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An Apple Chant

Apples in the attic,
Apples in the hall,
Apples in the summer,
Apples in the fall.
Apples make you healthy,
Apples make you tall.
I will eat some apples,
I will eat them all!

THE TRAIN is a chant that begins very very slowly and builds to very fast. Sit in a circle. All children move item at same time from right to left (or left to right) It can be a bean bags or little blocks make a little clack. Pick up right – put down left. The 1-2 rhythm of the pass movement helps a child feel chant plus it’s kind of fun when the train “eventually” gets going real fast and you have a pile up of cars!

Lines are simple. Start very slowly and build to fast repeating verses.

The Train
The train is running along the track . . .
The train is running along the track . . .
Clickety Clack,
Clickety Clack

The train is running along the track
The train is running along the track
Clickety Clack
Clickety Clack

We,ve got to get back
We’ve got to get back
Clickety Clack
Clickety Clack

Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?

To help kids learn each other’s names it is “Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar.” I think I might substitute sneaked for stole and have children whisper it to start. Children sit in circle. Start with a patch, clap, snap rhythm. The point is to call the name of another child in the circle. Set the rhythmic tempo then add words. The choric speech goes like this:

First child says: Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?
Other children Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?
First child says Jean stole the cookie from the cookie jar!
Jean says Who me?
Everyone says Yes you!
Jean says Couldn’t be.
Everyone: Then who?
Jean says John stole the cookie from the cookie jar
John says Who me?
Everyone says Yes you!
John says I stole the cookie from the cookie jar! ( He holds up the cookie and walking behind the children(eyes closed) gives it to someone else – if you use a cookie)

My Little Sports Car (Pretend to steer car and add extra sounds !)

In my little sports car riding,
Riding down the street,
Hit a big bump XX (clap) Oh no
Tires goine flat XX Won’t go!

In my little sports car riding,
Riding down the street,
Slowed right down XX Oh no,
All out of gas XX Won’t go!
In my sports car riding,
Riding down the street,
Hit a big splash XX Oh no,
Motors all wet XX Won’t go!

Music Everywhere

There’s music in walking and talking in rhyme.

There’s music in singing and moving in time.

There’s music in playing an instrument sweet.

In skipping and laughing and tapping our feet.

There’s music in raindrops and a tiny little seed.

There’s music to make, to hear, and to read.