (in this world) – we had a lot of shout-outs about what we need more of in this world: apples, monsters…

I Hear a Bee

Old Shoes, New Shoes

Week of October 24, 2023

What Makes the Fire

Where’s My Pajamas?

Yoga: butterfly (Seated, legs in diamond in front with feet together. Hands touching shoulders, flapping); turtle (with feet in same position, put hands inside that diamond space, then slide to the sides so that hands become turtle feet sticking out from legs).

With the rope: Row Row Row, the crocodile verse, and Shake It All Over Town.

Freeze Dance: this time I showed them stick figures of poses. Those of us who chose to tried out the pose, then danced as I played guitar, then froze in that pose when we stopped. We’re just figuring out how to do this. (see photo below)

Magic Penny (with the red ball)

It’s a Rainy Day – we started this with just body parts, knees, toes, belly, back, but soon suggestions were made for eyes, neck, hair, ears, and bottom!

Sailor Song

Old Oak Tree

There is constant and frequent play involving hiding, finding, appearing, enclosed spaces, and holes, so on Thursday I introduced Jack in the Box

Owl

Week of October 17, 2023

Week of October 10, 2023

Sailor Song

There Was a Little Turtle

Come Sail With Me

I Hear a Bee

With the rope: Row Row Row, the crocodile verse, and Shake It All Over Town.

Traditionals: Wheels on the Bus, ABC, Twinkle Twinkle, I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

Ella Jenkins song: 1 & 2 & 3 & 4.

YOGA: mountain, moon, elephant, star

Wish They’d Find a Home

Week of October 3, 2023

My Favorite Flower

Paw Paw Patch/When I See You

Sailor Song

There Was a Little Turtle

Come Sail With Me

Magic Penny

Little Mr. Robin

Wish They’d Find a Home

Old Oak Tree

I Hear a Bee – I’ve been playing this song for no other reason than I just think it’s lovely.

With the rope: Row Row Row, the crocodile verse, and Shake It All Over Town.

Traditionals: Wheels on the Bus, I’ve Been Working on the Railroad, ABC, Twinkle Twinkle, and I introduced some of them to the variations on The Itsy Bitsy Spider: the “big hairy” and “teeny weeny” spider verses, using giant/small motions and low/squeaky voices, respectively.

On Thursday (and Friday) I introduced them to an old Ella Jenkins song: 1 & 2 & 3 & 4, in which you tap slowly up to 8, and then tap very fast up to 8. Then you do it again, clapping, then stomping.
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YOGA:
Mountain: simply standing tall and strong with hands out just a bit and feet about a shoulder width apart.
Moon: from mountain, put arms overhead with palms together, curve to one side as far as is comfortable. Then curve the other way.
Elephant: from moon, arm together overhead are now your trunk; reach down and suck some water from a puddle, then put them back overhead and swallow the water. Repeat.
Star: arms out to sides, feet further apart.

At the end of that hot day on Wednesday, I got out the parachute, and we enjoyed shaking it, running in circles while holding it and singing ABC, and going underneath it. Photos/video below.

Week of September 26, 2023

Magic Penny

My Favorite Flower

Paw Paw Patch/When I See You

Sailor Song – continuing on the boat theme!

There Was a Little Turtle

Come Sail With Me

Little Mr. Robin

Old Oak Tree

Bling Blang (adapted)

I brought out a big length of rope on Thursday and we sat in a circle on the floor in the meeting area, holding it, pulling and lifting and so forth. There had just been a lot of play on the playground involving loud voices/animal sounds, etc. I wanted to bring an awareness to the children of how to regulate their voices, so I thought it might help to do Row Row Row, the crocodile verse. To learn this, we first practice screaming quietly. Then we sing it as we row with the rope. (We also sang the traditional Row Row Row Your Boat). We followed that with Shake It All Over Town. (We repeated this on Friday.)

We’ve been thinking about the children’s interest in wind, moving air – the huffing and puffing of the wolf, and the wind that makes sailboats go; My Favorite Flower, above, also connects with this: “…then let it out with one long blow.” So on Tuesday I read a couple of books at our before-lunch meeting: Huff and Puff, a new take on the Three Little Pigs (the pigs, it turns out, make a birthday cake for the wolf, who blows out the candles), and The Searcher and Old Tree, about a raccoon (Searcher) who sleeps in Old Tree, which grows by the shore. While Searcher is asleep, the wind grows stronger and stronger, as a storm blows in, making big waves and lightening. Searcher wakes once the storm has passed to find the ground wet and littered with branches. This book also ties in with our Nature/Sanctuary umbrella topic.

Week of September 19, 2023

There Was a Little Turtle

Come Sail With Me

Bling Blang (adapted)

Paw Paw Patch/When I See You

My Favorite Flower

Magic Penny

We sang some traditional songs again: Twinkle Twinkle, Itsy Bitsy Spider, This Old Man, Old MacDonald. Sometimes I do “name that tune,” in which I play the melody on the guitar and see if someone recognizes the song.

We’ve started doing some yoga this week:
Mountain: simply standing tall and strong with hands out just a bit and feet about a shoulder width apart.
Moon: from mountain, put arms overhead with palms together, curve to one side as far as is comfortable. Then curve the other way.
Elephant: from moon, arm together overhead are now your trunk; reach down and suck some water from a puddle, then put them back overhead and swallow the water. Repeat.
Star: arms out to sides, feet further apart. (See photo below)

A note about my music & movement practice. I never pressure children to participate. Some children I’ve taught over the years have chosen not to participate, and that is fine. Sometimes it takes a child years before they choose to participate, and sometimes they participate whole hog for a few months and then stop and just watch for the rest of the year. It’s all good. Often children who choose to just observe will go home and sing everything we do – they just don’t feel comfortable doing it in a group setting, or maybe they are scientists, closely watching everything I do, so that they can then process it outside of class.

Week of September 12, 2023

Paw Paw Patch/When I See You

We passed around the red ball and sang Magic Penny

In response to many children’s interest in building houses and tools, I introduced my adaptation of a Woody Guthrie song Bling Blang (adapted).

There Was a Little Turtle

Wheels On the Bus

On Thursday after we sang Bling Blang, I showed them a real saw that I keep in the classroom. I explained that it was sharp, and that we could touch it, but we had to be careful. I offered each child a turn to touch it. Some children chose to touch the blade, and some chose not to. I believe it’s important for them to experience real tools (etc.) that are “dangerous” so that they can develop self-regulation. They see that they are able to touch the blade in a way that it does not hurt them. I also showed them the cover I put on it so that I don’t hurt myself.

On Friday, I taught them a song about the sounds one might hear when on a sailboat: Come Sail With Me.

I’ve been reading very large sized books with them before lunch, and on Thursday and Friday we were reading Look Look Look, by Tana Hoban. We come to a page with a rectangle cut out of the middle, so you can see a little bit of the photo underneath. You try to guess what it is, and then we turn the page to find out. On the next page is another image of that thing.

We saw this, and made some guesses…

When we turned the page it turned out to be a flower.

And on the following page was this photo.

Which inspired me to teach them: My Favorite Flower

Week of September 6, 2023

Paw Paw Patch/When I See You

We’ve had so much play with the frogs and turtles, so I did: There Was a Little Turtle

We sang some traditional songs for which I don’t have links: Wheels On the Bus, ABC, Twinkle Twinkle, Itsy Bitsy Spider.

We’ve been passing a red ball around the circle at meeting – actually it’s a mini-medicine ball, so it has some heft to it and a little bit of squishiness. On Thursday I sang this as we passed it around: Magic Penny

Week of August 28, 2023