Tuesday, April 26, 2011

It is Almost Halloween

"It is Almost Halloween" is a children's song, sung to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star".

It is almost Halloween,
So let's all draw a spooky scene
Like ghosts floating through the air
Or a vampire (if you dare!).
It is almost Halloween,
So let's all draw a spooky scene!

Bonus activity: Give children crayons and paper for drawing their spooky scenes. Have children suggest other spooky scenes to draw and list them on the blackboard, such as:
a haunted house
a witch flying across the moon
a mummy
a scary-faced pumpkin.

Monday, April 25, 2011

I'm a Little Witch

"I'm a Little Witch" is a children's song, sung to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot".

I'm a little witch and I can fly
On my broomstick very high.
Every year on Halloween,
I sweep the moon and stars all clean!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Mary, Mary, You Look Scary

Mary, Mary,
You look scary
In your new costume-
With your pointed hat,
Your jet-black cat
And your old straw broom!

Bonus questions to ask students:

What is Mary dressed as?

Can you guess which holiday Mary is celebrating?

Saturday, April 9, 2011

A Dentist For Halloween

I think I'll be a dentist
This year for Halloween
And scare the trick-or-treaters
Into keeping their teeth clean!

Bonus activity: Explain to children that they should brush their teeth twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed to guard against cavities. Brushing at night is especially important, as you're asleep for 8-10 hours, giving bacteria lots of time to destroy your teeth.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Goodbye, Winter

"Goodbye, Winter" is a children's song, sung to the tune of "Frere Jacques".

Goodbye, winter,
Goodbye, winter.
Hello, spring,
Hello, spring.
Tulips in my backyard,
Tulips in my backyard,
Are blossoming,
Are blossoming!

Bonus activity: Take children outside for recess on an early spring day and sing this song. Ask children how they know the seasons have changed and that spring has arrived. Is the air warmer? The grass greener? Are flowers blooming? Are butterflies flitting about?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I Love Jelly

"I Love Jelly" is a children's song, sung to the tune of "Frere Jacques".

Bonus activity: Set up a jelly-tasting station where you prepare toast for the children. Include the usual favorites like grape and strawberry as well as offbeat flavors like jalapeno and pomegranate. Include several sugar-free jellies for children with special dietary needs. Prepare a piece of toast for each child. Cut each piece of toast into 4 squares. Then let each child choose 4 flavors of the jelly he or she would like to try and give him or her a ballot to fill out. Tally the votes at the end of the session and write the results on the blackboard. Was grape the favorite flavor? Any votes for jalapeno? Discuss why or why not.

I love jelly,
I love jelly,
On my toast,
On my toast.
(Strawberry) is the flavor,
(Strawberry) is the flavor,
I love most,
I love most!

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Ostrich

"The Ostrich" is a children's song, sung to the tune of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic".

Oh, did you know the ostrich is the world's largest bird?
It lives in Africa in a small group called a herd.
An ostrich cannot fly; instead, it gallops on two legs.
A female ostrich lays enormous eggs!

Bonus activity: Print out this ostrich coloring sheet for each child and have him or her color it. Explain to children that ostriches are 7-9 feet tall and tower over the average human being!