In today's upside-down world where good is bad and bad is good, it takes a superhero to dodge oncoming bullets and survive as a stay-at-home mom. This is the place to celebrate your larger-than-life status! Get homeschooling tips, ideas for crafts and cooking, and inspiration to make it through the day. I'm a fellow Superhero Stay-at-Home Mom, a former preschool and kindergarten teacher with a master's degree in special education, and the mother of two sons, one with autism.
Before having my first child, I read in a parenting book that it's essential to sing to your youngster even if your voice is lousy. The author assured tone-deaf singers like me that our kids will love our voices no matter what. After all, it was our voices that became familiar to them in utero, soothing and comforting them. One day, however, while belting out a ditty, my 2-year-old covered his ears with his hands and issued a stern order, "Mom, STOP singing!"
To say I was devastated by this rejection would be an understatement. What happened to the theory he would love my voice no matter what? While I did cut back on vocalizing a little bit to appease my son, I still sung to him because I knew its benefits. Research shows a parent's singing, rhyming, reading, and rapping are all important to building a child's phonological awareness. Phonological awareness -- one's ability to hear and manipulate sounds -- is the foundation for future reading success. So... even if you're not Beyonce, let your voice be heard!
Song: I'm a Mean Old Witch
I'm a mean old witch with a hat (make a triangle on your head by touching your thumbs and index fingers)
Hmmmmmm (make mad face and hold fists at your side).
Riding on a broom with my cat...Meow!
My shoes are pointed (reach down and touch feet)
My chin is too (touch chin).
You better watch out or I might scare you (reach out hands in front of you).
I'm a mean old witch with a hat (make a triangle over head with fingers.
Fingerplay: Here Is a Pumpkin
Here is a pumpkin, plump and round (make a circle with your thumbs and index fingers)
On a vine upon the ground
Here is a bat (hook thumbs together, flutter fingers).
Here is a cat (put index fingers on sides of head).
Here is the witch's tall black hat (form a triangle with thumbs and index fingers).
Song: Once I Had a Pumpkin (tune: Have You Ever Seen a Lassie?)
point to body parts as you sing
Once I had a pumpkin, a pumpkin, a pumpkin
Once I had a pumpkin with no face at all
With no eyes and no nose and no mouth and no teeth.
Once I had a pumpkin with no face at all.
Once I made a jack-o-lantern, jack-o-lantern, jack-o-lantern
Once I made a jack-o-lantern with yes face at all
With yes eyes and yes nose and yes mouth and yes teeth.
Once I made a jack-o-lantern with yes face at all.
Poem: Five Little Pumpkins (count down from 5-1 with fingers)
Five little pumpkins sitting in the store
One became a jack-o-lantern.
Then there were four.
Four little pumpkins plump as they could be
One was bought by a family.
Then there were three. Three little pumpkins with nothing to do One was bought by a family. Then there were two.
Promote phonological awareness in your toddlers and preschoolers by listening to music. This collection of Halloween favorites includes 5 Little Pumpkins, 12 Days of Halloween, and Spider on the Floor. Listen while driving your kids around town, knowing your building their understanding of how language works.