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Do you sing in your classroom?

Before I became a classroom teacher I was a preschool teacher and we sang all the time. I have songs for every season, holiday, and theme. I always start the first week or so singing but then I feel like they may be too big to sing ( I guess because they look so much bigger than the preschoolers) and I don't do it that much. What do you do in your classroom?
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I also came from the ps world and
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went into 4th ~ we sang all the time (after they got used to it.) Now I am in 1st and we sing (and I make up songs for things) all the time.
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We sing every day!
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My kids have a poetry/song book they keep all year long. Each week we add a new poem and a new song (I type up the lyrics.) Halloween songs at Halloween, Christmas songs at Christmas etc. The kids love it and it is great for fluency practice.

My favorite songs are Kidz Bop songs, because they are current and they clean up the lyrics.
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I definitely sing in my classroom. I often find songs to go with holidays, phonics etc... to teach my students. I think that it actually helps them to learn many of the concepts and down the road they may come to a test and remember the silly songs i taught them.
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We sing every day after calendar. I have a different packet of songs and poems I put together for each month. They love it and it is amazing how in Sept. some children struggle to join in and by the end of the year WE CAN ALL READ THEM...YAY!


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First graders love songs!
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A lot of our shared reading selections can be sung. Since we use the same poem or piece of writing all week, we spend the first three days just learning the words. Thursday we put it to music and some kids even create hand motions. By friday they can do it all themselves. They love going back in their notebooks and rereading old songs and poems.

We also sing at calendar, for transitions and when I can find good songs for math, science or social studies concepts.

Enjoy your room of song!
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I have a good morning song that we sing each day. If I get too busy, then the kids just start singing. I also sing the days of the week, months of the year. I would love to have the lyrics and words of some of the songs that PTers are talking about.
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Old 07-17-2011, 07:56 AM
 
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we sing all the time!
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I teach my kids 2 songs the first day of school (songs I learned eons ago in Brownies). I use Dr. Jean CDs and other kid friendly songs. I also make up songs, sometimes off the top of my head, to help them remember concepts, or just something silly when we need a laugh. We learn Christmas songs, too. I am going to try and find other resources this year.
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Old 07-17-2011, 12:30 PM
 
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They are never too old to sing. We sing everyday!
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Old 07-17-2011, 12:55 PM
 
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poem and song book for each theme that we do. They are great for sight words and word families. I started out just adding a poem or song each week but found the kids begging for more. Now we do several books all through the year.
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Old 07-17-2011, 02:28 PM
 
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I don't sing. When I do my students and family members look at me like I am an alien. My class loves to sing but not with me. I play CD's and they sing along and that is rare.
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Old 07-17-2011, 06:34 PM
 
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I do sing in my room alot. Not as much as some here, though, but I wish I did. Also do some chants too.
My favorite is a song to come to the carpet. My kids LOVED it!

Check out Teacher Tipster dot com. He has some good songs and he is FUNNY!
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Old 07-17-2011, 06:55 PM
 
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We sing from day one! I've heard this year's class is a party-pooper class (anti-lots of things). I'll sing anyway, even if I sing alone.
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Love music in the classroom!
Old 07-17-2011, 09:08 PM
 
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I am adding more and more music in my classroom. I love adding songs that help students remember ss/science/math/reading etc. I play songs during freetime or when they are finishing art projects.

What I don't do, is sing with them! I want to protect their love of music.
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Old 07-18-2011, 05:37 AM
 
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We have songs for greeting, a months song, a days of the week song and occasioanlly other themed songs.We use Reading Street and they have songs for each unit, but I hate them!
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Old 07-19-2011, 04:21 PM
 
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Singing and music are beneficial for all students. It helps cement memories in the brain. Very good for learning!
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I love to sing and so do the kids!
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I've taught both 4th and 2nd graders the 23 helping verbs to the tune of Jingle Bells and last year my third graders learned all 50 states in alphabetical order thanks to "Fifty Nifty United States." They retain so much when a song is connected to their learning!
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I also taught PreK before moving to K and then first. We sing for transitions in my room, which is way more than any other first grade room in my district, I think. I would not have been comfortable enough to do it if it wasn't for my time in Pre K! My daughters teacher used songs for shared reading, which I think is a great idea for using songs in first - kind of like poetry.
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Old 07-20-2011, 06:24 AM
 
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I take popular songs on the radio and change the lyrics to learn new things. Here is an example of a song that I changed into a learning tool:

To the song "Shorty Fire Burning on the Dance Floor" By Sean Kingston

The real lyrics start like this:
Somebody say 911 shorty fire burning on the dance floor oh whoa


I changed it to:
Somebody say tens and ones we like to count tens and ones oh whoa
First we make our group of ten then we put the left over on the ones side oh whoa
Oh yeah we like to count tens and ones oh yeah we like to count tens and ones
Somebody say tens and ones!

Its fun and the kids love to know that they are singing a popular song! Download it on itunes to get the tune and then you can figure out the rest. I find that short songs that are to the point work best.
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