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August 10, 2016
When I was a preschool teacher, we used music all day long. We started the day with a hello song and ended the day by singing good-bye. We sang when it was time to clean up. We had a song to get the class’s attention.
Even though we wove songs throughout our classroom routines, we also set aside time every day to sing together—and songs-and-stories time is one of the things I miss most about teaching. How often do you get together with a group of friends to share some books and belt out your favorite songs? For a while, I was lucky enough to do that every day!
When I looked at the September Firefly flyer, I was happy to see a “Sing-Along Fun” section on page 2! Three wonderful books—and some wonderful ways to share them—were right there.
While I didn’t have If You’re a Robot and You Know It on my bookshelf (it is a brand-new book!), I can tell this variation on “If You’re Happy and You Know It” will become a favorite of robot fans—and fans of interactive books. The pull tabs and pop-ups are surefire winners!
I loved songs that included the names of my students, and Who Took the Cookie from the Cookie Jar? is a perennial favorite. Why not try singing it with the names of your friends and family? Surely they all love cookies too!
The Wheels on the Bus is beloved by preschoolers everywhere. This brightly illustrated version is full of animals, so feel free to flap, snort, and snap along!
Look for these story songs (and other books to sing!) in the flyers and online now!
September 21, 2015