Studio Blue Music & Movement

This is a weekly update of what songs we’re currently singing, yoga poses, movements, the whole nine yards.
In most cases, the song/activity listed is a link so you can listen to me sing and read the lyrics, etc.

Week of June 7, 2022

Week of May 31, 2022

We passed around the “feely jar” on Wednesday. Ask your child what was in it!

Where’s My Pajamas?

Magic Penny

Movie Star

Alligator Song

Walking Down the Line

BINGO

Come Sail With Me

Draw the Circle Wide

We also acted out the book “Mr. Gumpy’s Outing” (with a few minor tweaks) on Friday.

Week of May 24, 2022

Draw the Circle Wide

Be My Echo

May Day song – Magnus asked for the song about the branch, and I didn’t know what he was talking about until someone explained it was the song about waving the branch! Good thing we have children who understand what each other are talking about – sometimes we adults need a little help!

We passed around the “feely jar” on Wednesday, inside of which was a bristle block (the material they’ve been using to make airplanes, boats, trains, etc.)

We played the “Monkey Around” game on Wednesday.

Where’s My Pajamas?

3 Green & Speckled Frogs

Magic Penny

Movie Star

Wheels on the Bus, a regular request!

Week of May 17, 2022

Where’s My Pajamas?

Be My Echo

On Top of Spaghetti

Movie Star

Freeze Dance

We also passed around a “feely jar,” inside of which there was an object that you would feel and try to figure out what it was. We did it on Tuesday, and it was a clothespin. On Friday it was a “donut” – a metal form we use in the sandbox, often to make pretend donuts.

Come Sail With Me

There was a request for Wheels on the Bus on Friday, so we sang that, too.

We also read and acted out the Mrs. Wishy Washy story that we had done long ago. There were lots of cows, pigs and ducks jumping, rolling and paddling in the mud! (Hadley volunteered to be Mrs. Wishy Washy, and gently cleaned off everybody with a brush.) See photos of animals in the mud below!

Week of May 10, 2022

Week of April 26, 2022

May Day song – On Friday I previewed with them what we’ll be doing for May Day – a walk through the sculpture park with all the Studios, waving our “branches of snowy May” (sticks with streamers, one for each color Studio), then gathering on the field by the big black hearts, where the May pole will be, with each Studio taking a turn walking around it as we sing the May Day song.

Where’s My Pajamas?

Magic Penny

Skidamarink

We played the Yoga cube game, and did freeze dance (Friday).

Week of April 12, 2022

Week of April 5, 2022

Where’s My Pajamas?

We passed around the red mini-medicine ball as I sang Magic Penny.

We played the “Monkey Around” game on Tuesday. Photos below (the cards picked here said to lie down with the “banana” on your belly, and balance the “banana” on your shoulder).

I’m a Little Airplane – I played this for quite a while at the end of the morning on Thursday as we danced around – some might have left before they heard it.

Week of March 29, 2022

On Wednesday and Friday we played the Yoga cube game again. Everyone has a turn throwing the cube, and we all do the pose on top. They’re from the Yoga Pretzel Cards (we’re calling the warrior pose “champion”).

Where’s My Pajamas?

We also passed around a red mini-medicine ball and gave it a squeeze, then continued passing it around as I sang Magic Penny.

I also sang a new version of The Ants Go Marching, in which I changed some of the words, and had movements we did while marching, such as clapping in front and behind, alligator mouth arms, touch shoulders and head, etc.

Week of March 22, 2022

Draw the Circle Wide

Freeze Dance

3 Green & Speckled Frogs

Who Fed the Chickens?

Frog Named Tiny Tim

On Wednesday we played the Yoga cube game, where everyone has a turn throwing the cube, and we all do the pose on top: dog, cat, plank, river, etc. They’re from the Yoga Pretzel Cards book (we’re calling the warrior pose “champion”). Today  someone rolled “airplane,” and as we were doing airplane, an airplane flew by! (in the bottom photo, you can see Luke and Sylvie looking up at the airplane.)

Week of March 15, 2022

Freeze Dance

Where’s My Pajamas?

Come Sail With Me

Draw the Circle Wide

On Wednesday there was no meeting, and on Thursday, most of the class was sitting on a block structure, so we had an impromptu music & movement time. When I asked what we should sing, Douglas suggested The Wheels On The Bus. Then we did freeze dance, Vivian’s suggestion. They made up their own poses to freeze to.

