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.

June 13, 2022

June 6, 2022

We’re Gathering Together

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

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

Sittin’ Down to Eat (no link)

Touch the Ground

Open Shut Them

We played the Monkey Around game again.

I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon

Be My Echo

Walking Down the Line

May 23, 2022

We’re Gathering Together

BIG JUICE BOX/ALFREDO – Alfredo had a cookies today!

Sittin’ Down to Eat – this is a Bill Harley song. I love just about everything he’s done. I don’t have a link for this one.

Bubble Gum in a Dish

Sailor Song

Touch the Ground

We played the rhythm sticks today, starting with the Ella Jenkins song 1&2&3&4. We also played along with Where’s My Pajamas? and BINGO, trying various rhythm and timing challenges, such as could we be silent for the “HEY!” in Where’s My Pajamas, and could we tap on the floor for the B-I of Bingo, and then click for the N-G-O part – they did very well!

My Favorite Things

Today is Monday

May 16, 2022

We’re Gathering Together

BIG JUICE BOX/ALFREDO – Alfredo had a sweet potato today!

My Favorite Things

Sailor Song

Touch the Ground

Open Shut Them

Where’s My Pajamas?

BINGO – using cards with the letters on them again. We tried clapping for some letters and singing the rest: XXNGO, and XXXGO and BIXXX

The Ella Jenkins song Head and Shoulders

Alligator Song

Today is Monday

Form the Corn

Magic Penny

May 9, 2022

We’re Gathering Together

BIG JUICE BOX/ALFREDO – Alfredo had a carrot today!

MAY DAY SONG – I hope you are able to make it this Wed, 11:30!

Sailor Song

The Ants Go Marching

Open Shut Them

Where’s My Pajamas?

Be My Echo

We sang an Ella Jenkins song called Head and Shoulders, in which we tap head and then shoulders as we sing: “Head and shoulders and a 1, 2, 3. Head and shoulders and a 1, 2, 3. Head and shoulders, head and shoulders, head and shoulders and a 1, 2, 3.” We did knees & toes, clap & touch belly, “windshield wipers”, and tap floor then knees). No link.

Wake Up You Sleepyhead

BINGO – I had cards with the letters on them. We sang along, and then I turned the cards over and we clapped the letters, and then sang and clapped together.

Skidamarink

Walking Down the Line

May 2, 2022

We’re Gathering Together

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

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.

Sam the Clam

Elephant in my Shoe – there were robots, kangaroos, milkshakes (do the twist), mashed potatoes (stomp vigorously!), and seesaws (sway side to side) in our shoes.

The Ants Go Marching

Magic Penny

Aikendrum – there were lots of ideas about this, and I think we sang almost all of them: his body was made of lettuce, fingers/chicken, mouth/pizza, nose/mushroom, arms/chocolate, teeth/stone & wood, hair/spaghetti, eyes/meatballs.

We clapped, tapped, shook, etc. to Ella Jenkins’ 1&2&3&4.

Open Shut Them

Walking Down the Line

Apr. 25, 2022

We’re Gathering Together

BIG JUICE BOX/ALFREDO – Alfredo had a hot pepper (jalapeño) today!

We played the “Monkey Around” game again today.

BE MY ECHO

Wake Up You Sleepyhead

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…

We used the rope again, and pulled, pushed and shook it to: ROW ROW ROW (crocodile, putt putt, and a new version “row your boat underneath the stream; ha ha fooled you, I”m a submarine!”) and SHAKE IT ALL OVER TOWN. Then we rowed the rope while singing MICHAEL ROW THE BOAT ASHORE

Walking Down the Line

Apr. 11, 2022

We’re Gathering Together

BIG JUICE BOX/ALFREDO – Alfredo had a beanbag today, but he called it a banana, because…

…we segued to 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).

BE MY ECHO

Bubble Gum in a Dish

Wake Up You Sleepyhead

You Gotta Sing (when the spirit says sing)

I sang a modified version of THE ANTS GO MARCHING, doing movements while marching, such as clapping in front and behind, alligator arms, touch shoulders and head, etc.

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

We passed around the red mini-medicine ball, singing MAGIC PENNY

Walking Down the Line

Apr. 4, 2022

We’re Gathering Together

3 Little Hot Dogs

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

We did a call and response poem, HELLO, ALFREDO!

…and then segued to a call-and-response song, BE MY ECHO

Bubble Gum in a Dish

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

I sang a modified version of THE ANTS GO MARCHING, doing movements while marching, such as clapping in front and behind, alligator arms, touch shoulders and head, etc.

