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.

September 2007

When It's Autumn

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

As the leaves begin to turn colors and fall from the trees where I live, this lively and humorous song is a hit with kids. It's simple, uses a familiar tune (Darlin' Clementine) and will have everyone giggling! Elongate the pause .... for dramatic effect and keep everyone on their toes. Talk about the different colors of the leaves before singing.

Teacher Hint: I make my own felt board cover with flannel from the yard goods store. Using Scribbles fabric paint, I've painted a bare tree – trunk and branches – on which the children place felt leaves in all the Fall colors. This can also be done with paper and paper leaves with tape on the back.

Lyrics:

There are yellow leaves, there are orange leaves
There are brown and there are red
When it's Autumn, when it's Autumn ........

They keep falling on my head!

Movements:

Sway hands overhead during first two lines, as if you are a tree in the wind.
Bring one hand down and out to the side on each "when it's Autumn",
PAUSE, then pat hands on head as if they are falling leaves tumbling down!

Age Range: 2 – 6 years old!

Purpose: Active participation, rhythmic movement, vocabulary, listening and doing

Extension Activity: Bring real leaves inside to examine - identifying color, differentiating shapes and sizes, and then make a leaf print. Press leaf vien-side down into ink (or paint), then place ink-side down on paper. Cover with another paper and press down or roll over with rolling pin or paper towel roll. Lift leaf off carefully. Use different leaves and different colors of ink for a pretty jumble of Fall color.

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