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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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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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5 Great Big Oceans

April 1, 2016

Do you know the 5 great oceans on planet earth? If you can name 4 of them you are doing better than me. Adding a melody works wonders for retaining information such as this and will be just the ticket for recalling this information if ever on Jeopardy. Daniel Levitin of McGill University in Montreal,…

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My First VOG, My Great Big World

September 5, 2015

You may be wondering, just what is a VOG? Well, I don’t know if it is really a word but it’s what I am calling my video blog. By creating a video of me doing activities from class, I hope they will become even more accessible. If you think so, or don’t think so (this…

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11 Campfire Songs Every Family Should Know

July 20, 2015

Summer is in full swing and we hope that means you will find your way to a campfire at some point throughout the season. That is unless you live in a state with a “high” risk for fires like us here in Washington this summer. We’ve created a song book filled with 11 Campfire Songs…

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Movement Game For Nutcracker’s Chinese Dance

December 11, 2014

All through December we are sharing the story of the Nutcracker in our music classes. It’s the second week in and parents are already telling us their children are coming home talking about what they are learning. Of course, many are sending their parents out for a nutcracker of their own. Wouldn’t you? This week…

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It’s Nutcracker Time!

December 3, 2014

This month we are learning all about the Nutcracker. We will be listening/dancing/creating as we immerse ourselves in Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet. This week we started reading the story and are using Susan Jeffer’s version. We chose her retelling because of it’s limited text which as we know keeps the attention of our listeners much…

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10 Campfire Songs Your Kids Should Know

July 2, 2014

The Fourth of July holiday is said to be the official kick off to summer. In preparation, we have compiled a songbook filled with 10 Campfire Songs Your Kids Should Know. Growing up in a family where we sang all the time, I thought everyone sang around the campfire like us. As a teacher, I…

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