Top 5 Posts in 2016




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It's been a great year and I hope 2016 has been very kind to you. I wanted to share the top five posts that my dear readers enjoyed this year. I think easy chords with simple lyrics is fun for kids to learn. It seems there is a great connection with these songs. So, here goes!

2016 Review: Top 5 Posts

A Hunting We Will Go


Camptown Races:  Barefoot Books-LadyD



Camptown Races


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If You're Happy and You Know It

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Oh My Darling Clementine


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Old MacDonald Had A Farm

Looking toward a fabulous year of sharing books, music, photographs and great recipes with you!

Happy New Year!

-- LadyD
 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” -- C. S. Lewis

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The Little Red Hen




I love this delightful book! I'm a huge fan of this charming story with beautiful illustrations that will keep your children engaged! Also, there's a bread recipe in the back with directions on how to make your own bread. In addition, you'll find a story CD enclosed. It's on sale at the moment. Buy the book, here.

About The Book

The Little Red Hen


The lazy rooster and the mischievous mouse can’t be bothered to help the little red hen
tend her ear of wheat. They can’t be bothered to help her take it to the miller either,
or bake it into bread. But when her loaf of warm, fragrant bread is ready, the little
red hen is not at all inclined to share it with them. The rooster and the mouse soon
mend their ways! This lively version of the classic tale is given contemporary treatment
with dynamic, textured illustrations which consist of collage hung from wires then
photographed by artist Kate Slater.

Audio CD includes two versions of the story: one with page-turn chimes and one without.
Ages 3 to 7 years
About The Author
Written By: Mary Finch
Mary Finch has always liked hens. As a child in London just after the war, her family kept hens in the garden. They had a battered and well-loved copy of this story. Mary has two daughters and two grandchildren and lives in Bath, UK.
Illustrated By: Kate Slater
Kate Slater lives on a dairy farm in Staffordshire, UK,  with her family, her dog, lots of chickens and two pet sheep. Her studio is the old apple room, with shelves full of papers she uses for her artwork. www.kateslaterillustration.com
Narrated By: Debra Messing
Debra Messing is a stage, television and film actress who has won an Emmy award for her starring role in the hit TV series Will and Grace. Her film work includes Along Came Polly and The Wedding Date.

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Book Beginning

"Once upon a time, a rooster and a mouse and a little red hen lived together in a small brown house with a red roof."

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Middle of the Book

"She put the loaf into the oven to bake. When it was ready, she took out the warm, crusty loaf.
"Who will help me eat this tasty, fresh bread?" asked the little red hen.

The Little Red Hen: Illustrations by Kate Slater

Back of the Book

"No you won't," said the little red hen. "I shall eat it myself," said the little red hen. And she did!"


Buy the book, here.

It's so great! Do you have a copy in your home library? I plan on giving it as a gift for my youngest grandson who will soon be 4. Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!

Happy Reading!

-- LadyD

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” -- C. S. Lewis
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Dealing With Cyberbullies

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Dealing With Cyberbullies

Never arrange to meet someone you met online unless your parents, friends, or a trusted adult go with you. If you are meeting them, make sure it is in a public place. As a grandma of 5, I read lots of information on this very important subject. I like to stay informed. Here are a few great suggestions.

Tips For Kids


Ignore the person. Sometimes the easiest thing to do is to ignore the person and go about your business. Log-off if the harassment is bothering you.

Block or delete the person. If it is a happening on Instant Messaging or some other place online that requires a "buddy list," you can block certain users based upon their username, or delete them if they are in your buddy list. You can also block e-mails that are being received from specific e-mail addresses.

Change your information. If someone has hacked into your profile, change your password. If someone repeatedly sends you messages (like, "add me to your buddy list" over and over), consider changing your username or e-mail address.

If there is a profile that was created about you without your knowledge, contact the company which runs the site to have the profile or language taken off.

