Tuesday, April 22, 2014

S is for Spring Songs


“Music is a great way to engage young children because it is a natural and enjoyable part of their everyday lives. Children hear music or sing while watching television, riding in the car, at school, and as part of bedtime rituals. We often hear children creating their own songs and incorporating music in their play. Music is a socially engaging way to learn, and especially appropriate for the developmental levels of young children”.**
Here are several songs chosen to sing with your group during this spring season:

Signs of Spring Song (Tune: “The Twelve Days of Christmas”)
On the first day of springtime, my good friend gave to me, a bluebird in a big tree.
On the second day of springtime, my good friend gave to me, two green frogs and a bluebird in a big tree.
On the third day of springtime, my good friend gave to me, three yellow buds, two green frogs, and a bluebird in a big tree.
On the fourth day of springtime, my good friend gave to me, four raindrops, three yellow buds, two green frogs and a bluebird in a big tree.
Be creative and finish the songs with ideas from the children.

Baby Animal Lullaby (Tune: “Frere Jacques/ Are You Sleeping”)
Mother cat, mother cat,
Sings to her kitten, sings to her kitten,
Meow, meow, meow
Meow, meow, meow
Sleep baby kitten, sleep baby kitten.
Continue with other verses about animals and their babies.

The Sun Song (Tune: “I’m a Little Teapot”)
When the sun comes up, we start our day,
Dress and eat our breakfast, go outside and play,
When the day is over, the sun goes down,
Moon and stars light up the town

**Excerpted from "Music as a Teaching Tool: Creating Story Songs" by Shelly Ringgenberg - an article in the NAEYC journal, Young Children.
Authors to songs unknown
Sing a spring tune today and come back tomorrow for the letter T,
Tania