Need the perfect song for circle time? These preschool and kindergarten songs are absolutely delightful, and your children will love singing them over and over again.
I love using music as a teaching tool, but when it comes to original songs, I am clueless! Thankfully, I am going to share with you about a wonderful musician who taught preschool and kindergarten. Meet Nancy, the musical genius behind Music With Nancy.
We use Nancy’s songs during circle time, and we seriously cannot get enough of them. I have her four albums, and we adore them all. Here’s her guest post about music and how it teaches children, and I’m including eight of our favorite songs for you to use for circle time or even just to dance to.
Your children or students can learn circle time songs that teach the alphabet, the planets, the days of the week, the months of the year, and more. I especially love that Nancy also includes songs that welcome children and engage them!
Take it away, Nancy!
Musical Lessons all Teachers and Students Can Use!
Music has always been a valued staple in early childhood environments, whether a teacher plays an instrument or uses a device.
Music can be used to redirect, distract, encourage movement or relaxation, but most remarkably, music can teach a specific concept, starting as early as infancy, and make it stick for life.
Many teachers will arrange lessons in poem form, using familiar tunes (Row, Row, Row, This Old Man, Mary Had a Little Lamb, etc.) to successfully help children remember specific information. My educational music is built on this model: Information in a song–using my own original music designed specifically for each lesson.
Try these songs out and see what you (and your students) think! They will learn quickly and walk away humming the tune…practising newly acquired knowledge as they go, without even trying!
What’s the Weather?
The Seven Days of the Week
The Backwards Alphabet
The 7 Continents and 5 Oceans
Want some awesome tips for circle time? Read Circle Time 101!
Need some Action and Movement songs too?