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3 Ways to Use Music as Medicine ESPECIALLY in Times Like These!

April 6, 2020
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“Where words fail, music speaks.” -Hans Christian Andersen It’s no secret that our world is experiencing unprecedented times and our lives are filled with so much uncertainty. How do we stay positive and productive without letting the never-ending negative news get us down? Enter music as mental medicine. As an early childhood music educator, my days are…

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Sing-along Songs All About Food

April 1, 2020

This week we are learning all about food, yum! Kids love this theme because it is so meaningful. And when a topic is meaningful, they make connections. To make it extra fun, I used a chef puppet to introduce many of the songs. This was a great way to capture their attention as they couldn’t…

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How to know what’s ok to share in your online circle times

March 29, 2020
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Over these last few weeks, many of us have gone from classroom teachers to online educators and are faced with questions we need answers to now! One of which is what are the rules around sharing music via Skype/Zoom/YouTube etc? That’s just the question I received this week from a teacher……. Question: My preschool team has…

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Sing-Along Songs All About Space

March 25, 2020

Looking up at the night sky, it’s hard not to miss the moon and the stars. And what about all those planets? If you and your little ones are ready to blast off, then join me in the space-themed sing-along.

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Dinosaur Sing-along Songs

March 18, 2020

Dinosaurs are ALWAYS a hit in our music classes. Check out my Facebook LIVE where I share lots of songs perfect for a dinosaur circle time. Then grab your copy of the songs below! Posted by Musically Minded on Wednesday, March 18, 2020

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How to get your students’ attention WITHOUT yelling!

March 8, 2020
transition songs preschool

Ever heard someone singing a familiar tune, but the words were different? They were singing a “piggyback song” and if you are someone that works with children (and even adults), you will want to utilize this very effective group management strategy on a frequent basis. From hand washing to lining up, this strategy beats the…

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3 Reasons Why You Should Learn to Play the Ukulele

March 5, 2020

If you’ve ever listened to Izzy’s version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World,” then you’ve heard the beautiful sound of the ukulele. The sound takes me right back to the islands as Hawaii was the first place I ever played this sweet sounding instrument. Twenty years ago my husband, Eric, and I took…

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5 Ukuleles that Won’t Break the Bank

March 4, 2020

Ever thought of learning to play the ukulele? You might be saying, who me? I don’t have a musical bone in my body! Well guess what, learning to play an instrument is a skill, not a talent. Still with me? Now that we’ve got that hurdle out of the way, I’d love to help you…

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Song and Finger Plays for Fall Circle Time

November 12, 2019
fall songs

It’s fall y’all. That means the leaves are falling, turkeys are a gobblin’ and your little ones need to be singing all about it! Fill your circle times up this fall with songs about leaves and turkeys. Your preschoolers will love the fun and interaction and you’ll love new material! I’ve put together some of…

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Mable, Mable, Set the Table

November 5, 2019

When I first started teaching, I had very few activities that worked well with kids. That is until I discovered Orff Schulwerk. Talk about a lifesaver! I went to all the workshops I could and slowly my repertoire of activities that actually worked with kids grew. One summer I traveled to Las Vegas because summer…

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How to choose movement activities for circle time that won’t make your kids (and you) go crazy!

November 4, 2019

Infusing movement activities into circle times isn’t just a nice thought, it’s a must!  Why? Because kids can not stay seated for an extended amount of time. Let me say that again, kids can not stay seated for an extended amount of time because they need to move! By infusing a little bit of movement…

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Weather Songs for Circle Time

November 4, 2019
weather songs

No preschool weather-themed lesson plan would be complete without some really fun weather songs to incorporate at circle time. Many state standards actually require teachers to teach children how to observe and identify weather from day to day.  It’s easy to teach about weather because it is something they have hands-on experience with each and every day. Living in Seattle,…

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