Song of the Month

September 2004

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Can You Sit in a Circle?

September is a great time to begin using this song when you are establishing new traditions and habits. I have used this song successfully for many years, and hope it works for you as well! Sing or play this song for the children, and tell them whenever they hear it, to try to sit in a circle before the song ends. The counting seems to motivate them to move quickly! I have included the second version which you can use if they are really fast and ready to actually do something before the song has ended.
 
Extra Tip:
 
Use the last line of the song only, when you have completed an activity in music time, and want the children to get back in the circle (the last line is just the count). Itís a fun way to regain order after the children have been scattered.

AND DONíT FORGET TO USE THE PAST SEPTEMBER SONGS OF THE MONTH!
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Can You Sit in A Circle
 
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten
Can you sit in a circle before I count to ten again
Letís see how fast you are
today, can you sit in a circle before I say
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten

 
Version Two

 
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten
Can you sit in a circle before I count to ten again
Put your hands on your head, hands on your toes,
Hands on your elbows, hands on your nose
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten
 

A Note for Guitar Players:
 
If you play guitar, you may not know the Ebdim (diminished) chord on the sheet music page. Itís not as complicated as the name looks, and below you'll find a chord diagram for it. for it. Diminished chords are fun because you can move the whole chord up every four frets, and it will be essentially the same chord. Listen to the song, and youíll hear what I mean. You can either just keep the first position pictured below, or slide it up three times as you will hear me do. Have fun!
 
Donít play the two low strings (thatís what the Xís mean).
Optional: slide the whole chord up 4 frets at a time and strum once in each position.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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