Music Movement in the Classroom: Review

Music Movement in the Classroom: Barefoot Books-LadyD

Book Description

Children Sing and Dance Their Way to Better Basic Skills 
Channel children's natural enthusiasm for music and movement into a rich, positive learning experience with this toe-tapping program, featuring music by Greg & Steve. The concise, easy-to-follow lesson plans make teaching music enjoyable for the musical novice and expert alike. Written by Steven Traugh, each book includes two CDs featuring a total of over 30 fun songs. 64 pages each.

Music & Movement

Table of Contents

  1. Can't Sit Still
  2. Good Morning
  3. What Colors Did You Choose?
  4. Mixing My Colors
  5. Mack Chicken Dance Medley
  6. Dinosaurs Dancing
  7. Halloween On Parade
  8. Body Talk
  9. Shaping Up With Shapes
  10. Across The Bridge
  11. Counting Up To Twenty
  12. Alphabet Soup
  13. Bingo
  14. The Name Clapping Game
  15. New Zoo Review
  16. Warmin' Up
  17. Days Of The Week
  18. Rock 'Round The Mulberry Bush
  19. What Will We Do When We All Go Out To Play?
  20. Listen and Move
  21. Quiet Time
  22. A-Hunting We Will Go
  23. The Beanbag Boogie
  24. Skip To My Loo
  25. Riding In My Car
  26. Body Part Movement March
  27. Reading Rhythmic Notation #1
  28. Reading Rhythmic Notation #2
  29. The Hokey Pokey
  30. Snowflake
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Halloween on Parade

Words and Music by Greg Scelsa

"You can be something silly,
Like a funny ol' circus clown.
Or you can be something from a storybook,
Like a king or a queen with a crown.

You can be a superhero
Like the kind in a comic book.
Or you can be something a little bit scary,
But a little friendly, too.

You can get dressed up,
In costumes and make-up.
You know that it's only pretend
And march all around to the happy sounds.
The fun will never end.


Halloween's on parade,
Halloween's on parade,
You can be anything you wanna be
When Halloween's on parade. (2 times)

You can be something goofy,
Like an old-time movie star,
A doctor, a nurse, or a fire chief,
A driver in a racing car.

You can be a crazy creature
From way out in outer space,
Or a character from a cartoon show
With a smile upon your face.

You can get dressed up,
In costumes and make-up.
You know that it's only pretend
And march all around to the happy sounds.
The fun will never end.



  • To improve role-playing skills and enhance creativity
  • To dramatize created characters
  • To march to a steady beat
  • To work as a cooperative group and follow a leader


  • Listening
  • Following Directions
  • Marching
  • Leadership
  • Group Cooperation

Book Review

Delightful songs for PreK and Kindergarten children. Listening to directions and applying moving skills are encouraged. Learning days of the week along with learning the alphabet through a song is fun for all. Counting to seven and then up to twenty is a must. My favorite is the clapping a rhythm pattern that grows in length and clapping to the letters in a name. Of course, an absolute must for music teachers is the Reading Rhythmic Notation sections in reading quarter notes and rests in music. Most popular is 'Snowflake' showing strength through diversity.

4/5 stars.

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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Butterflies in the Butterfly Garden

Barefoot Books-LadyD: Creepy Crawly Calypso

I'm geared up for back-to-school piano lessons! That's right, I'll be teaching preschool children, beginners, intermediate players, and adults too. As summer draws near to an end, I am continually amazed at earth's beautiful creatures, the elegant free-flowing butterfly. Here are a few snippets I came across this morning...

Barefoot Books-LadyD: Kid's Garden

Butterflies in the Butterfly Garden

Just to taste what the other
world is like - outside the garden's
nettled roof and walls - they hitch
a ride on your back and shoulders.

Blue and pearly-colored fellows,
maidens etched in white and black.
And the monarchs' cousins,
yellow and navy swallowtails.

A pair rests on your fingertips,
They sit so still - their wings papery
petals - you only know they're alive,
because you're barely breathing, too.

By Sharon Chmielarz

The Blue Morpho

The Common Blue Morpho 

When a flattering friend pays you a 
visit, it might be tempting to touch those colorful wings but doing so
can make life difficult for the butterfly.
Its wings and body are covered with thousands of tiny scales that
overlap like shingles on a roof.
These scales provide colors and patterns to camouflage the butterfly
from predators. They also shed water and help make the wings
strong. But they come loose easily. If you touch a butterfly's wing, the 
"powder" you see on your hand is really scales that have fallen off.

By Jacqueline Adams

Caterpillar with Orange Wedges

Meadow Mystery

While dragons soar overhead,
monarchs dine at my table,
My magic milk protects them
from enemies.
Clouds fill my pockets,
My coins bring good fortune to all.
Who am I? (the milkweed)

By Kathy Kennedy Tapp

Butterfly Wings

Some Favorites

Banded Purple Wing
Belus Swallowtail
Common Blue Morpho
Giant Owl
Grecian Shoemaker
Gulf Fritillary
Orange Julia
Paper Kite
Pink Rose Swallowtail
Tailed Jay
Tiger Longwing
Zebra Longwing


You'll find trombone-blowing dragonflies and piano-tinkling centipedes inside the pages of this delightful Barefoot Book,  Creepy Crawly Calypso. You can purchase the book, here.

Happy reading and butterfly watching!

-- 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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