Jun 28, 2013

Boat Song for Preschool Theme

Boat Preschool Theme: Further Reading at Circle of Ideas


This song is sung to the tune of Old Macdonald Had A Farm


Boats are big and boats are small
All around the world.
Some have sails that are so tall
All around the world.

They glide up a wave, and down a wave
Up a wave and down a wave.
Boats are big and boats are small
All around the world.

Boats with motors are so fast,
All around the world.
Hands will wave as they past,
All around the world.

They zoom over here and over there,
Over here and over there.
Boats with motors are so fast,
All around the world.

Fishing boats are in the sea,
All around the world.
Catching fish for you and me,
All around the world.

They fish up north and down south
Up north and down south
Fishing boats are in the sea,
All around the world.



Row Row Row Your Boat: Different Versions




Row Row Row Your Boat is such a classic children's song and can be sung various ways. It is fun if two children partner together and rock back and forth while singing the song. One daycare I worked at, the caregiver use to come around the corner and spray the children with a water bottle at the end of the song to surprise the preschoolers. They would love it.


Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.

Different Versions:

Row row row your boat
Gently down the stream
If you see a crocodile
Don't forget to scream! (scream)

Rock, rock, rock your boat
Gently to and fro.
Look out, give a shout!
Into the water you go! (pretend to make a big splash)

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the shore
But if you see a lion
Don't forget to roar! (roar)

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the lake
But if you see a little snake
Don't forget to shake! (shake body)

I found this blog where the author collected many more versions of Row Row Row Your Boat

I think my favourite of all, is when it is done as a round.


Jun 27, 2013

Rainbow Fish Craft Ideas: Printable Template


The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister is a story about a fish with sparkly, shimmering scales, who initially will not share his scales with the other fish. He soon realizes it is better to share his scales and have friends to play with, then to be alone. This story plot relates well to a young child's life and having a theme, whether for a day or longer, all around The Rainbow Fish, can be enjoyed within any early childhood environment. The theme may be incorporated into other lesson plans, such as an ocean theme, rainbow and color lessons, and with discussions about friendship and sharing. The following article provides a craft, drama, song and cooking activity for The Rainbow Fish preschool theme.




Rainbow Fish Craft Ideas

Provide each child the outline of the rainbow fish, whether you use this template to cut out fish shapes with color construction paper, or copy and past the template and make prints. Following are different ideas to create a rainbow fish.


  • tissue paper cut into pieces
  • construction or card paper cut into pieces
  • recycled candy wrappers
  • old birthday cards
  • wrapping paper
  • buttons
  • tin foil pieces
  • beads
  • rhinestones/jewels
  • bingo markers
  • sponge painting




When the young children finish gluing the scales onto the small paper plate, the fins, tail and googly eye can be attached as needed to finish the project.


**Alternatively, toddlers could use bingo markers for the scales.


A Drama Activity for a Rainbow Fish Theme



Try having the young children act out the story in a large space, such as a gym or fenced in yard. Each child will be given his role by having a letter taped onto his/her body. The fish characters will have the letter F , which can be many more than the book displays. There is a starfish and octopus in the book, which again, can be extended with other sea creatures, to provide more characters for the children to act out and use their imagination. The child who is selected to be the rainbow fish might wear a shirt with scales attached to it. The scales can be attached with material and thread or fabric paint. The shiny scales must be attached with a devise that can be removed by a preschool hand, such as Velcro. As the story is being narrated by the adult, the rainbow fish will eventually give a shiny scale away to each child who is a fish swimming around.

Rainbow Fish Preschool Song


Singing some songs to correlate to The Rainbow Fish theme will inevitably work well with a group of young children. Aside from singing some classic ocean songs, like "Slippery Fish" by Charlotte Diamond, singing songs about a rainbow would work as well. The following rainbow fish song is sung to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star":



A rainbow fish in the sea

All the colors, a sight to see.

Red and yellow, green and blue

Yellow, orange, purple too

A rainbow fish in the sea

All the colors, a sight to see.



Preschool Cooking Activity: Rainbow Bagel


For an activity involving food, and preparing a snack to eat, try providing each child with a small bagel. Then make small dishes of different colored cream cheese, created by using a small amount of food coloring. Each child can enjoy spreading different colors of cream cheese onto his/her bagel to create a rainbow snack. This activity is not only fun, but also fosters fine motor development and self help skills.



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Rainbow Fish Felt Board Story


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Jun 26, 2013

Transportation Songs for Preschool Theme


Transportation is such a classic topic for preschool environments. Following are some songs to include into a transportation theme.


