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.
November 21, 2022
I arrived with my guitar in its case, asking what was inside – a guitar, of course. What is a guitar case for? “To keep it safe,” a child answered. Yes! I told them a brief story about how I had a guitar that I leaned against my refrigerator and it slid down and broke. So now I try to keep my guitar safe. This was all as a segue into using lots of different kinds of instruments, which I passed out. I told them that these are instruments that we need to keep safe by playing them in the right way so we don’t break them. Not everyone got to play every instrument, but hopefully they’ll have a chance next time. There were claves of various kinds, shakers of different kinds, something I don’t even know the name of, a triangle, and a frog and a toad whose bumpy backs you run a stick across. We played along to This Little Light of Mine and We All Need More Kindness In This World.
Mysterious Fish Tank – we tried this silently, just doing the motions.
YOGA: transition one to another: mountain moon star square, triangle (then we backwards back to mountain). I also showed them two images, a buzzard and a dead tree, and we did these “poses” to prep for my version of the song 3 Short-Necked Buzzards
November 14, 2022
Mysterious Fish Tank – we even tried this backwards!
I passed out a long, thick rope and we pulled and pushed and swayed and shook to SHAKE IT ALL OVER TOWN and a “toes and knees and tummy and pull” exercise. I taught those who didn’t know it the crocodile verse to ROW ROW ROW (your boat), but first we practiced a quiet scream! We finished with Michael Row the Boat Ashore
YOGA: our poses smoothly transition into each other: mountain moon star square, triangle (then we go backwards back to mountain); and candle mouse snake dog (and back to candle).
November 7, 2022
We did the tai chi-inspired ball exercise where we held and moved an invisible ball which expanded when we breathed in and contracted when we breathed out.
YOGA: these poses smoothly transition into each other: btrfly turtle tulip; and mountain moon star square, and triangle (then we go backwards back to mountain).
YOGA: butterfly, turtle, tulip
Having reviewed butterfly and turtle, we put these to use in this: Twinkle Twinkle (silly version)
October 31, 2022
We “passed a clap around the circle” and then passed around a tap.
YOGA: these poses smoothly transition into each other: btrfly turtle tulip; and mountain moon star square, and a new one, triangle (then we go backwards back to mountain).
Witch Has an Itch – they had a great memory for all the places to itch – feet, arm, knee, back, shoulder, cheek and head!
I passed out egg shakers and we played along to the Ella Jenkins song “1 & 2 & 3 & 4.” Then we played a rhythm of three clicks (and a rest), and then did this to Miss Mary Mack (playing on “mack, mack, mack…black, black, black…, etc.” We played to All Together Now (Beatles).
October 24, 2022
We “passed a clap around the circle” and then we passed around a tap, and some children ended up creating their own variations as it went around the circle.
I passed out rhythm sticks and we played along to ABC, and an Ella Jenkins song called 1 & 2 & 3 & 4. Then we played a rhythm of three clicks (and a rest), and then did this to Miss Mary Mack (playing on “mack, mack, mack…black, black, black…, etc.” Then we played along to We All Need More Kindness In This World.
YOGA: we’re doing sets of poses that can smoothly transition into each other: btrfly turtle tulip; and mountain moon star square.
I passed out scarves, and we made different kinds of winds, strong and gentle. We twirled them while I sang Pop Goes the Weasel, and threw them up on “pop!” and caught them. Then I sang MERRY LITTLE BREEZE as we moved and danced.
October 17, 2022
We “passed a clap around the circle” and they did great again!
I passed out the egg shakers and we played to ABC, the 1&2&3&4 Ella Jenkins song, and then an old song by the Beatles, All Together Now, and Tingalayo.
I then passed out scarves, and talked a bit about different kinds of wind, and there was mention of hurricanes! Then we talked about gentle winds, and I sang MERRY LITTLE BREEZE and they danced and moved their scarves to it.
October 3, 2022
Paw Paw Patch (no link)
We played around with rhythms, doing 3 claps, then a pause, then 3 claps, repeating this a number of times, then again with 3 stomps. They were great at pausing before the next 3. Listening closely, playing together!
We passed around the red mini-medicine ball again, singing Magic Penny
I taught them a new poem by Calef Brown, Mysterious Fish Tank, which I do as a finger play.
We did Alligator Pit again. We even tried it with just the motions, no words!
Yoga poses: butterfly, turtle and tulip.
September 19, 2022
Repetition is key for this age, so we repeated much of what we did last week (introducing the songs to children who weren’t here last Monday), and added some new songs and activities, too.
Paw Paw Patch (no link)
We passed around a red, slightly squishy, heavy, mini-medicine ball, while I sang Magic Penny
After passing around the ball, we then passed around a clap! I clapped (one clap), then the person to my left clapped once, then the next and the next, all around the circle. They did well! (We also tried 2 claps after this, which was a little trickier, partly because it’s hard to stay focused on this exercise for very long, but we made it around!).
We did an exercise in which we held and moved an invisible ball which expanded when we breathed in and contracted when we breathed out. It got very big! We closed our eyes and imagined what color it was (interestingly, many children said “black” – because when you close your eyes that’s the color you see!), and when we were done with it, we made it small and put it in our tummy for whenever we needed it.
Then I passed around the rhythm sticks (one is smooth and one has ridges, so that you can click them or rub them, or play them on the floor, as we quickly discovered). I showed them sign language for “together” (fists together with thumbs up in front of your chest, then move them out and around in a circle and back to your chest). I explained that when we play music, we need to be together, and they were in fact quite capable of being together when we played the rhythm sticks – lovely to hear! We played to:
Then a stand up song: Here Comes Mouse
And finished with the Goodbye Song
September 12, 2022
It was good to meet so many Studio Purple friends! Here’s what we did today:
Paw Paw Patch (I don’t have a link for this) It was fun learning everyone’s name – I think I have them all memorized now!
We passed around a red mini-medicine ball, which is heavy and a little squishy. Many of us made a tunnel for it to go through by picking up our knees.
I passed out egg shakers and we explored the sounds they make. We figured out how to shake it to make a long sound, and also how to make a single sound, with one shake. Then we played to the ABC’s, with one shake for each letter. We did the same with an old Ella Jenkins song, One and Two and Three and Four.
Then we played the shakers to Tingalayo.
We sang an old favorite that I have dramatized: 3 Green & Speckled Frogs.
Then we did a stand up song: Here Comes Mouse
And we finished with the Goodbye Song!
(a running list of songs that we’ve sung this year)
3 Green & Speckled Frogs
3 Short-Necked Buzzards
3 Little Hot Dogs
A B Squeeze
Building a New Way
Here Comes Mouse
It’s a Rainy Day
MERRY LITTLE BREEZE
Michael Row the Boat Ashore
Miss Mary Mack
My Favorite Flower
Mysterious Fish Tank
ROW ROW ROW
SHAKE IT ALL OVER TOWN
This Little Light of Mine
Touch the Ground
Twinkle Twinkle (silly version)
We All Need More Kindness In This World
What Makes the Fire
Willoughby Wallaby Woo
Witch Has an Itch