Monday, March 4, 2019

Circle Round the Zero

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Kindergarteners learned a simple circle game called "Circle Round the Zero."  Students enjoyed playing this game because they got the opportunity to choose a partner and every student got a turn.  The words are:

Circle 'round the zero,
Find your friendly zero.
Back, back zero.
Side, side zero.
Front, front zero.
Tap your friendly zero.

This song taught us to follow simple directions in a song and to be fair about choosing our partner.

Hear Miss Randell's kindergarten class sing this song by clicking the link below.

Circle Round the Zero.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Miss Polly Had a Dolly



Preschool students have learned a new fingerplay called "Miss Polly Had a Dolly."  A fingerplay is a song or a rhyme that includes motions.  These motions help us to remember the words of the song and also help us to show the expression of the song.

The words to this fingerplay are:


Miss Polly had a dolly that was sick, sick, sick.
She called for the doctor to come quick, quick, quick.
The doctor came with his bag and his hat.
He knocked at the door with a rat-a-tat-tat.
He looked at the dolly and he shook his head.
He said, “Miss Polly put her straight to bed.”
He wrote on a paper for a pill, pill, pill.

“I’ll be back in the morning with the bill, bill, bill.”

Can you ask your child to teach you the motions to this song?

Hear a recording of Mrs. Beaudry's preschool class saying this rhyme by clicking the link below:


Did your child say this rhyme for you from their "Ask Me" sheet? Let Mrs. Hiltz know by filling out this quick form.

Closet Key



Our first graders are learning the simple song "Closet Key."  As with all simple songs, 1st graders started by listening to the teacher sing this song several times.  After careful listening, they were able to sing the song effortlessly!

Luckily for us, this song has a game that goes along with it.  That made sitting quietly and listening to several repetitions really easy.  One student hides the key in their hands, and the person who is "it" tries to guess who has the key.  We give that person hints about who has the key by singing loudly when they are close to the key and softly when they are far away.  At the end, "it" has three guesses to find the key.

Here are the words:

I have lost my closet key
In my lady's garden.
I have lost my closet key
In my lady's garden.

Help me find my closet key
In my lady's garden.
Help me find my closet key
In my lady's garden.

I have found my closet key
In my lady's garden.
I have found my closet key
In my lady's garden.

After singing this song enough times for everyone in the class to get a turn to be "it," students had the opportunity to sing this song as a solo.  The brave students who sang a solo got to add their star to the "Solo Singing Super Stars" wall.

Hear Mrs. Larson's class sing this song by clicking the link below:

Closet Key

Did your child use their "Ask Me" sheet to sing you this song?  Let Mrs. Hiltz know by filling out this quick form.  Students who fill out the form will earn a sticker!

Johnny Had One Friend

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"Johnny Had One Friend" is a simple song.  Preschoolers and kindergartners spent several weeks just listening to this song and counting the friends with their fingers.  After several weeks of only listening, the whole class sang the song together.  After all that careful listening, they knew it very well!  After we were strong at singing the song as a whole group, students sang a solo of the song all by themselves.  Brave students who sang a solo got to add a star to our "Solo Singing Super Stars" wall.

The words to the song are:

Johnny had one friend,
One friend, one friend.
Johnny had one friend,
Johnny had two.

Johnny had two friends,
Two friends, two friends.
Johnny had two friends,
Johnny had three.

Johnny had three friends,
Three friends, three friends...

We usually sing this song up to five friends so we are counting with just one hand, but as a special challenge, we add a second hand and sing all the way up to ten friends!

Hear Mrs. Armington's kindergarten class sing this song by clicking the link below:

Johnny Had One Friend

Did your child sing this song for you from their "Ask Me" sheet?  Let Mrs. Hiltz know by filling out this quick form.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Aiken Drum

Kindergarteners have been singing the song "Aiken Drum" to practice keeping the steady beat.  The song goes like this:

There was a man lived in the moon,
Lived in the moon, lived in the moon,
There was a man lived in the moon,
And his name was Aiken Drum.

And his head was made of pizza,
Of pizza, of pizza,
And his head was made of pizza,
And his name was Aiken Drum.

And his ____ was made of ____,
Of ____, of ____,
And his ____ was made of ____,
And his name was Aiken Drum.

Students substituted all of his body parts for different kinds of food.  As we sang about each body part, we tapped the steady beat on that part of our body.  We also drew Aiken Drum on the board.  He looked pretty crazy!

Listen to the song here:


Did your child sing you this song?  Let Mrs. Hiltz know by filling out this quick form.

Grandma's Glasses

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Kindergartners have just learned the fingerplay "Grandma's Glasses."  Fingerplays are songs or rhymes with actions.  These help students to show the meaning of the words with their actions and the inflection of their voices.

We loved showing Grandma's teeny tiny glasses and hat and Grandpa's great big glasses and hat.

The words to this fingerplay are:

These are Grandma's glasses,
(make small circle with fingers for each eye to look through)
And this is Grandma's hat.
(place one hand flat on top of head)
And this is the way she folds her hands,
(fold hands)
And puts them in her lap.
(set folded hands in lap)

These are Grandpa's glasses,
(make large circles with hands for each eye to look through)
And this is Grandpa's hat.
(hold hands and arms straight up and out)
And this is the way he folds his arms,
(fold arms)
Just like that.
(bounce folded arms up and down three times)


Hear Miss Randell's class recite the rhyme by clicking the link below:
Grandma's Glasses

Did your child use their "Ask Me" sheet to share this rhyme with you?  Let Mrs. Hiltz know by filling out this quick form.

Cousin Peter



First graders have been singing an action song about a cousin who likes to visit their house and teases them while he's there.  "Cousin Peter" pretends to be a bear and scoops the child up into the air before he leaves.

Actions songs teach us how to show the lyrics of the song with our bodies.  This particular action song also helped us practice keeping the beat.  Each one of the motions we did followed the beat of the song.

The words are:


Last evening Cousin Peter came,
Last evening Cousin Peter came,
Last evening Cousin Peter came,
Just to say that he was here. (walk in place)


He wiped his feet upon the mat… (alternately wipe feet)


He hung his hat upon the peg… (alternately touch head and reach hand out in front)

He picked me up into the air… (alternately reach low and lift both hands up into the air)


He played he was a great big bear… (with both arms up, rock back and forth)

He took a bow and said, “Good-bye.”... (alternately bow and wave good-bye)

This has been a fun song for us to sing and students have really enjoyed the silly things that Cousin Peter does.

Hear Miss Gagnon's class sing the song by clicking the link below:
Cousin Peter

Did your child sing you this song from their "Ask Me" sheet?  Let Mrs. Hiltz know by filling out this quick form.