If you are upset about what is being said, talk to someone you trust. Don't feel like you're alone. Many times, you are able to take care of the cyber-bullying on your own. Sometimes, it gets out of hand, though, and it's helpful to talk to an adult about what is going on. If you feel scared or overwhelmed, maybe even trapped, it's definitely time to talk to an adult, inform your Internet Service Provider and possibly call the police if you are getting physical threats.

for more information, go to www.cyberbully411.org

Children's Books for Courage to Be Who You Are

Llama Llama and the Bully Goat

The Juice Box Bully

The Bullying Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Deal with Social Aggression and Cyberbullying

Free Resources

Banish Bullying

How I Will Stop Bullying

Happy Reading!

-- LadyD

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” -- C. S. Lewis
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Motivating Reluctant Readers

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First of all, I let my grandsons choose their own books. As you can see, our 3-year-old loves board books and the 8-year-old enjoys reading chapter books! I think this is a good reading tip for the summer. There's so much structure in school and in life's routine. So, when given options, along with the power of choice, it's fun to see what story jumps out at them begging to learn what's inside!


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Have you thought about writing your own stories? Our daughter has begun teaching a summer writing workshop for children and they love it.

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Reading brings the family together (like a book club) and they have fun discovering, learning and sharing with one another. Besides swimming and hiking outdoors... doing crafts, practicing musical instruments and reading books will create warm memories over summer.

What about those who are not bookworms and think reading is boring? Read on!

Motivating Reluctant Readers



English: pupil is reading a book
English: pupil is reading a book (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


My grandsons and I spend at least 5 minutes a day reading out loud, instead of silently, because you're actually reading all the information and details of the book when you do it this way.  I'm a huge fan of Read-a-loud.

 I recently read a great article by Laura Chandler on 12-ways-to-motivate-reluctant-readers This is a great collection of ideas that I just had to share with you. I hope these tips help and inspire you.


You can motivate reluctant readers when you ….
  1. Read aloud to them. 
  2. Choose books that you love, and read aloud with passion and expression. Get silly and change your voice to mimic the characters. (If you’re not comfortable doing this, offer to babysit for a friend and practice reading to a child. It’s fun!) When you’re reading aloud, stop at the good parts and say, “Looks like we’re out of time today….” Leave ‘em wanting more!
  3. Let them choose their own books.
    The biggest turnoff to reading is being required to read boring books. Provide a wide variety of books from different authors and across different genres, and let students choose the books they want to read. You can use reading interest surveys to help them find books on topics that interest them.
  4. Provide time for reading.
    This one’s a no-brainer, but sometimes it’s difficult to do if you have to teach from a basal reader. Kids need class time to read and lots of it. The room needs to be quiet, and everyone needs to be reading, not playing games or doing centers. Just reading. If you’re not sure how to implement this effectively, you can find helpful information and a free webinar on Teaching Resources that explains the Reading Workshop approach. 
  5. Let them create a cozy reading nook.
    Who wants to sit at a desk for six hours a day? Collect an assortment of folding chairs, pillows, beanbags and other items that your kids can move to another spot in the room to read. Let reading be a time when they can get away from their desks and get comfortable.
  6. Confer with them.
    An important part of the Reading Workshop approach is conferring with students individually about what they are reading. You’ll learn about your students as readers and as individuals, and you’ll be able to connect with them personally. You’ll also find out if the books they’re choosing are on the right level. If not, you can help them find better choices, books that are just right. 
  7. Read what they’re reading.
    I used to get a secret thrill when the Scholastic Book Clubs flyer arrived! I know it’s silly, but I love seeing the new books that are available and trying to decide how to spend my bonus points. I discovered that it’s fun to let students help me pick out books for the class, and I often ordered an extra copy for myself. If you’re not in the habit of doing this, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can become engrossed in a book like The City of Ember. You might even discover that the inner quirky kid in you loves The Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Captain Underpants!
  8.  Introduce them to audio books.
    Think audio books are for little kids? Maybe you haven’t listened to Madeleine L’Engle read A Wrinkle in Time! Audio books are some of the best reading motivators you’ll ever find, and they help students become better readers as well. One reason is that when students follow along in the book as they listen, they see the words in print as they hear them. Powerful stuff. Not to mention the benefits of hearing amazing stories read by fluent and proficient authors!  
  9. Make it social. Do you have a social bunch of students this year? If so, get your kids talking about books by forming classroom book clubs. Book clubs are groups of students who read the same books and get together to talk about them, sort of like Literature Circles without roles. Check out this YouTube video posted by Texas teacher Chase Young that shows Literature Circle in action. You can also use kid-safe social networking sites like Edmodo.com and Kidblog.org to get online discussions going about books. If you want to know more about Literature Circles, check out the Literature Circles resources on my website.
  10. Let them read other stuff.
    If books don’t interest your students, let them read magazines, graphic novels, informative websites, or instruction manuals for their favorite game systems. Be sure to check for appropriateness, but you can often turn kids on to reading by letting them read nontraditional forms of literature.
  11. Get them hooked on a series.
    I must have read every single Nancy Drew book in the library when I was a kid! And I fell hook, line, and sinker for Harry Potter long before the series was turned into a movie. When kids get to know the characters in a series, they feel connected and want to know more about them. So find a great series, read the first book aloud, and make sure you have plenty of copies of the sequels on hand!
  12. Let kids give book talks.
    Why not start each day with a short student-led book talk? Ask students to sign up in advance to do a 2-minute informal book share. Letting them tell about their favorite book will motivate other kids to want to read that book or others by the author.
  13. Use technology.
    Books in print might not be a thing of the past, but ebooks seem to be edging them out. However, you don’t have to have a Kindle or an iPad in your classroom to introduce your students to e-books. Younger kids will enjoy StorylineOnline.net, and older students will enjoy reading e-books on free Kindle software that you can download from Amazon.com and display on your computer.