Aikendrum

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

We passed around a red mini-medicine ball, singing “Pass that ball and give it a squeeze,” and then kept passing it around while I sang MAGIC PENNY

Walking Down the Line

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… We sang the ABC’s with Alfredo as the conductor, again, and they were right with him!

Bubble Gum in a Dish

We Bounce

Aikendrum

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

You Gotta Sing (when the spirit says sing) – again, we tapped, clapped, stomped, and did other motions to this (swim, shake, snap with arms like an alligator, shrug shoulders).

Ooh Ooh

I’m a Little Cookie – we did the Tootsie Roll verse today, twisting our bodies like a Tootsie Roll.

Bamboo

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

Walking Down the Line

Mar. 14, 2022

We’re Gathering Together

3 Little Hot Dogs

Big Juice Box/Alfredo – Alfredo had a yellow fruit with his snack today. We had great guesses: pineapple, lemon, mango, but it was something else… Ask your child. They are excellent at following Alfredo the conductor at singing the ABCs at different volumes!

Alligator Song

Bubble Gum in a Dish

On Top of Spaghetti – there was a request for this.

You Gotta Sing (when the spirit says sing) – we did all kinds of tapping and clapping and stomping to this, with children coming up with different patterns and ways to tap/clap, etc., and then trying out what another child was doing, learning from each other.

Ooh Ooh

Yoga – candle, mouse, snake, dog, cat, mountain climber, mountain, house, moon, elephant (a new one), volcano, warrior 2 and warrior 1 (these last two from Yoga Pretzel Cards)

Elephant in my Shoe – rocking chairs, dinosaurs, whirlpools, swimming pools and popcorn were in our shoes!

Puddles

Bamboo

Walking Down the Line

Mar. 7, 2022

We’re Gathering Together

Alligator Song

Under One Sky

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.

I’m a Little Cookie – we bent our bodies in all kinds of shapes, pretending to be a chocolate bar.

Yoga – butterfly, turtle, and tulip

Bubble Gum in a Dish

I passed out jingle bells, and we sang along with Shake the Bells, Jingle Bells, Look Out the Window, and a version of an Ella Jenkins song which goes slow : 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 & 7 & 8, and then the same thing fast.

Draw the Circle Wide

Walking Down the Line

Feb. 28, 2022

We’re Gathering Together

Alligator Song

I’m a Little Cookie

We held the rope in a big circle and pulled, pushed and shook it to: ROW ROW ROW (crocodile and putt putt versions) and SHAKE IT ALL OVER TOWN. Then we rowed the rope while singing Michael Row the Boat Ashore

Here Comes Mouse

Elephant in my Shoe

Ooh Ooh – we sit on our knees and pretend there’s a string coming out the top of our head. As we sing “ooh ooh ooh ooh,” we pull on the string, straightening our backs into a very nice sitting position. Then we sing “ahhhhhh,” and relax like a noodle. Then we do some yoga:

Yoga – candle, mouse, snake, dog, cat, mountain climber, and backwards to candle.

Bamboo

Walking Down the Line

Draw the Circle Wide

Feb. 7, 2022

We’re Gathering Together

I Couldn’t Sleep Last Night

A B Squeeze

I passed out jingle bells, and we sang along with Shake the Bells, Jingle Bells, and Look Out the Window

Here Comes Mouse

Elephant in my Shoe

Ooh Ooh – we sit on our knees and pretend there’s a string coming out the top of our head. As we sing “ooh ooh ooh ooh,” we pull on the string, straightening our backs into a very nice sitting position. Then we sing “ahhhhhh,” and relax like a noodle. Then we do some yoga:

Yoga – candle, mouse, snake, dog, cat, mountain climber, mountain, house, moon, volcano, and the sculpture Eve

Alligator Song

We held the rope in a big circle and pulled, pushed and shook it to: ROW ROW ROW (crocodile and putt putt versions) and SHAKE IT ALL OVER TOWN. Then we rowed the rope while singing Michael Row the Boat Ashore

Under One Sky

Jan. 31, 2022

We’re Gathering Together

A B Squeeze

Movie Star

3 Little Hot Dogs

I passed out jingle bells, and we sang along with Shake the Bells, Jingle Bells, and Look Out the Window

Here Comes Mouse

Freeze dance! I showed them pictures of poses, and we froze in those positions when the music stopped.

Yoga – mountain climber, then candle, mouse, snake, dog, cat, and backwards to candle.

