Studio Yellow 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 the song , 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 that Wendy calls a “clickety clack,” 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.

Willoughby Wallaby Woo

Mrs. O’Leary

3 Little Hot Dogs

YOGA: candle mouse snake dog (and backwards to candle)

What Makes the Fire

YOGA: smoothly transitioning:  mountain moon star square triangle and then approximately backwards: triangle star mountain moon (tiling to both sides) mountain, and then palms together at heart, “rest position.”

Here Comes Mouse

My Favorite Flower

Skidamarink

November 14, 2022

Willoughby Wallaby Woo

We “passed a clap around the circle” and later, when we had the rhythm sticks, we passed around a “click.” They really understand this and attend to the task. Someone remembered that we had passed around a shaker last week, which may have helped, too.

YOGA: btrfly turtle tulip

Having reviewed butterfly and turtle, we put these to use in this: TWINKLE TWINKLE (SILLY VERSION)

Mrs. O’Leary – I typically do this with older children, but there was a request for this from a child who had a sibling in Red last year, so I tried it with them. I told the story of how Mrs. O’Leary lived before there was electricity – a difficult concept! Then we sang it, line by line.

My Favorite Flower

I brought out the rhythm sticks and we played to All Together Now. We worked a little on a click, tap (the rug), click, tap pattern. Then we did Building a New Way.

YOGA: smoothly transitioning:  mountain moon star square triangle and then approximately backwards: triangle star mountain moon (tiling to both sides) mountain, and then palms together at heart, “rest position.”

Here Comes Mouse

A Cat Had a Birthday

What Makes the Fire

November 7, 2022

Willoughby Wallaby Woo

My Favorite Flower

We “passed a clap around the circle” which they are quite good at. Later, when we had the shakers, we passed a “shake” around the circle – a little trickier, as it is the first time we’ve tried this.

3 Little Hot Dogs

A Cat Had a Birthday

YOGA: smoothly transitioning:  mountain moon star square triangle and then approximately backwards: triangle star mountain moon (tiling to both sides) mountain, and then palms together at heart, “rest position.”

Here Comes Mouse

We played shakers to We All Need More Kindness In This World. After trying out “we all need more families in this world, a suggestion came up to sing “we all need more kids in this world” so we sang this, and then many more suggestions were made that we sang, of animals: we need more: cats, cows, dinosaurs, elephants, warthogs, and more! Then we played shakers to the Beatles song “All Together Now.”

YOGA: btrfly turtle tulip

Having reviewed butterfly and turtle, we put these to use in this: TWINKLE TWINKLE (SILLY VERSION)

Skidamarink

Goodbye Song

October 31, 2022

Willoughby Wallaby Woo

My Favorite Flower

Witch Has an Itch

We “passed a clap around the circle” a couple of times.

3 Little Hot Dogs

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 All Together Now (Beatles).

Ooh Ooh

YOGA: we’re doing sets of poses that can smoothly transition into each other: btrfly turtle tulip; and mountain moon star square triangle. This second set we did forward and then approximately backwards: triangle star mountain moon (tiling to both sides) mountain, and then palms together at heart, what I’m calling resting position.

Skidamarink

October 24, 2022

Willoughby Wallaby Woo

It’s a Rainy Day

We continue to practice passing a clap around the circle (they’re getting better and better at knowing what to do)!

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!

Ooh Ooh

YOGA: we’re doing sets of poses that can smoothly transition into each other: btrfly turtle tulip; and mountain moon star square triangle. This second set we did forward and then approximately backwards: triangle star mountain moon (tiling to both sides) mountain, and then palms together at heart, what I’m calling resting position.

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.

Witch Has an Itch

Goodbye Song

October 17, 2022

Willoughby Wallaby Woo

It’s a Rainy Day

Magic Penny

We passed a clap around the circle again, and they did a great job!

We used the egg shakers, singing ABC, the 1&2&3&4 Ella Jenkins song, and an old song by the Beatles, All Together Now.

YOGA:  Reese was spontaneously doing a pose on all fours, but with one leg up in air, so we all tried that, and some children took it further, trying to get a leg and an arm up! Then we did poses: btrfly turtle tulip mtn moon star square (I don’t have square on the site yet, but it is also called goddess, if you know that one.)

I then passed out scarves, and talked a bit about different kinds of wind, and there was mention of hurricanes and tornados! Then we talked about gentle winds, and I sang Merry Little Breeze and they danced to it.

We All Need More Kindness In This World

October 3, 2022

Paw Paw Patch (no link)

We passed around the red mini-medicine ball, singing Magic Penny. They have started to learn the words, quietly singing to themselves.

As we did last week, we “passed around a clap,” in which I clapped once, and then the person on my left clapped, and the next person, on around the circle. They’re getting better at this, and we even tried it with two claps for each person and they did very well!

Then we did a exercise where we “held” and moved an invisible ball which expanded when we breathed in and contracted when we breathed out. We lifted it up with one hand, letting it drop into the other hand. 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.

I passed out rhythm sticks and we played along to ABC, and an Ella Jenkins song called 1 & 2 & 3 & 4. Then we played to We All Need More Kindness In This World and BLING BLANG.

OOH OOH

YOGA poses: butterfly, turtle and tulip.

3 Green & Speckled Frogs

Building a New Way

GOODBYE SONG

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 Wendy, to my left, clapped once, then Cora, then Sue, then Emerson, and on, all around the circle. They did well!

I passed out egg shakers and we  made a long sound, and then made 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 (no link).

Then we played the shakers to TINGALAYO

We also played along to We All Need More Kindness In This WorldWe sang verses: we all need more kindness…shaking (shakers),,,sunshine…friendship.

We did the YOGA poses butterfly and turtle

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!” and then threw them up in the air.

We danced with our scarves to If I Were a Kite.

And we finished with the Goodbye Song

September 12, 2022

We started with Paw Paw Patch, so I could learn everyone’s names (no link).

Then we passed around a red, slightly squishy, heavy, mini-medicine ball.

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 (no link).

Then we played the shakers to TINGALAYO.

We did a calming song: OOH OOH, followed by some YOGA poses, butterfly and turtle.

We sang an old favorite that I have dramatized: 3 GREEN & SPECKLED FROGS.

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, we sang Clapping, Stomping, Tapping, and Stomping and Clapping (at the same time, after a child started doing this), and then we just tapped along to the song however we liked, and children had all different ideas for how to tap – on their knees, chest, back, head, cheek…!

I passed around rhythm sticks (one is smooth and one has ridges, so you can tap them or rub them. We soon found that you can also tap them on the ground, too. We played along to Bling Blang, and then to Building a New Way.

We finished with the Goodbye Song!