Song of the Month

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.

April/May 2009

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Singing in the Rain

Listen to the whole song on Dancing Feet, or hear it here:

Here in Illinois, it's been a very wet Spring. Great for ducks, bad for basements! BUT, let's have some fun with rain! This little music and movement song will be familiar to adults – yes, it's the song by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown made famous by the movie of the same title. Can you still picture Gene Kelly dancing with his umbrella and swinging on the lamppost? Can you imagine Mr. Kelly breaking out into Tooty-Ta? Well, it's hard to say which song came first – I learned this version of "Singing in the Rain" in Girl Scout camp many years ago. I liked the silliness then, and still like it now!

To teach this song, talk briefly with the children about what being an ECHO means – "say what I say, do what I do!" Then try it out:

Teacher: Thumbs up!   Kids: Thumbs up!
Teacher: Shoulders back!   Kids: Shoulders Back!
ALL: Choo choo, cha cha, Choo choo, cha cha, Choo choo cha cha!

Now you're ready to begin!

Lyrics:

Refrain:
I'm singing in the rain, just singing in the rain
What a glo-rious feeling, I'm happy again!
Call/Response:
Teacher: Thumbs up!         Kids: Thumbs up!
Teacher: Shoulders back!   Kids: Shoulders Back!
ALL: Choo choo, cha cha, Choo choo, cha cha, Choo choo cha cha!

Repeat refrain before adding each new item: knees together, bottom up, tongue out, eyes closed

Movements:

Start standing, with arms swaying overhead for the refrain. Then keep adding a movement each time you do the refrain, until your final verse is: "Thumbs up, shoulders back, knees together, bottom up, tongue out, eyes closed. This is usually followed by a big giggle!

Age Range: 3 – 8 years, or mixed ages audiences

Purpose: following directions, memory/sequence building, physical movement

Related Songs: "Everybody Clap Your Hands" on Stinky Cake (sequence building), or "Ducks Like Rain" on H.U.M. - Highly Usable Music and "Splash!" on Sticky Bubble Gum (rain topic). "Jump in the Puddles" and "It Ain't Gonna Rain No More" will be on my next cd - yes, I'm already plotting another recording - watch for it in the Fall!

Photo: Scarf Dance Blues

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