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--LadyD

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Three Patriotic Songs To Learn

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The words to "The Star-Spangled Banner" were written by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812. He had watched the bombing of Fort McHenry by the British and at dawn saw the American flag still flying. He knew the British attack had been turned back.

The Star Spangled Banner


      G            D   Em
Oh say can you see,
B          Em           A7  D
By the dawn's early light,
               G                D
What so proudly we hailed,
            G
At the twilight's last gleaming?
                                          D      Em
Whose broad stripes and bright stars,
B                   Em    A7  D
Through the perilous fight,
               G                  D
O'er the ramparts we watched,
                G
Were so gallantly streaming.
                     D7  G
And thy rocket's red glare,
                    D7   G  D7
Thy bombs bursting in air,
          G       D          G     D
Gave proof through the night,
D7            G    Em   A7   D
That our flag was still there.
      G                    C              E7   Am            G  D
Oh say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
               G     D       G      Em       G            D7   G
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

Preamble to the Constitution (1787)

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

You're A Grand Old Flag: LadyDpiano
You're A Grand Old Flag

The song was written in 1905 by George M. Cohan. Cohan was an American actor, playwright, theatrical producer and writer of popular songs.

               F
You're a grand old flag, you're a high-flying flag
                                                               C7
And forever in peace may you wave
                                                      F
You're the emblem of the land I love
            G7                                            C7
The home of the free and the brave
               F
Every heart beats true for the red, white, and blue
                               D7                            Gm  C7
Where there's never a boast or brag
C7                     F                                 C7
But, Should old acquaintance be forgot
                      G7                   C7                F
Keep your eye on the grand old flag!


Three Cheers For The Red, White And Blue: LadyDpiano


Three Cheers For The Red, White and Blue

             A7                                                     D
Three cheers for the Red, White, and Blue,
                  A7                                                                           DThree cheers for the Red, White, and Blue!
                                                             GThe flag of America forever,
           A7                                                    D
Three cheers for the Red, White, and Blue!

Pledge to the Flag

I pledge  allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Written by Francis Bellamy in 1892 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America.

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A great adventurous story is a favorite with my 4 grandsons. Here are a few illustrations from within:


book illustrations

Illustrations from children's book

I Wish I Were a Pilot


Another popular children's book that folks can relate to where I live, Driving my Tractor, is a good one! It comes in paperback and also with a CD.

Driving My Tractor: Barefoot Books-LadyD

These storybooks can be purchased from my daughter by clicking on her photo in the sidebar. I helped her sell barefoot Books a very long time ago. Now I write stories of my own and continue to give piano lessons to adults and children, including 3 to five-year-olds.

