Thursday, June 17, 2021


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


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.”

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.”

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


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 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


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.)
And Black was her name-o.

Horse – GREEN
Bird – BLUE
Chick – YELLOW
Pig – RED

Click here for English.

Use the attached patterns to make stick puppets that the children can hold up as you sing.

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.

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

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


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 (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.

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

Friday, June 11, 2021


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


You'll always have a good day when you start with a song. And, sooner or later we'll actually be able to shake hands with our kids again.  Until then a wave and air high five will have to do.

Hello, Neighbor!
Hello, neighbor. (Wave to partner.)
What do you say? (Give high five.)
It’s going to be a (Slap, clap, tap hands.)
Happy day.
Greet your neighbor. (Shake hands.)
Boogie on down. (Wiggle hips.)
Give a bump, (Bump hips.)
And turn around. (Turn around.)

Note! You can do this song as a line dance where children step down to the next partner each time you sing.

Change “bump” to “jump” if your students bump too hard.


Teach children how to shake with their right hand and encourage them to say good morning to their friends by shaking hands.

Here's a video I made several years ago with my granddaughter where I demonstrate some fun handshakes.

I Know an Old Lady

I really do know an old lady - ME!!! Here's a video where I "try" to sing and sign.

Note! Instead of having the old lady "die," my lady just "cries."  Isn't that better?

Here are a few visuals and craft activities that can be adapted to any version of the Old Lady. You can find free images online for the different stories or let children make their own illustrations. 

Sandwich Bag Old Lady
Give children a circle to decorate for the head of the old lady. Staple the head to the back opening of a zip sandwich bag. Staple on strips of paper for arms and legs as shown. Run off copies of the different items for the book or song you are singing. Children line up items in sequential order and then insert them in the bag as you sing.


Paper Plate Old Lady
Cut the center out of a paper plate. Use the center for the Old Lady’s head and attach with a brad fastener. Attach strips of paper with brad fasteners for arms and legs. Tape a sandwich bag to the back of the plate so you can insert illustrations as you sing.


Thursday, June 10, 2021


These are some of the materials that Carolyn Kisloski will be showing at our edwebinar this afternoon. When we did our "dress rehearsal" I knew if I were a teacher I would want them for sure. So thanks, Carolyn, for sharing them! 

PS See you this afternoon for PLAYING MAKES YOU SMARTER!  And if you haven't signed up yet or can't make it this afternoon, just use the link on the bottom of this blog to view it later.  This really should be required for all administrators and early childhood decision makers!!!!

I CAN BUILD pictures for the block center.

Environmental print to put on rectangular blocks.

Environmental Print Blocks

A visit to the vet's.


One day when Holly was little and just "piddling" like little kids do, my husband asked, "What are you doing?" She replied, "I don't know what I'm doing...I'm just doing!" Well, that's kind of how things went when I made my CDs. I never intended to make one, and here I was making my third one. I didn't know what I was doing, but I just kept on singing and dancing.

All I can say is THANK YOU!!!!

Titles on this recording include:

1. Hello, Neighbor
2. I Know an Old Lady
3. The Opposite Song
4. Let Me See You Boogaloo
5. I Am the Music Cantor
6. I’m a Nut
7. Wally Acha
8. Peanut Butter
9. Alphabet Forwards and Backwards
10. Boom Chica Boom
11. Have You Ever Been Fishing?
12. The First 12 Days of School
13. May There Always Be Sunshine


Click here to see all the ways you can access the songs on Keep on Singing.


Wednesday, June 9, 2021


Social Emotional Learning has got to be a top priority in the new school year!

Special Me (Tune: "Twinkle Little Star")
Special, special, special me (Point to self.)
I'm as special as can be. (Open and close fingers.)
There is no one quite like me. (Shake head.)
I'm as good as I can be.
Special, special, special me, (Point to self.)
I'm as I can be. (Hug self.)

Place a hand mirror in the bottom of a shoebox and put the lid on top. Explain that the most wonderful thing in the whole world is in the box. “It’s so special there’s only one like it in the world!” Watch children’s smiles as they open the box and see their faces! End by singing this song.

*Do a language experience activity where each child completes this sentence:

I am special because ____________.

Plan a special day where each child is invited to sing, dance, tell a joke, make something, share a hobby, etc. Emphasize that there are many ways to be wonderful!!

Nursery Rhyme Rap
(Slap thighs and clap hands to the beat.)
Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after.

A B C D E F G (Tap right hand to left knee and left hand to right knee.)

Here's a link to the color class book and individual books that would be great for the children to use at home.


