Thursday, June 17, 2021

IS EVERYBODY HAPPY?


I want you to know that what I've done in my professional career has never been about ME. It's always been for teachers and children. Please know how HAPPY and GRATEFUL I am for all of you that sing and have fun with me!!!!

You'll be able to sing, dance, and learn with the "Rules Rap," "Lettercise," "Vowel Song," and "Macarena Math."

Here are the songs you'll find:

1. If You’re Happy
2. Couch Potato Pokey
3. Button Factory
4. Nursery Rhyme Medley
5. The Itsy Bitsy Spider
6. Ride That Pony
7. Hand Dance
8. Rules Rap
9. Junior Birdmen
10. Money Song
11. Gummy Bears
12. Planet Poem
13. Lettercise
14. Vowel Song
15. Letter Dance
16. Compound Boogie
17. Seven Little Letters
18. The More We Get Together
 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

SHAPE SONG AND HICKORY DICKORY DOCK

The Shape Song
I am momma circle round like a pie. (Hands over head in a circle.)
I’m baby triangle three sides have I. (Use 3 fingers to make a triangle.)
I am papa square my sides are four. (Draw a square in the air.)
I’m cousin rectangle shaped like a door. (Draw a rectangle in the air and then knock.)
I am brother oval shaped like a zero. (Make oval with arms over head.)
I’m sister diamond with a sparkle and a glow. (Touch thumbs and index fingers and extend.)
We are the shapes that you all know. (Make circles with index fingers and thumbs and
Look for us wherever you go. place around your eyes like glasses.)

Note! Explain that “rhombus” is the correct term for the diamond shape. Sing the song calling sister a “rhombus” instead of a “diamond.”


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXroY8njjzE

Activities: Divide children into groups of four. Challenge them to lay on the floor and make geometric shapes with their bodies.

Have a shape snack of circles (cookies), triangles (nacho chips), squares (crackers), and rectangles (graham crackers).

Let children make collages out of construction paper cut in geometric shapes.

Play "I Spy" by having children touch various shapes in their home classroom.
For example: I spy a circle. (Children touch a circle.)


Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory dickory dock. (Palms together and tick tock back and forth.)
The mouse ran up the clock. (Wiggle fingers up in the air.)
The clock struck one, (Clap one time.)
The mouse ran down. (Wiggle fingers down.)
Hickory dickory dock.

Two – “Yahoo!” (Continue clapping the appropriate number of times.)
Three – “Whopee!”
Four – “Do more!”
Five – “Let’s jive!”
Six – “Fiddlesticks!”
Seven – “Oh, heavens!”
Eight – “Life’s great!”
Nine – “So fine!”
Ten – “We’re near the end.”
Eleven – “We’re sizzlin’.”
Twelve – “I’m proud of myself.”



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQbBksJMjpg

Activities: Use your arms like the hands on a clock. Extend both arms over your head. On “one” bring right arm down to the position of “one” on a clock. On “two” bring righ arm down to the position of “two” and so forth.

Make paper plate clocks and use to sing the song.




Tuesday, June 15, 2021

SING AND SIGN - NUMERAL SONG

Sign language is quiet, free, provides another pathway to the brain, and keeps those little hands busy! This is a great song to introduce manual signs for alphabet letters.

Sing and Sign
(“Where Is Thumbkin?” – Children repeat each line.)
Where is A? (Hands behind back.)
Here I am. (Make sign for “a.”)
What do you say, A?
/a/, /a/, /a/.
Continue using other letters and making the manual signs.



Here's a video where I share ideas to help children learn with sign language:


Watch Video for ASL

Activities: Make copies of manual signs and pass out a letter to each child. That child holds up her letter as it is sung in the song.


Sign Language Center 
Make a SIGN LANGUAGE CENTER with a pocket folder. Glue a copy of manual signs for letters on the inside of the folder. Write alphabet letters on index cards and place in the pocket. Children choose a card and then try to reproduce that sign. For older children, write sight words or spelling words on index cards for them to practice spelling manually.
     


