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Song and Finger Plays for Fall Circle Time

November 12, 2019
fall songs

It’s fall y’all. That means the leaves are falling, turkeys are a gobblin’ and your little ones need to be singing all about it! Fill your circle times up this fall with songs about leaves and turkeys. Your preschoolers will love the fun and interaction and you’ll love new material! I’ve put together some of…

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Mable, Mable, Set the Table

November 5, 2019

When I first started teaching, I had very few activities that worked well with kids. That is until I discovered Orff Schulwerk. Talk about a lifesaver! I went to all the workshops I could and slowly my repertoire of activities that actually worked with kids grew. One summer I traveled to Las Vegas because summer…

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How to choose movement activities for circle time that won’t make your kids (and you) go crazy!

November 4, 2019

Infusing movement activities into circle times isn’t just a nice thought, it’s a must!  Why? Because kids can not stay seated for an extended amount of time. Let me say that again, kids can not stay seated for an extended amount of time because they need to move! By infusing a little bit of movement…

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Weather Songs for Circle Time

November 4, 2019
weather songs

No preschool weather-themed lesson plan would be complete without some really fun weather songs to incorporate at circle time. Many state standards actually require teachers to teach children how to observe and identify weather from day to day.  It’s easy to teach about weather because it is something they have hands-on experience with each and every day. Living in Seattle,…

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Old McDonald Had a Haunted House

October 25, 2019

Halloween is just around the corner and I bet your little ones will go batty over this festive song! “Old McDonald Had a Haunted House” takes that popular farm song (you know the one?!?) and creates a perfect rendition for this time of year. To add an additional layer of fun and increase engagement, add…

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Pass the Pumpkin – a circle time game for fall

October 17, 2019

When the leaves on the trees begin to turn beautiful colors of red, orange and yellow, I can’t help but be happy! I love to find songs that also tie into the season since it is a relevant concept for my students to understand. For years, I have been incorporating this fun, circle time song…

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Come Out of the Barn

October 7, 2019

One of my many reasons why I love to use music in the classroom is because it’s a great way for kids to get used to follow directions. The funny thing is, they’d never think of it this way! Why? Because they are having fun! Aww, just the way we want it. “Come Out of…

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3 Reasons Why Kids need to Move to Learn

October 7, 2019

“I can’t get my kids to sit still at circle time!” If I had a nickel for every time a teacher told me they struggled with this, I’d be rich! Do you want to know the reason why kids can’t sit at circle? Kids need to move! It makes the brain function at its best.…

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My Great Big World

September 25, 2019

My Great Big World >>>>>Download the activity by entering your information below<<<<< When September roles around, it is pretty common for the “All About Me” theme to fill many preschool teachers’ lesson planning books. This song, “My Great Big World,” is a perfect addition to your “All About Me” circle times. It’s sure to keep…

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7 Secrets for Circle Time

September 19, 2019

Do you know what the biggest struggle is when it comes to circle time? Keeping kids engaged! Here’s how it goes….you plan this amazing list of activities to do at circle time, but you can’t even get a word in edgewise! With kids complaining about not having enough space, someone’s in their seat or they…

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