“The Drum Song”

“The Drum Song” The Drum Song A few weeks ago, I was in a store when I overheard a wonderful mother-with-young-child conversation. The child was a girl who was perhaps five or six years old. She kept asking, “When are we going to go, Mom? I want to go.” And her mom said patiently, “Be […]

“Thinking of a Name” – A Signing Song

Did you know that American Sign Language, or ASL, is the fourth most-used language in the United States? More and more preschools are including some ASL in their curriculum, and research indicates it may even help hearing children with oral language and reading! This song, and other songs using ASL, are included in my book […]

“Kangaroos!” – A Name-Learning Song

Kangaroos! A Fun Name-Learning Song  This is a great activity for the beginning of the year, when you and the children are learning each other’s names. This gives you a fun and very bouncy way to do it! Choose two children to be kangaroos. They’ll jump around in the middle of the circle while the […]

Bari Koral – Songs for Young Children

A year or two ago I discovered the music of Bari Koral. I’m always so excited when I hear children’s music that I know my students will love! I couldn’t wait to bring Koral’s music to my music classes, and my students loved her songs right away. I’ve mentioned at least one of Koral’s songs […]

A Very Easy and Funny Spanish Song

A Very Fun and Easy Spanish Song So you’re looking for a super-easy, SHORT, song in Spanish that will make your 3-6 year old students laugh their heads off? And did I mention it’s easy and short? It’s “El pato Renato.” (Renato the Duck): (Translation, approximately: “Renato the duck doesn’t know how to sing, but […]

An Easy, Improvisational Song Using Signing

An Easy, Improvisational Song Using Signing (This song appears in my book “Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Rhythm Instruments for More for Active Learning.”) Did you know that ASL is the fourth most widely used language in the United States, after English, Spanish, and Chinese? Many early childhood centers are introducing ASL words in their classroom. […]