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I’d like to teach the world to sing….
29 Mar, 2013. 1 Comment. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, Free, Math. Posted By: Kristen Smith

Yesterday was our Spring Concert and parent day.  It was a day where all the families are invited to come to the classrooms, enjoy a school wide program, and also come to a brunch. Days like this tend to sky-rocket my nerves. Put me in front of a gaggle of kids and I am cool and collected. In fact, I’ve even gotten okay with my parent volunteers who come in once- twice a week. However, when we are talking 3-4 adults per child, that makes my voice have a bit of a quiver in it. You would think after 9 years that I would be over this but it still makes me nervous!!

Well, it turns out I was nervous for nothing… 

This Spring Concert really went fabulously.  My kids were A-DOR-ABLE on stage and the classroom connect went better than I could have asked. My kids had practiced reading two-three books that they wanted to share with their loved ones and then we took on the parents and grandparents in a friendly game of Bump! Denise from Sunny Days in Second Grade creates the best math games. My students love them and the parents RAVED about them afterwards.

  Sunny Days in Second
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At the brunch I got to mingle with my student’s families and talk to them. They were all a-glow from being proud of their children and maybe a bit hyped up on hot chocolate and coffee and sweets. :) They were really, really sweet with their words and one thing really struck me. A constant theme of their praises was that I sing to my kids and talk to them nicely. 
I never really thought about it… it’s just something that I do. I use the “Class, class” (yes, yes) Whole Brain Teaching technique in my classroom. However, one thing that has been brought to my attention is that I tend to “sing” it. Instead of just saying “class, class” I sing-song it and my kids sing-song back. 
It’s really fun and it creates a light and welcoming atmosphere in my classroom. I also sing a lot of other things. If my students are a little fidgety, I sing, “are you listening?” (to the tune of Are you sleeping?) And they sing back, “yes we are.” (Sometimes I sing back, “are you sure?” they say, “yes we are!”) 
This gets their attention in a nice way. 
{Mind you I am no Mariah Carey. I can hold a tune but I am not a rock star.}

I like to use songs in my classrooms for transitions, to help us focus, to get the wiggles out and to have fun. My students learn so much from songs and the parents took notice of the “warm and welcoming” environment in my classroom. 
It made me feel good that my class was what I pray it would be. I want my classroom to be warm, safe, welcoming and inviting and it is always nice to hear that it is. (especially when it is FULL of adult sized bodies!!) 
If you would like some songs to sing in your class here are a few of our favorites: 
A Ram, Sam, Sam 
A Sailor went to sea, sea, sea
Five little hot dogs in a frying pan
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed
If you’re happy and you know it
A Boom Chicka Boom
The Tooty Ta
  
Shake Your Sillies Out
   
 Ants in Your Pants! (a FAVORITE!!!!) 
 The Monkey Dance  
 Jump Up!
 
I also make up a lot of songs…. I have an “it’s working time” song, a line up song and a count back song. 
Really anything can be set to music and the kids love it. 
I hope you all have a blessed day and that you enjoy these songs and goodies from my friend! 

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  1. We love this post about singing for transitions and listening signals! We do the same in our classroom. To the tune of “Are You Sleeping?” we sing, “We are teaching” and our kiddos say, “We are learning.” And we recently learned a new one from a very sweet friend of ours. We say, “Wise owls say…” and our kiddos say, “Whoo-whoo-shhhhh.” They absolutely love this new one!!! Thanks so much for sharing. We will be adding some of your songs to our playlist!☺

    Victoria & Tricia♥

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  • We love this post about singing for transitions and listening signals! We do the same in our classroom. To the tune of “Are You Sleeping?” we sing, “We are teaching” and our kiddos say, “We are learning.” And we recently learned a new one from a very sweet friend of ours. We say, “Wise owls say…” and our kiddos say, “Whoo-whoo-shhhhh.” They absolutely love this new one!!! Thanks so much for sharing. We will be adding some of your songs to our playlist!☺

    Victoria & Tricia♥

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