Song #1
"The Wheels on the Bus":

The cars on the road go beep beep beep...all around the town

The planes in the sky go zoom zoom zoom...all around the town

The trains on the track go chug, chug, chug...all around the town

The boats on the water go swish, swish, swish....all around the town


Song#2
Suggested tune: “Old Macdonald Had a Farm”

Drake (child’s name) the driver drives his car

Vroom, vroom, vroom, vroom, vroom.

And on his car there are some wheels,

Vroom, vroom, vroom, vroom, vroom.

And the car goes beep beep here and beep beep there.

Here a beep, there a beep, everywhere a beep beep.

Drake the driver drives his car,

Vroom, vroom, vroom, vroom, vroom.

Pat the pilot flies the plane,

Zoom, zoom , zoom, zoom , zoom.

And on the plane there are some wings,

Zoom, zoom ,zoom.

And the plane flies up here, and lands there,

Up here and lands there.

Pat the pilot flies the plane,

Zoom, zoom , zoom ,zoom, zoom.

Sally the Sailor has a boat,

Swish swish swish, swish, swish.

And on the boat there is a sail,

Swish, swish, swish, swish, swish.

It glides up a wave, and down a wave,

Up a wave and down a wave.

Sally the Sailor has a boat,
Swish, swish, swish, swish, swish.


Song#3

To the tune of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"

Twinkle twinkle traffic light


Standing on the corner bright

Green means GO, we all know

Yellow means WAIT, even if you're late

Red means STOP......

Twinkle twinkle traffic light,

Standing on the corner bright.


Song#4

To the tune of Farmer in the Dell

Jack takes a trip


Jack takes a trip

He packs his bags and calls a cab

Jack takes a trip

They travel there by plane

They travel there by plane

Up and down and all around

They travel their by plane
 


 Further reading suggestions:

Car Preschool Theme by Christine Moore

Transportation Theme by Christine Moore

Preschool Theme about Boats by Christine Moore




Jun 23, 2013

Preschool Songs for Learning Colors


 
Young children begin to learn the names of colors as early as two, and should know their basic colors by preschool age. Sometimes, without the repetition of labeling colors, the learning process will take a little longer. Music is a great way to incorporate repetition and teaching with young children.

Young kids are not only drawn to music naturally, but when combined with visual presentation and actions, the songs can be an effective teaching tool. The following article provides a variety of songs to sing, and listen to, with young children to guide them with color recognition.


Ranbow Songs for Young Children


The rainbow is a wonderful way to teach colors to young children, and in addition, introduce some lessons about weather and science concepts. Song lyrics can teach children that rainbows come out with the combination of sun rays and rain. In addition, try finding some color scarves at second hand stores and dancing with them to the lyrics. If you can find enough to make a rainbow, then have the child or children find the color scarf that matches the lyrics to the song.


Moreover, there are great you tube videos with rainbow graphics providing more visual aides.
The following song was written by Arthur Hamilton and was sung by Peggy Lee in a 1955 movie, titled Pete Kelly's Blues. Recently, the song was recorded for Tourism Australia in 2004 by Delta Goodrem. There is critique of this song because it does not provide all the right colors of the rainbow, but the song still provides teachable moments for color labelling.
 
 
I Can Sing a Rainbow

(Chorus)

Red and yellow and pink and green
Purple and orange and blue
I can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow
Sing a rainbow too

Listen with your eyes, listen with your ears

And sing everything you see,

You can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow

Sing along with me.

 


Found on KidsTV123 and you tube, The Rainbow Colors Song by AJ Jenkins has vibrant graphics for viewing and the easy listening lyrics correlate more effectively to the actual colors of the rainbow.

This song about rainbows can be sung to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star:

I see a rainbow in the sky

All the colors streaming by

When there's sunshine and rain too

A rainbow forms for me and you

I see a rainbow in the sky

All the colors streaming by.

 

Children's Action Songs about Colors


This song is a song that works well for a group circle in an early childhood setting, but can also be sung for a small group of children or just one. If only one child is doing the actions to the song, he/she should wear clothes with a lot of different colors. The lyrics explain the actions in this song:

Red, red is the color I see

If you're wearing red, then show it to me.

Stand up, turn around

Show me your red, then sit back down.

Blue, blue is the color I see....

