Song of the Month

December 2007

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The Baby Jesus

CLICK HERE for the printable version with pictures (PDF)
         (This month, its a really big file...so have patience.)
CLICK HERE for the printable Sheet Music   (PDF)
DOWNLOAD as an MP3   (How to do it)

Text Box: This has been the number one favorite felt board song for years!  Be sure to use “different “ voices as I do on the recording. Children LOVE this, as it appeals to their very unique sense of humor!
 
 
Fishies
Use the patterns below to maket five felt fish in different shapes and colors, to match words in song. 
 
There are so many fishies in the deep blue sea. What color fishy do you see?
Red, red, this one's red. This little fishy is red 
(Repeat with other colors)
 
There are so many fishies in the deep blue sea. Can you count the fishies with me...1,2,3,4,5,
 
There are so many fishies in the deep blue sea
What color is the biggest fish you see?
 
There are so many fishies in the deep blue sea
What color is the smallest fishies you see.
 
Variation: Find clipart of different kinds of fish, and change the words to “What kind of fishy do you see?” - A great way to learn about different salt or fresh water species. You can laminate the clipart and place a small piece of  the loop side of Velcro on each fish so it will stick to the felt board. Or glue felt to the back. This is a quick easy way to make colorful detailed felt board shapes for many songs. 
 
Hint: EnchantedLearning.com has great fish pictures!
 
 
 
 
Patterns for Felt Fish

In much of the United States and around the world, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of the Jesus. Every religion and culture that celebrates Christmas has stories of animals, and the part they played in the Christmas Story. It is said they warmed the baby Jesus with their breath, and are able to speak on Christmas Eve. Though the song
below is simple enough for the youngest children to participate in, adding ASL
(American Sign Language) signs will make it fun for the oldest children as well. See the notes below for modifying it different ages.

The Baby Jesus
(highlighted words may be signed, as directed below)

Come little donkey, come and see
The baby Jesus fast asleep

Come little cow, come and see
The baby Jesus fast asleep

Come little pig, come and see
The baby Jesus fast asleep

Come little sparrow, come and see
The baby Jesus fast asleep

Come little children, come and see
The baby Jesus fast asleep

ASL Signs:
Signs are always confusing to read, and look harder than they are! If you would like to see animated versions of these and other signs, visit this website
and follow the directions. It’s much easier when you can actually see them being done!

COME - natural sign, upright hand beckons
SEE - The right “v” hand, palm facing the body, placed with fingertips just below eyes. Hand swings straight out.
BABY - cradle arms and rock back and forth
JESUS - middle finger of one hand touches palm of other hand, repeat with other side
ASLEEP - Fingers of the right open hand, placed on forehead. The hand moves down and away from the head, with the fingers closing so that they all touch. The eyes close, and the head bows slightly as in sleep

ANIMALS
DONKEY - open hands straight up on either side of head, for donkey ears

COW: Hands with fingers closed, thumb and pinky out, placed at the temples with thumbs touching the head. Both hands are brought out and away simultaneously in a gentle curve

PIG - open hand under chin, palm facing floor. Fingers swing up and down.

SPARROW (BIRD): thumb and index finger forma beak. Hold in front of mouth, and open and close as a beak

CHILDREN: (sign indicates different heights of children) Down turned right palm, held before the body, makes series of movements form left to right, as if patting number of children on their heads.

Modifying for various ages:
(CLICK HERE
to get the animal pictures to use.)
For toddlers through young 3’s :
Print out and hold up the pictures of the animals.
Use only the signs for baby and sleep (head laying on hands).


For older 3’s and 4’s
:
Teach signs above, or use simplified signs ( head on hands for sleep, omit sign for Jesus) Print out and hold up the pictures of the animals. .

For 5’s and older :
Use all of the above signs, taking time to practice and say all of them several times before signing the song.