Tuesday, June 8, 2021


Here are some great songs for your morning routine.

Days of the Week (Tune: “The Addams Family” – Sing in sign language.)
Days of the week. Days of the week. (Snap fingers.)
Days of the week. Days of the week.
Days of the week.
There’s Sunday (Open palm and circle out.)
And there’s Monday, (Make an “m” and circle.)
There’s Tuesday (Make a “t” and circle.)
And there’s Wednesday, (Make a “w” and circle.)
There’s Thursday (Make an “h” and circle.)
And there’s Friday, (Make an “f” and circle.)
And then there’s Saturday. (Make an “s” and circle.


*Point to the days on a calendar as you sing.

Macarena Months (Dance the Macarena as you sing.)
January, (Left arm out with palm down.)
February, (Right arm out with palm down.)
March, (Turn left palm up.)
April, (Turn right palm up.)
May, (Right hand on left shoulder.)
June, (Left hand on right shoulder.)
July, (Right hand on back of head.)
August, (Left hand on back of head.)
September, (Right hand on left front hip.)
October, (Left hand on right front hip.)
November, (Right hand on back right hip.)
December, (Left hand on back left hip.)
Then you turn around. (Turn around.)


Here's another chant to help children learn the days of the week.

Days of the Week
(Stand up to begin this rhyme.)
Sunday, Sunday,
Clap, clap, clap. (Clap hands.)
Monday, Monday,
Tap, tap, tap. (Tap foot.)
Tuesday, Tuesday,
Hop, hop, hop. (Hop on one foot.)
Wednesday, Wednesday,
Stop, stop, stop. (Hold up hand.)
Thursday, Thursday,
Jump, jump, jump. (Jump on two feet.)
Friday, Friday,
Thump, thump, thump. (Pound fists together.)
Saturday, Saturday,
Turn around. (Turn around.)
Now smile quietly
Without a sound! (Sit down and smile.)

Roller Coaster Days
Start your hands low and move them up slowly as you say the days of the week. When you get to the current day raise your voice high and then lower your voice and hands as you say the final days in the week.

For example, Wednesday would go like this: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, WEDNESDAY, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.


I hope you'll be able to join Carolyn Kisloski and I at our webinar this Thursday.  It's all about PLAY and how children need learning centers NOW more than ever!!!!  Carolyn has some of the most creative ways to engage children and make learning fun!  I'm so excited to share our ideas because it's all about YOU and CHILDREN and making teaching and learning more FUN!

Monday, June 7, 2021


I know it's Monday, but this is one of my all-time favorite songs that you can sing any day.

Today Is Sunday
Today is Sunday. (Put hands in arm pits and flap 
Sunday – chicken. like a chicken.)
All you lucky children, 
Well, that’s O.K.

Monday – peanut butter (Extend left hand and spread peanut butter with right hand.)

Tuesday – snap beans (Snap fingers.)

Wednesday – soup (Pretend to slurp soup.)

Thursday – ice cream (Pretend to lick a cone.)

Friday – hotdogs (Slap hands together.)

Saturday - pizza (Extend palm in air as if carrying a pizza.)


And here's the Spanish version that my webmaster Alex May created.

And thanks to Mariela Anderson I've got a sign language version.


Write the days of the week on seven paper plates as shown. Let children draw the foods in the song or color the attached illustrations and glue them to the plates. Pass these out to seven children and let them stand in front of the room and hold up their plate at the appropriate time in the song.

Download Printable Pattern

Five Little Monkeys
Five little monkeys swinging from a tree, (Hold up five fingers.)
Teasing Mr. Alligator, “Can’t catch me.”
Along came Mr. Alligator quiet as can be,
And snatched a monkey right out of that tree!

Four little monkeys… (Hold up appropriate number of

Three…two…one… fingers on hand.)

“Missed me, missed me. (Stick thumbs in ears and tease.)

Now you gotta kiss me!”

Activities: Choose five children to be monkeys and one child to be the alligator to act out this song.

I've even got videos for you in English and Spanish!

Sunday, June 6, 2021


Much to my surprise and delight, my first recording was enjoyed by children and teachers. I still had many songs in my heart so I decided to make just one more! You'll meet some of my "friends" like Patalina, Mother Goony Bird, and Miss Sue from Alabama on this recording. Oh, yeah, and the all time favorite "Tooty Ta" was introduced on this CD.  

Many ask where I "got" my songs.  Most of them are old camp songs that I sang as a child years ago.  It proves that kids are kids and silly songs are fun forever!

