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When Ducks Get Up in the Morning

August 24, 2020
farm songs for preschool

Finding farm songs to sing at circle time especially during your farm theme is probably fairly simple for most preschool teachers. But finding farm songs that engage and teach is a little bit more difficult! That’s why I love “When Ducks Get Up in the Morning”. Its repetitive verses with just enough variation keep kids…

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Matilda the Gorilla

June 28, 2020
Easy songs to play on the ukulele

If you are looking for ways to get kids engaged at circle time, look no further than the ukulele! It’s one of the easiest instruments to learn to play and kids love it! Kids also love it when the songs you play on the ukulele are interactive. I mean don’t get me wrong, I love…

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5 Songs to Sing at Circle Time

October 23, 2020
songs for circle time

Singing is so useful during circle time. It grabs attention in a way that speaking can’t, and children listen more carefully when they have to figure out what directions are being sung. Children also benefit when they themselves sing, as they are building confidence, exploring vocal sound, and learning skills that will help them learn…

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Latin American Music for Preschool

October 22, 2020
latin American Music for preschool

Preschool is a great time to introduce children to music from around the world. Lucky for you, we have compiled some activities that will make exploring Latin American music fun and approachable. Check out these activities to help you and your little ones learn a little about Latin American music, and pick up some Spanish…

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Jazz Activities for Preschool

October 21, 2020
Jazz Activities for preschool

Looking for ways to introduce your little ones to jazz music? These activities are all great places to start. They introduce concepts like syncopation, scat singing, and jazz rhythms in a way that is fun and approachable for both you and and your students! Check out these activities and tell us which ones are your…

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Circle Time Activities for Physical Development

October 16, 2020

Circle time is a great opportunity to develop motor skills like balance, hand-eye coordination, grasping, throwing, and ambulation. If you’re looking for more information on what makes circle time so beneficial, check out our blog post on the 5 benefits of circle time! You might be surprised by all the learning opportunities circle time provides…

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5 Benefits of Circle Time

October 15, 2020
preschool circle time

There are many unique learning benefits to having children learn together in a group setting. It may seem like a simple daily ritual within the classroom, but when you look closer, there is so much learning happening just beneath the surface. No matter what you call it (circle time, morning meeting, ect.) this gathering is…

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Transition Songs for Preschool

October 5, 2020
transition songs for preschool

Transition songs are activities that can be used to help your students move from one activity into the next while keeping them engaged in the group. These types of activities are so valuable in circle time we process music in many different parts of our brain. With transition songs, we are giving the direction we…

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How to play digital tracks on your phone or Ipad with video tutorial

September 25, 2020
how to play songs on your phone at circle time

Let’s be honest. You have no time to waste finding that CD with that one song on it that would fit perfectly at circle time. Why? Because that’s a recipe for “adios teacher, I’m off to play with the blocks!” A few months ago I shared 3 Reasons Why Preschool Teachers Shouldn’t Use CDs. But…

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3 fall activities to (pumpkin) spice up your circle time.

September 19, 2020
fall songs for circle time

Tuesday marks the first day of fall and that means it’s time to find some fall songs for circle time! Because children will be seeing lots of fall colors and decor the next few months, they’ll be especially interested in finding out how you just might be using that pumpkin at circle time.  While this…

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5 Music Lessons for Preschool

September 17, 2020
music for preschool

Music is a vital part of the human experience. When we teach music skills in our classroom, we are also building community, teaching social skills, and encouraging creativity. Music is everywhere in our environment, and music making is a behavior that is present in all cultures. So teaching your children music skills will in turn…

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5 Songs for Infants

September 16, 2020
songs for infants

These 5 song for infants are a great place to start if you are looking for ways to involve your very young children in circle time. Infants may not participate the same way as older students in music activities, but they still benefit from being exposed to music. Music offers a great vehicle for practicing…

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10 Animal Songs for Preschool

September 10, 2020
animal songs or preschool

Kids love animals! So why not add animals to your music activities? These animal songs for toddlers will add some fun and imagination to your circle time. Your toddlers will love playing along with the silly characters in these animal songs so much. While they sing and play, they won’t even realize they’re learning valuable…

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5 Easy Circle Time Songs

September 9, 2020
easy circle time songs

Do you feel out of your depth when it comes to music and song learning? Start with these easy circle time songs! They are all set to easy to learn melodies and are can be sung without the recording. Because of this, you will have no trouble at all learning them for your class. Simple…

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