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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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New This Week:  Lullabies
Go to Sleepy-Go to Sleepy is a wonderful song to use during transitions with grades PreK-3.  You can sing the song to “put the instruments to sleep” as you collect them or the children put them away.  The melody is pentatonic, so you can easily have children improvise softly on barred instruments with the song.  It is excellent for teaching the solfege syllable low sol.
Lullaby, Oh Lullaby-With texts by Christina Rosetti, this lullaby can appeal to children from PreK all the way through grade 6.  Younger children enjoy the motions, while older children can sing the phrases in small groups, or try creating their own melodies.  Perfect for teaching the dotted quarter note-eighth rhythmic pattern.
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New This Week:  Lullabies

Go to Sleepy-Go to Sleepy is a wonderful song to use during transitions with grades PreK-3.  You can sing the song to “put the instruments to sleep” as you collect them or the children put them away.  The melody is pentatonic, so you can easily have children improvise softly on barred instruments with the song.  It is excellent for teaching the solfege syllable low sol.

Lullaby, Oh Lullaby-With texts by Christina Rosetti, this lullaby can appeal to children from PreK all the way through grade 6.  Younger children enjoy the motions, while older children can sing the phrases in small groups, or try creating their own melodies.  Perfect for teaching the dotted quarter note-eighth rhythmic pattern.

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New This Week:  Songs to Celebrate the New Year!
Ring Out the Old-Ring Out the Old features text from Lord Alfred Tennyson’s poem “Ring Out, Wild Bells.”  The arrangement is flexible and can be sung in unison or up to 4-part harmony, making it suitable for grades 2-6.  An upbeat way to welcome the new year!
Starlight-Starlight is a simple classic!  It’s wonderful for teaching sol-mi and quarter and eighth notes.  Use the poster and a toy to teach the song, and play a game where children express their wishes for the new year!  Works well with grades PreK-1.
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New This Week:  Songs to Celebrate the New Year!

Ring Out the Old-Ring Out the Old features text from Lord Alfred Tennyson’s poem “Ring Out, Wild Bells.”  The arrangement is flexible and can be sung in unison or up to 4-part harmony, making it suitable for grades 2-6.  An upbeat way to welcome the new year!

Starlight-Starlight is a simple classic!  It’s wonderful for teaching sol-mi and quarter and eighth notes.  Use the poster and a toy to teach the song, and play a game where children express their wishes for the new year!  Works well with grades PreK-1.

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New This Week:  More Winter Songs!
High-O Sister Phoebe-A lovely melody with a simple circle game for grades PreK-3.  Kids love using cute mittens as a prop!  Can be used to practice solo singing as well as walking to a steady beat.
Skating Away-A lively and active play party great for grades 3-5.  The game moves quickly so the entire class stays involved.  The song is also excellent for teaching the solfege syllable low ti, and for teaching 6/8 meter.
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New This Week:  More Winter Songs!

High-O Sister Phoebe-A lovely melody with a simple circle game for grades PreK-3.  Kids love using cute mittens as a prop!  Can be used to practice solo singing as well as walking to a steady beat.

Skating Away-A lively and active play party great for grades 3-5.  The game moves quickly so the entire class stays involved.  The song is also excellent for teaching the solfege syllable low ti, and for teaching 6/8 meter.

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New This Week:  Winter Songs!
Snow Falls Down to the Ground-A wonderful winter song for grades PreK-3!  Includes a poster for teaching and an unpitched-percussion improvisation activity.
If I Were A Snowman-Another snow-themed song popular with grades K-3.  Teach the song with the poster, and then have kids skip or gallop around the room with each phrase.  Older children also enjoy learning the instrumental accompaniment.
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New This Week:  Winter Songs!

Snow Falls Down to the Ground-A wonderful winter song for grades PreK-3!  Includes a poster for teaching and an unpitched-percussion improvisation activity.

If I Were A Snowman-Another snow-themed song popular with grades K-3.  Teach the song with the poster, and then have kids skip or gallop around the room with each phrase.  Older children also enjoy learning the instrumental accompaniment.

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