Children love to be taught new ways of learning songs.
You may teach any of the songs in this book as they are printed, omitting any
optional parts or combinations of parts. However, to add variety, you may:
- Use alternate words that can make the songs more appropriate for specific
occasions. (See "Rain Is
Falling All Around," p. 241.)
- Teach songs with suggested actions, or have the children help you improvise
actions where indicated. Young children who have not yet found their singing
voices may participate through movement. (See "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and
Toes," p. 275.)
- Assign small groups to sing different sections or verses.
- Use songs that have two parts to sing together or optional parts such as
descants, ostinatos, and obbligatos. These additional elements challenge the
children and allow them to experience harmony. (See "I Am a Child of God," p.
- Arrange a medley of two or more songs that have similar messages or that
tell one story. Interludes between songs could be created from the suggested
- For special occasions, have a child sing a solo, or ask a group of children
to sing as a chorus.
- Have the children hum or sing several songs as prelude music.