Christmas songs for Kinder

Christmas is around the corner and I know that Childcare centres and Kinders are gearing up for their Christmas concerts to showcase to the parents what their children have been learning all year long.

Here are some of our favourites for end of year celebrations.

Ring Those Christmas bell
Instruments: Bells
Sung to the tune “She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain”
(sing loudly)
We will ring those christmas bells so loud and clear
We will ring those christmas bells so loud and clear
We wil hear the dingle, dingle
when we jingle jingle jingle
We will ring those Christmas bells so loud and clear

(sing softly)
We will ring those Christmas bells so quietly
We will ring those Christmas bells so quietly
We will hear the dingle dingle
When we jingle jingle jingle
We will ring those Christmas bells so quietly

(Sing Fast)
We will ring those Christmas bells so fast and loud
We will ring those Christmas bells so fast and loud
We will hear the dingle dingle
When we jingle jingle jingle
We will ring those Christmas bells s fast and loud

Feliz Navidad
Instrument: eggs
Shake the eggs to the rhythm and rest
Feliz Navidad (rest)
Feliz Navidad (rest)
Feliz Navidad, prospero ano y felicidad
Feliz Navidad (rest)

I want to wish you a merry Christmas
I want to wish you a merry Christmas
I want to wish you a merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart
Repeat

Song: Little Drummer Boy

Teacher sings the call and the children sing the response ” Pa rum pa pum pum”

Come they told me
Pa rum pum pum pum
A new born king to see
Pa rum pum pum pum
Our finest gifts we bring
Pa rum pum pum pum
To lay before the king
Pa rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum
So to honor him
Pa rum pum pum pum
When we come
Pum pum pum pum
Pa rum pum pum

This song is particularly impressive when the children chime in with their part. We have also incorporated Instruments for the Kinder age group and has worked beautifully.  Equally the children are impressed with themselves as they sing and make music and preform for their parents.

Christmas is also a great opportunity to showcase all the beautiful songs and musical games that have been sung throughout the year.  I have seen some great ideas over the years, I hope these 3 songs can make your “End of Year” celebrations special.

Happy Music Making

Lola

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What to look for when booking a music program for your Childcare Centre

Over the past 6 years of developing Rhythm Rumble I have had the opportunity to  pick the brains of every Early Learning Educator  I have had the pleasure of dealing with and here are the main reasons how/why they choose a Music Program.

Childcare Educator’s have a backlog of nursery rhymes, finger play and funny kids songs up their sleeves.  Their main concern when hiring a music program is they will hear the same songs they already know. Educators want to learn and be inspired by new ideas.  They need a music program to be innovative and teach musical elements beyond their own capabilities.
At Rhythm Rumble we are constantly researching new songs and music from around the world to teach children and Educators. Educators are able to extend on the new material and be inspired to try new songs and activities.

Secondly the Music teacher is paramount to the music program. If the teacher isn’t charismatic, energetic and great with children the children do not respond and consequently do not learn. An important element to understand though is the energy in the room needs to match the age group of the children. Such as when visiting the Babies Room the babies will not connect well to a teacher with high energy and a loud voice as compared to the kinder groups.  The Rhythm Rumble training is second to none, besides training the curriculum we also gain feedback from Educators and Children by sending the teacher out on free training classes specifically for that purpose and most importantly we listen to the feedback and work on a personal level to improve our approach, our musicality and techniques.

From the feedback we have gathered over the years we have learnt that repetition is paramount to young children’s learning, though it is a fine line between repeating a lesson to consolidate the childrens learning to boring the willies out of them.  Haven’t you noticed how children can watch the same movie everyday for 3 months and exhibit the same amount of enthusiasm EVERYTIME and then in a blink of an eye they won’t have a bar of it. At Rhythm Rumble we repeat each lesson for 3 weeks and move on to a different theme with new songs, games and learning outcomes. Singing the same songs for a whole year is taking the idea of repetition to a whole new level and really not necessary.

If you’re in the market for a new music program at your Early Learning Centre always ask for a trial class so that you can experience the music class and watch how your children respond. Hope these tidbits of information will help you.

Happy music making,
Lola


To step or To leap (childrens songs to sing)

Spring is here! The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping and it is a great time to start discussions with preschoolers about Nature, Seasons, New life.  So many topics can be covered in Spring.

At Rhythm Rumble we are starting a new lesson focus on intervals.  An interval is how many steps between 2 notes for example the leap from C to E is a 3rd.  Or a step from C to D is a  2nd.  The easiest way to teach leaps and steps to preschoolers is to SING.

We have found songs with simple repetitive lyrics that are written with leaps and steps. A great to demonstrate the change in notes is to use the body as a visual and physical cue on how to sing each note.  To make it easier to understand I have included some of the songs here below:

Spring Song: Using the tune of The Farmer In The Dell is a familiar tune but also consist solely of 2nd and 3rd’s( in other words leaps and steps)

The Sun is shining bright
The Sun is shining bright
Oh how I love the warmth
The sun is shining bright

The rain is falling down
The rain is falling down
Oh how I love the sound
The rain is falling down

The flowers start to bloom
The flowers start to bloom
Oh how I love the sight
The flowers start to bloom

To view the musical notation you can check it out on my Pinterest page here Farmer In The Dell music

Another great song which is related to Spring is

I’m Bringing Home  Baby Bumblebee, we use castanets instead of hand gestures to link motor skills and tap out the regular beat of the piece.  I have also linked the music notation hereI’m Bringing Home A Baby Bumble Bee  so you can see the leaps and steps the children sing.  The lyrics are below:

I’m bringing home a baby bumblebee
won’t my mummy be so proud of me
I’m bringing home a baby bumblebee
Ouch! he stung me

I’m squishing up my baby bumblebee
Wont my mummy be so proud of me?
I’m squishing up my baby bumblebee
Eww my hands are sticky

I’m licking up my baby bumblebee
Won’t my mummy be so proud of me
I’m licking up my baby bumblebee
Mmmm he’s yummy

Another great idea to teach children to hear the different intervals is to sing solfege

Do Rei Me Fai So etc and assign a body part to each note such as:

Do = feet
Rei= knees
Me = hip
far = tummy
So = shoulders

You could play Musical Simon Says and sing a tune such as Do Do Me (Feet, Feet, Hip)  Children always love a game and is a great way to encourage them to use their voices.

I hope you enjoy our Springtime songs and games

Happy music making

Lola