RACHEL'S SONG LYRICS, MOTIONS, AND ACTIVITIES
These songs are provided for your use in the classroom and not for redistribution for any commercial purposes. Many of the songs are written to the melody of traditional songs and are not yet provided on any of Rachel's recordings. The rest of the songs are mine or from writers who have given me permission to use their songs. Please honor the copyright and the writer by crediting the writer if you pass them on to others to use in classrooms. Thank you.

PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY Traditional
Sung by Rachel Sumner on the CD Rachel's Fun Time Too! (click here to purchase).

Chorus: (Sing the chorus between each verse)
Peanut butter and jelly, peanut butter and jelly,
peanut butter and jelly, peanut butter and jelly.
On the word "peanut butter-shake your hands down to the right
and on the word "jelly"-shake your hands up to the left.

First you look for the peanuts, and you look for the peanuts,
and you look, and you look, and you look for the peanuts.
Look for the peanuts with your hand to your forehead switching hands each time you say "look."

Then you pick 'em, and you pick 'em, and you pick 'em,
and you pick 'em and you pick 'em.
Pretend like you are picking the peanuts.
Then you smash 'em, and you smash 'em, and you smash 'em, and you smash 'em.
Act like you are smashing the peanuts with your hands together.

Then you spread it, and you spread it, and you spread it, and you spread it, and you spread it.
Pretend like you are putting peanut butter on bread. One hand is the piece of bread and spread with the other. Change hands each time you say the word "spread."

Spoken: Now we need some jelly!
Repeat the verses for jam. First you look for the berries.....
Spoken: Now, you take the two pieces and put them together and what do you do next?
Answer: You eat it!!!
And you eat it, and you eat it, and you eat it, and you eat it, and you eat it.
And you eat it, and you eat it, and you eat it, and you eat it, and you eat it.
(You can not sing now because the peanut butter is stuck to the roof of your mouth!)

Chorus: Hmmm, hmmm, hmmm, hmmm...
Spoken: PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY!!!!!

BRAIN DANCE (Search for Anne Green Gilbert's website for more information)

Breath    I have children make big circles with their arms.

Tactile    squeeze, tap, pat, scratch, or brush all body parts (Play with it. Pretend that mud has falled on your head and make it go down your body. Be silly. Change it up. Have the children think of new ideas like spiders tickling each part of the body from head to toe.)

Core-Distal    I have the children make a great big X with their bodies. (Reach out with toes, fingers, head, tall) and then and curl back to the core of your body. I have the children make the shape of the letter O when they do this.

Head-Tail    move head and tail separately and together in all planes, then do the wiggle worm spine

Upper Lower move all parts in upper body half, then all parts in lower body half

Body-Side    move all parts on right side of body, then all parts on left side, do horizontal eye tracking with your index finger

Cross-Lateral    I have the children get all &auot;X-ed&auot;. How many ways can you make an X with your body? How many Xs can you make at one time? upmove across the midline, connect upper and lower body quadrants, do vertical eye tracking

Vestibular    move off balance with swings, spins, tips and rolls on all levels and in all directions. (With young children, I like to spin 3 times stopping in between each time. Use your stop hand and have everyone say, &auot;Stop!")

HAND WASHING SONG (to the melody of Turkey in the Straw)
Lyrics by Rachel Sumner

1.) First, I squirt a little soap in my dirty, grubby hands.
Then I step up to the sink and scrubby-dubby as I stand,
Put my hands under the water and I rub them all around,
And I won't stop until I hum another round.

2.) Hmm, hmm. . .

To the rest of the melody:

I dry them off ‘cause my hands are wet,
Yes, I dry them off ‘cause my hands are wet,
And that's the way I wash my hands,
So I don't spread germs to all my friends.
Copyright©2004 Songs by Rachel, ASCAP

Find A Partner (to the melody of Found A Peanut)
Lyrics by Rachel Sumner

1.) Find a partner, find a partner, find a partner right now.
Everybody find a partner, find a partner, right now.

2.) Look at your partner, look at your partner, look at your partner right now.
Shake hands say, "Howdy partner, howdy partner" right now.

(After the dance)
3.) Look at your partner, look at your partner, look at your partner right now.
Shake hands say, "Thank you partner, thank you partner" right now.
Copyright©2003 Songs by Rachel, ASCAP

DOCTOR KNICKERBOCKER Traditional
Sung by Rachel Sumner on the CD Tap Those Toes!


1.) Doc - tor Knickerbocker, Knickerbocker number nine,
He's got the rhythm and he keeps in time.
Now, let's get the rhythm of the hands (clap, clap).
Now, you've got the rhythm of the hands (clap, clap)
Now, let's get the rhythm of the number nine
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine.
Tap on a number chart or other visual aide (like a calendar) with the numbers 1-9 on it.

2.) Doc - tor Knickerbocker, Knickerbocker number nine,
He's got the rhythm and he keeps in time.
Now, let's get the rhythm of the hands (clap, clap).
Now, youÕve got the rhythm of the hands (clap, clap)
Now, let's get the rhythm of the feet (stamp, stamp)
Now, you've got the rhythm of the feet (stamp, stamp)
Now, let's get the rhythm of the number nine
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine.

3.) Keep adding body parts
...Now, let's get the rhythm of the hips (hips go side to side and say, "woo, woo").
Now, you've got the rhythm of the hips (woo, woo)....

4.) ...Now, let's get the rhythm of the arms (lift both arms up in the air and say, "whoopee").
Now, you've got the rhythm of the arms (whoopee)....

5.) ... Now, let's get the rhythm of the lips (kiss, kiss)
Now, you've got the rhythm of the lips (kiss, kiss)
Now, let's get the rhythm of the number nine.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine. Ending: (knee knocking drum roll, tap hand)
Let the children come up with other body parts and something to do for each body part to add to this song.

A, E, I, O, U
To the traditional melody of BINGO, Lyric writer: unknown

1. There are some letters that I know and vowels are their names, oh! A, E, I, O, U, A, E, I, O, U, A, E, I, O, U and vowels are their names, oh! (and sometimes Y)

BINGO RECTANGLE SONG (To the traditional melody of Bingo. Lyric writer: unknown)

What is this shape that has four sides? It is not a square, no!
It's a rectangle. (repeat 3 times) It is not a square, no!
Two sides are short, two sides are long. It is not a square, no!
It's a rectangle. (repeat 3 times) It is not a square, no!


WHAT'S THE WEATHER To the traditional melody of Frére Jacques
Lyrics by Rachel Sumner (This song is available on my Kindersongs CD.)

CHORUS: What's the weather, what's the weather, like today, like today.
Look outside the window. Look outside the window. Can you say? Can you say?

1.) It's a sunny, it's a sunny, Sunny day, sunny day.
Go out in the sunshine. Go out in the sunshine. Play, play, play, play, play, play.

2.) It's a cloudy, it's a cloudy, cloudy day, cloudy day.
Better get a sweater. Better get a sweater. If itÕs cold, if itÕs cold.


3.)It's a windy, it's a windy, windy day, windy day.
Let's go fly a kite now. Let's go fly a kite now. Fly it high, fly it high.

4.) It's a rainy, it's a rainy, rainy day, rainy day.
Better get a raincoat, better get a raincoat. It's all wet, it's all wet.


5.) It's a snowy, it's a snowy, snowy day, snowy day.
Get your coat and mittens. Get your coat and mittens. Brrr, brr, brr, brr, brr, brr.
Copyright©2001 Songs by Rachel, ASCAP


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