“Seasons for Berries”

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In this Theme, children learn that berries grow for animals and for people.  They grow in the forest for animals and in gardens or berry orchards for people.  There are many ways to eat berries, fresh picked from the berry bushes, canned as jam or jelly, dried, and in pies.  That way you can eat berries in all seasons.

The process of growing berries begins with planting them, picking them, eating them, pruning the berry canes, raking the mulch over autumn and winter, and then watching for the new leaves that signal the new berries are getting ready to grow again in the Spring.

There is a page of cards to cut up and distribute to the children in your playgroup or Sunday School who are learning to sing the songs.  It is fun to build up a personal library of cards which show which songs the child has learned to sing.

© 2014 Kathryn Hardage

“When It Rains in the Country”

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Although I happily taught “Old MacDonald Has a Farm” to my pre-school musicians, I found a new song coming to me as I took a drive in the country with my husband one wet afternoon.

It became “When It Rains in the Country”.  My students enjoyed singing it because it conveys the humor of the obvious.  “When it rains in the country, the cows get wet.”  The anticipation for each of the other animals keeps building with every verse.   And so does the anticipation for the crops and the farm equipment.

It gives us something to laugh at, with the predictability of the rain having the same effect of everything.

The word cards are for early readers.  Learning to read with the anticipation of the humor gives everyone a good time.

There is a page of cards to cut up and distribute to the children in your playgroup or Sunday School who are learning to sing the songs.  It is fun to build up a personal library of cards which show which songs the child has learned to sing.

© 2014 Kathryn Hardage