Every month the song/dance/activity will change. Many of the songs will be from my Recordings. Please print the page and do the activity with your child. Teachers may print the page to use with their classes. If you have questions, Contact Me.
Listen to the whole song on H.U.M -- Highly Useable Music , or hear it here:
Let's go down on the farm this month –- making animal sounds and having fun! Has Miss Carole lost it? Quite the contrary! Children have a different sense of humor – what's funny is "the unexpected!" Sight gags – YES! Clever words – not so much! So, when you or I make the wrong sounds for an animal – that's kid humor! But, how to get the most out of it? The first verse – sing the correct animal sound. Then, make the WRONG animal sound on the second verse! Children won't be sure if you just had a senior moment, or don't know the correct sound. Be sure you have a twinkle in your eye and a wry smile so that they don't think you're just stupid! By the time you make the wrong sound on the third verse, they'll know for sure that you're having fun with them! I've been jumped on by barking kids who need to be sure I know the correct sound a dog makes!
Remember, this is a zipper song – just zip in the new animal and you can do 4 - 5 verses. There's nothing a child likes better than to know something the "teacher" doesn't know. Dads are particularly good at this song! And a happy Father's Day to them!
Old MacDonald had a farm, E I E I O
Additional verses: now you can start "making mistakes" - the pig can say "Woof woof!", or the dog can "Meow, meow" - my favorite is the duck says "Hee Haw!"
I don't use movements as much as I use visuals – use a puppet, picture, or felt animal so that your Visual Learners are right on board with you for each animal. Remember, you're teaching to all three learning styles: Auditory, Visual and Kinesthetic. For more about Learning Styles, click here. I often use the felt farm animal mitts (with farmer!) from The Storyteller: http://www.time4felt.com/farm-mitts.html. They are excellent, 2-sided, and durable.
Age Range: 2 – 6 years
Purpose: Identification of animals and their sounds, listening skills, humor
Extension: When you tire of "Old MacDonald", "Say Good Day" on my Tiny Tunes cd is another zipper song with the same idea – it was Song of the Month in September 2006: http://macaronisoup.com/Songs/September2006.htm