Try singing the classic song, the Hokey Pokey but call it the Color Pokey. A child will put different color stickers on his/her shoe, hand, elbow, knee and so on. Then the song will be sung with the following lyrics and actions:
 

The Color Pokey

 
You put your red shoe in, you put your red shoe out,

You put your red shoe in, and you shake it all about.

You do the color pokey and you turn yourself around

And that's what it's all about.

The song will continue with the color which is sticking to whatever body part that was chosen.
 

Children's Game with Music


A fun color game that goes along with music is called Do You See?

(To the Tune of Do You Know the Muffin Man?)

Do you see a red color, a red color, a red color

Do you see a red color, sitting in this room?

The child or children can go and find something red by bringing it to you or simply pointing to something red. The song can continue with many different colors and in various scenarios and locations, such as replacing room with car or playground, and so on.
 
 

 
FURTHER SUGGESTIONS
 
Visit Felt Board Ideas for felt stories and activities to correlate with learning colors!


 

 
 
 


                

Jun 22, 2013

What Exactly is Sensory Processing Disorder?

 
Sensory Processing Disorder is a term that is becoming more common among parents, teachers and childcare providers. A diagnosis that occurs with an Occupational Therapist, this disorder was once called Sensory Integration Dysfunction. Although common among children under the Autistic Spectrum, some children can be diagnosed solely with Sensory Processing Disorder. Regardless of any diagnosis, learning of the term and its symptoms can help parents and educators understand the way individual brains are wired to deal with the sensory inputs we receive each day.  

Sensory Integration Dysfunction was first developed in the 1970s by A. Jean Ayres, an occupational therapist and neuroscientist. As stated on the SPD Foundation website, she describes it as a "neurological traffic jam that prevents certain parts of the brain from receiving the information needed to interpret sensory information correctly." All of our information about the world arrives to us through our senses. We experience life through sensory input, and everyone is on a sensory spectrum. We adjust and regulate ourselves to maintain balance, otherwise known as an optimal level of arousal. We can all think of circumstances in our daily living where we adjust our behavior due to sensory input sensitivities. For example, if someone has a migraine, she might find that she has an increased sensitivity to light and noise, and manage that by going into a dark room alone. Those who are diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder have a brain that is wired differently, affecting their sensory input process and creating a disorganization.These individuals will experience over-sensitivity or under-sensitivity throughout their day. So, for example, a child might be extremely reluctant to put on a particular type of sock due to the tactile feeling of it. To the child, the sock fabric might feel like pins and needles, whereas to the rest of us, it is simply a sock.

Our Five Senses and More

We are all familiar with the five senses of touch, smell, sight, sound and taste, but in addition, there are two other senses we do not hear about, which are very crucial when discussing Sensory Processing Disorder. The first one is our vestibular sense. Lenora Delaney, an Occupational Therapist describes it as a sense which, "provides information about where the head and body are in space in relation to the earth's surface." In addition, this sense tells our body about the direction and speed of our body's movement. So, if we were on something like a roller coaster or speedboat with our eyes closed, we would feel our bodies moving fast.

The second sense is called our proprioceptive sense, which is when our muscles and joints tell our brain about our body's position and what our body parts are doing. This sense allows us to skillfully comb our hair and eat with a spoon. So, if there is a disorganization in how the brain receives information with motor planning, it will affect many areas of a child's life, turning simple tasks into extreme challenges, such as doing up a button, riding a bike, or using a pencil to name just a few.



Jun 21, 2013

Valentine's Day Songs about Love


Love is Something If You Give It Away


This following song about love could occur at circle time in an early childhood setting, or with a group of loved ones: family and/or friends. With a penny in his/her hand, the leader will explain to the children that as the song is sung the penny must be passed around the circle. Once a child receives the penny, he/she immediately passes it along. This activity will correlate with the following song, "Love is Something If You Give it Away" by Malvina Reynolds. This version has been changed from love to happiness.





Love is something if you give it away...(repeat, until the penny is back in you hand)

Give it away, give it away

Love is something if you give it away

You end up having more.

It's just like having a magic penny

Hold it tight and you won't have any

Lend it, spend it, you'll have so many

They'll roll all over the floor, cause...




Valentine's Day Friendship Song
Sung to "Row, Row, Row, your boat" :

Love, Love, Love your Friends,

Love them all year long.

Especially on Valentine's Day,

As we sing this song!

Family Song

Another song about love which is great for young children to sing is about their family members. This song can be used for Mother's Day and Father's Day as well. Find a tune that you prefer for the following lyrics:

I love my mommy, yes I do.