Happy Reading and Singing!

-- LadyD

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” -- C. S. Lewis
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A Pathway Through The Wilderness


Bruneau River: A Pathway Through The Wilderness

Choose to live an abundant life filled with joy, adventure, passion, and purpose. Don't let the past or anyone else define who you are. The past is finished; it's over. Move forward and ask God for help. He is doing a new thing, making a new way through the wilderness.

I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.Isaiah 43:19
There's a certain song that always comes to my mind when I think of Sunday School, Peace Like A River. One more that is often sung around Thanksgiving is, Over The River and Through The Woods. I'm sure there are so many more tunes you can recall. The main point being taken here must be a perspective of refreshing one's soul. We must remain hopeful and not let anyone take away our hope.

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My husband and I enjoyed sharing our musical gifts with the children at our local church so long ago. One of the popular songs we did with cools words like, 'Waves of mercy, waves of grace,' is called Every Move I Make.

“I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion."

Exodus 33:18-19

Picture Books and Board Books



We're Sailing Down the Nile

An Island in the Sun


Ship Shape


Barefoot Books offers Shipwreck for ages 10 and up. It's a great chapter book for older children.

Take a glance of a book review, An Island in the Sun.

A great board book for toddlers and preschoolers, Ship Shapes.


photo credit: Bruneau Wild and Scenic River via photopin (license)

Happy Reading and Singing!

Blessings,







“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” -- C. S. Lewis
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A-Hunting We Will Go


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Here on the ranch, we have lots of trees in the grove for kids to climb on. Hiding under the rocks, boys can find tons of scampering bugs. The great outdoors beckons all of my 5 grandchildren to play outdoors. One song that comes to mind is A-Hunting We Will Go and then, of course, Little White Duck. I'm sure you've heard them before!




Off to School We Go

Sung to: A-Hunting We Will Go

C
Off to school we go,
      G
It's off to school we go.
          C                            F
We'll take our lunch and ride the bus,
          C       G         C
With everyone we know.
C
Off to school we go,
      G
It's off to school we go.
        C                 F
We learn our ABC's and more,
          C       G         C
With everyone we know.

It's Off to Lunch We Go


Sung to: A Hunting We Will Go

      F
It's off to lunch we go,

It's off to lunch we go.

The food tastes very yummy,
                      C       F
And helps us all to grow.

photo credit: Teaching Baby Blue via photopin (license)


Little White Duck: Barefoot Books-LadyD


Welcome to Our Class


Sung to: Little White Duck

C   F
It's time to meet Adam,
                                C7
Who's come to our class.

It's time to meet Adam,
                                     F
Who's starting school today.
       Bb                                            F
We know that we'll have so much fun,
          G7                                              C7
That we'll say to ourselves when the day is done,
F                                                    C7
Hurray, Adam came to be in our class.
      C           C7       F
Hurray, hurray, hurray.

Substitute the name of your new student or the name of a visitor for the name Adam.

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Awhile back I reviewed a fantastic book, Paper Sack PuppetsPuppetry is an old and respected art form but it is also just plain fun. This book presents dozens of original patterns for a particular kind of puppet--those made from paper sacks. Those brown (or white) paper bags generations of students have used to tote lunch to school prove to be an inexpensive base on which to create puppets that can be used to teach as well as entertain. Along with the patterns are related activities, music, poems, book lists, and games. Chock full of great ideas and clear instructions, the book will become a valuable resource for teachers, librarians, and parents.

Paper Sack Puppets: 60+ Easy Patterns and Activities for Librarians, Teachers and Parents 

Happy reading and singing!



-- LadyD


“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” -- C. S. Lewis
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Kindergarten Music: Mary Had a Little Lamb




I love sheep and have purchased more stuffed animals over the years, especially at Easter that look just like this precious lamb. When my daughter travelled to France, she sent me beautiful photos of the fields and plains with grazing sheep in the midst. Breath-taking, for sure!

Here in the classroom, we have a variety of songs for the children to sing to the tune of, Mary Had a Little Lamb. Most of these will be played with 2 chords on the guitar or piano, C and G or G7.

We Welcome You


       C
We welcome you to school today,
G7                   C
School today, school today.

