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Matilda the Gorilla

June 28, 2020
Easy songs to play on the ukulele

If you are looking for ways to get kids engaged at circle time, look no further than the ukulele! It’s one of the easiest instruments to learn to play and kids love it! Kids also love it when the songs you play on the ukulele are interactive. I mean don’t get me wrong, I love…

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3 Reasons Why You Should Sing Books with Your Kids!

May 22, 2020
children's books you can sing

Did you know that one of the best ways to get your child ready to read is to sing with them? When you pair a book with a song, you up the ante even more! Below are 3 reasons why children’s books you can sing offer a great way to get kids ready to read!…

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5 Little Fishies in the Sea

May 4, 2020
5 Little Fishies

Did you know that songs are fantastic for teaching skills across the curriculum? The song I have for you today is no exception! “Five Little Fishies in the Sea” is a home run, but at first glance one might not see all the learning packed into this little fingerplay. There’s rhyming, fine motor skills, one to one…

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Beautiful Bird Listening Game – a pre literacy game!

April 16, 2020

Birds are all around us and they have something to say! Just listen for a minute as you play in the backyard or take a walk in the forest and it won’t be long before you’ll hear a bird’s beautiful song. Because each species of bird has its own unique song, you can identify a…

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3 Ways to Use Music as Medicine ESPECIALLY in Times Like These!

April 6, 2020
person listening to music

“Where words fail, music speaks.” -Hans Christian Andersen It’s no secret that our world is experiencing unprecedented times and our lives are filled with so much uncertainty. How do we stay positive and productive without letting the never-ending negative news get us down? Enter music as mental medicine. As an early childhood music educator, my days are…

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Sing-along Songs All About Food

April 1, 2020

This week we are learning all about food, yum! Watch my video below as I share songs, poems and movement activities for you and your little chef.

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How to know what’s ok to share in your online circle times

March 29, 2020
child with parent on computer

Over these last few weeks, many of us have gone from classroom teachers to online educators and are faced with questions we need answers to now! One of which is what are the rules around sharing music via Skype/Zoom/YouTube etc? That’s just the question I received this week from a teacher……. Question: My preschool team has…

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Sing-Along Songs All About Space

March 25, 2020

Looking up at the night sky, it’s hard not to miss the moon and the stars. And what about all those planets? If you and your little ones are ready to blast off, then join me in the space-themed sing-along.

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Dinosaur Sing-along Songs

March 18, 2020

Dinosaurs are ALWAYS a hit in our music classes. Check out my Facebook LIVE where I share lots of songs perfect for a dinosaur circle time. Then grab your copy of the songs below! Posted by Musically Minded on Wednesday, March 18, 2020

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How to get your students’ attention WITHOUT yelling!

March 8, 2020

Ever heard someone singing a familiar tune, but the words were different? They were singing a “piggyback song” and if you are someone that works with children (and even adults), you will want to utilize this very effective group management strategy on a frequent basis. From hand washing to lining up, this strategy beats the…

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