Studio Purple 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.

June 13, 2022

June 6, 2022

We’re Gathering Together

BIG JUICE BOX/ALFREDO – Alfredo had an egg today!

We’re Talking Big

We did the Ella Jenkins song Head & Shoulders again, with new variations.

My Favorite Things

Touch the Ground

Where’s My Pajamas? – a number off children had ideas for variations around when we’d sing and when we’d be quiet, such as be quiet for the whole song, and then say Hey! at the end; or all quiet, and raising a quiet fist instead of shouting Hey! One idea was to alternate between lines: first line sung, second line quiet, third line sung, fourth line quiet: “a pattern” the child explained. They were very focused on these ideas, and even though it was difficult for everyone to get them right altogether, we worked nicely.

We played a game called “Monkey Around” in which we each had a beanbag (aka banana, since monkeys eat bananas), and each child picked a card which gave us a  challenge, sometimes incorporating the “banana” (balance it on your head), or not using the “banana” (walk on tiptoes).

May 23, 2022

May 16, 2022

We’re Gathering Together

Big Juice Box/Alfredo – Alfredo had a sweet potato today!

Razzamatazz

Where’s My Pajamas?

Rattlin’ Bog

Magic Penny

We used the rhythm sticks today, playing along with the Ella Jenkins song 1&2&3&4, then:

You Gotta Sing (when the spirit says sing)

BINGO

and Bling Blang

I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon

May 9, 2022

We’re Gathering Together  – I showed them, again, the picture below, reviewing “Spider pie, spider pie, gorillas love spider pie.” Then I taught them a new sentence: “The gorilla swallowed the worm. Ew!” Then I asked them to see if they could understand me when I signed “We’re gathering together with spiders/gorillas/worms.” Someone mentioned spiderwebs, and I taught them the sign for that, too. At that point, some children showed us their own signs for ant, caterpillar, butterfly, and others.

Ooh Ooh

Razzamatazz

Big Juice Box/Alfredo – Alfredo had a carrot today!

Where’s My Pajamas?

BINGO – we sang this briefly. I switched the letters around to spell IN BOG and tried that, and then I taught them:

Rattlin’ Bog

MAY DAY SONG – it’s this Wed, 11:30, at the Big Black Hearts!

Alligator Song

I Shampoo My Hair – today we mixed them up in a new way! E.g;, I look for alligators while I’m in a rocking chair!

Be My Echo

May 2, 2022

We’re Gathering Together  – I reviewed sign language for “We’re gathering together with friends,” which some were learning for the first time. Then I showed them the picture below, and we learned sign language for “Spider pie, spider pie, gorillas love spider pie.” Then I asked them to see if they could understand me when I signed “We’re gathering together with spiders” and “We’re gathering together with gorillas!”

Ooh Ooh

MAY DAY SONG – we were planning on having May Day on Wed, 5/4, but it looks like it may be rainy (I explained this to the children). We’ll likely change the date to 5/11. Email to come, when it’s definite.

Big Juice Box/Alfredo – Alfredo had a onion today!

Alligator Song

You Gotta Sing (when the spirit says sing) – tapping, clapping, stomping, etc., to the beat.

I Shampoo My Hair – today we  mixed them up! E.g;, I look for alligators while I do the hula hoop!

If I Knew You Were Coming

We played the rhythm sticks to Ella Jenkins’ 1&2&3&4, then played them to BINGO, trying clicking in substitute for  letters, e.g., X I-N-G-O, or X X N-G-O.

Finally, we played the rhythm sticks to Walking Down the Line.

Apr. 25, 2022

We’re Gathering Together  – I taught them sign language for “We’re gathering together with friends”

Ooh Ooh

Yoga: candle mouse snake dog cat and back to candle.

May Day song – we’ll be having May Day on Wed, 5/4 (rain date 5/11), so we’re learning this song in preparation! Email to come…

Big Juice Box/Alfredo – Alfredo had a hot pepper today!

Alligator Song

We sang the Ella Jenkins song  Head and Shoulders again.

You Gotta Sing (when the spirit says sing) – tapping, clapping, stomping, etc., to the beat.

I Shampoo My Hair – again, we didn’t mix them up today, so please don’t spill the beans about doing variations.

We passed around the red mini-medicine ball, singing Magic Penny

We also tapped/clapped to BINGO, trying clapping in substitute for  letters, e.g., X I-N-G-O, or X X N-G-O, then we clapped for all the letters.

Apr. 11, 2022

We’re Gathering Together

We sang an Ella Jenkins song called Head and Shoulders, in which we tap and then head and shoulders as we sing. We did knees & toes, clap & touch belly, palms up and down, tap floor then knees).

Big Juice Box/Alfredo – Alfredo had a cucumber today!

