Kindergarten & First Grade Program Planning
For my Kindergarten and 1st grade program every year I try and create an experience that’s entertaining, that uses some standard songs, and something that lets kids have a little fun. I make a point to try and add in a Spanish song to about every program that I can. So many families in my school are from Mexico and many of the parents/grandparents that come to our programs only speak Spanish. I want the audience to find something familiar and exciting. Adding the Spanish language song stretches the kids, delights parents, and adds a lot to the experience!
I've also learned with a school full of English Language Learners that you don't push for too much in the K-1 program each year. Parents and family are content with cute kids up singing fun and easy songs. That's fine with me! Of course I want the best for my students and I push them into harder music and harder music all the time, but I'd choose process over product any day. In this program I stick with fun and cute instead of pushing them super hard, cutting out classroom time that could be used for other content, so that we could have a big production. I choose the music for my K-1 programs to be fun, relatable for parents, teachable for me, and offers content that aligns with the thinking skills and teaching topics that are grade appropriate.
Love Bugs – The Concert
Both Grades: Skinamarinkadinkadink
First Grade: Flying Bees
Kindergarten: Baby Bumblebee
First Grade: The Bugs on the Go
Kindergarten: Itsy Bitsy Spider
First Grade: Hug Bug
Both Grades: Love Bugs!
Here are some more details
Skinamarink... traditional. There are many versions. My kids love to sing along to and practice with this one. The video is not exactly what we'll do at the program, but close.
Flying Bees... a cute piggyback song. On the website it's just listed as Bee Song.
Baby Bumblebee... Traditional. In our version we're not "wiping off" the baby bumblebee but instead "licking off/throwing up" the baby bumblebee. Gross, but to have 80 Kindergarteners do it it'll be cute. Plus when many parents won't understand exactly what we're talking about because of the language barrier the slapstick will make this more entertaining for them.
Bugs on the Go... It's another from the site above. Another piggyback song and involves a lot of bugs.
Itsy Bitsy Spider... Traditional. No surprises here. Going to do an ABA form and during the B section we'll only do actions with no singing. It looks pretty cute.
Hug Bug... A totally cute song with a Spanish version. We'll do one verse/chorus in English and another in Spanish. The Spanish doesn't translate exactly and loses some of the meaning but it's cute anyway. Worth taking the time to learn it and it was surprising easy for them to understand and learn. Skip down to page 10 of this PDF to find the full sheet music.
Love Bugs... Our new song! See below for more!
Love Bugs - The Song
Extensions and Extras
Check out this post about Bulletin Board ideas to go with the program.
Here is the Pinterest Board I created to gather up ideas to go along with the program. Feel free to send me any pins that I missed so that I can keep the ideas for next time I use this program!