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New This Week:  One I Saw a Little Bird
Once I Saw a Little Bird:  A sweet acting out songs for grades PreK-1.  One child lives in a house, and the other is the bird who lands just outside the window.  Add unpitched or pitched percussion, and then use the song to assess internal hearing!  Also great for teaching the quarter rest.

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New This Week:  One I Saw a Little Bird

Once I Saw a Little Bird:  A sweet acting out songs for grades PreK-1.  One child lives in a house, and the other is the bird who lands just outside the window.  Add unpitched or pitched percussion, and then use the song to assess internal hearing!  Also great for teaching the quarter rest.

Newly added…to the world!!!  Anna Rose Pasternack, daughter of Deborah Skydell Pasternack and Gregg Pasternack.
Birthday: June 17, 2014
Weight: 8 lbs, 3 oz
Number of hours she kept Mommy in labor: 34
Favorite song for a diaper change:  In and Out the Dusty Bluebells
More songs and games coming soon to the site!

Newly added…to the world!!!  Anna Rose Pasternack, daughter of Deborah Skydell Pasternack and Gregg Pasternack.

  • Birthday: June 17, 2014
  • Weight: 8 lbs, 3 oz
  • Number of hours she kept Mommy in labor: 34
  • Favorite song for a diaper change:  In and Out the Dusty Bluebells

More songs and games coming soon to the site!

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New This Week:  A Good Morning Round!
Let Every Sleeper Waken-An upbeat and cheerful greeting song!  Use the poster to teach the song to grades K-6.  Grades K-2 can sing the song in unison, and older grades can sing the song as a two or three-part round.  The song is excellent for teaching the solfege syllable fa, and a simple two-note accompaniment helps teach low so.

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New This Week:  A Good Morning Round!

Let Every Sleeper Waken-An upbeat and cheerful greeting song!  Use the poster to teach the song to grades K-6.  Grades K-2 can sing the song in unison, and older grades can sing the song as a two or three-part round.  The song is excellent for teaching the solfege syllable fa, and a simple two-note accompaniment helps teach low so.

New This Week:  A Japanese Spring Song!
Saita- A beautiful Japanese song about tulips.  Print out song cards to teach the song to grades PreK-3, then have the children use colorful scarves to move like flowers.  Grades 4-6 enjoy accompanying the song by playing an arrangement for barred instruments.
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New This Week:  A Japanese Spring Song!

Saita- A beautiful Japanese song about tulips.  Print out song cards to teach the song to grades PreK-3, then have the children use colorful scarves to move like flowers.  Grades 4-6 enjoy accompanying the song by playing an arrangement for barred instruments.

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Newly Added:  A Capital Ship
A Capital Ship-This lively, multi-verse humorous song is great for grades 3-5.  Use the handout with pictograms to help the kids learn the words faster.  Simple piano accompaniment provided.  Great for teaching the solfege syllable high or low “ti”, as well as the dotted-eighth-sixteenth rhythmic pattern.
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Newly Added:  A Capital Ship

A Capital Ship-This lively, multi-verse humorous song is great for grades 3-5.  Use the handout with pictograms to help the kids learn the words faster.  Simple piano accompaniment provided.  Great for teaching the solfege syllable high or low “ti”, as well as the dotted-eighth-sixteenth rhythmic pattern.

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New This Week:  Hush Little Minnie
Hush Little Minnie:  Hush Little Minnie is a beautiful lullaby that is a variant of “Hush Little Baby, Don’t Say a Word,” which many children already know.  The kids enjoy putting one motion at a time “inside their heads” until they can sing the entire song that way.  The song is great for teaching internal hearing, the solfege syllabe “re”, and the quarter note rest.  Works well with grades K-3.
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New This Week:  Hush Little Minnie

Hush Little Minnie:  Hush Little Minnie is a beautiful lullaby that is a variant of “Hush Little Baby, Don’t Say a Word,” which many children already know.  The kids enjoy putting one motion at a time “inside their heads” until they can sing the entire song that way.  The song is great for teaching internal hearing, the solfege syllabe “re”, and the quarter note rest.  Works well with grades K-3.

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New This Week:  Flow Gently Sweet Afton
Flow Gently Sweet Afton-A beautiful melody written by American composer Jonathan E. Spilman using the poem “Sweet Afton” by the Scottish poet Robert Burns.  It’s great for grades 4-6, and when sung with the piano accompaniment, it makes a lovely unison performance piece.  Help teach the concept of fluid singing by having the kids transport glasses of water around the room!  (The picture above is from an animation showing a birds’-eye view.  The yellow child is holding the water!)
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New This Week:  Flow Gently Sweet Afton

Flow Gently Sweet Afton-A beautiful melody written by American composer Jonathan E. Spilman using the poem “Sweet Afton” by the Scottish poet Robert Burns.  It’s great for grades 4-6, and when sung with the piano accompaniment, it makes a lovely unison performance piece.  Help teach the concept of fluid singing by having the kids transport glasses of water around the room!  (The picture above is from an animation showing a birds’-eye view.  The yellow child is holding the water!)

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New This Week:  The Rattlin’ Bog!
Oh, Row the Rattlin’ Bog- A wonderful Irish additive folk song great for grades K-3.  Kids enjoy learning the verses with the poster, and then adding the simple clapping pattern.  The pentatonic melody is great for teaching the solfege syllable “low sol”.
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New This Week:  The Rattlin’ Bog!

Oh, Row the Rattlin’ Bog- A wonderful Irish additive folk song great for grades K-3.  Kids enjoy learning the verses with the poster, and then adding the simple clapping pattern.  The pentatonic melody is great for teaching the solfege syllable “low sol”.

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New This Week:  Of Mice and Rats!

