Music in Kindergarten

Jul 8, 2012 | Management, Teacher Wisdom | 5 comments

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So my favorite song to use in my classroom is one you may not think for a kindergarten classroom!  But it’s true, my favorite music to use in class is Ain’t No Mountain High Enough!  What a great message for kids to learn!  Believe it or not… they will be singing it on their own!  (And even at the end of the year, you can’t not sing the song without a pretend microphone dancing all crazy!  Yes the kids think I am nuts!)

The next is Debbie Clement and You Are Wonderful!  Her songs are so bright and just scream sunshine!  I can’t wait to sing this one with my kids!  Be sure to visit her blog Rainbow’s Within Reach… she has so many fun things for her readers!

Another must have song for kindergarten is the Banana Dance by Dr. Jean!  She has tons of classic songs but this is one that every kindergarten classroom should do because it’s silly and fun just like kindergarten is supposed to be!  It makes a great brain break or song to break up a transition!

Another artist I love is Jim Gill!  This is a play he actually does to his book called The Soup Opera that is not a song, but a play that is actually simple enough for your students to do!  I actually have my kids act out the story… we use props and costumes and they really get into it!  (It is a song if you just watch along!)

 

 

5 Comments

  1. Debbie Clement

    Just finding the LUV! Did you realize that Jim Gill is the VERY inspiration for my creating my ‘company’ (of one) to go larking about the county-side? I hired him to come to the private school for children with special needs to give our staff a day of staff development. I laughed. I cried. I resigned from my full time administrative position and took my guitar on the road.

    Not only is the man an incredible talent — he has an amazing heart and spirit. He has been a shining star and I’m proud to claim him as my mentor!

    Sending you LUV! and yet more!!!

    Debbie Clement

    P.S. I seriously think your ‘new-look’ is breath-taking in its ubber simplicity and design. You’re pretty brilliant my friend. KUDOS for your new launch!

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  2. Kris

    What a great idea! We are jamming out to your link as I type! I love using music in class. It is fun to see which songs the kiddos fall in love with. Thank you for sharing. I cannot wait to use this song this year!

    Kristen

    I do, We Do, You Do!

    PS LOVE the new blog design!

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  3. Kim

    Hi Jennifer:
    I loved the Jim Gill “opera.”
    I’m going to try that with my sixth graders!

    Thanks for as great post…

    Kim
    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

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    • Jennifer

      I really think it is great for kids of all ages! =) Thanks for stopping by!

      Reply

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