Studio Red 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 read the lyrics and listen to me song, etc.

June 13, 2022

June 6, 2022

Ooh Ooh

Movie Star – Teddy requested this!

Under One Sky

Pancake Jake

Sittin’ Down to Eat (no link)

Open Shut Them

We’re Talking Big

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).

When I First Came To This Land

Walking Down the Line

May 23, 2022

Sittin’ Down to Eat – (no link) This is a wonderful Bill Harley song (I love just about everything he’s done).

We’re Talking Big

Mama’s Soup Surprise

Touch the Ground

Pancake Jake

Sam the Clam

Bug On the Wall

At the end, we did a whole lot of dancing to You Gotta Sing (when the spirit says sing)

May 16, 2022

We used the rhythm sticks, playing and singing to the Ella Jenkins song 1&2&3&4 (no link), and You Gotta Sing (when the spirit says sing) and BINGO.

Bug On the Wall – I taught them sign language for “Bug on the wall.” Sorry, I still can’t share the link yet. Next week I will!

Razzamatazz

Rattlin’ Bog

Pancake Jake

When I First Came To This Land

Mysterious Fish Tank

May 9, 2022

I did the signing version of the song Today is Monday, as I did last week, using sign language for the object for each day: Monday popcorn, Tuesday ball, Wednesday pie, Thursday worms, Friday gorilla, Saturday spiderweb, Sunday cake (“come on everybody, show me what you see”).

May Day song – it’s this Wed, 5/11 at 11:30, at the Big Black Hearts!

Mysterious Fish Tank

BINGO – we sang this briefly. I rearranged the letters to spell IN BOG, then we did…

Rattlin’ Bog

Bamboo

Razzamatazz

Bug On the Wall – I love this song, but I can’t share the link yet, as it would give away what we’re building up to…

Zip Zip Bam

Open Shut Them

May 2, 2022

I introduced them to an adaptation of the song Today is Monday, but in this one, we used sign language for the object for each day: Monday popcorn, Tuesday ball, Wednesday pie, Thursday worms, Friday gorilla, Saturday spiderweb, Sunday cake (“come on everybody, show me what you see”). They were amazing at memorizing not only the signs, but which thing went with which day of the week.

Be My Echo

May Day song – May Day is now scheduled for Wed, 5/11, as it’s supposed to be cold and rainy this Wed. That much more time to practice the May Day song!

Mysterious Fish Tank

Mama’s Soup Surprise

Rattlin’ Bog

We played the pass the beanbag game again. We’re getting consistently better at this!

Where’s My Pajamas?

You Gotta Sing (when the spirit says sing)

Apr. 25, 2022

Ooh Ooh

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!

You Gotta Sing (when the spirit says sing) – again, playing around with different ways of making rhythm, tapping, clapping, stomping – so many ideas!

Mama’s Soup Surprise

YOGA – mountain, house, moon, elephant, volcano, Eve, Tai Chi Guy, WARRIOR 2, WARRIOR 1

I Shampoo My Hair – (we mixed things up again)

We used the rhythm sticks, playing along to an old Ella Jenkins song: 1&2&3&4.

We also played rhythm sticks along to BINGO, clicking in substitute for letters, e.g., X I-N-G-O, or X X N-G-O. They were excellent!

We played and sang to Walking Down the Line

Mysterious Fish Tank

After this, I played a bit with sign language, reminding them of sign language for “The gorilla swallowed the worm – ew!” (I’m using my own made up sign for “mysterious”). Then I composed a new sentence: “the mysterious gorilla swallowed worm pie – delicious!”

IF I KNEW YOU WERE COMING

Bamboo

Apr. 11, 2022

Mama’s Soup Surprise

Be My Echo

We sang BINGO, clapping in substitute for letters: X I-N-G-O, or X X N-G-O, then we clapped for all the letters.

I Shampoo My Hair – we mixed things up today: I shampoo my hair while I’m on the elevator; I stir the soup while Im in a rocking chair, and I look for alligators while I do the hula hoop!

Where’s My Pajamas?

We reviewed sign language for “The gorilla swallowed the worm – ew!” (I had showed them this last week, too). We also remembered “spider pie, spider pie, gorillas love spider pie,” from last week.

Then I gave out pictures and asked each child to make up their own sign for their picture (e.g., rain, boat, flower, whale, helicopter).

