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.
(by Kathy Reid-Naiman ©2004 SOCAN)
Listen to the whole song on Baloney!, or hear it here:
Autumn is here, and no matter where you live, it can be a beautiful day – the air is cooler, the sun feels good, and we're "back to school". What a great time to celebrate by singing this wonderful song. A big thanks to my Canadian friend Kathy Reid-Naiman for writing it, and then teaching it to me! If you've not heard Kathy's work, go to www.merriweather.ca, where you can hear her wonderful cd's for children.
The steel drum you hear on my recording adds a little Caribbean flavor. Be sure you have room to stand up and dance – kids love to move, and it's an integral part of the learning process for young children. Repeat after me: "I'm NOT a couch potato!" You can make up your own movement verses – it's one of those wonderful "zipper songs" – just zip in a new movement for an additional verse or two! Roll, balance (on one foot) or pick a skill that needs practicing. "It's a Beautiful Day!" wherever kids are singing!
It's a beautiful day, it's a beautiful day
Additional verses: dancing, jumping, twirling, singing
For the first and last verse I teach the sign language for "singing": extend one arm (L) out in front of you, use other hand (R) to sweep back and forth over the extended arm, as if you're playing a harp. For the other verses, just do as it says – freestyle dance, jump and twirl slowly.
Age Range: 1 1/2 - 6 – but I don't really think there are limits on this song! Anyone who can do the movements will enjoy it!
Purpose: My primary reason to do such a simple song is to get everyone moving very quickly. Singing and moving is good for our brain AND body! It also helps young children learn how to move freely while respecting other children's space. I often see children join hands with other children with exuberance during this song – it makes them want to share the good feeling with anyone around them!
Carole teaching "It's A Beautiful Day!" at the
Concordia EC Conference 2010, River Forest, IL"