What a week – we hope you are all doing ok and have had a good week whether you have been in nursery or at home. Today we have some fantastic links to share with you so that you can listen to all your favourite songs that we sing along to in Nursery and there are some new ones to try at home too.
We sing some of these daily – at the request of the children usually! Not only are they great for teaching numbers, shapes, days of the week, months of the year – the actions and the music are fun too and help to get them stuck in your head. Unfortunately you have to skip over the adverts on the links below – BUT don’t forget the big ‘Da …da….’ moment with Jazz Hands for the opening of the last two on the list (you’ll see when they start playing!).
Children, can you sing along and show your adult(s) or sibling(s) all the actions?
Zero, Zero Superhero
Let’s Count 1-10 Dream Kids
The Shape Song
Days of the Week
Months of the Year
In music we have been discussing different genres – so far this year we have covered Reggae and Folk music and you’ll find a list of some of the children’s favourites below. As an activity you could pick out a few songs to listen to together and you can tap out the beat, ask them to guess the instrument, imitate the instrument, dance to the beat – just have fun with it. Ask your child/ren which was their favourite song/artist, why was this the case – can they remember anything else about the song. In class after we have played a few songs to introduce the genre, the children guide us as to which song/ artist they want to hear and we dance along, get out the instruments ( a simple tissue box with rubber bands is perfect!) and have fun with it! We LOVE seeing the children having such strong ideas and even the quieter ones love to get up and dance as a way of expressing themselves. Their sense of rhythm has really progressed as has their opinions and preferences.
Here our favourites:
Jimmy Cliff – I can See Clearly Now
Bob Marley – Three Little Birds / One Love
Toots Hibbert – Do the Reggae/Sweet and Dandy
Paul Simon – You can call me Al / Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge over Troubled Water / Mrs Robinson
The Travelling Wilburys – End of the Line
Peter, Paul and Mary – Puff the Magic Dragon
This term we will be moving on to Jazz music and at Nursery this week we have started to watch ‘Pete the Cat. I love my White Shoes’ as an introduction.
The story features Pete the Cat, wearing his brand new white shoes and what happens when he gets them dirty. But no matter what colour his shoes are he keeps on moving (and grooving!) down the street, singing his song. The moral of the story is resilience to whatever happens to us. Don’t let things get you down: it is a great lesson for the current world we live in. The story is engaging and the accompanying song is super catchy and the children really seem to enjoy it. It was requested several times yesterday so they could get up and groove along to the music!
We will of course move onto some classic jazz artists, and they’ll be detailed on the blog in due course . . . however we would like to leave you with one further song we have been enjoying this week in keeping with our topic- a song all about dinosaurs!
Get up, move your feet and roar like a dinosaur!
Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.
Take care, stay safe,
Mrs Howe, Mrs Bain, Mrs Mitzman, Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence