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Old McDonald Had a Haunted House

October 25, 2019

Halloween is just around the corner and I bet your little ones will go batty over this festive song! “Old McDonald Had a Haunted House” takes that popular farm song (you know the one?!?) and creates a perfect rendition for this time of year. To add an additional layer of fun and increase engagement, add…

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Pass the Pumpkin – a circle time game for fall

October 17, 2019

When the leaves on the trees begin to turn beautiful colors of red, orange and yellow, I can’t help but be happy! I love to find songs that also tie into the season since it is a relevant concept for my students to understand. For years, I have been incorporating this fun, circle time song…

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Come Out of the Barn

October 7, 2019

One of my many reasons why I love to use music in the classroom is because it’s a great way for kids to get used to follow directions. The funny thing is, they’d never think of it this way! Why? Because they are having fun! Aww, just the way we want it. “Come Out of…

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3 Reasons Why Kids need to Move to Learn

October 7, 2019

“I can’t get my kids to sit still at circle time!” If I had a nickel for every time a teacher told me they struggled with this, I’d be rich! Do you want to know the reason why kids can’t sit at circle? Kids need to move! It makes the brain function at its best.…

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My Great Big World

September 25, 2019

My Great Big World >>>>>Download the activity by entering your information below<<<<< When September roles around, it is pretty common for the “All About Me” theme to fill many preschool teachers’ lesson planning books. This song, “My Great Big World,” is a perfect addition to your “All About Me” circle times. It’s sure to keep…

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7 Secrets for Circle Time

September 19, 2019

Do you know what the biggest struggle is when it comes to circle time? Keeping kids engaged! Here’s how it goes….you plan this amazing list of activities to do at circle time, but you can’t even get a word in edgewise! With kids complaining about not having enough space, someone’s in their seat or they…

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The Enormous Turnip

June 21, 2019

Once upon a time… There was a preschool teacher name Cindy who started every circle time with a story. Sometimes she’d make up a story and use one of the students in her class as the main character, while other times she’d retell a classic tale such as Cinderella or Jack and the Beanstalk. Whatever…

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Top 3 Songs for your Summer Road Trip

June 6, 2019

It’s almost summer road trip season and that means long hours in the car with a lot of “I’m bored,” and “are we there yet?” comments coming from the backseat. Why not use the time to teach your kiddos some of those traditional tunes that are way too quickly being forgotten? You know, the camp…

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How to Make a Flannel Board Box

June 3, 2019

When I was about 3 years old, I had a Sunday School teacher, Fern Peterson, who always told us flannel board stories. I loved her and all her stories. Turns out, flannel board stories still work! I know this because, well, I tell a lot of them and kids are super, duper engaged. For many…

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3 Reasons Why Preschool Teachers Shouldn’t Use CDs

January 17, 2019
digital music in the classroom

I have been wanting for so long to help teachers move from using CDs in their classrooms to using digital tracks. I have seen far too many teachers struggling to keep all of their CDs organized and it’s just not worth the stress. I can prove right off the bat that my reasoning for getting…

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March of the Toy Soldiers – A Nutcracker Movement Game!

December 5, 2018
Nutcracker Movement Game

Welcome to December! This month in our music classes, it is all about the Nutcracker. Every year we choose this theme because it is a classic tale with AMAZING music! Plus kids LOVE it. I can’t wait to share one of my favorite activities from our month of the Nutcracker below. If you end up…

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Patriotic Songs and Activities for Kids

July 3, 2018
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It is never too early to begin fostering a love for one’s country. That’s why it is important for even our youngest citizen to be given opportunities to learn more about this great place we call home. Patriotic songs and stories are a great place to start on this historical journey as they are meaningful,…

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