“The Five Days Old Song” by Laurie Berkner available on iTunes
Okay, so Laurie Berkner is awesome and if you haven’t heard her songs yet, stop reading this immediately and take a listen – it’ll brighten your day and give you a gazillion ideas for fun things to do in your classroom.
I’ve used several of her songs for a while. Some of her songs are for children who are slightly older than the age group I work with, which is toddlers through kindergarten. But this song, “The Five Days Old Song,” (great title, by the way) is a HUGE hit with all the children I teach, from the teeniest toddlers to the almost-graduating kindergarteners.
This is an action song with two fun twists. First, it begins with sitting on the floor – “I’m sitting here, and I’m one day old…” Then in the second verse, we’re getting up and jumping! The very bouncy tune gets kids moving, clapping their hands, and kicking their feet.
Then comes the second surprise. After a slow verse where “I’m getting tired and I’m one day old…” and a brief pause, we start jumping again! The faces of the children as they jump to this wonderful music are absolutely joyous!
So – if you want to get all educational about it, children are learning about fast and slow, responding to auditory cues, and practicing large motor skills. Just as importantly, they’re having a great time enjoying some rousing music and dance with their friends!