Long-Tailed Rat:  A favorite guessing games of grades K-3.  Two “cats” hide their eyes in the center of the circle while a mouse and a rat steal their cheese!  At the end of the song, the cats have to guess the thieves.  The simple quadratonic melody is great for teaching the solfege syllable “re”.

Up the Tall White Candlestick-A sweet fingerplay for grades PreK-K that describes little Mousey Brown getting into a tough situation (he climbs to the top of a candlestick, but can’t get back down.)  However, his problem is happily solved when he rolls back down.  Great for practicing steady beat, with or without a mouse puppet.

A Quiet Little Mouse-Another fingerplay for grades PreK-K with a surprise ending that contrasts with the quiet chant.  A nice way to work on the concept of “loud-soft” as a precurser to forte and piano.

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New This Week:  Songs of Stars from Around the World
Xiao Fei Ji-Xiao Fei Ji (pronounced Shiao Fay Jee) is a sweet and simple quadratonic song about a little airplane in the sky.  It works beautifully as a round and with added instruments.  Teach using the poster that shows transliteration, or the “pinyin” which is the official way to write Mandarin characters in Latin letters.  Great for grades K-3.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star-A rare and beautiful variant of the Twinkle Twinkle little star we know so well.  This song is from Pakistan, and uses just three whole tones in the melody.  After teaching the song, you can have grades 2-4 use glow-in-the-dark stars to illustrate the melody.  Grades 4-6 will enjoy singing the song as a round and mastering the three part vocal arrangement.
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New This Week:  Songs of Stars from Around the World

Xiao Fei Ji-Xiao Fei Ji (pronounced Shiao Fay Jee) is a sweet and simple quadratonic song about a little airplane in the sky.  It works beautifully as a round and with added instruments.  Teach using the poster that shows transliteration, or the “pinyin” which is the official way to write Mandarin characters in Latin letters.  Great for grades K-3.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star-A rare and beautiful variant of the Twinkle Twinkle little star we know so well.  This song is from Pakistan, and uses just three whole tones in the melody.  After teaching the song, you can have grades 2-4 use glow-in-the-dark stars to illustrate the melody.  Grades 4-6 will enjoy singing the song as a round and mastering the three part vocal arrangement.

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New This Week:  Songs to Cure the February Blahs
Concentration-A variant of the usual “Concentration” game involving movement, signing, and quickly thinking of things that fit a certain category.  Great for teaching the solfege syllable “fa” to grades 4-6.
Miss Polly Had a Dolly-Miss Polly is a tried-and-true, upbeat song with lots of possible activities.  Teach the song using the poster, and then add motions which prepare the children to play percussion instruments.  You can even let the kids act out the song, having the kids play the roles not just of the central characters, but objects like a door and a bag!  Great fun for grades PreK-1.
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New This Week:  Songs to Cure the February Blahs

Concentration-A variant of the usual “Concentration” game involving movement, signing, and quickly thinking of things that fit a certain category.  Great for teaching the solfege syllable “fa” to grades 4-6.

Miss Polly Had a Dolly-Miss Polly is a tried-and-true, upbeat song with lots of possible activities.  Teach the song using the poster, and then add motions which prepare the children to play percussion instruments.  You can even let the kids act out the song, having the kids play the roles not just of the central characters, but objects like a door and a bag!  Great fun for grades PreK-1.

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New This Week:  Cowboy Songs!
Whoopin’ Up Cattle-This song was originally sung by an African-American cowboy in Texas.  The modal melody is captivating, and you can enhance it through the Copland-inspired instrumental accompaniment.  The song is also useful for teaching the concept of theme and variations.  Works well with grades 3-6.
Git Along Little Dogies-A lilting pentatonic melody that sounds beautiful with open fifths played on barred instruments.  Great for teaching the solfege syllable “low sol” along with the dotted-eighth-sixteenth rhythm pattern in the context of 6/8 meter.  The song also works well with grades 3-6.
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New This Week:  Cowboy Songs!

Whoopin’ Up Cattle-This song was originally sung by an African-American cowboy in Texas.  The modal melody is captivating, and you can enhance it through the Copland-inspired instrumental accompaniment.  The song is also useful for teaching the concept of theme and variations.  Works well with grades 3-6.

Git Along Little Dogies-A lilting pentatonic melody that sounds beautiful with open fifths played on barred instruments.  Great for teaching the solfege syllable “low sol” along with the dotted-eighth-sixteenth rhythm pattern in the context of 6/8 meter.  The song also works well with grades 3-6.

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New This Week:  Songs With Hula Hoops!
We’ve had hula hoops in the search categories for some time, but hadn’t yet added any songs.  A subscriber with lots of hula hoops in her room recently requested some activities.  Enjoy!
The Birdies Fly Away-Based on a melody from the opera Hansel and Gretel, “The Birdies Fly Away” is a fantastic movement activity for grades PreK-1.  Helps reinforce the concept of the tonic, or home tone.
Riding in the Buggy-Kids love to gallop around to this lively African-American folk song.  In addition to being great fun, the activity helps reinforce steady beat with a hand clap.  Works well with grades PreK-1.
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New This Week:  Songs With Hula Hoops!

We’ve had hula hoops in the search categories for some time, but hadn’t yet added any songs.  A subscriber with lots of hula hoops in her room recently requested some activities.  Enjoy!

The Birdies Fly Away-Based on a melody from the opera Hansel and Gretel, “The Birdies Fly Away” is a fantastic movement activity for grades PreK-1.  Helps reinforce the concept of the tonic, or home tone.

Riding in the Buggy-Kids love to gallop around to this lively African-American folk song.  In addition to being great fun, the activity helps reinforce steady beat with a hand clap.  Works well with grades PreK-1.

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