6 Ways You Can Use Nancy Kopman’s Album “Senses” To Help You With Transitions in The Kindergarten Classroom

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Inside: A list of ways early childhood teachers can use Nancy Kopman’s music as an extra hand on the daily routine with the children in early learning environments.

 

Musical queues are a great way to help children with transitions, as you probably already know! You hit the tunes and everyone (…or some of us) starts singing along while we proceed to do the next bit of the routine.

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After listening to Nancy Kopman’s 5th album “Senses” I decided to write a handy list for those of us who work with children under five on ways to use Nancy’s music in different parts of the daily routine of a kindergarten classroom.

If you haven’t heard Nancy’s children music yet, I recommend you visit her blog and Youtube Channel, so you get to know why so many early years teachers like myself follow her.

Just to give you an idea, below is one of her action songs that uses directional moves and gets the children learning and moving while they have fun:

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Play “Senses” in your Preschool classroom to:

1. Use a more inclusive type of “Hello” song

Start the day with “A Welcome Song” which is all about belonging. When the children are reminded that they belong, right at the start of the day, it is much easier for them to feel safe and engage in everyday learning.

2. To get the children to line up in under 3 minutes

Don’t think that’s possible? Give it a shot using “Everybody Line Up” which builds up the lining up process within the lyrics with a catchy tune.

3. To wash those mucky handsies

This is my personal favorite and I still find myself singing it whenever I help the youngest to wash their hands. I like it because you can keep singing it until they have ACTUALLY washed their hands properly.

4. To move the group from place to place

The action song “Horses” engages the kids in getting them from one place to another doing different types of “galloping”, which is fun for the kids since they get entertained while moving from place to place as a whole group. And it is even more fun for the adults since they don’t have to be reminding everyone to KEEP WALKING (as much).

5. To let off some steam before circle time

Use “Shake, Shake, Shake” to let the children use a bit of all that extra energy before engaging them in a focused activity like circle time (which IMHO shouldn’t be too long anyway!).

6. To halt a train of tears

You know when it is about to happen… so try playing “I feel happy” as soon as you hear the third person in a row saying something that reminds everyone else that Mummy and Daddy are not here at the moment.

Where to get Nancy’s album

You can get the album “Senses” from Amazon, iTunes or Spotify.

More about the artist

Find out more about Nancy Kopman and her music in her blog. If you enjoy her work show her your support by leaving a comment in her Youtube Channel.

Dog & Cat Valentine’s Jar Printable

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Show love to your family’s animal companion with this Valentine’s jar full of yummy treats!

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How to DIY the jars:

This craft was designed for Red Ted Art’s series “31 Days of Love”. Visit Red Ted Art to see the step-by-step tutorial on how to make this animal gift.

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Printable Preview:

Dog and Cat versions of eyes, ears, tail and paws holding “I Woof You” and “I Meow You” signs respectively.

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Doors and Windows Coloring Printable For DIY Recycled Town, Cardboard City or Paper Dollhouse

Doors and Window Printables a fun DIY kids craft toy made out of recycling #diykids #printable #greencrafts #rainbowcraft

 

Save time making DIY toy houses and buildings with recycled materials by printing these lovely doors and windows.

That way you can use the extra time to make entire towns, cities or even a huge dollhouse mansion (or would that be called a “dollmansion”?).

* Rainbow Town was inspired by the book “My Colour is Rainbow” by Agnes Hsu, a short children’s book about acceptance (much needed nowadays!) *

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About the printable

It is a PDF with 3 pages:

  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Signs

The Doors and Windows come in a sort-of medieval looking style and a few of them can “open and close” for extra fun.

The Signs page comes with a big “Welcome to Rainbow Town” entrance sign because this printable came to life for a guest post I had the chance to make with the amazing Hello Wonderful (you can see the full tutorial here).

There are also a bunch of blank signs so the kids can draw whatever symbols or words they need for their buildings.

In the Rainbow Town, we included symbols for a Pastry shop, a Flower shop, a Hat shop and a School (which I clearly chose badly because my wife thought the building with the apple symbol was a fruit shop, lol).

Welcome to Rainbow town sign for a recycled town project. A fun DIY kids craft toy made out of recycling #rainbows #kidscraft #papertown

How to use it:

Super easy!

  • Paint or wrap in recycling paper any cardboard box or whatever empty package you have without bugs in it.
  • Choose which of the windows and doors would fit better for your building.
  • Color them in, cut them out and paste them in place.
  • Voilá! You have a building!

If you’d like to see a complete step-by-step tutorial on how the toilet-roll houses and juice-box buildings of Rainbow Town were made, hop over to the guest post at Hello Wonderful.

Colourful Hotel for a recycled town project. A fun DIY kids craft toy made out of recycling #cardboardcraft

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Teamwork and Community Activity for Kids:

If you have a group of kids, have them all make one or two buildings of their choice and put together a town where all of them contribute to make it beautiful!

You can expect to have several of the same type of building, and that’s ok! (Police stations and Supermarkets will probably be easy to find in your town) you can always encourage the kids to make more buildings if you want the town to have a more diverse range of public spaces 🙂

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Examples of finished buildings and houses:

Note: This idea was created in collaboration with Hello Wonderful (I love their Facebook Page and you might too!). You can see Box of Ideas’ guest post over there.

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Instructions to Download:

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2. Click on “I want this!” (either leave the price as $0 to download for free, or support this project with a donation from your kind heart. Much appreciated!).

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The Author: Rodrigo Macias is a bilingual creative mixing his experience working in Childcare and Design to come up with imaginative & educational printables and activities for kids.