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“Singing” preschool storytime

preschool singing

Opening Song
I wiggle my fingers. I wiggle my toes.
I wiggle my ears. I wiggle my nose.
I wiggle my shoulders. I wiggle my chin.
I stretch my arms wide and pull them back in.
I wiggle my elbows. I wiggle my knees.
I hop like a bunny. I smile and say, “Cheese!”
Now I have no more wiggles left in me
And I sit on the floor as still as can be.
Source: Storytime with Jason

Book – I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont

Let’s Get the Rhythm
Let’s get the rhythm of our knees (x3)
If you please
Let’s get the rhythm of our knees
Let’s get the rhythm of our shoulders…
Big boulders..
Let’s get the rhythm of our heads…
Oh dread..
Let’s get the rhythm of our feet…
How neat…
Source: Jbrary

Song: Jim Gill’s “Toe Leg Knee

 Book – Bedtime at the Nuthouse by Eric Litwin

Tony Chestnut
(toe, knee, chest, nut {head}, nose, eye, heart, point)
Tony Chestnut knows I love you
Tony knows. Tony knows.
Tony Chestnut knows I love you.
That’s what Tony knows.
Source: Traditional but here are the motions from KCLS

Song – Greg and Steve’s “The Freeze

Felt Board – A-hunting we will Go
A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go!
We’ll catch a fox and put him in a box,
And then we’ll let him go.
…mouse…put her in a house
…frog…put him on a log
…goat…put her in a boat
…bear…put him in a chair
… owl … put her in a towel
Source: King County Library System

Book – Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas
I have no idea what the tune for this song is, but “Twinkle,  Twinkle” works well. 

Silly Hat Tune: This Old Man
On my head I wear my hat.
It is such a silly hat that my head
will wiggle waggle to and fro
Where else can my silly hat go?
(foot, elbow, knee…)

On my hands I wear my hat.
It is such a quiet hat that my
hands don’t wiggle they just go clap.
Then I fold them in my lap.
Source: King County Library System

Sleeping Bunnies
See the little bunnies sleeping
‘Til it’s nearly noon?
Shall we wake them with a merry tune?
Oh, so still. Are they ill?
Wake up little bunnies!
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies ‘til I say stop
Source: King County Library System

Goodbye
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as high as we can
Good-bye! (in high, squeaky voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as low as we can
Good-bye! (in a deep voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as fast as we can
Good-bye! (very quick)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as slow as we can
Good-bye! (very slowly and drawn out)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as quiet as we can
Good-bye! (in a whisper)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as loud as we can
GOOD-BYE! (yelling)
Source: Jbrary

Early literacy tip:  Singing breaks down words into their syllables, making it easier to hear all the sounds. Dancing boosts brain power. Rhymes teach us the cadence of the language. Sing it loud. Sing it proud!

 

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“Mr. Eric” Preschool Storytime (Eric Litwin)

mr eric preschool

Opening Song
I wiggle my fingers. I wiggle my toes.
I wiggle my ears. I wiggle my nose.
I wiggle my shoulders. I wiggle my chin.
I stretch my arms wide and pull them back in.
I wiggle my elbows. I wiggle my knees.
I hop like a bunny. I smile and say, “Cheese!”
Now I have no more wiggles left in me
And I sit on the floor as still as can be.
Source: Storytime with Jason

Book – Pete the Cat: I Love my White Shoes

Walking Walking (Frere Jacques)
Walking walking,  walking walking
Hop, hop, hop. Hop, hop, hop.
Running, running, running.
Running, running, running.
Now we stop. Now we drop.
Source: Super Simple Learning

Walking Old Joe
Walking old Joe, walking old Joe
You’re the best horse in the county-o.
Walking old Joe, walking old Joe,
Whoa, Joe!
Trotting old Joe,
Galloping old Joe
Source: King County Library System

Song: “Mr. Eric’s Jumping Song” by the Learning Groove (It never ceases to amaze me how much this song tires the kids out. I mean, really, it’s less than 2 minutes long! I am almost always the only one still jumping at the end; must have been all those festivals I went to in my 20s. 😉 But hey, since they were so tired, we read a bedtime story next.)

Book – Bedtime at the Nut House

Sleeping Bunnies
See the little bunnies sleeping
Till it’s nearly noon?
Shall we wake them with a merry tune?
Oh, so still. Are they ill?
Wake up, little bunnies!
Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop, hop.
Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop, hop.
Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop, hop.
Hop little bunnies, till I say stop.
Source: So many versions of this song! Here is one with a ukulele! (Random fact: Did you know Miss Mary and I both have tattoos of Pete the Cat?)

Song: “Dance Freeze Melt” by the Learning Groove

Tony Chestnut
Toe, knee, chest, nut (head), nose, eye, heart, point
Tony Chestnut knows I love you
Tony knows, Tony knows
Tony Chestnut knows I love you
That’s what Tony knows
Source:  King County Library System

Book – Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons

Song – “When the Saints Go Marching In” by the Learning Groove

Tommy Thumbs Up
Tommy thumbs up, Tommy thumbs down
Tommy thumbs dancing all over town
Dance them on your shoulders
Dance them on your head
Dance them on your knees
And tuck them into bed
Source: King County Library System

Goodbye
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as high as we can
Good-bye! (in high, squeaky voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as low as we can
Good-bye! (in a deep voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as fast as we can
Good-bye! (very quick)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as slow as we can
Good-bye! (very slowly and drawn out)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as quiet as we can
Good-bye! (in a whisper)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as loud as we can
GOOD-BYE! (yelling)
Source: Jbrary

Early Literacy Tip:
Take a deep breath, man, because it’s all good. Just sing about it! Singing breaks words into individual syllables so sounds are easier to hear. Sing and play music with your child!

 

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