I love my mommy, yes I do

I love my mommy, yes I DO!

I love my mommy, and she loves me too







Preschool Songs for Friendship Theme

The More We Get Together


In a circle, the children can stand up or be sitting holding hands to sing this song. The children's name can be included throughout the song. Raffi's version is the most well known.



The more we get together, together, together

The more we get together, the happier we'll be

With Bobby and Jenny, and Sarah and James (optional)

The more we get together, the happier we'll be.


Valentine's Day Friendship Song

Sung to:  "Row, Row, Row, your boat" :

Love, Love, Love your Friends,

Love them all year long.

Especially on Valentine's Day,

As we sing this song!


Although the lyrics are not about friendship, the activity during this song is great for a friendship theme. The teacher needs to find different color scarves and tie into a big train. Then in a circle, the scarf train will come out of the box. The children must work together to gently pass the tied up scarves through their hands, until it makes a full circle and everyone is holding onto the rainbow chain. While this activity is occurring, the teacher and children can sing or listen to the "Rainbow Song:" The following youtube version is a little slow. I suggest speeding up the tempo with young children and the scarf activity.







Lyrics:

Red and yellow and pink and green

Purple and orange and blue

I can sing a rainbow

Sing a rainbow

Sing a rainbow too.


Further Reading Suggestion: Preschool Songs for All About Me Theme

                                               Friendship Theme for Preschool/Daycare

Airplane Preschool Songs


 

The Wheels on the Plane

Suggested tune: “Wheels on the Bus”

The wheels on the plane go up and down, up and down, up and down
The wheels on the plane go up and down, all around the sky.
The workers on the plane say coffee or tea, coffee or tea, coffee or tea?
The workers on the plane say coffee or tea all around the sky.
The babies on the plane go wah wah wah, wah wah wah, wah wah wah
The babies on the plane go wah wah wah, all around the sky.
The mothers on the plane go sshh, sshh, sshh, sshh, sshh, sshh,
The mothers on the plane go sshh, sssh, sshh, all around the sky.
The pilot on the plane says seatbelts on, seatbelts on, seatbelts on
The pilot on the plane says seatbelts on, all around the sky.




I’m a Little Airplane

Sung to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot"

I'm a little airplane
In the sky
Here are my wings

Watch me fly!
When the time is ready
I'll come down
Gently landing
On the ground




 

Did You Ever See an Airplane?

 

Sung to the tune of "Did You Ever See a Lassie?"
Did you ever see an airplane,
An airplane, an airplane?
Did you ever see an airplane
Way up in the sky?
There are big ones and small ones
Fast ones and slow ones
Did you ever see an airplane
Way up in the sky?



10 Little Airplanes

 

Sung to the tune of "Ten Little Indians"
One big, two big, three big airplanes
Four big, five big, six big airplanes
Seven big, eight big, nine big airplanes
Flying in the sky.
Zoom, zoom, zoom, go the airplanes
Zoom, zoom, zoom, go the airplanes
Zoom, zoom, zoom, go the airplanes
Flying in the sky.

Preschool Shape Theme: Songs and Games



Young children begin to learn the names of shapes in their toddler years and should know their basic shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle) by preschool age. Repetition and rehearsal help young children with the learning process and music is a great way to incorporate those elements when teaching basic shapes to toddlers and preschoolers.

Young kids are not only drawn to music naturally, but when combined with 
visual 
 presentation and actions, the songs can be an effective teaching tool. The following article provides a variety of songs to sing, and listen to, with young children to guide them with shape recognition.



Shape Song for Introducing the Basic Shapes

This song is to the tune of Frere Jacques and works well if children can repeat the second verse. Older children can additionally draw the shape in the air with their fingers. With each shape sung, use a visual presentation by showing the shape whether by drawing it, using felt pieces, household items and so forth. 
The words do not sit perfectly into the tune of Frere Jacques, and can be replaced, but by showing a visual cue and singing the lyrics, the combination will help with teaching shapes.

I am a square, I am a square
I have four sides, I have four sides
All sides are the same, all sides are the same
I'm a square, I'm a square.


I am a circle, I am a circle
I have no sides, I have no sides
I can roll around, I can roll around
I'm a circle, I'm a circle.

I am a triangle, I am a triangle
I have three sides, I have three sides

Two sides make a point, two sides make a point
I'm a triangle, I'm a triangle.

I am a rectangle, I am a rectangle
I have four sides, I have four sides

Two sides are the same, two sides are the same
I'm a rectangle, I'm a rectangle.

