Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Plenty of Pumpkin

Welcome back to More with Music!
In my last post, I shared a song called, "Pumpkin Pie".  Today I'm sharing three more songs about pumpkins.  The best part--one of the songs is FREE!  :)

In the classrooms I work in, we sing about pumpkins during October and November.
When we talk about carving pumpkins, it's a great time to talk about shapes.  Students can learn to identify basic shapes like circle, square and triangle in order to make a jack-o-lantern.  Students can also learn to sort pumpkins by size.  Some are big, some are small, some are short, and some are tall.

Today I'm sharing the following songs about pumpkins:

This one is FREE!  Just click "download" to get this song today!

What are your favorite songs about pumpkins?
Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more song posts!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Pumpkin, Pumpkin Pie!

Welcome back to More with Music!

Today's song post is about something we all see during the months of October and November-pumpkins!
Specifically, the song is about making pumpkin pie (Yum!).

I always have a lot of fun with this song and the students really enjoy it as well!

I have found this song to be a great one to use when practicing sequencing skills.  After introducing this song, you can ask questions like, "What happened first?", "What happened next?", etc..
You can also use pictures to represent each step in the sequence of this song and students can work to sequence the pictures in the correct order.

Isn't it catchy?  I have had this song in my head every afternoon this week!  :)

In some of the classrooms I work in, we also (with help from the students), made up hand signs for each step (i.e. "pick" the pumpkin from the patch, "carve/cut" the pumpkin, "mix" pumpkin, "put" it in oven", point to watch for "put it in the oven and you wait", "chew" the pumpkin,etc.)  The students really enjoy acting this one out and they request it year round! :)  I love incorporating hand signs/gestures because it really motivates the kinesthetic learners.

As always, thanks for stopping by!  Have a great week!