Tarzan

We danced to This Little Light of Mine

MAGIC PENNY

Apr. 4, 2022

We started with an Ella Jenkins song called Head and Shoulders. It’s usually sung “head and shoulders, baby, 1, 2, 3,” but I’m singing it (with Red, at least): “head and shoulders and a 1, 2, 3.” (tapping head and shoulders as we sing.) We did knees & toes, X (arms across chest) & ears, ears & hands (clap hands), and thigh & belly.

We passed around a red mini-medicine ball and sang MAGIC PENNY

Be My Echo

You Gotta Sing (when the spirit says sing)

I showed them (again) sign language for “(If) I knew you were coming I’d have baked a cake,” and them sang my version of the song. IF I KNEW YOU WERE COMING

I showed them sign language for “The gorilla swallowed the worm – ew!” (I had showed them this last week, too). Then I showed them “spider pie, spider pie, gorillas love spider pie.”

Tarzan

YOGA – mountain, house, moon, elephant, volcano, Eve, Tai Chi Guy, WARRIOR 2, WARRIOR 1

I Shampoo My Hair – we didn’t mix up the cards, so please don’t let the cat out of the bag.

Where’s My Pajamas?

Mar. 28, 2022

You Gotta Sing (when the spirit says sing)

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

I showed them sign language for “together” and segued to the pass the beanbag game, which requires that we all be together to run smoothly. After some practice, we got into a rhythm, and were even able to do it silently, just hearing the beanbags all hit the ground at the same time.

Be My Echo

Tarzan – since we thump our chests when singing “Tarzan of the apes!”, I then explained that this is also the sign for “gorilla.” Then I signed “the gorilla swallowed the worm. Ew!”, and they had to guess what it meant, and working together, they figured it out!

We did a pattern of “zips” and “bams” using hand gestures to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle. Then I passed out the rhythm sticks and we did the zip bam pattern again with them. Then we played along to This Little Light of Mine.

What Makes the Fire

Mar. 14, 2022

Bamboo

Alligator Song

Alligator Pit

You Gotta Sing (when the spirit says sing)

Sit Down Stand Up Song

Be My Echo

Ooh Ooh

What Makes the Fire

54321 Shake Exercise

This Little Light of Mine – with sign language

Flea Song

Freeze Dance

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

Mar. 7, 2022

State Laughs

Flea Song

3 Short-Necked Buzzards

Ooh Ooh

YOGA – candle, mouse, snake, dog, cat, mountain climber

Bamboo

We’ve Got the Whole World – I taught them sign language (ASL) for “world,” which is holding out three fingers on both hands (representing Ws) and spin them around as when doing Wheels On the Bus.

This Little Light of Mine– we added sign language for the verse “all around the world, I’m going to let it shine,” using the sign we just learned for “world.”

Open Shut Them

What Makes the Fire

Popcorn Chant

Magic Penny

We did the pass the beanbag game again!

Draw the Circle Wide

Feb. 28, 2022

There was a lot of rhythm – tapping hands, feet – lots of singing along in a single voice, lots of dancing. The children have such a strong sense of their bodies/voices and what they can do with them in an intentional way. They are growing so much!

Magic Penny

We did the pass the beanbag game again, where everyone has a beanbag and we have to simultaneously pick up the one in front ofd us and pass not to the person on our left, at which point, we now have a new beanbag in front of us that has just been passed to us. They are mastering this!

What Makes the Fire

Sit Down Stand Up Song

This Little Light of Mine– we’re continuing to practice sign language for the chorus (This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine)

Ooh Ooh

YOGA – butterfly, turtle, tulip

Twinkle Twinkle (silly version)

3 Little Hot Dogs

YOGA – mountain house moon volcano Eve TaiChiGuy warrior2 warrior1

Walking Down the Line

There was a call for freeze dancing and Draw the Circle Wide so we did both, as we had time.

Feb. 7, 2022

Magic Penny

We did a pass the beanbag game, where everyone has a beanbag and we have to simultaneously pick up the one in front ofd us and pass not to the person on our left, at which point, we now have a new beanbag in front of us that has just been passed to us. It’s tricky, and they did a great job!

