HOP! HOP! HOP!

Our podcast this time is called HOP! HOP! HOP!   Our story features animals that hop, or jump. I spent time reading about animals that jump or hop and chose specific ones that worked for my story. In the story, when a new animal comes along, he needs to be able to hop further than the previous animal. So that’s how we ended up with Tiny Flea, Jumping Spider, Grasshopper and Tree Frog.

The first song has lots of actions for children to do – including hop, hop hop! The second song has all the animals from the story included, plus an opportunity for you to add another animal. Can you think of an animal that hops or jumps? Don’t worry; if you can’t think of one, I give you some ideas in the podcast. The melody is very catchy, and the words as easy as can be! Be sure to sing along.

Little _______ sitting on a log,

Little ______ going hop, hop, hop.

Little _______ sitting on a log,

Little ______ going hop, hop, hop.

Goats

We have a podcast called GOATS this week. It features my friend Linda re-telling the old folktale –“The Three Billy Goats.” Folktales are well-tested stories for youngsters, and have been around for generations. Children love the repetitive nature of stories like this where they can predict what will happen next and even join in with the story.

There are two goat songs that I have included in this podcast. The first song on the podcast is one I composed called “If the goats are grazing on the green.” I tried something in this podcast that I don’t do very often.  I took part of the song, the chorus, and practiced it so that children can learn it and then sing along every time it happens in the song. Here it is:

“and if they see you standing there

they might even nibble on your hair” 

Did you know goats will eat almost anything? Alex sings about lots of things goats eat. Once you get to know the song, it is easy to add your own ideas.

The second one is an adaptation of BINGO. In this version we sing “There was a farmer had a goat and BILLY was his name-o.” It’s a fun sing-along.

SORTING

SORTING CLOTHES

Do you still have some clothes from when your child was a baby? Or a toddler? Select a few items of baby clothing and a few obviously bigger clothing items. Ask your child to sort the clothes into two piles. Baby clothes and big boy/girl clothes.

There are lots of variations for this activity:

  • Add adult clothes and have three piles
  • Sort into types of clothes, socks, shirts, sweaters etc
  • Choose one type of clothing, such as sweaters and sort according to size, arranging them from smallest to largest

Use words such as small, smaller, smallest, big, bigger, biggest.

Ask your child:

  • to find one bigger than this one
  • smaller than this
  • hold up two and ask which one is the biggest

 

Talk about what it was like when your child was a baby and wore tiny clothes. Children love to hear stories about when they were babies.

 

Enjoy!

Babies

Our podcast this time is called BABIES. Do you have a baby in your family? Or perhaps you are the littlest family member. I have lots of brothers and sisters. In our story this week, James learns he is going to be a big brother. He is very excited and can’t wait to have a new play mate. But baby Jack is not quite what he expected.

Our first song is a well-known lullaby, “Rock-a-bye Baby.” Do you know this song? Perhaps you would like to have a baby doll or stuffed animal ready to rock when Teri sings for us. The second song is a fun song I composed called “I Won’t Go to Bed.” The song is a conversation between a child and a grown up. It is fun to sing your own part Children also love to pretend to be the grown up in the song. When I am with a group of children singing this song, we have lots of hands on hips and stamping feet as they are acting as the child or pretending to be the grown up!!!

Dinosaurs

Children love dinosaurs. This podcast features a group of dinosaur friends who have an adventure together. The story starts off with a game of hide and seek, but Mike cannot be found! As with all my stories, I have tried to be true to factual aspects of dinosaurs. Of course different kinds of dinosaurs would not have “played” hide and seek together; but Mike, as a Microraptor, can glide, and I used this in the story. A Deinonychus friend, Preston, is a fast runner and shows off this skill in the story, just as Deinonychus really were speedy creatures. Lammy and Cory hoot and toot through their bony crests. I wonder if you know what kind of dinosaur they might be?

Two dinosaur songs round out the podcast. “Stomp Crash!” is one of the all-time favorites of songs I sing with children. Children are encouraged to stomp around in a dinosaur parade. Enjoy!

DINOSAUR SONG

DINOSAUR, DINOSAUR

Dinosaur, dinosaur, turn around,

Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch the ground.

Dinosaur, dinosaur, scratch your scales,

Dinosaur, dinosaur, swish your tail.

 

Dinosaur, dinosaur stretch your jaws,

Dinosaur, dinosaur, show your claws.

Dinosaur, dinosaur, stomp on the floor,

Dinosaur, dinosaur, let’s hear you roar.

 

Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch your nose,

Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch your toes.

Dinosaur, dinosaur, reach up high,

Dinosaur, dinosaur, wave goodbye.

You can use this as an action rhyme – the words tell you what to do – or you can sing it. The melody is “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear.”

Can you make up your own verses?

Enjoy!

Cats

The latest podcast is called CATS and features a story about a cat called Whiskers who mysteriously goes missing when it is time for Sally and her family to leave their old house, and drive across the city to a new house. The story has a happy ending, but I wonder if you can guess what happens to Whiskers before she is found?

Moving house is a lot of work! On the podcast, I talk about moving house many times as a child as part of a growing family. But as a grown up, I have lived in the same house for many years. What about your family? Have you ever moved house? Can you remember living somewhere different? Perhaps you have been in the same house since you were a baby.

To go along with our theme, one of the songs sung by Teri is a well-known nursery rhyme called “I Love Little Kitty”, so you can probably sing along with her. But I have also added some words that will be new to you. The first song on the podcast, which Bethany sings, is an interesting mix of old and new. I came up with the snippet of an idea for a song with the words “while the cats away the mice will play” with a tidbit of melody to go with it. But the idea never developed into a full-fledged song. So my friend Linda used this idea and came up with a song using snippets of other songs you may recognize and mixed it up with my idea. Hence the old and new! Sometimes it’s good to work with someone and get new ideas – Linda is someone I have worked with many times in many different ways.