Thursday, November 6, 2014

October Music Lessons

Last month we started our music class play groups and I have to say Little C loves music class! We do it once a week with some of our usual play date buddies and although most of the children are very shy about it, they seem to have a good time and start participating at least a little by the end. And Little C...well, she's great! She sings along with me, dances, counts off our songs, answers my questions when no one else does; I'm so glad she's comfortable doing music!


Although I can't share with you all my materials right now - a lot of them include images and clipart which are not mine to distribute - I can share the songs and activities we do. We had 2 separate sets of songs for October:

Halloween in Italy (I incorporated paintings of gondoliers in Venice and photos of the Tower of Pisa and the Colosseum):

  1. The Airplane Song by Laurie Berkner - pretend you're getting on an airplane and traveling around; instead of ending at home, have your plane land in Italy! movement song
  2. Stirring, Stirring by Unknown (words below) - the gondoliers in Venice and their long paddles remind me of a witch stirring her cauldron! fingerplay
  3. Fly Little Bats by Wee Sing - look around at all the Halloween decorations on the Italian houses. I see some bats! Let's pretend to fly around like bats. movement song
  4. Five Little Pumpkins - What other decorations do you see? Oh! There are some pumpkins! Hold up 5 fingers for 5 pumpkins. Let children take turns using an instrument (drum, maraca...) to create the rhythm while everyone else recites the rhyme and does the actions. fingerplay & instrument rhythms
  5. The Baker's Cat by Jean Warren - read the story or sing it to the tune of "Down by the Station." This story is great for color recognition, counting and predicting events. 
  6. Follow up activity 1 - for each child, cut a cat shape out of black construction paper. Then give each child about 10 white dot stickers. Direct them to place the stickers on their cat and then color the stickers any color they want. While they work, invite discussion about other kinds of pies the cat could eat and what color her dots would become.
  7. Follow up activity 2 - purchase one mini pumpkin for each child (I found some for 69 cents each at a local farm) and let them paint it as they wish. *Note: if you use tempera paint, the paint will wash off if left outside in the rain!

Fall Harvest Festival (artwork - pumpkin carvings):
  1. The Wheels on the Bus - pretend you're taking the bus to the pumpkin farm. We used the following verses: wheels go round, door goes open and shut, money goes clink, driver says move on back, buckle goes click, horn goes beep, wipers go swish, people go bump, wheels go round (slow up a hill and then fast down the hill!) fingerplay
  2. London Bridge Name Game by Unknown (words below) - the bus is going over a bridge, let's make a bridge and you all can go under the bridge while we sing. movement song
  3. Apple Tree by Unknown (words below) - look at all the apple trees at the farm! What color apples do you see? Those apples look so tasty but they're so high! Let's sing about the apple tree, I'll sing first and then you repeat after me. echo song
  4. Five Little Pumpkins - Oh there's the pumpkin farm! Some of them have been carved for Halloween; there are so many ways to decorate a pumpkin! Hold up 5 fingers for 5 pumpkins. Let children take turns using an instrument (drum, maraca...) to create the rhythm while everyone else recites the rhyme and does the actions. fingerplay & instrument rhythms
  5. What Falls in the Fall? by Laurie Berkner - sit or lay quietly and listen to the song. What kinds of things fall in the fall?
  6. Follow up activity - collect fallen leaves and let the children choose a few to tape to a piece of fall-colored construction paper. Have the children sponge paint the paper gently using fall-colored paints. When the paint is dry, remove the leaves.
Lyrics:
Stirring, Stirring
Stirring and stirring and stirring our brew, ooooo-ooooh, ooooo-ooooh.
Stirring and stirring and stirring our brew, ooooo-ooooh, ooooo-ooooh.
(whisper) Tiptoe, tiptoe, tiptoe... (shout) BOO!

London Bridge Name Game
(sung to "London Bridge")
Learning names is so much fun, so much fun, so much fun.
Learning names is so much fun, (drop arms around whichever child is under the bridge)
What is your name? 

Apple Tree
(sung to "Charlie Over the Ocean" - leader sings the phrase first, then everyone else repeats)
Oh way up high, oh way up high (point up high),
In an apple tree, in an apple tree (round arms overhead)
2 little apples, 2 little apples (hold up 2 fingers)
Looked down at me, looked down at me (circle fingers around eyes and look through)
I shook that tree, I shook that tree (pretend to shake tree)
As hard as I could, as hard as I could (keep shaking)
Down came the apples, down came the apples (raise hands then wiggle fingers and lower)
Yum they were good! Yum they were good! (rub belly)
Shhh...

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