Be My Echo

Alligator Song

We tapped, clapped, stomped and shook our bodies to an old Ella Jenkins song: “One and Two and Three and Four” (no link).

I Shampoo My Hair – we didn’t mix them up today, so please don’t spill the beans about doing variations.

Wake Up You Sleepyhead

We passed around a red mini-medicine ball, singing Magic Penny

We also tapped/clapped to BINGO, trying clapping in substitute for  letters: X I-N-G-O, or X X N-G-O, then we clapped for all the letters. Augie suggest we try X I X g X. It was challenging!

Apr. 4, 2022

We’re Gathering Together

You Gotta Sing (when the spirit says sing) – we clapped (“you gotta clap”), tapped, stomped, etc., to this.

Big Juice Box/Alfredo – Alfredo had an avocado today!

We did Alfredo’s did a call and response poem again, Hello, Alfredo! We tried it with Alfredo “conducting,” (high=loud, down low=soft)

and segued to Be My Echo

We reviewed sign language for “(If) I knew you were coming I’d have baked a cake,” and then sang If I Knew You Were Coming (we don’t do the sign language to the song, I just introduce it that way).

We tapped, clapped, stomped and shook our bodies to an old Ella Jenkins song: “One and Two and Three and Four” (no link).

Yoga – mountain, house, moon, elephant, volcano, Eve, warrior 2, warrior 1

We also tapped/clapped to BINGO, trying clapping in substitute for  letters: X I-N-G-O, or X X N-G-O, then we clapped for all the letters, and they did a great job clapping right on the beat!

Walking Down the Line

We passed around a red mini-medicine ball, singing “Pass that ball and give it a squeeze,” and then kept passing it around, singing Magic Penny

Mar. 28, 2022

We’re Gathering Together

Big Juice Box/Alfredo – Alfredo had a fruit that grows from a tree, not an apple, but about that size; it can be green or brown…

Then Alfredo did a call and response poem, Hello, Alfredo!

and we segued to Be My Echo

I showed them sign language for “(If) I knew you were coming I’d have baked a cake,” and them sang them my version of the song, for which I have pictures. If I Knew You Were Coming

This Little Light of Mine – I taught them sign language for “world,” which is holding 3 fingers out on both hands (to make W’s) then do the Wheels on Bus motion with hands (for the “All around the world, I’m gonna let it shine” verse). Then we sang the song. Augie suggested we do “Won’t let nobody blow it out” and we also sang “Hide it under a bushel? No!”

We tapped, clapped, stomped and shook our bodies to an old Ella Jenkins song: “One and Two and Three and Four” (no link).

We also tapped/clapped to BINGO

We passed around a black squishy thing, singing “Pass that thing and give it a squeeze,” and then kept passing it around while I sang Magic Penny

Draw the Circle Wide

Mar. 14, 2022

We’re Gathering Together

Big Juice Box/Alfredo – Alfredo had a fruit the color (and shape) of his beak for snack…

This Little Light of Mine – I taught them sign language for the chorus. It’s very tricky! They did a great job! Then I just sang it a few times, and some sang along.

Skidamarink

Hickory Dickory Dock

Everyone Counts – we sang 1, 2, 3 in Spanish, German, Japanese,  Portuguese, and English. )I sing it in Spanish, French and Japanese  in the recording)

Alligator Pit

3 Little Hot Dogs

We passed out a long thick piece of rope and pulled, pushed and shook it for: Row Row Row (crocodile and “putt putt” verses), Michael Row the Boat Ashore, Shake It All Over Town, and Draw the Circle Wide.

Bamboo

Mar. 7, 2022

We’re Gathering Together

Everyone Counts – we sang 1, 2, 3 in Spanish, German, Japanese,  Portuguese, and English. )I sing it in Spanish, French and Japanese  in the recording)

I Couldn’t Sleep Last Night

We’ve Got the Whole World – I taught them sign language (ASL) for world – hold out three fingers on both hands to make a W, then make them go around and around as in Wheels On the Bus.

YOGA – mountain, house, moon, volcano, Eve, warrior 2 and warrior 1 (see below)

Big Juice Box/Alfredo – ask your child what food Alfredo had in the for snack today (big juice box, “teeny weeny crackers,” an apple – and a pair of smelly socks!). They did a great job following Alfredo as he “conducted” their singing of the ABCs – singing louder when he was up high, soft when he was down low, and medium when he was in the middle.

Freeze Dance

Bamboo

Willoughby Wallaby Woo

Feb. 28, 2022

We’re Gathering Together

Draw the Circle Wide

Yellow Jello/Bathtime (by request)

Everyone Counts – we sang 1, 2, 3 in Spanish, German, Japanese,  Portuguese, and English. )I sing it in Spanish, French and Japanese  in the recording)

We played the jingle bells to Shake the Bells, Jingle Bells, and Look Out the Window.