We welcome you to school today,
G7                           C
Please come in and play.

           C
We're glad to have you here today,
G7               C
Here today, here today.

We're glad to have you here today.
         G7               C
Yes, it's a special day!

Starting the Day


C
Merrily we start the day,
G                    C
Start the day, start the day.

Merrily we start the day,
G                 C
All of us at school.


Show And Tell


C
It's Joey's turn for show and tell,
G7                   C
Show and tell, show and tell.

It's Joey's turn for show and tell,
G7                       C
Let's see what he brought.

Substitute the name of one of your children for the name Joey.

What's Inside?


C
Amy has a mystery bag,
G7                  C
Mystery bag, mystery bag.

Amy has a mystery bag,
   G7                   C
I wonder what's inside.

C
She will give us all a clue,
G7              C
All a clue, all a clue.

She will give us all a clue,
      G7                        C
To help guess what's inside.

This is a group problem-solving activity. Have the children bring their show and tell items in bags. After you sing this song for one of your children, have that child give clues about what's in his or her bag while the other children try to guess what it is.


Transition Time


C
All the people wearing green,
G                      C
Wearing green, wearing green.

All the people wearing green,
           G7                       C
Stand by the door right now.

Substitute such characteristics as born in June; with brown hair, etc., for wearing green; and the appropriate action for stand by the door.

Put Your Hands Up to the Sky


C
Put your hands up to the sky,
G7              C
To the sky, to the sky.

Put your hands up to the sky,
         G7                  C
And see if you can fly.

C
Put your hands down on the floor,
G7                 C
On the floor, on the floor.

Put your hands down on the floor,
        G7                   C
And try to count to four.

C
Now put both hands in your lap,
G7               C
In your lap, in your lap.

Now put both hands in your lap,
         G7             C
And take a little nap.

Have the children act out the motions as you sing the song.


Playground Song


   C
I like to climb on the jungle gym,
G7                C
Jungle gym, jungle gym.

I like to climb on the jungle gym
G7               C
On the big playground.

   C
I like to go up in the swing,
G7                 C
In the swing, in the swing.

I like to go up in the swing
G7              C
On the big playground.

   C
I like to go down the steep slide,
G7                     C
The steep slide, the steep slide.

I like to go down the steep slide
G7              C
On the big playground.


Mary Had a Little Lamb Songs for Kindergarten: Barefoot Books-LadyD


All Day Long


C
Molly is in charge of blocks,
     G7                            C
In charge of blocks, in charge of blocks.

Molly is in charge of blocks,
G7         C
All day long.

Substitute one of your children's names for the name Molly, and the appropriate job for the phrase in charge of blocks.

Put Our Toys Away


C
Let's all put our toys away,
G7              C
Toys away, toys away.

Let's all put our toys away,
        G7                         C
And sit down with our friends.

It's Time to Clean Up


C
Do you know what time it is,
G7            C
Time it is, time it is?

Do you know what time it is?
      G7                 C
It's time to clean up.

Wave Goodbye


C
It is time to wave goodbye,
G7                     C
Wave goodbye, wave goodbye.

It is time to wave goodbye,
G7                       C
Goodbye to our friends.

C
Now it is time to go home,
G7                 C
To go home, to go home.

Now is the time to go home,
G7                          C
To go home from school.

          C
We're glad we came to school today,
G7                  C
School today, school today.

We're glad we came to school today,
      G7                          C
To learn and work and play.

When We Go To School


C
This is the way we watch the lights,
G7                        C
Watch the lights, watch the lights.

This is the way we watch the lights,
G7                     C
When we go to school.

       C
We stop and wait if it is red,
    G7            C
If it is red, if it is red.

We stop and wait if it is red,
G7                       C
When we go to school.

       C
We wait until the light turns green,
       G7                                C
The light turns green, the light turn greens.

We wait until the light turns green,
G7                      C
When we go to school.

      C
We look both ways before we cross,
    G7                       C
Before we cross, before we cross.

We look both ways before we cross,
G7                     C
When we go to school.

      C
We walk directly to our school,
G7                    C
To our school, to our school.

