“Birds in North America”

A few years ago, my husband gave me a book about drawing birds.  I am a beginning artist and I liked the five steps presented for each bird.  I loved the short introduction about each bird and that is what gave me the idea for this Theme.  The Chant is called “North American Birds“  and begins “What they look like,  Where they live,  What they eat,  What they do”.  The Fingerplay is called “Birds Live In…Birds like To…” and describes where birds live and what they like to do.  The Song is called “Such Beautiful Birds” It names many birds from North America and describes their coloring and habitat.

Here are some of my beginning drawings.



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“Cook, Sew and Build”

I remember my mother teaching me how to cook and to do simple sewing.  Later, she signed me up for a sewing course, so I could learn how to make my own clothes.  Although I learned how to use simple tools at home to do simple things like mount the can opener on the pantry door and hang pictures, my husband taught me how to use tools so I could make more things.

I love watching skilled artisans make marvelous cabinets and do intricate metal work.  Sewing couture accessories makes me drool!  Taking the time to do all the steps to make gourmet food is so worth it.  It is wonderful to know that these marvelous creations came from learning to do simple practical things.

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When I taught this Theme to my pre-schoolers, I brought a finger puppet of a bee with me.  I handed each child a guiro to play the “buzzing” sound.  You can see how focused they are on the puppet.

The Chant is called, “Bees Are Buzzing”.  It begins, “Bees are buzzing in summertime, summertime, summertime…”.  The fingerplay is called “What Do Bees Do?”  Five activities introduce new vocabulary.  The Song is called, “Bees Make Honey”.  The repetition in this song makes it easy to memorize the more you sing it with your child.  Later, it makes it easy for your child learn to read it.

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“Giving” is one of our Spiritual Treasures.

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It encourages each of us look for the gifts we have within us.  LIttle children have so many gifts.  Their curiosity, willingness to explore and try new things, their innocence.  We, in turn, are prompted to share our gifts with them, protection, nurturing, understanding, compassion and encouragement.


The Chant in this Theme is called, “What Do We Give?”  We give our love, peace, imagination and solutions.  The Fingerplay is called, “Giving Means…”.  It lists several ways we give.  The Song is called “Giving, Giving”.  It shares the ideas of giving through imagination and by being the best we “can ever be”.


© 2013 Kathryn Hardage   “I have a musical mind, musical indeed”  –Kacky Muse   www.MyMusicalMind.com,   www.InspiredPractices.com


“Bird’s Nests”

My pre-schoolers and I were enjoying several other songs about birds, when the idea came to me for this one  (“Bird’s Nest Building”).  We all collapsed in laughter at the chorus with it’s punch line:  “Tweet, tweet, tweet.  Tweet, tweet, chirp!”  I brought a special puppet with three baby birds in a nest, which was a great hit.

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I wrote the song first, then added the Chant, “To Build a Nest”, and the Fingerplay, “What Builds a Bird’s Nest?” for the next year’s classes.

© 2013 Kathryn Hardage   “I have a musical mind,musical indeed.”  –Kacky Muse www.MyMusicalMind.com


I wrote this Theme as the school year ended.  Even my pre-school students were thinking about summer.  We talked about what they would be doing.  I remembered how summer felt to me as a child.  Sometimes, just a smell of hot asphalt or a breeze across a field brings back those feelings of summer.

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© 2013 Kathryn Hardage