The Numeral Song (Tune: “Skip to My Lou”)
Come right down and that is all. (Use index finger and middle finger
Come right down and that is all. to do “invisible” writing in the air.)
Come right down and that is all
To make the numeral one. (Hold up 1 finger.)

2 – Curve around and slide to the right…

3 – Curve in and around again…

4 – Down, over, down some more…

5 – Down, around, put on a hat…

6 – Curve in and around again…

7 – Slide to the right and slant it down…

8 – Make an “s” then close the gate…

9 – Circle around then come right down…

10 – Come right down, then make a zero…

We can sing the “Numeral Song”…
And make numerals all day long! 

Note! The term "numeral" refers to the symbol and the term "number" refers to the amount, although most people use them interchangeably.

*Let children suggest other body parts they can write with, such as their elbow, foot, nose, etc.

*Have children do invisible writing on each other’s backs.

*Make writing wands that children can use to make the numerals in the air by taping 18” pieces of caution tape or ribbon to craft sticks.

*Download highway numbers at makinglearningfun.com and let children trace over these as you sing.
Hint! Put a green dot where they start and a red dot where they finish.
                       

Monday, June 14, 2021

COLOR FARM AND ALPHARDY

This is a song your students will enjoy singing, but there are lots of standards “camouflaged” here. 
*This song reinforces the concept that when you put letters together you make a word.
*Children can learn to read the color words.
*More advanced children can learn to spell the color words.

The Color Farm
(Tune: “BINGO”)
There was a farmer had a cat
And Black was her name-o
B-L-A-C-K (Clap on each letter.)
B-L-A-C-K
B-L-A-C-K
And Black was her name-o.

Dog – BROWN
Cow – PURPLE
Horse – GREEN
Duck – ORANGE
Bird – BLUE
Chick – YELLOW
Pig – RED

Click here for English.

Activities:
Use the attached patterns to make stick puppets that the children can hold up as you sing.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1SnEagA4jljOFhmSUZiNzNXZVk/view?usp=sharing



Write the color word and put a picture clue by it on a sentence strip. Pass these out for the children to hold up as you sing.
                                       



The more senses you activate, the more likely the message will get to the brain and stay in the brain.  This song can be used with younger children to introduce them to letters and sounds, but it's just as much fun as a review for older students.

Alphardy
A for apple /a/ /a/ /a/ (Pretend fist is an apple.)
B for bounce /b/ /b/ /b/ (Bounce a ball.)
C for cut /c/ /c/ /c/ (Open and close index and middle fingers as if cutting.)
D for dig /d/ /d/ /d/ (Pretend to dig.)
E – elbow (Point to elbow.)
F – fan (Fan self with hand.)
G – gallop (Gallop in place.)
H – hop (Hop on one foot.)
I – itch (Scratch self.)
J – jump (Jump up and down.)
K – kick (Little kicks with foot.)
L – love (Hug self.)
M – munch (Move mouth as if eating.)
N – nod (Nod head.)
O – opera (Extend arms and sing dramatically.)
Q – quiet (Index finger on lips.)
R. – run (Run in place.)
S – sew (Pretend to hold a needle and sew.)
T – talk (Open and close fingers like a mouth.)
U – upside (Lean over.)
V – volley (Hands in air and pretend to volley a ball.)
W – wiggle (Wiggle all over.)
X – x-ray (Make “x” with arms.)
Y – yawn (Extend arms and pretend to yawn.)
Z – zigzag (Make an imaginary “z” in the air.)
Letter sounds are all you need.
Put them together and you can read! (Hold palms together and open like a book.)

Click here for ASL:  ASL – Alphardy


*You can download this book at drjean.org.
http://www.drjean.org/html/monthly_act/act_2005/03_Mar/Alphardy.


