Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Want to have some fun with Old McDonald's Farm? Here's something I did with my kids when they were little, and continue to do in my concerts...
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Here’s a fun and easy activity based on one of my free songs of the month. It’s particularly useful now, when your young students are still getting to know each other. In this song, children will walk around the circle and pick up a shape at the end of the song. They then try to find their “friend,” the child who has the same picture on his or her shape. It’s basically a matching game-song. Children love this, and will want to do it several times. So here’s what to do:
Download my free song of the month, "Who Will Be My valentine?" at http://nancymusic.com/Whovalplay.htm. Use it to learn the melody. There is also an instrumental version of the song you can download. Print out the general instructions, but change the lyrics to:
"Who will be a friend of mine?" (instead of Valentine)
Then, instead of making pairs of hearts, make pairs of apples, or any other shape you choose. I use apples at this time of year since much of the curriculum centers around them. Follow the rest of the instructions for the song. By changing the shapes of the cards and or the pictures (or letters) on the pairs, you can easily modify this song for year-round use. And of course, when Valentine’s Day comes, you’ll be all set!