Fingers & Toes

Playing with pitch can be so much fun for you and your baby! Pitch is one of the tiny details that makes up music, but has meaning all by itself. Just like your baby’s tiny fingers and toes. Here is a brand new Sprouting Melodies Sing at Home to play and sing.

 

Fingers & Toes  E. K. Schwartz 2015

Fingers and toes. Fingers and toes.

Wiggle ’em, jiggle ’em. Tickle your nose.

Fingers and toes. Fingers and toes.

Wiggle ’em, jiggle ’em. Tickle your nose.

Close your eyes and count to ten.

When you wake up, we’ll do it again!

 

Together with the Beat

Washing dishes? Cooking dinner? How do you get all this done while staying connected to you children? One way is through singing. Here is a brand new Sprouting Melodies Sing at Home to help you and your child stay together with the beat, even while you are not missing out on any other beat!

Together with the Beat

Hey, I’m so glad you’re here

We’re going to clap and cheer

We’re going to stamp our feet together to the beat

We’re going to sing and play

We’re going to shout ‘hooray’

We’re going to stop and say – “Have a Really Great Day!”

I Really Like You!

It’s the season of LOVE, with a capital L! We love our spouse. We love our parents. We love our children. But liking someone is very different from loving someone.  And liking  our children is just as important as loving our children. Here is a fun, fun song to sing ‘to’ and ‘with’ someone you like. Enjoy!

I Like, I like, I like. I like you!  (E.K. Schwartz 2015)

I like you. I like you. I like, I like, I like, I like, I like you.

I like you. I like the things you do. I like, I like, I like, I like. I like you.

I do. I do. I really, really do.

I like you. I like you. I like, I like, I like, I like, I like you.

I like you. I like the things you do. I like, I like, I like, I like. I like you.

How’s the Weather Where You are Today?

Sprouting Melodies Sing at Home:” It’s Cold, Cold, Cold.”

How’s the weather where you are today?  No matter what’s outside, the way that weather affects us can make us comfortable or miserable.  Here are two brand new musical chants to sing at home with your little ones about those outside feelings.  One to help you understand what your child is telling you; and one to help your child understand the world around them. Enjoy!

Beth

What’s Wrong?    E.K. Schwartz 2014

Are you hungry? Are you tired?

Is your diaper ripe and bold?

Are you sick? Are you lonely?

Are you hot? Or are you cold?

It’s Cold, Cold, Cold.    E.K. Schwartz 2014

There’s a tingle in my fingers

And a jingle in my toes

There’s a shiver in my belly

And a crinkle in my nose

My elbows and knees are feeling cranky and old

And that’s how I know that it’s cold, cold, cold.

Brr…It’s cold, cold, cold.

Brr…It’s cold, cold, cold.

Brr…It’s cold, cold, cold.

And that’s how I know that it’s cold, cold, cold

The Best Present…

A popular saying this time of year is “The best present is your presence.” This is so true with young children. Here is a different kind of jingle bell song as well as another saying to remember when thinking about young children and healthy development:

“Sixty Seconds of Singing Strengthens Social Synapses”.

 

I Hear the Bells 

I hear the bells, that’s how I tell

Winter is here; Christmas is near

Jingle, jingle, jingle Merry Christmas

Ding dong ding dong ding

Enjoy!

Beth

Elizabeth K. Schwartz LCAT MT-BC

Growing = Changing = Growing

Just when we get used to our children’s habits and likes and dislikes; they go and change on us! As a grownup, we know that change has to happen in order to grow, but that doesn’t mean it is easy for us – or for them. Here is a new Sprouting Melodies Sing at Home that on the surface is about the change of seasons as the trees shed their leaves. But it is really a chance for you to celebrate your child’s new found interest in the world and the excitement that comes from leaving the comfort of the old to embrace the new. Dance and rock with your little one, and then swirl and twirl. Enjoy!

The Leaves are Falling

E.K. Schwartz 2012

The leaves are falling from the trees; they’re twirling round and round.

The leaves are falling from the trees; they’re falling to the ground.

Down, down, down, down, down, down, down.

Move with Me to Make Me Nicer

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Moms and Dads and all kinds of caregivers have known for years that babies and toddlers love to bounce to music. Now new research from McMaster University in Canada has shown that babies that bounce along in the synchrony with their grownup showed more altruistic behavior than babies who were not bounced in the same rhythm.  Here is a new Sprouting Melodies Sing at Home all about bouncing with your baby and sharing the joy of mutual movement and singing.  Try it and you might just find out that singing and moving together will make you and your baby nicer. Enjoy!

Beth

Here With Me!  (Adapted from an Irish Folk Dance by Elizabeth K. Schwartz 2014)

I’m so glad that we’re here in music. I’m so glad that you’re here with me.  Diddle dee dee.  Here with me.

I’m so glad that we’re here in music. I’m so glad that I’m here with you. Doodle dee do. Here with you.

I’m so glad that we’re here in music. I’m so glad that you’re here with me.  Diddle dee dee.  Here with me.

I’m So Glad You’re My Baby

It hits you like a ton of bricks – that special feeling of love and connection and responsibility we feel for our baby! How can we show our baby how much we love them? Singing to them, and singing for them is a great way. No matter what your voice sounds like, it is YOUR voice that your baby wants. It is YOUR voice that your baby needs.  And no matter what else happens in your life, send the message that you always will be glad “That you’re my baby”.  Come on and listen and learn this new song from the Sprouting Melodies Sing at Home series.

I’m So Glad You’re My Baby

I am really glad; yes I’m really, really glad; and I always will be glad that you’re my baby, baby, baby.

And sometimes I get sad; look, my face looks really sad; but I always will be glad that you’re my baby, baby, baby.

And sometimes I get mad; and my face looks really mad; but I always will be glad that you’re my baby, baby, baby.

I am really glad; yes I’m really, really glad; and I always will be glad that you’re my baby, baby, baby.

Curiosity, Questions and Quality Time

How do we teach young children to think? to be creative? to ask questions? to be curious? Come watch this Sprouting Melodies Sing at Home video for some thoughts and of course another brand new song for you to sing with your child.

There’s Something New About Me     E.K. Schwartz 2014

There’s something new about me.  Just look and you will see. There’s something new about me.  I’m learning to be me!

My hands are clapping;  My feet are tapping; And I can tell you  ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

My hands are clapping; My feet are tapping; And I am ready to go!

There’s something new about me. It happens every day.There’s something new about me. And I have lots to say.

My hands are clapping;  My feet are tapping; And I can tell you  ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

My hands are clapping; My feet are tapping; And I am ready to go!

There’s something new about me. Just look from head to toe. There’s something new about me. Come watch me as I grow.

My hands are clapping;  My feet are tapping; And I can tell you  ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

My hands are clapping; My feet are tapping; And I am ready to go!

There’s something new about me.  Just look and you will see. There’s something new about me.  I’m learning to be me!

Time For Some Fresh Air

Spring is a great time to open all the windows and let some fresh air in. The wind is blowing; the sun is glowing; and it’s time for all of us to go out and play.  Join me in singing and playing this celebration of change.

I’m Growing Up Today by Elizabeth Schwartz, LCAT, MT-BC
The wind is blowing
The sun is glowing
And I am going out to play
The wind is blowing
The sun is glowing
And I am going out to play

Growing, growing
I’m growing up today.
Yes, I am growing, I’m growing.
I’m growing up today.

Beth

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