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. […]