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Sheet Protectors

Sheet protectors are my new favorite thing.  I used them in college for my music, but never used them to their full potential, which is with worksheets.  Slip a worksheet in a sheet protector and then use a dry erase marker with it.  If you write on the sheet protector with the dry erase marker the marks will magically wipe away, letting you use the sheet over and over again.  Then I can pop the sheet back in a three ring binder for easy storage.  My students love using the markers.  I have different colors and a retractable marker which is their favorite.  Here is a link to the retractable markers Here is a link to the sheet protectors

Chirstmas Teaching Songs

Here are some great songs that are fun for Christmas that also teach core concepts. Five Little Bells Five little bells hanging in a row.
 The first one said, "Ring me slow." The second one said, "Ring me fast." The third one said, "Ring me last." The fourth one said, "I'm a chime." The fifth one said, "Ring me at Christmas time." The sixth one said, "Ring me with the others." The seventh one said, "Ring me for the mothers." The eighth one said, "Ring me with a song."
 The ninth one said, "Ring me all day long."   Idea #1: Make bells with the ordinal numbers on them Idea #2: Let students hold the bell and have the statement written on the back of the bell for the student to read. __________________________________________ Christmas Bells Sung to: "The Muffin Man"

 Oh, do you hear the Christmas bells, The Christmas bells, the Christmas bells?
 Oh, do you hear the Christmas bells


Christmas Interval Worksheet

Here is an interval worksheet with a Christmas theme.  Help Santa get the presents to the right house by matching the intervals to the present. Present Intervals

Fun Christmas Songs

Here are some fun Christmas songs to sing with the children Toys on the Christmas Tree Sung to: "This Old Man

 This little drum--on the tree
 Santa put it there for me
 With a boom-boom, rat-a-tat (pretend to play drum) Rummy-tummy-tum (roll hands over each other) Christmas Day is so much fun! This little train--on the tree
 Santa put it there for me
 With a chug-chug, choo-choo (pretend to pull the horn) Rummy-tummy-tum (roll hands over each other) Christmas Day is so much fun! This little doll--on the tree Santa put it there for me With a Ma-ma, Ma-ma
 (pretend to rock baby) Rummy-tummy-tum
 (roll hands over each other) Christmas Day is so much fun!   _______________________________________________   Let's All Sung to: "We Wish You A Merry Christmas"

 Let's all do a little clapping, Let's all do a little clapping,
 Let's all do a little clapping and spread Christmas cheer. You can change the clapping to other activities.
 2.Jumping 3.Twirling 4

Bell Game

This is a matching game for notes on the staff and key signatures.  The bear is trying to find his bell.  Help him by matching the correct letter with the correct note or key.  You could play a memory game with the bear and bell cards.  I might spread the bell cards out in a grid and have the children pick a bear card and match the bear to the bell.  There are many ways to use these cards, so have fun! Bell Game

Recital Programs

My Christmas Recital is this Saturday and I like to brighten up my Christmas program by using Christmas Stationary.  I find one with a border that can go horizontal and then I copy my recital program on them.  There are plenty to choose from this time of year and it looks very professional. See below

Christmas Songs

Here are some songs on the true meaning of Christmas. The Baby in the Manger (tune of "Wheels on the Bus) The cow in the manger went moo-moo-moo, Moo-moo-moo, moo-moo-moo, The cow in the manger went moo-moo-moo, All through the night. The hay on the ground went crunch-crunch-crunch, Crunch-crunch-crunch, crunch-crunch-crunch, The hay on the ground went crunch-crunch-crunch, All through the night. The baby in the manger went waa-waa-waa, Waa-waa-waa, waa-waa-waa, The baby in the manger went waa-waa-waa, All through the night. His mother Mary went shh-shh-shh, Shh-shh-shh, shh-shh-shh, His mother Mary went shh-shh-shh, All through the night _______________________________________________ Mary Had A Baby Boy Sung to "Mary Had A Little Lamb" Mary had a baby boy Baby boy Baby boy
 Mary had a baby boy And she named Him Jesus He was born in a manger In a manger 
In a manger He was born in a manger
 Among all the hay The Shepard's came to visit him Visit him, V

George Brown Lines of the Bass Clef

Here is a sentence I use for the Bass Clef Lines.  G eorge B rown D ied F riday A fternoon.  I explain that George is a boy who is a farmer.  He lives on the lines of the Bass Clef where the boys sing.  Later when I introduce the spaces (All Cows Eat Grass) we talk about George Brown and his cow who sat on him :) Google Docs: Lines of the Bass Clef

