Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Music, Maestro!

Ahh ... something near and dear to my heart -- music. Today was about all things musical. We shared music-related books, sang oodles of songs and I had an instrument demo.

Here's what we read :
Thump, Thump, Rat-a-Tat-Tat  by Gene Baer (love reading this book)
Punk Farm  by Jarrett Krosoczka (how can you go wrong with a barnyard rock band?!?)
Hey Diddle Diddle  by Eve Bunting
Soon, Baboon, Soon  by Dave Horowitz (complete with triangle demo at the end -- ting!)

I brought my violin and played an Irish tune followed by a rousting fiddle version of "If You're Happy and You Know It" (always a crowd pleaser). I also brought a grab-bag of percussion instruments as a show-and-tell. It included :
  • rain stick
  • tambourine
  • bells
  • chimes
  • shekere
  • kalimba
Finally, we sang this silly song that I've known for ages and ages (learned in Girl Scouts) and which I adapted for the flannel board with a shout-out to Reading Chick at Rain Makes Applesauce who gave me the idea. I included verses about the Penguin, the Horse, the Panda Bear, the One-Eared Cat and Fuzzy Wuzzy.

Before ...

... and after!

Here is my YouTube clip of the song, with the above verses included ...



  1. Inquiring minds want to know-what was the silly song that the flannelboard was based on???

  2. Oops ... I forgot to say the title of the song, which is "Boom Boom, Ain't It Great To Be Crazy" ... I uploaded my version of the song on YouTube which I just added to my posting! Thanks for the reminder ...

  3. Oh my word! Love it and I know your kids did too!