Children’s Kindergarten and Elementary Songs
Interactive children's songs for kindergargten and elementary children are wonderful song activities that are fun, challenging, and can also be educational. Children's songs encourage kindergarten and elementary children to challenge their bodies and use their minds to learn actions, vocabulary, concepts, and even creative thinking. Children's songs that combine music, movement, and educational concepts are also a powerful way for young children to learn. For example, this song from Play-Along Songs Volume 1 is a wonderful way for preschoolers and kindergartners to learn their ABC's and understand that LMNOP are actually seperate letters. Watch this demonstration of the instruction and performance of the ABC Signed Song.
The abilities, both with physical and language skills, vary. There are vast diferences between the needs, interests, abilities, and language skils between the various levels of elementary school. Children’s activity songs will reflect these differences. We will separate kindergarten and elementary age children into - K 1-2, and grades 3 - 5.
are generally chosen for 2 main reasons:
- First, children's elementary songs are chosen as fun musical activities that foster an appreciation for and an interest in music and enhance playful activities at home and in school. Here is an example of a traditional American folk and dance song from Play-Along Songs Volume 1 called Old Brass Wagon.
- Second, children's elementary songs are chosen to reinforce the learning of core educational concepts and core curriculum - ABCs, numbers, opposites, shapes, colors, rhyming, and more). Watch this demonstration of a song that provides you with an interactive kindergarten song about shapes from Play-Along Songs Volume 2. This song is called The Shapes Song.
choose activity songs for 2 main reasons also.
- First, like for K, 1 and 2, chldren's elementary songs are chosen for their fun and playful activities that help on rainy days and foster an appreciation for and an interest in music. Often these are silly songs with lots of movements like this one from Play-Along Songs Volume 1. The song is called I’m a Little Piece of Tin.
- The Second most common reason for chosing elementary songs is to support seasonal activities and that can be used in classroom as well as for all school assemblies. Watch this instruction and demonstration of a classic Christmas Holiday song from our Play-Along Songs Volume 3 called We Wish You a Merry Christmas.
- Learn the song first. Read any instruction that may accompany the song. Learn to sing or chant the melody to the song. Learn the actions or activities that are used and practice until you can easily perform the song with its recording. Watching the video demonstration for any song from Play-Along Songs books is very helpful for this.
- Demonstrate the song.
- Begin by explaining any concepts that a song might have - rhyming, lyric creation, signs, etc.
- Then demonstrate the actions with the children repeating after you.
- Use a call and response technique. Say the words and do any action to the song in segments with children repeating after you.
- Slowly chant, talk, or sing a cappella the song with its actions all together.
- Lead the song at tempo to the CD recording and repeat it for proficiency and for fun.
- Lead the songs with enthusiasm. Use exaggerated facial expressions, voice, and movements to enhance the playfulness. Don’t worry about your voice and vocal skills as children appreciate your zeal and your playful interaction.
- Create special musical time for children to engage in playful musical activities, sing traditional folk songs and rhymes, listen to classical music, or be introduced to music from around the world.
- Be creative. Feel free to manipulate, adapt and rewrite children’s and folk songs. Create new lyrics that represent you and your children’s interests or support their learning needs.