Counting Through Song: September 3rd-14th

MAC Music Notes for September 3rd-September 14th

Theme: Counting Through Song

Class Description: To get into the more academic mode of thinking, these two weeks were spent singing about counting and talking about all the ways that we use numbers every day. I also introduced a book called "Roll Over!" by Merle Peek that puts a fun spin on the song Ten In The Bed (Roll Over). In addition to counting the animals as they fall out of their bed, we also got creative with making animal noises and creating animal movements with our bodies. Through guided discussions and the songs listed below, we were able to help the children to discover all the things countable!

Musical Elements: Melodic repetition, steady beat, pitch matching, and pitch and rhythm exploration

Academic Skills: Listening, focusing, contributing to a discussion, counting up to and down from 10, impulse control and creative expression.

Class Order for TC and Primary:

1. At the start of each class, we sing our welcome song, The More We Get Together. Each child's name is incorporated into the lyrics. 

2. (Primary Only) Curwin Hand Signs

3. We began this theme by talking about numbers and counting. We counted together up to 10 and down from 10 (with toddlers we also clapped togehter up to 10).

4. We talk about all of the opportunities for counting every day. Primary children count out their snack items each day, while the toddler children like to clap to their ages or the number of people in their family.

5. Each child gets to choose an instrument from the shelves.

6. We beging to sing the songs listed below.

7. At the end of class, each child is called one at a time to put their instrument away. 

 

Song Lyrics and Chords:

Five Red Apples (Down from 5)

D                       A7                                        D
Five red apples on a tree, looked as juicy as they could be
(D)                                          A7
But a crow swooped down to get some lunch,
(A7)                                  D
And ate one apple with a crunch, crunch, crunch,
A7
Crunch, crunch, crunch,
D
Crunch, crunch, crunch,
            A7                                                      D
Yes he ate one apple with a crunch, crunch, crunch!
Four red apples on a tree…
 
Five Green And Speckled Frogs (Down from 5)
A                                               D
Five green and speckled frogs, sat on a speckled log
A                                           E7
Eating some most delicious bugs, YUM, YUM!
A                                        D
One jumped into the pool, where it was nice and cool
A                        E7                                  A
Then there were four green and speckled frogs
E7           A
RIBBET, RIBBET
Four green and speckled frogs…
 
The Ants Go Marching (Up to10)
        Em                                          G
The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah
        Em                                          G         B7
The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah
        Em                      D
The ants go marching one by one,
        Em                       D
The little one stops to suck his thumb
               Em     G      D     Em
And they all go marching down in the ground to get out of the rain,
               B7
BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!
Other Verses:
The ants go marching two by two…
The little one stops to tie his shoe
The ants go marching three by three…
The little one stops to climb a tree
The ants go marching four by four…
The little one stops to close the door
The ants go marching five by five…
The little one stops to take a dive
The ants go marching six by six…
The little one stops to pick up sticks
The ants go marching seven by seven…
The little one stops to wave at heaven
The ants go marching eight by eight…
The little one stops to close the gate…
The ants go marching nine by nine…
The little one stops to check the time…
The ants go marching ten by ten
The little one stops to say "THE END" (short pause)
This Old Man (Up to 10)
A
This old man, he played one,
D                                  E7
He played knick-knack on my thumb;
            A
With a knick-knack paddywhack, give a dog a bone,
E7                                      A
This old man came rolling home.

Em                   G      D     Em                                          (end on E-Major)

And they all go marching down in the ground to get out of the rain!

 

This old man, he played two, he played knick-knack on my shoe…

 

This old man, he played three, he played knick-knack on my knee…
This old man, he played four, he played knick-knack on my door…
This old man, he played five, he played knick-knack on my hive…
This old man, he played six, he played knick-knack on some sticks…
This old man, he played seven, he played knick-knack up to Heaven…
This old man, he played eight, he played knick-knack on my gate;
This old man, he played nine, he played knick-knack all the time…
This old man, he played ten, he played knick-knack once again…
With a knick-knack paddywhack, give a dog a bone, this old man came rolling home.

