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 read the lyrics and listen to me song, etc.
November 21, 2022
We began my version of a song called Bug On the Wall, but I’m not putting the link up for it yet. That will have to wait until we’ve done the whole thing! We also learned sign language for “bug on the wall,” “pie on the plate,” and “bear in a cave.”
I Can’t Imagine Life Without Popcorn – we learned the WOW and OOO cheers, and couldn’t live without popcorn, aliens, rainbows or worms!
We’ve Got a Good Thing Going (no link – this is a stand up and move song)
YOGA: transitioning through candle mouse snake dog, and backwards back to candle.
November 14, 2022
We passed a clap around the circle.
I passed out the rhythm sticks and we tried patterns using “zips” and “bams” (rubbing the sticks and clicking them, respectively), such as zip zip zip bam, etc.
Boom Chicka Boom – continuing to replace the first sound, this time with a D an R and an F.
YOGA: transitioning through mountain candle mouse snake dog, and backwards back to candle.
We danced to Guacamole Dance, but this time the challenge was to freeze in a particular pose when the music stopped while yelling “guacamole!”
November 7, 2022
YOGA: butterfly, turtle, tulip
Using butterfly and turtle, we then learned Twinkle Twinkle (silly version)
We used the rhythm sticks, starting with the 1, 2, 123 pattern that the teachers use to gather children &/or get their attention. We experimented a lot with different ways to do this, with zips and clicks and taps on the floor. Lots of ideas! We moved on to Hammer & Nails, and worked on the “chorus” which has a 1, 2, 3, (stick clicks) “a hammer and nails” that is repeated. Again, lots of ideas about how to do this. Then we did WE ALL NEED MORE KINDNESS IN THIS WORLD
Boom Chicka Boom – continuing to replace the first sound, this time with a Z then a D.
YOGA: transitioning smoothly through mountain moon star square triangle.
Many were in a dancing mood, so we did Guacamole Dance
October 31, 2022
Paw Paw Patch
We used the rhythm sticks, first to the Ella Jenkins son “1&2&3&4”, then clicked 3 times and rested for the 4th beat, continuing this pattern for Miss Mary Mack. Then we played to a new song, Hammer & Nails.
YOGA: we’re transitioning smoothly through these poses, and then going approximately backwards until we end up with our palms together in front of our heart in “rest position”: mountain moon star square triangle.
Boom Chicka Boom – As I did last week, I replaced the first sound with an L after we learned this: I say “LOOM LICKA LOOM…” Then we tried it with Z.
We passed a clap around the circle, then we passed 2 claps around.
October 24, 2022
I used the rope again today, pulling, pushing, swaying and shaking to Shake It All Over Town. We did the crocodile verse to Row Row Row (your boat), and also learned the “putt putt putt” verse. We “rowed” to Michael Row the Boat Ashore.
Boom Chicka Boom – I replaced the first sound with an L after we learned this: I say “LOOM LICKA LOOM…”
YOGA: mountain moon star square
I passed out scarves, and we moved them fast and slow, like different strengths of wind. Then I sang MERRY LITTLE BREEZE and we moved our scarves to it. We also twirled and threw them to Pop Goes the Weasel.
We clapped 3 times and rested for the 4th beat, repeatedly, continuing this pattern as I sang Miss Mary Mack. Along the way, some children tried different beats, or tapped instead of clapped, or alternated taps and claps, and we checked out what each other were doing.
October 17, 2022
We had class inside Studio Blue today, because of the rain.
I passed out a long, thick rope and we pulled and pushed and swayed and shook to Shake It All Over Town. I taught those who didn’t know it the crocodile verse to Row Row Row (your boat), but first we practiced a quiet scream!
I then passed out scarves, and we talked a bit about different kinds of wind, and how you can see where the wind is moving by watching things like leaves falling and milkweed seeds. Then I sang MERRY LITTLE BREEZE and we moved our scarves to it. We tried something challenging, too – I paired them up and asked them to try to throw their scarves to each other – at the same time, so they had to count to three and throw at the same time, and catch, too! We also twirled and threw them to Pop Goes the Weasel.
