Thursday, December 27, 2012

Ring in the New Year with Songs and Stories!


The beginning of 2013 is just around the corner so tomorrow we will ring in the New Year at the Whales, Tales and Sails program at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. Here are some of the fun songs and fingerplays the children will enjoy. These are found all around the web so feel free to use them in your work as well.

I wish you all a happy, healthy and amazing New Year, filled with countless joys and blessings!


FINGERPLAYS/ACTION RHYMES

January

January's a very cold month,
Shiver, shiver, shiver, (Hug yourself and pretend to shiver.)
Button up and cover your ears, (Pretend to button coat: cover ears with your hands.)
Or quiver, quiver, quiver. (Shake all over)


Five Little Snowmen (Tune: Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed)

Five little snowmen riding on a sled,
One fell off and bumped his head,
Frosty called the doctor and the doctor said,
No more snowmen riding on that sled!

Count down from four to one…
No more snowmen riding on the sled
Mother but them all to bed!

SONG

Cheer the Year (Tune: "Row, row, row your boat")

Cheer, cheer, cheer the year,a
new one's just begun.
Celebrate with all your friends,
let's go have some fun!
Clap, clap, clap your hands,
a brand new year is here.
Learning, laughing, singing, clapping,
through another year.

STORY STRETCHERS
The People on the Bus (Tune: “The Wheels On The Bus”)

Oh, the people on the bus wear party hats,
Party hats, party hats. (Children place hands together in a point over their heads)
Oh, the people on the bus wear party hats,
All through the town.

Oh, the people on the bus are blowing horns,
Blowing horns, blowing horns. (Children place fist over their mouth)
Oh the people on the bus are blowing horns,
All through the town.

Oh, the people on the bus say, “Happy New Year”,
“Happy New Year”, “Happy New Year”.
Oh, the people on the bus say, “Happy New Year”,
All through the town.

STORY STRETCHERS
A New Year Has Begun (Tune: "If You're Happy and You Know It")

A new year has begun -- clap your hands!
A new year has begun -- clap your hands!
A new year has begun; a new year has begun;
A new year has begun -- clap your hands!


A new year has begun -- stomp your feet!
A new year has begun -- stomp your feet!
A new year has begun; a new year has begun;
A new year has begun -- stomp your feet!

A new year has begun -- give a shout! HURRAH!
A new year has begun -- give a shout! HURRAH!
A new year has begun; a new year has begun;
A new year has begun -- give a shout! HURRAH!


I have added a few versus:

A new year has begun take a bow…
A new year has begun turn around…
A new year has begun sit back down!


BOOK

We will be reading P. Bears New Years Party.
http://www.amazon.com/P-Bears-New-Years-Party/dp/1883672996


STORY

I will also be telling the Japanese  folktale, The Grateful Statues. You may find the story at this link:
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2011/01/beginning-new-year-with-gratitude.html


CRAFTS

Kaboose.com

Noisemakers
http://spoonful.com/crafts/noisemaker-shakers





CURRICULUM

Preschool Plan It.com – A number of activities including art, dramatic play and literacy.
http://www.preschool-plan-it.com/new-year.html

ESL Holiday Lessons.com
http://eslholidaylessons.com/01/new_years_day.html

Teacher’s Planet - Lesson plans, worksheets and more.
http://www.teacherplanet.com/resource/newyears.php





Karen Chace 2012 ©

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