Mrs. O’Leary

Alligator Song

Bamboo

What Makes the Fire

State Laughs

This Little Light of Mine– we learned sign language for the chorus (This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine)

Jan. 31, 2022

State Laughs

Alligator Song

YOGA – mountain, house, moon, volcano, Eve, TaiChi Guy, Warrior 2, Warrior 1

Here Comes Mouse

3 Little Hot Dogs

We did the zips and bams again today. This was new for a few who were out last week. See the previous post to find out what zips and bams look like, etc. Today we partnered up, and each pair got 3 zips and 3 bams. Person #1 made a pattern, and then person #2 played/read it. Then they would play/read it together. Then they switched.
We did the whole thing again, but this time when they played/read it together the “composer” changed the volume of zips and bams; e.g., loud zips, soft bams. So the player/reader had to change their volume. Then they tried it together, with the different volume zips and bams. See photos below.

I Couldn’t Sleep Last Night

Magic Penny

Draw the Circle Wide

Jan. 24, 2022

Alligator Song

Zip Zip Bam

I then showed the children “zips” and “bams” made of thick paper. The zips are lines and the bams are dots. I gave each child three of each, and they arranged them in whatever order they liked, and then we played their arrangements. (“Zip” = slide your palm across a fist; “Bam” is strike the fist with your palm, as we do in the above chant, Zip Zip Bam.) You can see what the shapes look like in the photo below, which is the arrangement for zip zip bam bam bam. After that are photos of what the children made!

State Laughs

Twinkle Twinkle (silly version)

Draw the Circle Wide

Dec. 20, 2021

We sang through the songs we’ll be singing at the Winter Sing (11:30 on Wednesday, near where the Silver Car was). On Top of Spaghetti is new to them – other classes will be singing this, but I wanted to introduce the songs to the Studio Red children so that they have some familiarity with it – and if they already know it, then they can sing along. 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

We also did the following that we won’t do for the Winter Sing:

Freeze Dance

Pirate Song

Zip Zip Bam

Dec. 13, 2021

Draw the Circle Wide

Open Shut Them

Under One Sky

Yoga – mountain, house, moon, volcano, Eve, TaiChi Guy, Warrior 2, Warrior 1 (see below)

The Ants Go Marching

Freeze Dance (I show them a stick figure of a pose, and when the music stops, we all assume that pose)

Mrs. O’Leary

Look Out the Window

Walking Down the Line

Flea Song

Movie Star

My Favorite Things

Dec. 6, 2021

Skidamarink

Look Out the Window

The Ants Go Marching – I create movement challenges to go with this, and some different words. E.g., stomp and do scissors hands while singing “The ants go marching one by one… the little one stops to blow bubble gum (blow up a pretend bubble until it pops); and 2-by-2: “the little one stops to hula hoop” etc.

Mrs. O’Leary

May There Always Be Sunshine – I taught them the sign for “popcorn” and we sang “May there always be popcorn.” Then there was a brief discussion about how we need clouds, too, and so Simone made up a sign for clouds and we sang that, too.

Flea Song

Here Comes Mouse

Elephant in my Shoe

Zip Zip Bam

This Land is Your Land

Nov. 29, 2021

Walking Down the Line

Look Out the Window

May There Always Be Sunshine

Yoga – turtle, butterfly, mountain, house, moon, volcano, Eve, Tai Chi Guy

The Ants Go Marching – I create movement challenges to go with this, and some different words. E.g., stomp and do scissors hands while singing “The ants go marching one by one… the little one stops to blow bubble gum (blow up a pretend bubble until it pops); and 2-by-2: “the little one stops to hula hoop” etc.

Twinkle Twinkle (silly version)

Zip Zip Bam

Boom Chicka Boom – starting letters K, P and V.

Mrs. O’Leary

Time To Move On

Nov. 22, 2021

Walking Down the Line

Zip Zip Bam – we did just the first half last week, today we did the whole thing.

Yoga – turtle butterfly

Twinkle Twinkle (silly version)

Yoga – mountain house moon volcano Eve, and “Tai Chi Guy” (see photo in previous post below)

Pirate Song

No More Pie – with rhythm sticks. We did things we might see underwater today, and went around the circle to hear what everyone was thinking of (e.g., “sea lion pie”)

Bling Blang – with rhythm sticks

Open Shut Them

My Favorite Things

There was a call for 3 Short-Necked Buzzards, so we did that as well.