Week of March 8, 2022

The Ella Jenkins “1 & 2 & 3 & 4” song

Skidamarink

Freeze Dance

Willoughby Wallaby 2021-22

YOGA – candle mouse snake dog cat

Where’s My Pajamas?

We used the rope, singing Michael Row the Boat Ashore,  ROW ROW ROW  (croc and putt putt verses), and there was a request for Wheels on the Bus, so we sang that while using the rope to make the motions.

Come Sail With Me

Week of March 1, 2022

What Makes the Fire

Where’s My Pajamas?

I passed out jingle bells and we sang Jingle Bells, Shake the Bells, and Look Out the Window. We also played the bells along to the Ella Jenkins song they had sung while I was away: 1 & 2 & 3 & 4…

We also sang the Ella Jenkins “Head & Shoulder, baby, 1, 2, 3” song, and Jude had some ideas about different body parts to tap: “belly and eye” and “head and hair”!

We used the rope again, singing Michael Row the Boat Ashore,  ROW ROW ROW  (croc and putt putt verses), and Shake It All Over Town

There has been a lot of talk about tools, and so we sang Bling Blang (Thursday).

I sang a new one, with all their names in it (Thurs/Fri): Willoughby Wallaby 2021-22 (this link has all their names in it)

Baby Fish

Skidamarink

Freeze Dance

Elephant in my Shoe

Here’s a link to a video of a portion of Friday’s Music & Movement: https://vimeo.com/684805173/8c5626daad

Freeze Dance!

Week of Feb.8, 2022

On Tuesday we played the Monkey Around game

What Makes the Fire

Draw the Circle Wide

Where’s My Pajamas?

I passed out jingle bells and we sang Jingle Bells, Shake the Bells, and Look Out the Window

There were requests for the rope, so we used that on Thursday, singing Michael Row the Boat Ashore,  ROW ROW ROW  (the putt putt verse) and Shake the Bells.

I also sang (a rather rousing version of) I’ve Been Working on the Railroad for them on Thursday. Almost all of them had their clipboards out, and I’ve been wanting to show them that they can use their pencils to tap along, and so as to not hurt the pencil tips, they can turn the pencil around and tap with the opposite end, and they all seemed to respond well to my suggestion.

And we did Freeze Dance on Friday!

Week of Feb. 1, 2022

What Makes the Fire

Draw the Circle Wide

Skidamarink

Where’s My Pajamas?

We used the rope and sang Michael Row the Boat Ashore. A number of children were excited to say that they knew the song! We also did the standards:  ROW ROW ROW and SHAKE IT ALL OVER TOWN

Week of Jan. 25, 2022

Week of Jan. 19, 2022

We played the “Monkey Around” game again this week!

Who Fed the Chickens?

On Top of Spaghetti

Where’s My Pajamas?

Week of Jan. 11, 2022

Draw the Circle Wide

On Top of Spaghetti

Bling Blang

We also did a new kind of freeze dance. This time when the music stopped, we made poses that come from pieces in a puzzle in our classroom. See photo below for the first four poses we’ve done.

Row Row Row (crocodile & putt putt verses)

Shake It All Over Town

Skidamarink

Twinkle Twinkle (silly version)

Look Out the Window

Week of Jan. 3, 2022

Twinkle Twinkle (silly version)

YOGA – butterfly, turtle

Using the rope – ROW ROW ROW (crocodile and putt putt verse) and SHAKE IT ALL OVER TOWN

Draw the Circle Wide

On Wednesday, we played a yoga game. I put poses on a cube which each child rolled, and then we did the pose that showed up on top. Picture of the poses and the cube, below.

On Top of Spaghetti (on Thursday)

Bling Blang

Week of Dec. 21, 2021

Draw the Circle Wide

Movie Star

Look Out the Window

It’s a Rainy Day

Under One Sky

Baby Fish

Now’s the Time To Go To Sleep

I showed them a silly version of Twinkle Twinkle that I made up: Twinkle Twinkle (silly version)

On Wednesday we also played a game, in which each child rolled a big soft cube with a different color on each side. After rolling it, we looked at what color was on top, and the child picked a card with that color. The card told us something we had to do, like meow like a cat, clap, make a funny face, find something green/blue, etc.

