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Selecting Songs for Classroom Transitions
Dr. Jean Feldman

This activity is excerpted from: Transition Time: Let's Do Something Different! by Jean Feldman, Ph.D.

Keep this jukebox handy for when you need a song or chant.

A small box
Construction paper
Index cards

- Cover the box with construction paper.
- Decorate with musical notes and write "Jukebox" on it. You may want to cut a slot on the side of the box for quarters."
- Write the titles of songs, such as "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," or "If You're Happy and You Know It" on each index card.
- Place the cards in the box.
- Whenever you have a few extra minutes, "spin a tune" on the jukebox.
- Hand a child a pretend quarter. Instruct him to put it in the box and pull out a song.
- The class then sings that song.

What Else?
You can continue giving children "quarters" and singing the songs they select as long as they are interested.
Cut paper in the shape of CDs and write the titles of songs on them.
Make a similar activity using nursery rhymes.
Make copies of the songs in this book and use them in the jukebox.

This activity (excerpt) is taken from:
Transition Time: Let's Do Something Different! by Jean Feldman, Ph.D., Page 244. ISBN: 087659173X
© 1995 Gryphon House, Inc.


About Transition Tips and Tricks for Teachers:

An invaluable resource for turning stressful transition times into fun learning experiences! Dr. Jean brings you more attention- grabbing, creative activities to turn potentially stressful transitions into fun learning experiences. These short, simple activities offer new ways to capture children's attention with fingerplays, chants, songs, and games. All of the activities reflect current brain research and reinforce early literacy. Stories are included, as well as patterns for puppets and props. Use it any time of day-from morning activities to group time to snack time to dismissal. These classroom-tested activities are sure to become favorites!

About Dr. Jean Feldman:
Dr. Jean is beloved by teachers, parents, and children alike for her creative activities that make learning fun!  She has been actively involved in education for over 30 years as a classroom teacher, instructor of adults, author, and consultant. Dr. Feldman has a B.A. from the University of Georgia, a D.A.S.T. from Emory University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Georgia State University. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Kindergarten Alliance. Dr. Feldman presents to professional groups across the country and serves on the advisory boards of several organization. To have Dr. Jean conduct a professional workshop at your school, please visit Dr. Jean's Website.

Be sure to see
Dr. Jean's Music for Young Children

Many thanks to Dr. Jean Feldman for permission to display these lyric excerpts.
© Dr. Jean Feldman. All rights reserved. Used with permission





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