Tarzan

Wake Up You Sleepyhead

We passed out a long thick piece of rope and pulled, pushed and shook it for: Row Row Row (crocodile and “putt putt” verses), and Michael Row the Boat Ashore.

Bamboo

Feb. 7, 2022

We’re Gathering Together

My Favorite Things

We passed out a long thick piece of rope and pulled, pushed and shook it for: Row Row Row (crocodile and “putt putt” verses) and Shake It All Over Town.

Bamboo

Tarzan

Wake Up You Sleepyhead

We played the jingle bells to Shake the Bells, Jingle Bells, and Look Out the Window.

We’ve Got the Whole World

This Little Light of Mine – I taught them  sign language for the chorus.

Jan. 31, 2022

We’re Gathering Together

I Couldn’t Sleep Last Night

On Top of Spaghetti

Yoga: candle mouse snake dog cat, transitioning smoothly between these, then backwards to candle.

Sit Down Stand Up Song

Bamboo

Tarzan

We played the jingle bells to Shake the Bells, Jingle Bells, and Look Out the Window.

Up Goes the Castle

And we finished with Mariana’s popcorn song!

Jan. 24, 2022

We’re Gathering Together

A B Squeeze

Twinkle Twinkle (silly version)

Yoga: candle mouse snake dog cat, transitioning smoothly between these, then backwards to candle.

Wake Up You Sleepyhead

Bamboo

Tarzan

We’ve Got the Whole World – we had many suggestions of what to hold in our hands: rainbows, rings, cranes (the vehicle), birds, schools, books, and more, each with its own movement!

We played the rhythm sticks to Walking Down the Line. I asked if anyone had something else they wanted to play to, and Veera suggested Ring Around the Rosie, so we did that (just playing rhythm sticks, not the movement).

I Couldn’t Sleep Last Night

Draw the Circle Wide

Dec. 20, 2021

We’re Gathering Together

We sang through the songs we’ll be singing at the Winter Sing (11:30 on Wednesday, near where the Silver Car was). Bling Blang and Walking Down the Line are new to them – other classes will be singing these, but I wanted to introduce the songs to the Studio Purple children so that they have some familiarity with them. And of course it’s a sing-a-long, so please bring your singing voices on Wednesday!

Look Out the Window

Skidamarink

Movie Star

May There Always Be Sunshine

Walking Down the Line

On Top of Spaghetti

Under One Sky

Bling Blang

My Favorite Things

Draw the Circle Wide

 

Dec. 13, 2021

We’re Gathering Together

Skidamarink

Look Out the Window

The Ants Go Marching

I passed out rhythm sticks (one ribbed, one smooth, for each person) and we played around with different ways to play them, then played them to the ABC’s, a “click the sticks” song about regulation (fast, slow, loud, soft, silent), and All Around the Kitchen.

Yoga –  turtle butterfly, tulip, mountain, house, moon, volcano, Eve, warrior 2 and warrior 1 (see below)

Mrs. O’Leary

On Top of Spaghetti

This Land is Your Land – the chorus and the verse

Draw the Circle Wide

Dec. 6, 2021

We’re Gathering Together

Who Fed the Chickens?

Look Out the Window

The Ants Go Marching

Yellow Jello/Bathtime

Skidamarink

Yoga –  turtle butterfly

Twinkle Twinkle (silly version)

Mrs. O’Leary

May There Always Be Sunshine – I taught them the sign for popcorn, and we sang “may there always be popcorn!”

We sang Mariana/Becky’s popcorn song again, by request.

Way Up in the Sky (Little Birds)

Up Goes the Castle

This Land is Your Land – just the chorus: “This land is your land, this land is my land…”

Draw the Circle Wide

Nov. 29, 2021

We’re Gathering Together

Skidamarink

The Ants Go Marching – I create movement challenges to go with this, and different words: The ants go marching one by one… the little one stops to blow bubble gum (blow up a pretend bubble until it pops). “2 by 2″: the little one stops to hula hoop” etc.

Yoga –  turtle butterfly mountain moon house volcano Eve

Form the Corn

Twinkle Twinkle (silly version)

Look Out the Window

May There Always Be Sunshine

Mrs. O’Leary

Sit Down Stand Up Song

Draw the Circle Wide

Nov. 22, 2021

We’re Gathering Together

Yellow Jello/Bathtime

Yoga –  turtle butterfly

Twinkle Twinkle (silly version)

May There Always Be Sunshine – I taught them the signs for “grandmas” and “grandpas,” then Augie wanted to sign “teachers” and made one up on the spot – it’s the same as for grandma/pa except the thumb goes on the nose, and you do two “bumps” because “teachers” has two syllables, just like “grandmas” and “grandpas.”