I passed out rhythm sticks and we played them to the Ella Jenkins song 1&2&3&4. Next, we made a pattern of clicking the sticks three times, then tapping them on the floor three times. We continued this pattern as I sang Miss Mary Mack, and they did an excellent job continuing the pattern. We played the rhythm sticks to WE ALL NEED MORE KINDNESS IN THIS WORLD, and at a certain point we had an excellent rhythm going.
We passed around the red mini-medicine ball and sang MAGIC PENNY.
October 3, 2022
We worked on being together doing 3 claps and a pause, 3 claps and a pause. Then we did that to Miss Mary Mack.
Then we passed around 3 claps, with me clapping 3 times, then the person on my left, and on around the circle.
We passed around the red mini-medicine ball and sang MAGIC PENNY.
We played egg shakers to ABC and an Ella Jenkins song !1 & 2 & 3 & 4. Then we played along to BUILDING A NEW WAY and TINGALAYO. We had fun listening to different ways we could play them, and how quietly we could play them, and playing louder, too.
September 19, 2022
We gather on the back playspace (where the climbing structure is) every Monday afternoon during the Afternoon Adventure program. Here’s what we did today:
Paw Paw Patch (no link)
We passed around a red, slightly squishy, heavy, mini-medicine ball, while I sang MAGIC PENNY
Then we 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.
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. Then we did 3 claps followed by 3 taps, staying together nicely! We continued with the 3 claps and 3 taps as I sang Miss Mary Mack (which some of them knew and sang along, too), so that the claps and taps were on “Mack, Mack, Mack,” and “black, black, black,” and so forth through the song.
WE ALL NEED MORE KINDNESS IN THIS WORLD – we did a lot of verses: “we all need more clapping…tapping…stomping…singing…in this world.”
I passed out yellow scarves, and we explored them for a bit, then we sang Pop Goes the Weasel, swinging them in a big circle up and down until we got to “pop!” when we threw them up in the air.
We danced with our scarves to IF I WERE A KITE.
We finished with the Goodbye Song
September 12, 2022
We gathered on the back playspace (where the climbing structure is) for music, which will be taking place every Monday afternoon during the Afternoon Adventure program. Here’s what we did:
We started with Paw Paw Patch, to help me learn new names (no link).
Then we passed around a red, slightly squishy, heavy, mini-medicine ball, followed by a exercise where we held and moved an invisible ball which expanded when we breathed in and contracted when we breathed out. We imagined what color it was, and when we were done with it, we made it small and put it in our tummy for whenever we needed it.
We did a stand up song, HERE COMES MOUSE.
I passed out egg shakers and we figured out how to not only shake it vigorously to make a long sound, but also how to make a single sound, with one shake. They’re excellent at this. 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 (no link).
Then we played the shakers to TINGALAYO.
I showed them a song by Guy Davis: WE ALL NEED MORE KINDNESS IN THIS WORLD. We didn’t sing it as it is in the link, but after singing Kindness and Sunshine, we sang Clapping, Stomping, then “we are tapping clapping and stomping in this world,” as children had different ideas about how to use their body to keep a rhythm.
We finished with Time To Move On
(a running list of songs that we’ve sung this year)
3 Little Hot Dogs
A B Squeeze
Boom Chicka Boom
BUILDING A NEW WAY
A Cat Had a Birthday
Hammer & Nails
HERE COMES MOUSE
I Can’t Imagine Life Without Popcorn
IF I WERE A KITE
MERRY LITTLE BREEZE
Miss Mary Mack
My Favorite Flower
Mysterious Fish Tank
Rainforest Animal song
Row Row Row
See the Pony Galloping
Shake It All Over Town
This Little Light of Mine
Time To Move On
Twinkle Twinkle (silly version)
WE ALL NEED MORE KINDNESS IN THIS WORLD
What Makes the Fire
Willoughby Wallaby Woo
Zip Zip Bam