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The song that is stuck in my head

23 Mar

Oh, the perils of being a preschool teacher…

There are certain songs that I use with certain themes that just play on and on in my head, long after the day is done and I have gone home.  These songs are usually catchy tunes that my students love and want to hear over and over again.  Sometimes I even hear these songs in my sleep. 

Are you beginning to doubt my sanity?

Wait, don’t answer that.

I was introduced to a song this year by the parent of one of my students, and I have chosen to use it for our dinosaur theme this week. 

I may regret this for a long, long time.  My jukebox of a brain will NOT let this one go.

So I thought I’d share it with you.  Aren’t I nice?

We Are The Dinosaurs by Laurie Berkner 

Listen at your own risk.

Oh, press play for goodness sake.  Don’t be a wimp.

Aren’t you glad I shared?

Mrs. V

Has Spring Sprung?

21 Mar

didi birds

Judging by the birds, the sun and the rainbow, I’d say my little friend who drew this for me  believes that spring has returned once again.

I hate to get my hopes up too high, since Mother Nature has fooled me more than once or twice in the past.  However, we’ve enjoyed a week of beautiful spring weather, and the snow has disappeared.  The birds are singing their spring songs, and the grass is daring to turn green.  It feels good to be outside again.  **sigh of contentment** 

Other signs of spring:

1.  My conferences with parents are completed, except for 2 students, and I’ll get those ones done in due time.  For the most part, I feel the conferences went well.  I only had 3 pages of forms per student, instead of the anticipated 4, so the 120 pages are now a distant memory.  I only have 2 months left with these 40 wonderful children and I plan to make the most of it.

2.  My son had his thirteenth birthday, and so far has not turned into a scary human being, and I find that comforting.  I even survived his sleepover birthday party.  Granted it was only three of his friends, but the thought of having four 13 year old boys in my house, at the same time, all night long, scared terrified me.  I handle 4 and 5 year old children so much better than teenagers.

3.  My windows are open, my windows are open, my windows are open!!

4.  My children actually want to go outside and stay outside.  The sound of all the kids playing on our cul-de-sac is music to my ears.

5. The singing of these two Barney songs in my classroom every school day.   The director and the secretary at the preschool can hear both of my classes singing these songs at the TOP of their little lungs.

Oh, and Barney is cool.  Don’t let my sister, RC tell you otherwise.

The Green Grass Grows All Around

And they love, love, LOVE to sing this one.  This is the one they sing the loudest.

If All the Raindrops

So, I’ve come to the conclusion that Spring may have arrived.  I’ll probably still believe it even if I’m buried under 2 feet of snow.

Happy Spring,
Mrs. V

P.S. Isn’t youtube a wonderful thing?

Sing, Sing a Song…

13 Aug

Since school will be starting soon, my teacher wheels have been turning rapidly in my brain, and I’ve been working steadily on school related projects.  My latest has been the songs that are used in our classroom.

Music and singing play a huge role in my preschool classroom.  I have songs for every season, theme, animal or holiday that has ever been a lesson that I have taught.  I’ve been acquiring these songs for 6 years from many sources.  I use books, websites, Cd’s, fellow teachers, and I have even made up my own songs.  Over the past 2 years I’ve been compiling and saving these lyrics on my computer and printing and using them as necessary.  According to the Excel file that I’m using to create an index of these songs, I have over 180 songs in my little library.  I don’t use them all, and I definitely have my favorites, but even I was amazed at how many songs we sing during the school year.  Now I have a neatly organized folder with all those songs, and helpful indexes (one for theme, one for season, and one alphabetical) to help me find the song I want or need for a lesson.  The best part is I’m feeling a little more organized for the start of the year.   (Yaaaay me!!)

I strongly believe music and movement play a vital role in how children learn.  Music and movement provide opportunities for muscle development and coordination, social interaction and development, literacy and mathematic skills, and imagination.  I will continue to use it as a major part of my curriculum.

When I have a little more time and energy (running low on both this evening), I will provide a list of the CDs I use in my classroom, along with some helpful websites that are useful to both teachers and parents.  If you have any helpful hints or websites, please post them in the comments section.

However, for a little fun, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite songs from Sesame Street.  I hope it gives you the warm fuzzies too. 

 As always, if my techno-skills aren’t so technically skilled: Here is the link. 

Mrs. V

Today’s Favorite Song is…

24 Jul

“Mercy” by Duffy. 

I absolutely adore this song. I love her voice and it makes me want to dance. 

Enjoy. It’s a “hot” video for a hot day.

If my technical abilities have failed me, you can find the video here.

Oh, and I am in love with her red heels in the video. I want need them.

Mrs. V

The shoes are hard to see in this video, definitely easier to see on TV. Red patent leather 5 inch heels… totally impractical, but completely awesome!

Good news…

14 Jul

After a month long painting spree…

I didn’t paint this weekend, not a single room inside my home. 

I filled my time with another activity.   I stained!  It’s not painting, it’s staining.  I should say “we” stained.  We: meaning our whole family.  Well, except for the cat.  I don’t think he would’ve been much help, and besides, the cat doesn’t accept cash, but the children willingly accepted payment.  So, we all stained the deck, the playset, the garden bench and the fence on Saturday and Sunday.  

While I was staining the fence all I could think of was “The Karate Kid.”  It’s all in the wrist you know. 

You’d think a weekend of staining would cure my attachment to the paintbrush and the thrill of painting.  It hasn’t.  I have plans to paint my foyer.  Just not this week.  My hand and wrist are too sore.

And a big thanks to a reader for her comment in my last post that brought me to this cartoon.

Mrs. V