“Counting Fingers and Toes”

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Everyone counts fingers and toes with their babies.  There are counting songs and chants and fingerplays in so many different languages.  It is just something we do with our babies and small children.

Counting gives us a sense of rhythm.  Our baby feels the sensation as we touch each finger and each toe during the chant or song.  It gives us a fun and intimate connection between the two of us.

© 2014 Kathryn Hardage   kackymuse@gmail.com      www.MyMusicalMind.com

“Days of the Week”

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Introduction to “Days of the Week”

The simple Theme, “Days of the Week”, teaches a child the names of each day of the week in order.  The Chant introduces the number of days in a week and their names. The Fingerplay illustrates the beginning and end of the week with the names of the days in the middle.  The Song is an echo song which you may lead sometimes or a child may lead.

© 2014 Kathryn Hardage   www.MyMusicalMind.com  kackymuse@gmail.com

“Who I Am”

“When we love who we are, we can love each other and create happiness and peace.”  This is one of the lines from the meditation at the beginning of this music book, “Who I Am”.

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Action words in the chant “I Am Me and You Are You”, help identify a young child to herself.  Sharing time together with a parent or special person while having fun deepens that identity.  In the Fingerplay, “Who I Am”, the young child learns to identify himself with qualities such as happy, honest, good, calm.  The Song, “I Am a Beautiful Child” identifies ways a child uses the five senses, plus the abilities to think with the mind and to love with the heart.

I taught this theme to about three hundred children in two pre-schools with a total of fourteen classes over the period of a month.  We all had the fun of chanting together, keeping a beat, and singing these wonderful words to describe ourselves.

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