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We all have favorite songs, but even the most favorite is a bit tiresome when it’s been on repeat a hundred times.

How do we select songs to sing with children? Are there even any other songs than “itsy bitsy spider”???

We have a wonderfully rich and diverse community at Baan Dek, and we’re careful to select songs that reflect this global experience. We enjoy singing songs that include this current winter season, and the changing weather we’re experiencing in this part of the world. Some current favorites have been Walkin in a Winter Wonderland and Home for the Holidays.

Any song can be a children’s song if a child is singing it! We’re not limited to what we might think of as children’s songs. Though “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” is a perpetual favorite, what are some of your favorite songs? We’ve had children share their favorites from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Taylor Swift. “Country Roads” is a great example!

Even if you limit or choose to not have screentime in your family, the soundtracks from movies like Moana or the Sound of Music have wonderful songs everyone can enjoy. Check out your local library for soundtracks and maybe find a new favorite.

Finally, sometimes we want to enjoy music but don’t necessarily want to sing along. Children also enjoy listening to music. Again, the local library can be a wonderful resource for finding a variety of music to share with children. A few fun ones to start with are The Planets by Holst, The Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky (particularly appealing this wintery time of year!), or Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns. Who knows, maybe your child will discover a love of Aaron Copeland, or Indonesian Gamelan, or Gregorian Chant! Every composer was once a child who sparked a love of music.

This podcast also includes five songs you might or might not be familiar with. Here are the lyrics.

Parts of a Butterfly, to the tune of “Head, shoulders, knees, and toes”

Head, thorax, abdomen, and six legs
Head, thorax, abdomen, and six legs
Two antennae, proboscis and wings
Head, thorax, abdomen, and six legs

The Days of the Week

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
There are seven days, there are seven days, there are seven days in the week
There are seven days, there are seven days, there are seven days in the week
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

The Continents Song

North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa
Don’t forget Australia
Don’t forget Antarctica
North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa

The More We Get Together

The more we get together, together, together
The more we get together the happier we’ll be
Cause your friends are my friends and my friends are your friends
The more we get together the happier we’ll be

For the Golden Corn

For the golden corn and the apples on the tree
For the golden fields and the honey for our tea
For fruits and nuts and berries that grow along the way
For fields and trees and flowers we give thanks every day

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Written by:

Charlotte Snyder

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