Song of the Month

October 2007

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When I Hear The Music

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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

This month’s song is a simple exercise in keeping a steady beat. After singing with children for twenty-seven years, I am convinced the ability to keep a steady beat is crucial to language development, and in turn, early literacy. I have also noticed an alarming inability for children of all ages (and some adults!), to do this. When I sing with the youngest babies and children, I keep a steady beat on my thigh as we sing, and find children quickly feel the beat as they join me. As you sing this song with children, children will be able to concentrate on and practice keeping a steady beat with their whole bodies.

With 2-4 year-olds:
Practice each movement before you play the song. Do only one movement each verse.

With 5-year-olds and up:
Add each new movement, so by the last verse you are doing all movements. Drop off movements as lyrics indicate so you are only clapping hands by the end.
This may take some practice, and lots of concentration!


When I Hear the Music

My hands like to clap, my hands like to clap
When I hear the music, my hands like to clap

My toes like to tap, my toes like to tap
When I hear the music, my toes like to tap

My head likes to nod, my head likes to nod
When I hear the music, my head likes to nod

My shoulders like to move, my shoulders like to move
When I hear the music, my shoulders like to move

My body likes to sway, my body likes to sway
When I hear the music, my body likes to sway
My shoulders like to move,
My head likes to nod,
My toes like to tap,
My hands like to clap