I am getting SO excited for the start of school; I don’t go back into the classroom for a while yet, but I am in FULL prep mode. One thing I want to work on more this year is to bring more music into my classroom. Since we only meet a few times a week, and my students are going to be on the younger end of the 2-3-year-old age range this year, I want to keep things really simple. I also wanted to have fall song for preschool where we could have lots of movement that we could do in any position, whether standing or sitting. I use songs throughout the day sometimes to energize and sometimes to calm and center my students. This fall song is so simple but also flexible which is what you need to be when teaching this age group especially at the start of the year.
I make song printables for a few reasons; it’s easy to be distracted when trying to keep a group of toddlers’ attention and some mornings lyrics are a must even for old favorites, but also because a teacher can easily print this off and send it home! It’s a simple way to make home – school connections.
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Sing the song to the tune of Fere Jaques / Are You Sleeping?
Lyrics and actions.
Leaves are falling,
leaves are falling,
from the trees,
from the trees.
(raise hands above head and slowly bring them down as you sing the first verse)
Red and yellow,
orange and brown,
in the breeze,
in the breeze.
( sweep hands from side to side slowly as you sing the second verse )
For extra fun try this song with scarves! I think that’s exactly what I am going to do! If you need scarves for your classroom or homeschool, these ones are great!
For even more fun with this theme check out this book, it’s my favorite fall leaves book and makes a great preschool read aloud.
Leaves by David Ezra Stein is such a sweet book about a young bear who doesn’t understand what is happening when he sees leaves falling from the trees. He even tries to put them back on, but it doesn’t work. Eventually, he lays down for a nap and hibernates until Spring when he happily notices that there are new tiny leaves budding on the trees. Both my kids loved this book when we initially borrowed it from our local library, at the time my daughter was 2 and my son was almost 6. Even though the text is simple, the images are so vibrant that reading it with him allowed him to tell me all about hibernation and the changing seasons. This book was also one of my classroom’s favorite last year; my toddlers adored how the bear was trying to put the leaves back!