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Sue's work with children who have special needs is featured in the video "Beautiful Surprises." 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upq6sp-HmDo&list=UUpG6xkCux0enjfy8VI0eD0Q&index=16

Winner of the 2014 "Artist of the Year" Award from Young Audiences of Maryland.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpiUPvgG7jE

Sue Trainor inspires creativity in concert and in workshops. Her participant-centered, experiential programs motivate children and adults to explore new skills and ideas. Sue’s energy and enthusiasm capture everyone’s attention and her sense of humor and down-to-earth approach keep it.

Go to the VIDEO/PHOTO section (below) to see video from Benfield Elementary's songwriting residency closing concert. Three fourth grade classes sing the songs they composed about cells, Maryland history, and summer vacation.

School Assembly Video below, from Roland Park School, Baltimore:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEVewNAy06w

 

ACCA Early Arts Learning - January 15, 2020

Hi, all! Thanks for great sessions today. Hope you find the information helpful. Please feel free to stay in touch with questions and new ideas!

Here's the repertoire that isn't in your handout.

Best, Sue

 

WIGGLE YOUR FINGERS

By Jamaal “Mr. Root” Collier, WT teaching artist

This is a syncopated chant that uses words in rhythm. Every stanza has 16 beats, except the last, which has 8.  Movements are as described in the lyric.

Wiggle your FINgers (rest, rest)

Wiggle your FINgers (rest, rest)

Wiggle your FINgers (rest, rest)

Wiggle your FINgers, (rest, rest)

 

Shake your wrists, just like this

Shake your wrists, just like this

Shake your wrists, just like this

Shake your wrists, just like this

 

MOVE your elbows

MOVE your elbows

MOVE your elbows

MOVE your elbows

 

Pop your SHOULders, HUNH  (rest)

Pop your SHOULders, HUNH  (rest)

Pop your SHOULders, HUNH  (rest)

Pop your SHOULders, HUNH  (rest)

 

HANDS in the air – SHAKE ‘em up

HANDS in the air – SHAKE ‘em up

HANDS in the air – SHAKE ‘em up

HANDS in the air – SHAKE ‘em up

 

SHAKE ‘em up, SHAKE ‘em up, SHAKE ‘em up, SHAKE ‘em up

SHAKE ‘em up, SHAKE ‘em up, SHAKE ‘em up, SHAKE ‘em up

FREEZE!!

Drop your hands.

 

INSTRUMENT PROTOCOL

At rest:  Instruments up!

Cue start: Ready, set, time to play!

            Play instruments to song or chant

Cue end:  And stop!

Transition to putting instruments down: Call out a sequence of silly directions, such as
“Put your instrument on your head, on your shoulder, on your tummy, on the floor.  Let go. Hand in your lap.”

 

WASHING MACHINE CHANT

-       Sue Trainor

Washing, washing, washing machine

Wash our clothes and get them clean

Soap them up, rinse them down

Spin them, spin them all around!

Singing game: Circle game, like “London Bridge.” Children are the washing machine, walking around the circle; pictures (or real) clothes are placed in the middle of the circle. Teachers are the bridge, making an arch for everyone to walk under. Cue start: everyone walks around the circle saying the chant. On the word “down” teachers drop the arch, catch someone and spin them around. That person goes to the middle, silently chooses one piece of clothing to take out of the washing machine (without touching the picture) and gives the class clues about which piece of clothing they’re thinking of. All point to the picture they think is being described. The clue-giver takes the picture and hangs it on the clothesline. Repeat.

 

WE ARE CLOTHES ON THE LINE

-       Sue Trainor

Sing, to “Mary Had a Little Lamb:”

We are clothes on the line,

On the line, on the line

 We are clothes on the line

Guess who lives in this house

Game: Children have picture cards (or real clothes, from drama area for example). May be done individually or with a small group standing in front of the class, or several turns in the circle. Children show their cards. Ask class who lives in Kofi’s house? Why do you think so? Repeat for several turns, singing the song in between.

 

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR

Song Adaptations by Sue Trainor

To the tune of "Jingle Bells:"

Chorus:

Caterpillar, caterpillar

Hungry all the time

Eat and grow and eat and grow

Until it’s chrysalis time

Verse:

Monday he ate a ____

Tuesday he ate two ____

Wednesday day he ate three _____

And he was feeling great

Thursday he ate four ____

Friday he ate five _____

Saturday he ate _____

And got a tummyache!

 

Mo. Co. Preschool - December 5, 2019

Hi, Friends! See the October entry below for the initial letter strategies I showed today. Here are the science examples I added:

Precipitation

Precipitaaation, precipitaaation

Sometimes it rains, sometimes it snows

Sometimes ice falls from the clouds, you know

We need that rain, we need that snow

It helps all living things grow!

Precipitaaation, precipitaaation

 

GRAVITY

(To the beginning of the tune of "3 Blind Mice")

Gravity

Pulls things down

Mo. Co. - one more! - October 25, 2019

WIGGLE YOUR FINGERS

By Jamaal “Mr. Root” Collier, WT teaching artist

 

This is a syncopated chant that uses words in rhythm. Every stanza has 16 beats, except the last, which has 8.  Movements are as described in the lyric.

 

Wiggle your FINgers (rest, rest)

Wiggle your FINgers (rest, rest)

Wiggle your FINgers (rest, rest)

Wiggle your FINgers, (rest, rest)

 

Shake your wrists, just like this

Shake your wrists, just like this

Shake your wrists, just like this

Shake your wrists, just like this

 

MOVE your elbows

MOVE your elbows

MOVE your elbows

MOVE your elbows

 

Pop your SHOULders, HUNH  (rest)

Pop your SHOULders, HUNH  (rest)

Pop your SHOULders, HUNH  (rest)

Pop your SHOULders, HUNH  (rest)

 

HANDS in the air – SHAKE ‘em up

HANDS in the air – SHAKE ‘em up

HANDS in the air – SHAKE ‘em up

HANDS in the air – SHAKE ‘em up

 

 

SHAKE ‘em up, SHAKE ‘em up, SHAKE ‘em up, SHAKE ‘em up

SHAKE ‘em up, SHAKE ‘em up, SHAKE ‘em up, SHAKE ‘em up

FREEZE!!

Drop your hands.

 

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