Pre-K

Here is the Beehive

Lyrics (Traditional chant) Here is the beehive, where are the bees?Hidden away where nobody seesWatch and you’ll see them come out of the hive,One, two, three, four, fiveBzzzzzzz Motions Here is the beehive, where are the bees? – Make a …

The Raindrops Song

Lyrics (Laura Ormiston Chant, publ. 1905) Hark! How the little raindropsPitter patter down the panePitter patter, pitter patter, pitter patter goes the rain. (Student:)Oh you tiresome little rain drops,How I wish you’d go away!You will keep me in the school …

Thumbkin Says “I’ll Dance”

Lyrics (Folk song) 1. Thumbkin says, “I’ll dance.”Thumbkin says, “I’ll sing.”Dance and sing you merry little men,Thumbkin says, “I’ll dance and sing.” 2. Pointer says, “I’ll dance!”…2. Tall man says, “I’ll dance!”…4. Ring man says, “I’ll dance!”…5. Pinkie says, “I’ll …

Five Brown Eggs

Lyrics (Folk song) Five brown eggs in a nest of hay…One yellow chick popped out to play. Four brown eggs in a nest of hay…One yellow chick cheep-cheeped good day. Three brown eggs in a nest of hay…Crack went another …

There Was a Little Turtle

Lyrics (Traditional chant) There was a little turtle,He lived in a box.He swam in a puddle,He climbed on the rocks. He snapped at a mosquito,He snapped at a flea.He snapped at a minnow,He snapped at me. He caught the mosquito,He …

Quick as a Cricket

Lesson ideas I love this book! I like to read each page, and then the children act it out (they can add bubbles). Sometimes I play the piano while they move; I improvise different styles to fit the words. If …

Beat vs. No Beat

Lesson ideas Play keyboard examples of songs with an obvious steady beat (i.e. march) and long, sustained tones for examples with “no beat.” Or… play recordings while students circle “beat” or “no beat.” For songs with an obvious steady beat, …

Round and Round the Garden

Lyrics (Folk song) Round and round the gardenLike a teddy bear.One step, two steps,Tickle you under there. (or Tickle you right there.) Round and round the haystackWent the little mouse.One step, two stepsIn this little house. See also mi, la, …

Dance Thumbkin Dance

Lyrics (Folk song) 1. Dance Thumbkin, danceDance Thumbkin, danceThumbkin cannot dance alone,So dance, you merry men, every one,Dance Thumbkin, dance 2. Dance Pointer, dance…3. Dance Tallman, dance…4. Dance Ringman, dance…5. Dance Pinky, dance… See also motion songs songs with body …

I Hear Thunder

Lyrics (French folk song) I hear thunder, I hear thunder,Oh don’t you? Oh don’t you?Pitter patter raindrops, Pitter patter raindrops,I’m wet through, I’m wet through. I see blue skies, I see blue skiesWay up high, Way up high,Hurry up the …

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