Think about some of your favorite songs you like to sing. It isn’t difficult to remember the words, because they fit so well with the melody. The brain finds it easy to save information when it is in a pattern like music. Think about the Alphabet Song. Kids quickly remember the 26 letters in the proper order in song form. Think how difficult it would be without the melody.

Singing gives us playful opportunities to practice oral language, dramatic expression, creative movement and motor skills. But the best advantage of singing is for easy memory recall. Try some of these songs and see how quickly your students learn.

 

Odd and Even Numbers (Sing to BINGO)
There was a farmer who had a pig
And EVEN was his name-O
2-4-6-8-10
2-4-6-8-10
2-4-6-8-10
And EVEN was his name-O

There was a farmer who had a cow
And ODD was his name-O
1-3-5-7-9
1-3-5-7-9
1-3-5-7-9
And ODD was his name-O

 

Learning Your Phone Number
(Sing to Mary Had a Little Lamb)
Please tell us your phone number, phone number, phone number
Please tell us your phone number, (Child’s name), tell us now.

Child responds twice using same tune.
My number is (949-854-9300)
My number is (949-854-9300)

 

The Punctuation Song
Sing to Jolly Old St. Nicholas
(Idea & Lyrics by Mrs. Whitehead
Courtesy of www.mrsjonesroom.com)

Pick students to demonstrate & hold up signs showing the punctuation mark.
Punctuation Song - period

I am a period.
I look just like a dot.
Every time you see me
You must stop, stop, stop.

I am a question mark.
You might ask me why?
Every time you see me
Your voice will go up high.

I am a comma,
I look just like a hook,
Every time you see me,
Slow down and take a look.

I’m an exclamation point!
I’m full of surprise!
Every time you see me
Widen up your eyes!

We are quotation marks,
We’re in groups of two.
Every time you see us
“Talking” is what we do.

Remember to use lots of hand and body motions for the Punctuation Song.  Would love to hear some comments back from you.

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