Thursday, August 30, 2012

Down on Grandpa's Farm

We're on our way.
We're on our way.
On our way to Grandpa's farm.
We're on our way.
We're on our way.
On our way to Grandpa's farm.

Down on Grandpa's farm there is a little red hen.
Down on Grandpa's farm there is a little red hen.
The hen, she makes a sound like this: "Cluck Cluck."
The hen, she makes a sound like this: "Cluck Cluck."

I use the version produced by Raffi on his cd One Light, One Sun. Apparently, most people associate this song with Barney. I did not want to know that and I have now forgotten it. It's a traditional folk song! The kids get to pick the animals we sing about and I make up the colors/descriptions and sounds as I go along. If I get stuck, I'll ask the kids!

If You're Happy and You Know It

Using the tune of "If you're happy and you know it" there's really no limit to the songs you can put together. I like animal themes.


Mr. Turkey (Thanksgiving)
I am Mr. Turkey, Turkey big and fat
I have feathers, feathers, feathers on my back
When I walk, I waddle, waddle
When I talk, I gobble, gobble
I am Mr. Turkey, Turkey big and fat

Curve your arms at your sides and sway back and forth, waddle, bend forward to gobble, then do the fat turkey again.

Mr. Penguin
I am Mr. Penguin, Penguin, white and black
I have flippers, flippers, flippers that I flap
When I walk I waddle, waddle
When I talk I bobble, bobble
I am Mr. Penguin, Penguin white and black

Hold your arms against your sides, flap just your hands, waddle, bob your head, and then do the flippers again.

There's a Monster
There's a monster in my kitchen and it's green
There's a monster in my kitchen and I don't know what it's fixin'

There's a monster in my closet and it smells, peeuw!
There's a monster in my closet and I don't know what has caused it

There's a monster under my bed and it grabs 
There's a monster under my bed and I think it wants to be fed

There's a monster in my house and it jumps
There's a monster in my house and it's bigger than a mouse

There's a monster right outside and it has tails
There's a monster right outside and I think I'll go and hide

There are monsters everywhere everywhere
There are monsters everywhere but they don't give me a scare

I'm not scared because I'm a mighty monster catcher
I'm not scared because I'm a mighty monster catcher and I catch them all you betcha

This is a looooong song, which I got from some website which I now don't remember where. We do whatever actions seem to fit the words best. It's worth a little extra time memorizing it, because kids love it and parents like the idea of not being scared of monsters.

A few more...

I am Mr. Alligator long and green 
When I want to hide I simply can't be seen 
My jaws are very strong and my teeth are very long 
I am Mr. Alligator long and green

I am Mr. Caterpillar long and green
When I lie along a leaf I can’t be seen
I curl in a cocoon white Then emerge in colors bright
Now I’m Mr. Butterfly as you can see

I am Mr. Polar, Polar, Polar Bear
I keep warm with lots of fat and lots of hair
I live in the ice and snow and catch seals on the go
I am Mr. Polar, Polar, Polar bear

I am Mr. snake slithering through the grass
Stand back, don’t move, you better let me pass
My skin is smooth and dry To help me slither by
I am Mr. snake slithering through the grass

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Fall is not easy by Marty Kelley

I saw this on a Flannel Friday somewhere I think...but I kind of made up my own weird tree patterns.


Monday, August 27, 2012

Three Little Pigs

Obviously, I did not make this flannelboard. I found it in a closet somewhere. I do have puppets, but I find this easier to use. I just use the basic, not the full story (I leave out the additional wolf tricking; the apples, barrel, etc.) and I don't kill any of the pigs, however much I would like to.

The old woman and her pig by Anne Rockwell

This flannelboard is based on Anne Rockwell's version. I usually just tell it - it takes a little memorizing (and it sounds best if you can do it fast in a frantic voice) but it's lots of fun! I did adapt it a bit, because some of my parents would NOT be happy about a story where the stick "beats" people and the rope hangs the butcher.