We walk directly to our school, 
G7                     C
When we go to school.


Taking Turns


C
On the playground please take turns,
G7                         C
Please take turns, please take turns.

Remember others like a turn,
        G7
And always try to share.

The Guessing Game


C
My friend has a green shirt on,
G7                      C 
Green shirt on, green shirt on.

My friend has a green shirt on,
G7                         C
Can you name my friend?

Substitute the name of the color and the item of clothing one of the children is wearing for the words green shirt. Have the children try to guess which child it is.

Do You Know Its Name?


C
Do you know what shape this is,

(Hold up a triangle.)

G7                  C
Shape this is, shape this is?

Do you know what shape this is?

G7                         C
Do you know its name?

C
Yes, I know what shape it is,
G7                 C
Shape it is, shape it is.

Yes, I know what shape it is,
G7      C
It is a triangle.

What Day Is It?


C
Do you know what day it is,
G7           C
Day it is, day it is?

Do you know what day it is?
G7                  C
Today is Tuesday.

Substitute the appropriate day for the word Tuesday.

The Wind Is Blowing


        C
The wind is blowing all around,
G7                C
All around, all around.

The wind is blowing all around,
G7                    C
All around the town.

Hope you enjoy singing these delightful songs to the children.

Here are a few favorite books we like. Do you have a favorite book on sheep?

Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep by Mo Willems.

No Sleep for the Sheep! by Jackie Urbanovic

Happy reading and singing! Have a blessed Easter!






“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” -- C. S. Lewis
© copyright 2008-2015 – All rights reserved
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Oh, My Darling Clementine for the Classroom

Oh, My Darling Clementine l Kids Songs: Barefoot Books-LadyD



This American folk song, Oh My Darling Clementine is very popular in common use. Read about the song's history, here. The tune is usually sung in the Key of F. Here are a few songs with chords and lyrics you might want to use in the classroom.


Time For School


Welcome Song

Sung to: Oh, My Darling Clementine

           F
Little Reid, little Reid,
                               C7
Little Reid is new today,
                                                   F
We are glad you've joined our classroom,
              C7                          F
And we hope that you will stay.

Substitute the name of your new student for the name Reid, and the name of your group for the word classroom.

Time For Stories

Sung to: Oh, My Darling Clementine

C
Time for stories, time for stories,
                           G7
Time for stories today,
                                      C
Let's sit down, let's be quiet,
                G7                   C
Wonder what we'll hear today?

Be As Quiet As Can Be


              F
Let's sit down, let's sit down,
                                  C7
Let's sit down so quietly,
                                      F
Let's sit down, let's sit down,
           C7               F
Be as quiet as can be!

Please Be Quiet


                  F
Please be quiet, please be quiet,
                                C7
Please be quiet just now.
                                F
Sh-sh-sh-sh, sh-sh-sh-sh,

(Put finger to lips)

                 C7            F
Please be quiet just now.

Time To Rest


C
Time to rest, time to rest,
                                         G7
Sleepy heads, it's time to rest.
                                                 C
When you wake up you'll feel so good,
                   G7
That you'll do your very best!


Learning About Ourselves And Others


Stop, Drop And Roll


F
I'm on fire, I'm on fire!
                                       C
But I know just what to do.
                                   F
I will stop all of my running,
                 C7                      F
Drop and roll's the thing to do.

Concepts

Numbers

C
Count our numbers, count our numbers,
                                           G7
Count our numbers every day.
                                   C
It is fun to count our numbers,
         G7               C
As a class every day.

C
One-two-three-four, five-six-seven-eight,
                                         G7
Nine and ten we'll count today.
                            C
It is fun to count together,
            G7                 C
One to ten and then again.

What's the Weather?

C
What's the weather, what's the weather
                                 G7
What's the weather, everyone?
                           C
Is it windy, is it cloudy,
              G7                   C
Is there rain or is there sun?


Other Books to Read



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Gigantic Turnip

Shopping With Dad

Happy reading and Singing!






