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When to Use


Songs provide a wonderful change of pace, enabling you to vary the rhythm of your storytime or storytelling session.


Music works best with younger, less inhibited age groups.  Don't feel overly constrained by the age-level groupings below.  Many of the songs are good for a broader age range. 



Age Groups


Babies really respond to the rhythmic and soothing effects of song.


Little kids (like Toddlers and Preschoolers) have trouble sitting still for very long, so after each picturebook, it's a good idea to do something musical and motion-filled to give them a chance to expend pent-up energy and refocus their attention.


Kindergarten and Early Elementary audiences love the opportunity to learn new songs and sing along.


Older Elementary kids want humor and silliness.  Song cards work very well with them.  Older elementary kids are quick studies musically and love to compete with one another, so rounds work, too.


Middle and High Schoolers generally feel too mature, dignified and / or embarrassed to be drawn into any sort of musical activity--unless they are part of a mixed group that includes younger children.  In mixed groups, older kids join in to encourage the younger ones (and also show off).


Don't embarrass older kids by calling attention to them!  Ignore them.  Play ostensibly to the younger kids.  (Older kids participate in musical activities only if they think you don't notice them.)





Suggested Songs


     Baby / Toddler Songs

          "Bongo Belly"

          "Bumping Along in My Little Red Wagon"

          "Handy Spandy"

          "What Shall We Do with the Baby-O?"


     Preschool / Kindergarten Songs

          "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep" click here

          "Crawling Beetle" (a.k.a. "Insect Dance Along") click here

          "Five Green and Speckled Frogs" click here

          "Five Little Ducks Swam Out One Day" click here

          "Five Little Ducks That I Once Knew" click here

          "Five Lean and Hungry Mice" click here

          "Hickory Dickory Dock" click here

          "Three Fine Mice" click here


     Early Elementary Songs


          "Do your Ears Hang Low?"

          "Dog Breath"

          "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" click here

          "Over in the Meadow"

          "A Ram Sam Sam" (a.k.a. "A Rum Sum Sum")

          "Sally the Swinging Snake"

          "Shake My Sillies Out"

           Song: "In Dublin's Fair City"


     Later Elementary Songs      

          "Black Socks"

          "The Hokey Pokey"

          "The Rattlin' Bog" (requires preparation)

          And don't forget Song Cards!



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