Week of Dec. 14, 2021

Draw the Circle Wide

Skidamarink

Movie Star

Look Out the Window

It’s a Rainy Day

Under One Sky

Bling Blang

YOGA – mountain, house, moon, volcano, elephant, waterfall, and the sculpture Eve Celebrant

Freeze Dance

Week of Dec. 7, 2021

Bling Blang

Freeze Dance

Skidamarink

YOGA – mountain, house, moon, volcano, and the sculpture Eve Celebrant

Look Out the Window

Row Row Row (crocodile & putt putt verses)

3 Green & Speckled Frogs

Elephant in my Shoe

Week of Nov. 30, 2021

Freeze Dance

Using the rope – ROW ROW ROW (crocodile and putt putt verse) and SHAKE IT ALL OVER TOWN

Look Out the Window – Nancy’s mother used to sing this to her when she was a little girl, and Nancy taught it to me! We sing it every year.

Now’s the Time To Go To Sleep

Old Oak Tree

10 Little Fingers

Draw the Circle Wide – on Thursday, many of them took down their clipboards and drew circles for this, holding them up proudly aftwrwards.

Week of Nov. 16, 2021

Bling Blang

Freeze Dance

Wish They’d Find a Home

Skidamarink – we’re using the “wheels on the bus” motion for the “skidamarink” part, then “I” is point to chest, “love” is cross hands over chest or give yourself a hug, “you” is point to someone.

Yellow Jello/Bathtime

YOGA – mountain, house, moon, volcano, and the sculpture Eve Celebrant (see image in post below).

Draw the Circle Wide

Week of Nov. 9, 2021

Bling Blang

Old Oak Tree

Freeze Dance

When I See You

Draw the Circle Wide

Wish They’d Find a Home

Using the rope – ROW ROW ROW (crocodile and putt putt verse) and SHAKE IT ALL OVER TOWN

YOGA – mountain, house, moon, volcano, and the sculpture Eve Celebrant (see image below).

Week of Nov. 2, 2021

Bling Blang

Freeze Dance

Yoga – mountain, house, moon, volcano.

Using the rope – ROW ROW ROW (crocodile and putt putt verse) and SHAKE IT ALL OVER TOWN

Old Oak Tree

Week of Oct. 26, 2021

Bling Blang

Now’s the Time To Go To Sleep

3 Green & Speckled Frogs

Draw the Circle Wide

I’m a Mushroom

Frog Named Tiny Tim

We also played Freeze Dance on Wednesday – I show them a stick figure of a person in a pose, then we all do that pose, then I play guitar and we dance around until I stop, then we freeze in that pose.

Yoga – mountain, house, moon, volcano.

Using the rope (Wednesday) – Row Row Row (crocodile verse, and the new “putt putt” verse) and Shake It All Over Town

Week of Oct. 19, 2021

Bling Blang – everyone has enjoyed hammering golf tees into pumpkins that we thought this would be a good song to share with the children!

Now’s the Time To Go To Sleep

3 Green & Speckled Frogs

Old Oak Tree

Baby Fish

Draw the Circle Wide

Week of Oct. 12, 2021

Week of Oct. 5, 2021

WHEN I SEE YOU

Using the rope (inside, on Tuesday) – Row Row Row (crocodile verse) and Shake It All Over Town

Week of Sept. 28, 2021

Frog Named Tiny Tim

Wheels on the Bus

It’s a Rainy Day

Draw the Circle Wide

Row Row Row – When we had meeting inside on Tuesday (and also last Friday), we all held a big rope as we sat in the circle and “rowed” with it, singing “Row Row Row your boat.” On Tuesday we learned the crocodile verse. We practiced “screaming” quietly first, then sang it. We also sang Shake It All Over Town

Yellow Jello/Bathtime

Week of Sept. 20, 2021

Frog Named Tiny Tim

When I See You

Paw Paw Patch 2021 we continue to play the faces/hearts game, and now when we give out the hearts, we show each to the children to see who can guess whose face it is. We’re working on them recognizing each other and knowing their names, as even in years without masks, we’ve been surprised at how many months can go by before everyone knows everyone else’s name.

Baby Fish

10 Little Fingers

Wheels on the Bus

It’s a Rainy Day (we sang this on Friday)

Draw the Circle Wide (we sang this on Friday)

Week of Sept. 13, 2021

When I See You

Paw Paw Patch 2021 (continuing to play the faces/hearts game)

Baby Fish

10 Little Fingers

Wheels on the Bus (Friday)

Week of Sept. 6, 2021

Playing the faces game, with Paw Paw Patch.

Learning Baby Fish.