I decided that the best way for the children to lean the music and to keep the work load down for myself would be to sing the same songs every week. Children this age really thrive on routine. In addition, it takes several repetitions of the same song before they will even begin to join in. So I made up a schedule and I stick to it every week. The hardest part was gathering all the supplies, but once I had them all together everything became easy peasy. (note: cs = Children's Songbook)
First, I keep all my supplies in a tote in the primary room so they are ready to go when it's time
We always start with this song. We sit in a circle (I kneel on the floor as well), hold hands and shake hands as we sing.
10. Do As I'm Doing, cs 276 (shakers)
I like to end on a reverent note and this is my favorite primary song of all time. I used puff paints to decorate the mirror. The children fold their arms while I hold the mirror and move it around so they each get a chance to look in it. Here's a closer look at the mirror:
After we're done singing I give each child a sticker, then they help me shake out and fold up the blanket. Finally, they all yell 'bye-bye' as I leave. They're the best. :)
There you have it. I hope you can use some of my ideas in your nursery. And please share your ideas as well!