The Ants Go Marching – I create movement challenges to go with this, and different words: The ants go marching one by one… the little one stops to blow bubble gum (blow up a pretend bubble until it pops). “2 by 2″: the little one stops to hula hoop” etc.

Way Up in the Sky (Little Birds)

Form the Corn

Sit Down Stand Up Song

Up Goes the Castle

My Favorite Things

Draw the Circle Wide

and there was a last minute request for Mariana and Becky’s popcorn song. so we did that, too!

Nov. 15, 2021

Nov. 8, 2021

Nov. 1, 2021

We’re Gathering Together

I’m a Mushroom

Puddles

Yoga – Mountain, House, Moon, Volcano, and we did the pose of the sculpture Eve Celebrant; photo below.

Way Up in the Sky (Little Birds)

My Favorite Things

Witch Has an Itch

Sam the Clam – Sam the Giant Clam, and sam the teeny clam.

Yoga – Candle Mouse Snake Dog

Owl

Under One Sky

Draw the Circle Wide

Oct. 25, 2021

We’re Gathering Together

I’m a Mushroom

POPCORN CHANT

We did Mariana and Becky’s popcorn song again (I forgot to ask them last week), which we all enjoyed immensely!

Yoga – Mountain, House, Moon, Volcano

Puddles

ALLIGATOR PIT

Sam the Clam – this time we added Sam the Giant Clam, and sam the teeny clam.

Under One Sky

3 Little Hot Dogs

My Favorite Things

Yoga – we did a series: Candle, Mouse, Snake (cobra), Dog, and then went backwards back to Candle.

Witch Has an Itch

Draw the Circle Wide

Oct. 18, 2021

We’re Gathering Together

POPCORN CHANT

Movie Star

Yoga – Mountain, House, Moon, Volcano

Puddles

ALLIGATOR PIT

Sam the Clam

Under One Sky

Yoga – we did a series: Candle, Mouse, Snake (cobra), Dog, and then went backwards back to Candle.

3 Little Hot Dogs

My Favorite Things

Who Fed the Chickens?

Witch Has an Itch

Draw the Circle Wide

Oct. 4, 2021

We’re Gathering Together

ALLIGATOR PIT

Popcorn Chant – Becky told us that she knew a different popcorn song from her last school, and she and Mariana taught it to us!

Yoga – we did a series: Candle, Mouse, Snake (cobra), Dog, and then went backwards back to Candle. We also did Owl (before the Owl song), and the series Mountain, House, Moon, Volcano.

We Got a Good Thing Going (no link; this is a stand up and move song)

Who Fed the Chickens?

Come Sail With Me

Owl

Sam the Clam

Movie Star

3 Little Hot Dogs

Draw the Circle Wide

Sept. 27, 2021

I started by reviewing everyone’s names with the song Willoughby Wallaby Woo

We’re Gathering Together

ALLIGATOR PIT

HICKORY DICKORY DOCK

Popcorn Chant

Yoga – Mouse, Turtle, Owl, Cat, Mountain, House, Volcano

We Got a Good Thing Going (no link; this is a stand up and move song)

Who Fed the Chickens?

Come Sail With Me

Owl

Sam the Clam

Draw the Circle Wide

Sept. 20, 2021

We’re Gathering Together

Yoga – Mouse

Hickory Dickory Dock

Yoga – Owl

Owl

We Got a Good Thing Going (no link; this is a stand up and move song)

Alligator Pit

Yoga – Cat

A Cat Had a Birthday

Yoga – Turtle

There Was a Little Turtle

Come Sail With Me

Draw the Circle Wide

Sept. 13, 2021

We started with Paw Paw Patch, so we could all familiarize ourselves with everyone’s name (no link)

We’re Gathering Together

Frog Named Tiny Tim

Yoga – Turtle

There Was a Little Turtle

Yoga – Mouse

Hickory Dickory Dock

Yoga – Cat

A Cat Had a Birthday

We Got a Good Thing Going (no link; this is a stand up and move song)

Come Sail With Me

Draw the Circle Wide

BEFORE SINGING FROG NAMED TINY TIM, I TOLD THEM A STORY ABOUT HOW I WAS PAINTING THE TRAIN IN THE SUMMER BEFORE SCHOOL STARTED, AND I SAW SOMETHING HOPPING ON THE GROUND. IT WAS A FROG, AND THAT MADE ME THINK OF THIS SONG.
HERE’S THE TRAIN – CAN YOU SEE THE FROG?
I’LL GET A LITTLE CLOSER – CAN YOU SEE THE FROG YET?
Here it is!