Every now and then we (as in music therapists, music teachers, creative and musical parents), grow a little bored with the songs our children love to hear over, and over, and over, and over, and...well you get the point.
A lot of times, I think it is the adults who quickly grow bored and tired of songs, and not the students. I think it is important to remember that one way children learn is through repetition.
One way to keep well known songs fun, is to point out and focus on different things within the song. This keeps things fun and motivating while students are learning valuable academic information.
Today's example will be a song I actually found in poem form on one of the early childhood websites. I changed a few of the words and then set the poem to music.
I only use this song for educational purposes and am sharing it for free download today.
There are several ways you can use this song to teach students.
The first idea that comes to mind is obviously seeds. It would fit right in with a unit on plants and seeds and growing flowers in the springtime.
Another idea is to concentrate on the counting aspect of the seeds (1-5).
Another idea would be to teach the ordinals (i.e. 1-first, 2-second,3-third,etc.).
A more advanced idea would be to give students the spoken lines and have them read and sing the responses of each of the seeds.
What other ideas can you come up with?