May There Always Be Sunshine

I’m a Little Cookie (the cookie and chocolate bar verses)

Walking Down the Line

Under One Sky

Jan. 24, 2022

We’re Gathering Together

Since we were inside, we got out the rope and did: Row Row Row (crocodile version) and Shake It All Over Town

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 Bling Blang and Walking Down the Line

I’m a Little Cookie (the cookie and chocolate bar verses)

Under One Sky

As we were doing Under One Sky, Lee did a pose as if he were an animal (since we sing “we are animals” in the song). So I remarked that his pose was just like a mountain climber yoga pose, so we all tried that. Then we continued with more Yoga: candle mouse snake dog cat, and backwards back to candle.

A B Squeeze

Popcorn Chant

Draw the Circle Wide

Dec. 20, 2021

We’re Gathering Together

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 and We’ve Got the Whole World

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, My Favorite Things, 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 Yellow 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

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.

We also played the rhythm sticks to This Land is Your Land

Look Out the Window

We’ve Got the Whole World – we had all the…itty bitty babies, the big hairy babies, the itsy bitsy spiders, the big hairy spiders, and numerous requesls from Michael and others: the ocean, the bathtub, the shampoo!)… in our hands!

On Top of Spaghetti

Movie Star

May There Always Be Sunshine

Draw the Circle Wide

Dec. 6, 2021

We’re Gathering Together

Skidamarink

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.

Popcorn Chant

May There Always Be Sunshine – I taught them the signs for popcorn today!

Look Out the Window – a song that Nancy’s mother used to sing to her when she was a child!

Yoga – Turtle Butterfly

Twinkle Twinkle (silly version)

We’ve Got the Whole World – we had all the…itty bitty babies, the itsy bitsy spidersm, the big hairy spiders, the mamas, the papas (we did signs for these, as in May There Always be Sunshine), and the mashed potatoes stomping our feet)… in our hands!

Yellow Jello/Bathtime – lots of suggestions about where we might have gotten yellow jello on us!

Goodbye Song

Nov. 29, 2021

We’re Gathering Together

Sam the Clam

May There Always Be Sunshine – I taught them the signs for grandma and grandpa today.

On Top of Spaghetti

Yoga – Mountain House Moon Volcano Eve, Turtle Butterfly

Twinkle Twinkle (silly version)

Form the Corn

Look Out the Window – a song that Nancy’s mother used to sing to her when she was a child!

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

I’m a Mushroom – there was a bit of spontaneous dancing, and so I sang/played this while some of us danced. And then we kept dancing and moving to Draw the Circle Wide

Nov. 22, 2021

We’re Gathering Together

Old Oak Tree

Yellow Jello/Bathtime

On Top of Spaghetti

Yoga – Mountain House Moon Volcano Eve (see photo in post below), Turtle Butterfly

Twinkle Twinkle (silly version)

Puddles

Form the Corn

Since we were inside, we got out the rope and did: Row Row Row (crocodile version) and Shake It All Over Town

May There Always Be Sunshine

Draw the Circle Wide

Goodbye Song

Nov. 15, 2021

Nov. 8, 2021

Nov. 1, 2021

We’re Gathering Together

Who Fed the Chickens?

Witch Has an Itch

We Bounce

Yoga – Candle, Mouse, Snake, Dog, Mountain, House, Moon, Volcano, and we added a new one, a pose from a sculpture called Eve Celebrant (I just call her Eve with the children). See picture below.

Puddles

I’m a Mushroom

Old Oak Tree

Popcorn Chant

On Top of Spaghetti

Draw the Circle Wide

Goodbye Song

Oct. 25, 2021

Paw Paw Patch (no link)

Who Fed the Chickens?

It’s a Rainy Day

Hickory Dickory Dock

I’m a Mushroom

We got out the rope and did Row Row Row (crocodile and putt putt versions)

Shake It All Over Town, also with the rope

Wish They’d Find a Home

Yoga – Mountain, House, Moon, Volcano

Puddles

Sam the Clam

Draw the Circle Wide

Goodbye Song

Oct. 18, 2021

Oct. 4, 2021

We’re Gathering Together

Wish They’d Find a Home

It’s a Rainy Day

Since we were inside (in Studio Blue) I got the rope out and we pulled and pushed and swayed and lifted and lowered to Shake It All Over Town. Then we sang Row Row Row, learning the crocodile verse (we practiced yelling quietly before doing it!)

I Couldn’t Sleep Last Night

Popcorn Chant

Sam the Clam

Yoga – Mountain, House, Volcano

Who Fed the Chickens?

Hickory Dickory Dock

Draw the Circle Wide

Goodbye Song

Sept. 27, 2021

Sept. 20, 2021

Sept. 13, 2021

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!