Alphardy Poster
Run off this chart for each student and glue to a file folder. Children can use this for choral singing or for independent work at the listening center. If you give them a pretzel stick or Bugle for a pointer they’ll get a little snack at the end of the song!
                                           
Click to download poster.
 

Sunday, June 13, 2021

SING TO LEARN


Writing these blogs is like a trip down memory lane for me.  I remember taking this picture in my garage as if it were yesterday.  My first three recordings were just fun songs to sing because in the 70's and 80's we were all about the WHOLE child and giving them happy experiences.  When the academic push started I felt compelled to share some songs where children could have fun and develop skills at the same time.  I still maintain that children can learn anything through music and movement!

Take a look at all the songs for phonics, sight words, math, social studies, and science.  

Oops!  Bill Clinton was President then.  You'll have to make your own version with Bush, Obama, Trump, and Biden!

Songs on this recording include:

1. Color Farm
2. Alphardy
3. Rime Time Song
4. Phon-ercise
5. Gumball
6. Sing And Sign
7. Tooty Ta (Open Version)
8. Macarena Math
9. Numeral Song
10. The Shape Song
11. Hickory Dickory Dock
12. Continents
13. Oceans
14. Directions
15. The United States
16. The Presidents
17. Good-bye Song

Click here to see the many ways you can access the songs on my Sing to Learn CD.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

PEANUT BUTTER AND WALLY ACHA




Peanut Butter (Tune: "Allouette")
Peanut butter, we like peanut butter. (Clap hands and march to the beat.)
Peanut butter, that’s what we like best.
Do you like it on your head? (Point to head.)
Yes, we like it on our head.
On your head?
On our head.
Ohhhhhh. (Hands on cheeks and move head from side to side.)

Do you like it on your shirt… (Point to shirt.)

Do you like it on your pants… (Point to pants.)

Do you like it on your socks… (Point to socks.)

Do you like it on your shoes… (Point to shoes.)

On your underwear? (Cover your eyes.)


*Is someone in your room allergic to peanuts? Let them explain what an allergy is and why they can't eat peanut butter. Let them choose another food to insert in the song, such as "macaroni" or "watermelon."

*Tie in with standards by focusing on the questions and statements.

*Cut a sheet of paper in half and then fold in half to make a book. Run off the attached worksheet and let the children put the pictures in the book in sequential order.


 


Wally Acha
Wally acha, wally wacha, (Slap thighs and then cross palms.)
Doodley do, doodley do. (Touch nose and ear with opposite hands.)
Wally acha, wally acha, (Slap thighs and then cross palms.)
Doodley do, doo
dley do.  (Touch nose and ear with opposite hands.)

It’s a simple little song there’s not much to it,   (Slap thighs and then cross palms.)

All you’ve got to do is doodley do it.  (Touch nose and ear.)

Wally acha, wally acha,  (Slap thighs and then cross palms.)

Doodley, doodley do.  Poo poo!  (Touch nose and ear.)

 

Activities:  Simplify the motions.  Instead of touching your nose and ear, just touch your left shoulder with your right hand and your right shoulder with your left hand.

Let children be leader and make motions for the rest of the class to follow.

https://bit.ly/drjeanWallyAcha


Here's a video where you can watch me demonstrate more activities that involve crossing the midline.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn__Ll7n2GY



Friday, June 11, 2021

PLAYING MAKES YOUR SMARTER HANDOUT

Here's a copy of the handout that Carolyn and I created for the edwebinar we did yesterday.  

I hope these center signs will remind parents and other visitors to your classroom that PLAY IS THE CHILD'S WORK, AND IT'S HOW THEY LEARN BEST!!!!

Download Center Signs

 

 There were several teachers who requested a copy of the weekly center contract.


Download Center Contract

Black and White Version


Download Center Contract
Color Version



If you missed the webinar or would like to share it with a friend, here's a link that will be available...forever!!!

View Webinar Video