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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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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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5 Listening Activities for Circle Time

September 7, 2020
listening activities for circle time

Circle time is a great opportunity to try some listening activities with your little ones. These listening activities written and recorded by Musically Minded offer a wide variety of learning opportunities for your little ones. Listening activities are a great way to build skills like following directions, auditory discrimination, and focused attention. These skills will…

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10 Movement Songs for Preschool

September 2, 2020
10 movement songs for preschool

#1 Come Out of the Barn #2 Froggie Hop Froggie Hop is an action packed movement song for your toddlers! Listen to the song here! Froggie Hop by Musically Minded How to teach the song Hand out frog finger puppets or have students jump like frogs themselves. Encourage students to match the beat with their…

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4 Name Games for Preschool

July 22, 2020
name games for circle time

“Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” -Dale Carnegie Learning the names of your kids right away is a must! It instantly connects you with them and they move from being anonymous to, “oh man, she knows my name!”. My mom was a substitute…

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3 Reasons Why You Should Sing Books with Your Kids!

May 22, 2020
children's books you can sing

Did you know that one of the best ways to get your child ready to read is to sing with them? When you pair a book with a song, you up the ante even more! Below are 3 reasons why children’s books you can sing offer a great way to get kids ready to read!…

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