Children's Action Songs for Teaching Shapes

1. This first song occurs best with a group of children, but can be sung with one or two children by taping shapes onto them or using their clothing.  It can be sung or chanted.




Square, square is the color I see
If you're wearing a square, then show it to me.
Stand up, turn around
Show me your square, then sit back down.
Circle, circle is the color I see....
.




2. Shape Hokey Pokey
A child will put different shape stickers on his/her shoe, hand, elbow, knee and so on. 
Then the song will be sung with the following lyrics and actions:

You put your square shoe in, you put your square shoe out,
You put your square shoe in, and you shake it all about.
You do the shape pokey and you turn yourself around
And that's what it's all about.

Children's Game with Music

A fun shape game that goes along with music is called  "Do You See?"

(To the Tune of Do You Know the Muffin Man?)
Do you see a square shape, a square shape, a square shape  
Do you see a square shape, sitting in this room? 


The child or children can go and find something square by bringing it to you or simply pointing to something that is square. The song can continue with many different shapes and in various scenarios and locations, such as replacing room with car or playground, and so on.

Shape Flashcards with Hop Little Bunny


Create flashcards to test young children's color recognition and shape recognition, then intermittently,  show the children a bouncing bunny card, and sing, "Hop Little Bunny" while they bounce out some energy before sitting back down. 

Hop little bunny, hop hop hop
Hop little bunny, hop hop hop
Hop little bunny till you stop and drop.

Garden Theme: Preschool Songs






Flower Fingerplay Song


This finger play song about tulips and bulbs works well with a glove puppet and is found on a wonderful website called Make Learning Fun.

Ten tulip bulbs planted in the ground

Waiting very quiet without a sound

The sun came up and the rain came down

And one little tulip popped out of the ground.



The song continues up to five or ten with each new tulip being displayed by the puppeteer.


Children Action Songs about Gardening


A great way for children to enjoy and participate with music is to add actions to the song's lyrics. The following song about gardening can easily include actions with each verse.

Song #1 To the tune of Farmer in the Dell:

The farmer plants the seeds.

The farmer plants the seeds.

High ho the derry oh,

The farmer plants the seeds.

Second Verse: The sun comes out to shine.

Third Verse: The rain begins to fall.

Fourth Verse: The seeds begin to grow.

Fifth Verse: The farmer digs them up
.




Song #2 This song is a rendition of "I'm a Little Teapot"

I'm a little watering can, tall and thin

To fill me up, just pour the water in.

Tip me over, the drops sprinkle out.

"Thanks for the drink", the flowers do shout!



Green Theme: Preschool Songs







Singing is an integral component of creating a quality early childhood setting and meeting the needs of the whole child. There are so many benefits for children when they have music and singing in their lives. Themes are fun for children within any childhood setting. More importantly, through repetition and various material all surrounding one idea, children will learn. The color green is a great topic for spring or St. Patrick's Day, and the following article suggests some songs to include within this specific theme.

 

 

  



The Green Grass Grew All Around


The color green makes many people think of growth, and new beginnings. In spring, the snow melts and the grass arrives again. The following cumulative song has different versions. The verses are great for developing memory skills. Younger children can enjoy listening to the song while looking at felt pieces on a flannel board or other visual presentations. "The Green Grass Grew All Around" is a song that was first published in 1912 with words by William Jerome and melody by Harry Von Tilzer.










There was a hole in the middle of the ground

The prettiest hole that you ever did see

And the green grass grew all around, all around

And the green grass grew all around.


And in that hole, there was a root


The prettiest root that you ever did see


And the root in the hole,


And the hole in the ground


And the green grass grew all around, all around

And the green grass grew all around.




The song continues with the following additions:
  • Tree on the root
  • Branch on the tree
  • Twig on the branch
  • Nest on the twig
  • Egg in the nest
  • Bird in the egg
  • Wing on the bird
  • Feather on the wing

St. Patrick's Green Song


A well known aspect of St. Patrick's Day is to wear green. Here is a song to sing for this added fun:

To the tune of "He's a Jolly Good Fellow"


We are wearing green on St. Patrick's Day

We are wearing green on St. Patrick's Day


We are wearing green on St. Patrick's Day 


So let's smile and do a jig! 



The Color Green Song


This children's song will help young children learn that by mixing blue and yellow together, the color green is formed.

To the tune of Frere Jacques

Mixing colors, mixing colors
Is fun to do, is fun to do
We can make green
We can make green
With yellow and blue
With yellow and blue