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Ode to Joy

My five year old just started learning Ode to Joy, the theme from the last movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. She’s a very beginner, this is one of the first songs she’s learned that involves […]

Round and Round the Village

For this game, use a parachute or very big stretchy band. Stand in a circle, make sure everyone has a handle to hold. As you sing, go around and around. When you “go in and […]

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Hungarian Dance No. 5 in F minor: Allegro

This fast piece by Brahms is a great dance track. It’s full of opposites. The piece starts out fast and loud but suddenly gets slow and quiet. At one point the notes become long, evoking […]

Feb, 07

Here’s A Ball for Baby

Here’s a Ball for Baby is an active but calming song. You can sing it as a lullaby to your baby, or do the movements with your toddler. This simple version by Rahel (Ann Rachel) […]

Feb, 06

Valentine’s Day

For my kids, Valentines Day is mostly about candy; exchanging valentines at school, class parties, and chocolates or some other treat from us. To help us remember that this day is ultimately about love, we […]

Feb, 05

Rig-a-Jig-Jig

I was skeptical whether my young music friends would be able to do this dance without adult help, but I was surprised how fast they caught on. Their favorite part was the rig-a-jig-jig sawing movement. […]

Feb, 04

Stellar Dendrites

Winter Wonderland is an amazing collaboration between percussionist Evelyn Glennie and cellist/composer Philip Sheppard. Although there are many danceable tracks on this album, Stellar Dendrites is my favorite. When we danced to this tune during […]

Jan, 31

The Bean Bag

We first learned this song during library story time and it quickly became our favorite bean bag song. I prefer to sing songs without any accompaniment, but this one works well with the musical track. […]

Jan, 30

Practicing

As a teacher, I knew parental involvement often had a big impact on a student’s progress but until I was a parent did I realize how difficult that often is. Some of my children, like […]

Jan, 29

Paw Paw Patch

I love songs that are also games. This one is perfect for the toddler crowd just learning hide-and-seek. Hiding places should be simple, and you might want to give specific parameters (hide in this room) […]

Jan, 28

Happy Family

We sing this song all year long, but it’s especially fun around the holidays when we get to see so many uncles, aunts, cousins and grandparents. It has endless variations from titles (like aunt) to […]

Nov, 19

Five Fat Turkeys

My daughter learned this one in preschool. It’s short but surprisingly complex if you include the melody, hand actions and clapping. The first time you sing it, just do the hand actions. When you can […]

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Nov, 16

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