Once upon a time, an old woman was sweeping her house when she found a shiny quarter. "What should I do with this quarter?" she thought. "I know! I will go to market and buy a little pig." As she was coming home, she came to a stile, a gate with little steps to climb over it. But Piggy wouldn't go over the stile! So she went a little further and she met a dog.

Dog, dog, bite pig! Piggy won't go over the stile and I shan't get home tonight. But the dog wouldn't.

So she went a little further and she met a stick.

Stick, stick, hit dog! Dog won't bite pig, Piggy won't go over the stile and I shan't get home tonight. But the stick wouldn't.

So she went a little further and she met some fire.

Fire, fire, burn stick! Stick won't hit dog, dog won't bite pig, Piggy won't go over the stile and I shan't get home tonight. But the fire wouldn't.

So she went a little further and she met some water.

Water, water, quench fire! Fire won't burn stick, stick won't hit dog, dog won't bite pig, Piggy won't go over the stile and I shan't get home tonight. But the water wouldn't.

So she went a little further and she met a horse.

Horse, horse, drink water! Water won't quench fire, fire won't burn stick, stick won't hit dog, dog won't bit pig, Piggy won't go over the stile and I shan't get home tonight. But the horse wouldn't.

So she went a little further and she came to a cowboy.

Cowboy, cowboy, lasso horse! Horse won't drink water, water won't quench fire, fire won't burn stick, stick won't hit dog, dog won't bit pig, Piggy won't go over the stile and I shan't get home tonight. But the cowboy wouldn't.

So she went a little further and she came to a pile of hay.

Hay, hay, tickle cowboy! Cowboy won't lasso horse, horse won't drink water, water won't quench fire, fire won't burn stick, stick won't hit dog, dog won't bit pig, Piggy won't go over the stile and I shan't get home tonight. But the hay wouldn't.

So she went a little farther and she came to a rat.

Rat, rat, gnaw hay! Hay won't tickle cowboy, cowboy won't lasso horse, horse won't drink water, water won't quench fire, fire won't burn stick, stick won't hit dog, dog won't bit pig, Piggy won't go over the stile and I shan't get home tonight. But the rat wouldn't.

So she went a little farther and she came to a cat.

Cat, cat, chase rat! Rat won't gnaw hay, hay won't tickle cowboy, cowboy won't lasso horse, horse won't drink water, water won't quench fire, fire won't burn stick, stick won't hit dog, dog won't bit pig, Piggy won't go over the stile and I shan't get home tonight. And the cat said, "I will chase the rat if you will get me a saucer of milk."

So the old woman got the cat a saucer of milk. Then the cat began to chase the rat, the rat began to gnaw the hay, the hay began to tickle the cowboy, the cowboy began to lasso the horse, the horse began to drink the water, the water began to quench the fire, the fire began to burn the stick, the stick began to hit the dog, the dog began to bite the pig, Piggy jumped over the stile, and the old woman got home that night.


Albert the Alligator

Albert Alligator had a very big mouth (use arms to make mouth)
Teeth pointing north and teeth pointing south (point with fingers)
He like to lay all day in the sun (spread out arms)
And he'd snap at a bullfrog just for fun! (clap arms)
One frog, two frogs, three frogs four
He was too full, he could eat no more! (hold tummy)

Adapted from Pre-K Fun.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Pom na tu ri

Lily, lily golden bell (start crouching 
Pluck it put it in your pail (pull up flower)
Bunch of chickies hop hop hop (hop)
[Season] outing off we go (wave)

Adapted from Pom na tu ri by Elizabeth Mitchell  on You are my little bird

Here, Here

Here, here, we're all here
Here, here, we're all here
Here, here, we're all here
We're all here to explore
Hello, [name] how are you?
Hello, [name] how are you?
Hello, [name] how are you?
We're so glad to see you.

Adapted from Storytime Katie, to the tune of Skip to my lou