Gingerbread Men Songs

Christmas is a great time to talk about the Gingerbread Man.  This is such a fun  story and lends itself well to talking about how to make the cookie, animals, sequence of events, shapes, sense, counting and colors.  My favorite activity is to hide Gingerbread men all over the classroom for the children to find.   Each child gets to find one Gingerbread man and keep it. A Gingerbread Poem What do you feel?
The cookie dough. 
It's smooth and soft to touch. 
Cool and squishy in my hands;
 I like it very much!   What do you hear? 
The rolling pin.
  It's rolling out the dough.
" Rrr-rrr" goes the rolling pin,
 A-rolling to and fro.   What do you smell? 
A spicy scent.
It's filling up the room. 
Sweet and strong, it smells so good-
 Much better than perfume.   What do you see? 
A fresh-bakced treat.  Its color is just right:
 What a lovely golden brown!
 A very pretty sight! What do you taste? 
The gingerbread!
  A spic

Recital Readiness

It is time to get ready for our Christmas recital.  I have used different incentives to prepare students for a recital.  I have found having something that creates a sense of pressure or nervousness helps prepare the student to play under these conditions.  This year I am using a game called "Candy Cadence." The students start with 5 pieces of candy.  Being that it is Christmas, I choose Christmas Hershey Kisses, but you can choose whatever candy you like.  Students will play their piece with the goal of making no mistakes.  If they play their piece perfectly they keep all their Hershey Kisses, if they make a mistake they lose a Hershey Kiss and must play it again to gain it back.  I like the motivation of this game and the simulation of the nervous feelings they may have at the recital. Here are variations you can make: 1. If the child makes a mistake on the first try, you take away one piece of candy.  To gain the candy back, they must play that section correctly.  If

Friday Finds

Music Makes a Difference I am a true believer that music can make a difference in the life of a child.  It stimulates creativity, small and gross motor skills, cooperation, self expression, problem solving and more.  It can give children confidence, while being fun and energetic.   I like to use my singing program to teach children about many different things.  I have a passion for supplementing their core subjects with songs.  Whatever the kids are learning, I try to come up with a song to help with that concept.   Music has a way of helping us with memorization.  Who can finish this line?  "He's got the whole world __ __ ___?  (in his hands).  How about "R E S P E C T, Find out what it means to me"  Will you ever spell Respect wrong again?   Music can be a powerful tool in learning.  I taught my youngest son Jacob to spell his name to the tune of Bingo "J A C O B, J A C O B, J A C O B and Jacob is your nameo"  and now his last name with Old Mac Donald 

Shape Songs

Here are some songs to help children learn about shapes Circle Song (to the tune of: "If You're Happy and You Know It") A circle is a shape that goes round. A circle is a shape that goes round.
 A circle is a shape that goes round, And round and round.
 A circle is a shape that goes round. ______________________________________________ Make A Square (to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star") From the bottom to the top, Straight across and then you stop, Straight down to the bottom again,
 Across and stop where you began,
 If the lines are the same size,
 Then a square is you surprise. ________________________________________   This Is a Triangle (to the tune of: "Row, Row, Row Your Boat") This is a triangle, Look and you will see.
 It has three corners and three sides.
 Count them one, two, three! ____________________________________________   It's a Rectangle (to the tune of: "B-I-N-G-O&qu

Spaces on the Treble Clef

Here is a worksheet to introduce the spaces on the Treble Clef.  I use FACE in the SPACE.  We talk about how the Treble Clef is the girl clef and that girls like to make-up their face.  I try any little story to get the concept to stick with the student.  Of course FACE and space rhyme, making it easy, but when that bass clef is introduced the confusion begins. This worksheet has the student write a smiley face on the spaces. Google Docs: Treble Clef Spaces

Cookie Songs

5 little cookies 5 little cookies with frosting galore Jacob  ate the blue  one and then there were four 4 little cookies, two and two you see Elizabeth  ate the red  one and then there were three 3 little cookies, but before I knew Ethan  ate the yellow  one and then there were two 2 little cookie, oh, what fun Amy  ate the brown  one and then there was one One and only one, Jayla  ate the orange  one, then there are none Idea #1:  Cut out circle shapes from construction paper or foam and give the child the colored cookie to hold Idea #2:  Have the cookies laying around the room and have the kids go find the correct color of cookie. _________________________________ Share a Cookie Sung to "Sarasponda" Share a cookie, share a cookie,  Share a cookie yum, yum, yum Share a cookie, share a cookie,  Share a cookie yum, yum, yum An Oreo, a chocolate oreo I love the creamy filling in a chocolate oreo Boom-da,Boom-da, Boom-da, Boom-da Boom-da,Boom-da, Boom-da,