Musically Minded Blog

March of the Toy Soldiers – A Nutcracker Movement Game!

December 5, 2018
Nutcracker Movement Game

Welcome to December! This month in our music classes, it is all about the Nutcracker. Every year we choose this theme because it is a classic tale with AMAZING music! Plus kids LOVE it. I can’t wait to share one of my favorite activities from our month of the Nutcracker below. If you end up…

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Patriotic Songs and Activities for Kids

July 3, 2018
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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1530666218505{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]It is never too early to begin fostering a love for one’s country. That’s why it is important for even our youngest citizen to be given opportunities to learn more about this great place we call home. Patriotic songs and stories are a great place to start on this historical journey as…

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4 Secrets for Setting Up Your Circle Time Space

June 13, 2018

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The Dangers of "W" Sitting at Circle Time

February 6, 2018

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January News – Check out what's happening this month!

January 12, 2018

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] Is it really January 2018? It is hard to believe just how fast time flies. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to start a new year. This month I am teaching all about the weather. We have actually…

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I Got a Letter This Morning!

December 6, 2017

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_image admin_label=”Image” src=”http://circletimesuccess.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/I-got-a-letter-2.png” show_in_lightbox=”off” url_new_window=”off” use_overlay=”off” animation=”left” sticky=”off” align=”left” force_fullwidth=”off” always_center_on_mobile=”on” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” /][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] Everyone LOVES getting mail and that includes kids. That’s why when I saw this adorable mailbox at the dollar store, I had to get it. I immediately was reminded of…

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10 Songs Every Preschool Teacher Should Know

November 13, 2017

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” text_line_height_last_edited=”on|desktop” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” text_line_height=”1.4em”] [ctt template=”5″ link=”p5n7R” via=”yes” ]No matter if you’ve taught preschool for two weeks or twenty years, having a repertoire of classic children’s songs you can pull from at a moment’s is a must![/ctt] Problem is, we get stuck in ruts singing songs…

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5 Great Big Oceans

April 1, 2016

Do you know the 5 great oceans on planet earth? If you can name 4 of them you are doing better than me. Adding a melody works wonders for retaining information such as this and will be just the ticket for recalling this information if ever on Jeopardy. Daniel Levitin of McGill University in Montreal,…

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Compost Stew

April 1, 2016

*Note: This post contains an affiliate link. Feel free to use it to purchase the item I recommend in the post below. With Earth Day just around the corner, there’s no better time to get your kids excited about composting! It’s been said today’s children are tomorrow’s future so teaching them how they can keep…

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My First VOG, My Great Big World

September 5, 2015

You may be wondering, just what is a VOG? Well, I don’t know if it is really a word but it’s what I am calling my video blog. By creating a video of me doing activities from class, I hope they will become even more accessible. If you think so, or don’t think so (this…

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