Song of the Month

Every month the song/dance/activity will change. Many of the songs will be from my Recordings. Please print the page and do the activity with your child. Teachers may print the page to use with their classes. If you have questions, Contact Me.

October 2006

Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Orange Pumpkin

Tune:  10 Little Indians

I haven't recorded this one yet – but it's sung to a familiar tune, and is SOO easy and fun, I'm sure you'll get it! If you have questions, go to Contact Me and call or email – I'll be happy to help. Having a visual really helps young children focus. Plus, we all have a "Learning Style" – either Visual, Auditory or Kinesthetic. Simplified, that means how each of us processes our environment. We are born with our Learning Style, and it's very difficult to change it – kind of like trying to make a left-handed writer into a right-handed writer – it can be done, but why would you want to?

The music and words make the Auditory Learner happy. The Visual Learner needs to see pictures, puppets, felt shapes – cues for their eyes! The Kinesthetic Learner needs to touch it, taste it, make it move, move with it, take it apart –- in other words, have a physical relationship with the skill or manipulative. THEY ARE NOT ADHD! In this song, we make them all comfortable by using a felt board pumpkin (a visual aid), singing the song (an auditory cue) and inviting the child(ren) to place facial features on the pumpkin, then do the motions (physical involvement.)

This song can be done by drawing the pumpkin on a piece of paper, then drawing the features, or cutting out the shapes to place on it. By using felts, you can continually change the shapes offered – the nose can be a square, you could make crescent moon shapes for ears – see what gets suggested!

Please be sure to say pump-kin, not punkin – it fits better in the song. And ask what we call a pumpkin with a face? Jack O'Lantern!

Lyrics:

Pumpkin, pumpkin, orange pumpkin
Pumpkin, pumpkin, orange pumpkin
Pumpkin, pumpkin, orange pumpkin
Hi Ho! Autumn is here!

Verse 2: Give him eyes like 2 triangles
Verse 3: Give him a nose that's round like a circle
Verse 4: Give him a mouth to make him smile!
Verse 5: Pumpkin, pumpkin, orange pumpkin

Movements:

Clap hands to the beat during the first verse.

Verse 2: Make triangles with your fingers, thumbs together, pointers together - peek through your triangles!
Verse 3: Make a circle on your nose – keep going 'round!
Verse 4: Point with index finger to each side of mouth and smile!
Verse 5: Clap again!

Age Range: 2 - 6 years old 

Purpose: clapping to a steady beat, vocabulary, facial feature i.d.

Extension Activity: Give the children just a big round pumpkin outline on paper, and let them create their own Jack O'Lantern.

Songs to couple with this one: Black Bat Farm (Song of the Month October '04 or on H.U.M. - Highly Usable Music)

Pattern for Jack O'Lantern:

Pumpkin pattern

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