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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

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

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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4 Secrets for Setting Up Your Circle Time Space

June 13, 2018
room set up

When it comes to circle time, many teachers spend a considerable amount of time finding activities to keep the children engaged. But they fail to think about how the space where their circle time is happening may be just as important. Over the years I have found that simple changes to the space can make…

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The Dangers of "W" Sitting at Circle Time

February 6, 2018

As a music teacher, most of the time I spend with children is at circle time. This means we do a lot of sitting – but not too much, because that’s not good either! Because I am often on the carpet with children, when I heard about the dangers of “w” sitting, it got my…

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January News – Check out what's happening this month!

January 12, 2018

Is it really January 2018? It is hard to believe just how fast time flies. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to start a new year. This month I am teaching all about the weather. We have actually had a pretty easy winter here in Seattle compared to other…

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I Got a Letter This Morning!

December 6, 2017

Everyone LOVES getting mail and that includes kids. That’s why when I saw this adorable mailbox at the dollar store, I had to get it. I immediately was reminded of a favorite American Folksong called “I Got a Letter”. Check out the video below and find out how the activity works! Now for the details……

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