 
 
Ten In The Bed (Down from 10)
A7              D
There were ten in a bed and the little one said,
D
"Roll over, roll over" (rolling motion with arms)
D                                                     A7
So they all rolled over and one fell out…
A7                 D
There were nine in the bed and the little one said,
D
"Roll over, roll over."
D                                                         A7
So they all rolled over and one fell out....
Repeated until you get to the number one, then:
There was one in the bed and the little one said,
"Alone at last!"

 

Ladybugs’ Picnic* (Up to 12)
D
One two three, four five six, seven eight nine, ten eleven twelve
A7                                                D          A7
Ladybugs came to the ladybugs' picnic
D
One two three, four five six, seven eight nine, ten eleven twelve
               A7                                                D          D7
And they all played games at the ladybugs' picnic
         G
They had twelve sacks so they ran sack races
         D
They fell on their backs and they fell on their faces
        A7                                         D            D7
The ladybugs 12, at the ladybugs' picnic
        G
They played jump rope but the rope it broke,
             D
So they just sat around telling knock-knock jokes
        A7                                         D          A7
The ladybugs 12, at the ladybugs' picnic
D
One two three, four five six, seven eight nine, ten eleven twelve
               A7                                           D           D7
And they chatted away at the ladybugs' picnic
         G
They talked about the high price of furniture and rugs
        D
And fire insurance for ladybugs
         A7                                        D       A7    D
The ladybugs 12, at the ladybugs' picnic
12!

 
 
Finger Plays/Chants-
 
5 Little Monkeys Jumpin’ On The Bed (Down from 5)
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
So Momma called the doctor and the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!
Four little monkeys…

 
5 Little Monkeys Swingin’ In A Tree (Down from 5)
Five little monkey's swinging in the tree
Teasing Mr. Alligator can't catch me, no, you can't catch me!
Along came Mr. Alligator quiet as can be,
And SNAPPED that monkey right outta that tree!
Four little monkeys…
 
1, 2, Buckle My Shoe (Up to 10)
One, two buckle my shoe.
Three, four shut the door
and five six pick up sticks,
Seven, eight now lay them straight.
Nine, ten a big fat hen,
 
Here Is A Beehive (Up to 5)
Here is a beehive, (clench a fist)
Where are the bees?
Hiding inside where nobody sees (point to fist with other hand)
They’re coming out now, they’re ALIVE! (start to move fist around)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5! (open each finger one at a time)
 
I Have Ten Fingers
I have ten fingers (hold up both hands, fingers spread)
And they all belong to me, (point to self)
I can make them do things-
Would you like to see?
 
I can shut them up tight (make fists)
I can open them wide (open hands)
I can put them together (place palms together)
I can make them all hide (put hands behind back)
 
I can make them jump high (hands over head)
I can make them jump low (touch floor)
I can fold them up quietly (fold hands in lap)
And hold them just so.

Motor Activities-

Five Little Peas
(Have all children begin as tiny little peas curled up on the ground)
Five little peas in a pea pod pressed,
One grew, two grew, (ask them to slowly start growing)
And so did all the rest! (“everyone keep growing slowly!”)
They grew, and they grew, and they did not stop, (“keep growing!”)
Until one day, the pod went POP! (Clap loudly on POP)
“Let’s do it again! Everyone get down, you’re a tiny pea!”
Repeat 3 or more times, see how they feel.
 
 
Potatos!
 
One potato, two potato, three potato, four!
Well, I made a batch of hot potatoes (bend forward and stir as in a big pot)
Dropped 'em on the floor!! (look shocked, and put hands on face in surprise)
 
Five potato, six potato, seven potato, eight!
So I stomped 'em into mashed potatoes (stomp feet forward a few steps and then back)
And plopped 'em on a plate (hands out like plopping potatoes on a plate!)
 
Nine potato, ten potato, can't believe my eyes! (cover and uncover eyes in surprise)
The children ate 'em up, NOW they want some French fries!!!
(Say to children "how many?" and march with swinging arms and stomping feet while counting...)
 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 fries! (jump up and reach over head to sky on 10)
Let’s count them again! (Do the count again, faster and a third time even faster then plop back down to sitting after the last 10).