Once Upon a Monday: “The Crickets” by Arnold Lobel

  “The Crickets” from “Mouse Soup” by Arnold Lobel “The Crickets” is a perfect story for music time – funny, well-written. easy to follow, and very musical. It’s one of the stories in “Mouse Soup” by the great Arnold Lobel, about a mouse who puts off ( and escapes) his eventual inclusion in a weasel’s soup pot by […]

Once Upon a Monday: We’re Going on a Picnic!

We’re Going on a Picnic! by Pat Hutchins In this very cute, silly story, Chicken, Duck, and Goose are going on a picnic, but they can’t agree on a perfect spot for it. As they walk along searching forthat elusive “just right” location, they sing “We’re going on a picnic, we’re going on a picnic” (I […]

Once Upon a Monday: The Baby Beebee Bird

The Baby Beebee Bird  by Diane Redfield Massey This is one of my students’ all-time favorites! The little beebee bird, new to the zoo, wakes everyone up with his silly song – “Bee-bee, bobby-bobby.” I make up my own tune for this, but any tune would work, as long as it’s high-pitched and annoying! Children will be singing the bird’s […]

Fun Fun Friday: Leopard Edition

Once I read a story about a leopard. To introduce the book, I told the children about leopards and emphasized their lovely spots. I must have said the words “leopards” and “spots” twenty times. When I started the  first page, which showed the leopard, and said “Once there was a leopard,” a little boy called […]

Once Upon a Monday: Peepsqueak Wants a Friend

Peepsqueak Wants a Friend by Leslie Ann Clark I just discovered this story recently and my students love it! All of the other chicks in the farmyard are in 2’s (they each have a friend) but Peepsqueak is only 1. He goes off to look for a friend, telling each pair of friends (I sing this to the […]

Once Upon a Monday: Huff & Puff by Claudia Rueda

Young children LOVE this book! This silly version of “The Three Little Pigs” has a lot of huffing and puffing for children to join in with, a familiar chant, and a super-silly surprise ending that children, adults, pigs, and wolves can all appreciate!

A Tune for Tuesday: Little White Duck

Little White Duck Raffi – “Everything Grows” Available on iTunes “Little White Duck” is an all-time classic by the amazing Raffi, but I’ve found some younger teachers don’t know about it – and they should! Children can quack along with the duck, swim with the frog, crawl with the bug, and wiggle with the snake. […]

Once Upon a Monday: Stories for Music Time

Old Makimba Had a Farm by Rachel Isadora It seems like all young children are familiar with Old MacDonald! In this version, set in Africa, preschoolers can learn about different kinds of animals, from cheetahs to baboons. Best of all, children can sing along on the “E-I- E-I-O” chorus, which keeps them actively engaged in […]