Titles on this recording include:

1. Today Is Sunday
2. Monkeys and the Alligator
3. Tarzan
4. Elephant Song
5. Mother Goony Bird
6. My Mother Is a Baker
7. Dr. Knicker Bocker
8. Nursery Rhyme Rap
9. Miss Sue
10. My Hands on My Head
11. Tooty Ta
12. Days of the Week
13. Macarena Months
14. Weather Song
15. I Had a Bird
16. Patalina Matalina
17. Special Me

Saturday, June 5, 2021


You need to start every day with a song and end the day with a song.

It Is Time to Say Good-Bye (Tune: "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain")
(Clap your hands and stomp your feet to the beat.)
It is time to say good-bye to all my friends.
It is time to say good-bye to all my friends.
It is time to say good-bye,
Give a smile and wink your eye. (Smile and then wink.)
It is time to say good-bye to all my friends. (Wave good-bye.)
Yeehaw!!! (Fist in the air.)

3 –H Good-bye
Heigh-de-ho, heigh-de-hay,
Sure am glad you came today.
Before you go, what do you say?
Hug, handshake, or high-5 today? 

*Cut out a hand (handshake), heart (hug), and "5" (high five). Children choose the one they want to give the teacher before they leave the classroom.

The African Village Song
I'm not sure where this song came from, but a teacher shared it with me years ago.  It's a meaningful song because it's about good times (when the sun comes down) and difficult times (when the rain comes down). But it takes the rain and the sun to make the flowers bloom.  We have all experienced difficult times this past year and look forward to sunny days ahead.

The flowers are all our children. And the children are why we keep going, and why we hold hands, and why we know that love will sustain us and bring us peace. 

When the rain comes down, (Wiggle fingers down.)
Comes down on everyone. (Open arms.)
When the rain comes down,
Comes down on everyone.
Rich or poor, great or small, (Pretend to throw money away and the pull elbow.)
It really doesn’t matter at all. (Rub fingertips back and forth.
When the rain comes down on everyone.

Then the sun comes down…(Make arms in a circle.)

Then the flowers bloom… (Bring one hand up through the other like a flower growing.)

Friday, June 4, 2021


There is a song of mine that you are probably familiar with called "Katalina Matalina." I learned this song over 60 years ago when I was a Brownie.  It's a silly song that the kids love, but there is also a timeless lesson with her heart of gold.


Click for video

Katalina Matalina

Chorus: Katalina Matalina Upsadina Walkadina
Hoca Poca Loca was her name.

Her head was shaped like a baseball bat. (Point to head.)
And right on top was a funny, old hat. (Chorus)

She had two hairs in her head. (Point to hair.)
One was alive and the other was dead. (Chorus)

She had two eyes in her head. (Point to eyes.)
One was purple and the other was red. (Chorus)

She had two teeth in her mouth. (Point to mouth.)
One pointed north and the other pointed south. (Chorus)

Her neck was as long as a ten foot pole. (Point to neck.)
And right in the middle was a big, black bow. (Chorus)

Her hips were like two ships in port. (Wiggle hips.)
One headed south and the other headed north. (Chorus)

Her feet were as flat as a bathroom mat. (Point to feet.)
How did they ever get like that? (Chorus)

But she had a heart, so I’m told. (Put hands over heart.)
That was made of purest gold. (Chorus)

Here's a link with patterns so you can make your own Katalina:

Click to download Katalina printable

Syllables - Clap out the syllables in Katalina’s name. Clap out the syllables in the children’s names in your classroom. Count how many claps in each person’s name. Compare and graph.

Comprehension - Have children close their eyes as you sing the song and create a picture of Katalina in their heads. Give each child a sheet of paper to draw her interpretation of Katalina. Display on a bulletin board or make a class book.

Diversity - Talk about what it means to have a heart of gold. Cut out 4 hearts and decorate with gold glitter. Punch holes in the hearts and tie on string to make necklaces. Each day when you see a child being a kind friend, let them wear Katalaina Matalina's heart of gold.


Kindness Club
Make a poster that says "Kindness Club." When friends do a kind deed ask children to write their name on the poster. You could also run off "Kindness Tickets" that children to give to friends to thank them.

Thanks to Carolyn Kisloski for creating these kindness tickets.

Pepperoni Pizza
I like to eat, eat, eat, (Extend arms to make a circle like a pizza.)
Pepperoni pizza.
I like to eat, eat, eat,
Pepperoni pizza.

Sing substituting the long “A” sound for each vowel.
A lake tae ate, ate, ate,
Papparaynay pazzay…

Continue substituting with “E,” “I,” “O,” and “U.”

Hint! Make sign language letters for the vowels as you sing.