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.

July 2006

Sleeping Bag Chant

Listen to the whole song on H.U.M. - Highly Usable Music or hear it here:

This rhythmic chant invites children to think about the songs they might hear at night – outdoors. If your child doesn't know what "camping" is all about, you might want to talk about it first – or perhaps you could have a backyard quiet moment to listen to the sounds around your house. Your child(ren) may not hear owls, bats, or coyotes. They may hear traffic, a neighbor's TV, or "monsters". I put anything in the song! Encourage them to make the identifying sound. This is also a list song - great for memory building!

Lyrics:

I was lying in my sleeping bag
I couldn't get to sleep
When the wind began to howlllll!
And the bugs began to creep!
So I rolled to the left, and I rolled to the right
And I heard every sound that you hear at night:
Owls: who who, who who, who who...

(ask for another sound, repeat the verse and add the new sound, then do owls. Continue until you have 4 - 5 sounds)

Movements:

Sit criss-cross, applesauce or legs outstretched, pat alternating hands on knees to make a walking sound until it's time to roll to the left. Lean to the right when you say "left" if you are facing the child(ren) – otherwise they will be leaning the wrong way! Lean the other way. Walk hands on knees for last line.

Age Range: 3 – 6 years old 

Purpose: To encourage children to think about their environment through active listening. It also gives them practice at keeping a steady beat. Research has shown that children who can keep a steady beat become better readers! This chant can also help children learn left and right. And it's fun!

Extension Activity: Find a book to read together about nocturnal animals. Talk about people who work at night – truck drivers, airplane pilots, restaurant personnel, hospital staff...what can your child think of? Make a night picture: on dark blue construction paper paint with white paint or draw with white chalk..

Songs to couple with this one: The Wind, on "Stinky Cake".

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