Feelin’ Good

Musical activities:  Distribute instruments. Turn on The children will play freely to the music, displaying improvisation and movement to the beat and rhythms. Model and observe spacing and consistent beat. Observe the children when the music stops to see whether they continue to play or stop. Collect instruments. Allow the children to continue playing for a few moments after the song […]

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My Little Lamb

Musical activities: Before starting, hide a small stuffed lamb behind your back or somewhere in the room. Playfully “baa” like a sheep, and encourage children to baa with you. Try to draw the children into a conversation using “baa”. Stretch arms to the side and begin a cappella. Rock side to side to the macrobeat. Be […]

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Jump Down

Musical activities:  Stand up. Turn on Follow the lyrics in the song, and then choose a new large movement at the start of every verse. Replace “Daddy” with the children’s names. Use nonsense syllables for verses where lyrics are not included. If time, continue a cappella, asking for the children’s ideas for new movements. Sit down.

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Frog in the Well

Musical activities:  Voice play: Say, “Ribbit, ribbit, ribbit, ribbit,” while jumping fingers off of lap. Ask, “What animal is that?” Encourage all of the children to move their fingers like a frog while sounding their call. Show pictures of well and frog, and explain that a well holds water and the frog is taking a swim in the well. […]

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Tippity, Tap, Tap

Musical activities:    Opening voice play: •  Say “Whoo” stretching hands from lap to nose level for a long feel of 1-2-3. •  Say “Whoop! Whoop!” clapping hands and opening into little circles for a short feel 1-2, 1-2. Repeat voice play allowing the children to feel the uneven movement of unusual meter. Recite the rhyme using movements […]

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Sing Share

Musical activities: Review habits of good audience members. Ask the children if anyone would like to share a solo with the group today. They can sing any song they would like. There is no pressure. If no one wants to sing a solo, the children can help choose a song for the teacher to sing. Having […]

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Two Cats

Musical activities: Say, “meow,” and invite the class to join in. Be playful. Ask if they know what animal you are imitating. Create voice play with a question-answer game using “meow.” Meow a question and ask the class to respond with their own meow answer. The children may echo exactly until they become comfortable with […]

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Spinning

Musical activities:  Stand, and sing a cappella. Spin to macrobeat during the first verse, “Spinning like a top”. Flop over, bending your body at the waist during the rest after “Kerplop.” Roll up, and say “oooh” with increasing volume as you rise. Change the movement and lyrics for each verse. Incorporate animal variations as follows: […]

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Jump Down

Musical activities:  Distribute shakers. Turn on Shake to the microbeat through the first verse. Choose a new shaker variation at the start of every verse. Replace “Daddy” with the children’s names. Use nonsense syllables for verses where lyrics are not included. Observe the children’s variations, and incorporate these into the accompaniment. Continue a cappella, incorporating suggestions from the children. Finish with resting […]

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Tippity, Tap, Tap

Musical activities:  Feel the unusual meter of 7/8 by grouping and moving to (1-2-3, 1-2, 1-2). Voice play: •  Say “Whoo” stretching hands from lap to nose level for a long feel of 1-2-3. •  Say “Whoop! Whoop!” clapping hands and opening into little circles for a short feel 1-2, 1-2.•  For example: Whoo!    Whoop!    Whoop! 1-2-3       1-2          1-2 Repeat allowing the […]

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