“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” -- C. S. Lewis
© copyright 2008-2015 – All rights reserved
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If You're Happy And You Know It

If You're Happy And You Know It: Barefoot Books-LadyD


This is such a fun tune to join in and singalong with. I think your classroom and young ones at home will have lots of fun with the lyrics. The series of songs that you find below remind me of another popular song, Knick Knack Paddy Whack. It's a great book, too.

We're So Glad

(Sung to: If You're Happy And You Know It)

                 G                                          D
We're so glad you've come to school today,
                                                              G
We're so glad you've come to school today,
C
Kristy won't you stand,
          G
And shake Linda's hand.
           D                                  G
Now everybody clap and say ole'!

                  G                                       D
We're so glad you've come to school today,
                                                             G
We're so glad you've come to school today.
C
Elizabeth stamp your feet,
         G
And Eric smile so sweet.
          D                             G
Now everybody clap say ole'.

                 G                                         D
We're so glad you've come to school today,
                                                              G
We're so glad you've come to school today.
C
Susan take a bow,
          G
And Kevin blink right now.
           D                                    G
Now everybody stand and say ole'!


                G                                          D
We're so glad you've come to school today,
                                                              G
We're so glad you've come to school today,
C
Eileen hop about,
         G
And David give a shout.
          D                                   G
Now everybody clap and say ole'!

(Substitute the names of your children for the names in the song. Have the children act out the motions as their names are called.)

Ready to Share

(Sung to: If You're Happy And You Know It)

                G                                     D
If you're ready to share, clap your hands,
                                                        G
If you're ready to share, slap your knees.
                 C
If you're ready to share,
           G
Then quiet you will be.
                D                                      G
If you're ready to share, fold your hands.



If You're Ready

(Sung to: If You're Happy And You Know It)

                G                                   D
If you're ready for a story, find a seat,
                                                       G
If you're ready for a story, find a seat.
                C
If you're ready for a story,
                     G
Check your hands and then your feet,
                 D                                  G
If you're ready for a story, find a seat.

If You're Name Begins With A


            G                                                 D
If your name begins with A, wash your hands,
                                                                 G
If your name begins with A, wash your hands.
              C
If your name begins with A,
              G
If your name begins with A,
              D                                                 G
If your name begins with A, wash your hands.

(Substitute other letters for the letter A and names of other activities for wash your hands.)

Let's All Join In


        G                                     D
It's cleanup time, let's all join in,
                                                 G
It's cleanup time, let's all join in.
        C
All the girls and all the boys,
          G
Let's put away the toys,
       D                                      G
It's cleanup time, let's all join in.

It's Important That I Know My Address


       F                                         C7
It's important that I know my address,
                                                  F
It's important that I know my address.
            Bb
If you listen to me now,
           F
I will say it, I know how.
       C7                                       F
It's important that I know my address.

(Have each child say his or her address at the end of the song.)

If You Are Wearing Red


     G                                                            D
If you are wearing red, shake (nod) your head,
                                                         G
If you are wearing red, shake your head,
     C
If you are wearing red,
           G
Then please shake your head.
     D                                                  G
If you are wearing red, shake your head.

Additional verses: 
If you are wearing blue, touch your shoe;
If you are wearing black, pat your back;
If you are wearing green, bow like a queen;
If you are wearing yellow, shake like Jell-O;
If you are wearing brown, turn around;
If you are wearing pink, give us a wink; etc.

Holding Shapes


                 G                                 D
If you're holding a square, stand up,
                                                     G
If you're holding a square, stand up.
                   C
If there's a square in your hand,
                G
Then it's time for you to stand.
                 D                                 G
If you're holding a square, stand up.

(Repeat with additional verses about other shapes.)





Knick Knack Paddy Whack: Barefoot Books-LadyD

This is a cool book illustrated by Christiane Engel. The song is sung by SteveSongs. I have it as a hardcover book with a singalong CD. The price is $16.99

Book Description


Sing along with this rollicking song that introduces instruments and counts from one to ten, as ... This old man comes rolling home!
I especially like the introduction to instrument families. This book covers woodwind, brass, stringed, percussion and keyboard instruments. Knick Knack Paddy Whack is available in paperback for $6.99.

Happy reading and singing!







“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” -- C. S. Lewis
© copyright 2008-2015 – All rights reserved
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