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Lesson: Making friends

Lesson: Making friends

Every week, I share a music lesson I've done with the kids at playschool. Parents can do these lessons at home as a fun musical activity, and preschool/playschool teachers can use them for their music rings.

Today's lesson fits with the theme: Making Friends. So all our music today is about friends - we'll be singing, dancing and playing shakers.


Welcome Song

Sing the Rocking the Playroom Welcome Song.

Rhythm Instruments: Shakers

There's a new friend at school today - his name is Shaky! I showed the children how to shake "Shaky" in a controlled manner in front of their chests. I explained that if they shake their shakers too wildy, they might knock their friends, so to avoid accidents, it's best to shake the shaker where you can see it. I passed one shaker around the circle for each child to have a turn to shake. This gave each child a good introduction to the shaker and I didn't have to compete with 20 shakers!

I handed out the shakers and then said, "Shaky has a special song that we can all sing together as we play our shakers":

My friend Shaky likes to shaky shaky shake (shake the shaker on "shaky shaky shake")
My friend Shaky likes to shaky shaky shake
My friend Shaky likes to shaky shaky shake
That's why I call him Shaky!

In the verses that follow, introduce new friends Jumpy, Stirry, Roly, etc. and then move the shaker accordingly. This is another lovely activity from Shake Rattle and Roll (page 37).

How did it go? The kids loved this song. It was a good idea to pass one shaker around the room before handing out a shaker to each child! Because as expected, there was a "whole lotta shaking going on" once we handed out the shakers! They shook the shakers throughout the song, as they couldn't really wait to only shake on "shaky shaky shake". But that's OK - we might try that later!

Singing: I'll find a friend at school

I found this lovely song called I'll Find a Friend at School on Teaching Mama. I adapted it a bit just to suit our kiddies and incorporate some of our dance moves from Dance 'n Beats. Here are our words:

I'll find a friend at school

(to the tune of The Farmer's in the Dell")

I’ll find a friend at school (do “look” move to the left and right)
I’ll find a friend at school
I’m so glad I came today,
I’ll find a friend at school

We’ll roll our hands around (do “roll” move)
We’ll roll our hands around
I’m so glad I came today,
I’ll find a friend at school

We’ll wave up in the air (do “swing” move, waving arms in the air)
We’ll wave up in the air
I’m so glad I came today,
I’ll find a friend at school

How did it go? A nice simple song to sing - went well. We're still in the early part of the year, so the kiddies are not quite in full voice just yet!

Dancing: You've got a friend in me

Hold hands while sitting or standing in the big circle and sway gently while listening to You've got a Friend in Me from Covers Vol 2 by Sleeping at Last. It's a gentle ukelele and violin piece that will hopefully be a calming end to the lesson.

How did it go? The kids used this song in their Christmas concert, so the tune was familiar, but the arrangement was new to them and this got their attention. I let them sit in the circle, but next time I think I'll let them stand for this one - holding hands at least keeps them bounded!

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