Nov. 15, 2021

Walking Down the Line

Zip Zip Bam

Yoga – turtle butterfly

There Was a Little Turtle

I Couldn’t Sleep Last Night

May There Always Be Sunshine

Yoga – mountain house moon volcano Eve, and a new one, “Tai Chi Guy” (see photo below)

I’m a Mushroom

Boom Chicka Boom – this time we changed the first letter to S , and SH, and nothing (oom icka oom)

Open Shut Them

Bling Blang

Pirate Song

Draw the Circle Wide

Nov. 8, 2021

Draw the Circle Wide

Skidamarink

Yoga – candle mouse snake dog

Boom Chicka Boom – this time we changed the first letter to G (both sounds), and R, and B.

We tried out some patterns with the rhythm sticks. One has a ribbed edge and the other is smooth, so when we rub one stick with another we say ZIP and when we click them together we say BAM. Then we sang:

No More Pie, and Bling Blang, with rhythm sticks.

Walking Down the Line – with rhythm sticks, too!

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

Yoga – Mountain House Moon Volcano, and the pose from the sculpture Eve Celebrant (photo in previous post, below).

My Favorite Things

I Couldn’t Sleep Last Night

Time To Move On

Nov. 1, 2021

Draw the Circle Wide

Yoga – candle mouse snake dog

I’m a Mushroom

Boom Chicka Boom – this time we changed the first letter to D, then T, then M.

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

Touch the Ground

Yoga – Mountain House Moon Volcano, and the pose from the sculpture Eve Celebrant (photo below).

Alligator Pit

Bling Blang – with rhythm sticks

Walking Down the Line – with rhythm sticks

I’m a Little Cookie

Sam the Clam – with Sam the GIANT CLAM and sam the teeny clam.

Under One Sky

Time To Move On

Oct. 25, 2021

Draw the Circle Wide

I’m a Mushroom

Boom Chicka Boom – this time we changed the first letter, to L and then Z: I say loom licka loom… I say loom licka locka licka locka licka loom… And then with the Z.

Sam the Clam – this time we added Sam the GIANT CLAM and sam the teeny clam.

Yoga – Mountain House Moon Volcano

Rhythm sticks – many of the children had ideas for patterns to make with the sticks, so we went around the circle and gave everyone a chance to show their pattern (or way of using the sticks) and tried out each idea.

Bling Blang – with rhythm sticks

Alligator Pit

My Favorite Things

Oct. 18, 2021

Draw the Circle Wide

Boom Chicka Boom

Popcorn Chant

Sam the Clam

Yoga – Mountain House Moon Volcano

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

Alligator Pit

Skidamarink

Under One Sky

Yoga – Candle Mouse Snake Dog

I’m a Little Cookie

My Favorite Things

Time To Move On

Oct. 4, 2021

Sept. 27, 2021

Draw the Circle Wide

Movie Star

Popcorn Chant

Sam the Clam

No More Pie – with rhythm sticks; we sang different types of pie, some that they made up (raspberry, coconut, tree, Studio Red…) clicking the sticks with each syllable and counting the syllables.

Walking Down the Line – with rhythm sticks

Yoga – mountain, house, volcano, dead tree, short-necked buzzard

3 Short-Necked Buzzards

Yoga – Owl

Owl

I’m a Little Cookie – chocolate bar and tootsie rolls verses.

Touch the Ground

Skidamarink

Time To Move On

Sept. 20, 2021

Draw the Circle Wide

Come Sail With Me

Touch the Ground

No More Pie – with rhythm sticks; I sang the children’s names (e.g., Lily pie), then we clicked the number of syllables we sang (I didn’t use the word “syllables,” we just did it)

Walking Down the Line – with rhythm sticks

Yoga – mountain, house, volcano, dead tree, short-necked buzzard!

3 Short-Necked Buzzards

I’m a Little Cookie – chocolate bar and tootsie rolls verses.

Yoga – Turtle

There Was a Little Turtle

Yoga – Owl

Owl

Time To Move On

Sept. 13, 2021

Draw the Circle Wide

Touch the Ground

Come Sail With Me

3 Short-Necked Buzzards

Movie Star

I’m a Little Cookie

Walking Down the Line – we played rhythm sticks to this.

Yoga – Turtle

There Was a Little Turtle

Time To Move On – Elliot had the idea of clapping to this, and then Ferdinand suggested that we stand up and sing it, and all jump up in the air on “HEY!” so we tried that, too!