If you put something to music, for me it sticks. Callie & I were talking today about Harriet Tubman & read a book called Follow the Drinking Gourd. An old man named Joe taught the slaves a song to help them remember how to find their way north to freedom. Every verse held another piece of the map. We talked about how most slaves didn’t get to learn how to read or write, so a song helped them remember what Joe told them.
That got me thinking about a few songs our family has made up & learned through the years to make things stick easier…
The Twelve Months of the Year
– sung to the tune of “Oh, Be Careful Little Eyes What You See”
(Lyrics by Leigh Ann)
Here’s a song about the twelve months of the year. (clap, clap)
January, February, give a cheer (Rah, rah!)
March and April, May and June,
Then July will be here soon.
August, September, October, November.
Last comes December!!!!! (sung with hands waving like a show tune flurry finish)
Seven Days of the Week
– sung to the tune of “One Little, Two Little, Three Little Indians”
(Lyrics by Valerie)
These are the seven days of the week;
Church on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday,
These are the days of the week. (Bum, bum – embellishment on end by Wayne family)
– sung to the tune of “One Little, Two Little, Three Little Indians” as well
(Don’t know where it came from. I taught it to my fifth graders years ago & have adapted it as new Presidents have come…)
Note: It helps when teaching this to little ones to have a ruler, deck of cards, or placemat with pictures of the Presidents on it to point to each one as you sing the name so they have a one to one correspondance; know when you’re naming another person. Otherwise, it’s just a rote memory of jibberish for them.
Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison,
Monroe, Adams, Jackson, Van Buren,
Harrison, Tyler, Polk and Taylor,
Fillmore, Pierce, Buchanan.
Lincoln, Johnson, Grant and Hayes,
Garfield, Arthur, Cleveland, Harrison,
McKinnley, Roosevelt, Taft and Wilson,
Harding, Coolidge and Hoover.
Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman,
Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy,
Johnson, Nixon, Ford and Carter,
Reagan, Bush and Clinton,
(And BUSH!!!!) – shouted at the end.
Don’t know what we’ll do after the next election. We’ll have to see what we have to work with & edit from there.
Yankee Doodle Prepositions
– sung to the tune of “Yankee Doodle” obviously
(Lyrics by my fifth grade teacher, Miss Humbert, as far as I know)
With, on, for, after, at, by, in,
Against, instead of, near, between,
To, off, from, under, down, below,
Through, over, up, according to.
Aboard, across, beyond, about,
Before, behind, within, without,
Among, amidst, above, toward,
Not withstanding, into, of.