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.

November 2007

Walkin' Shoes

Listen to the whole song on Tiny Tunes or hear it here:

Young children need to move – and this song is a favorite with new walkers through 5 year olds – maybe it's that Dixieland Jazzy sound? Be sure to have enough space to run safely – everyone in the same direction! By exploring five movement patterns, children experiment with spacial awareness and group dynamics. If you're doing this song one-on-one with your child at home, make it a hand-holding time. If a child has difficulty walking backward at first, hold both hands at shoulder level and guide them backward. Similarly for tiptoe-ing – pull upward gently on both arms over the child's head to lift them onto their toes. Skill building AND fun! So put on your walking shoes – it's a great way to get out of the grocery store, down the hall, or in to school!

Lyrics:

I put on my walking shoes
My walking shoes, my walking shoes
I put on my walking shoes
'Cause I'm a-gonna walk with you!

Chorus:
Help me walk, walk, walk
I'm a-gonna walk with you!
Help me walk, walk, walk
I'm a-gonna walk with you!

Verses: stomp, run, tiptoe, and backward shoes!

Final chorus:
We can walk, walk, walk
I'm a-gonna walk with you.
We can walk, walk, walk
I'm a-gonna walk with you.
Yes, I'm a-gonna walk with you.
Yes, I'm a-gonna walk with you!

Age Range: 1 – 5 years old

Purpose: to promote physical activity, listening skills, awareness of body/self

Another Walking Song: "Walk Walk Walk" on my "Tiny Tunes" cd.

Note to Families:

There are many songs on ALL of my cd's that encourage movement – have a Mini-Music Party some night after dinner – pick out 2 - 3 of your child's favorite songs – and one of your own, too. My kids LOVED "Bye Bye Miss American Pie" – we'd dance and swing-dip and LAUGH! You may notice that just a few minutes of family music and dancing makes everyone feel wonderful – even if you thought you were too tired to move! Your Hokey will still Pokey! I'd love to hear how this goes – email me at carole@macaronisoup.com

You might choose something like this:

  1. An old family favorite: Old MacDonald, The Wheels on the Bus, Sticky Bubble Gum
  2. A Dance: Ring Around the Rosy, The Wiggle Song, The Hokey Pokey
  3. Marching: Grab some pot lids and spoons and march around the house (add some music if you like)
  4. A Quiet-Down Song: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Barney's "I Love You", Skinnamarink (slow dance with your child, or hold them in your lap)

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