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4 Reasons Why Songs and Rhymes Plant the Seed to Read

February 14, 2021

When my girls were little I was always singing songs and saying rhymes with them. Usually it was in the car when I knew they were a captive audience. Maci and Natia probably got sick of my non-stop word play, but they always seemed to be up for it. By Kindergarten, they were both “ready…

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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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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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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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