Growing with Music


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Growing with Music
Friendly Bear's Songbook
By Birthe Kulich  
Book and CD
163 pages

This is the updated second edition of Friendly Bear's Songbook now with a CD. This is a songbook for young children, their families and teachers. Over 160 songs, rhymes and music activities suitable for use in preschool, kindergarten and primary grades, as well as at home with parents and other family members. The majority of songs and rhymes are traditional. Content is organized by seasons, beginning with Fall.

For developmental reasons, the material is arranged sequentially. Shorter, simpler repetitive songs of limited tonal range are in the first section; longer, more complex material is in subsequent sections. Musical terminology has been kept to a minimum and is only introduced as it relates directly to an activity.

Growing With Music offers many suggestions for incorporating music into a home or classroom setting. The 65 songs and rhymes on the included CD are meant to introduce song melodies and rhythm patterns and to give an indication of possible arrangements using a variety of instruments. The instruments used include Orff instruments, recorder, guitar and small percussion. Voices are mostly adult female. An adult male is sometimes heard.

For early childhood caregivers and teachers.


Fall: Hello, Friendly Bear, Pat-A-Cake, Teddy Bear, Bell Horses, Hey! Hey! Look at Me!, Kuma San, Pease Porridge, Open Shut Them, I Love Little Pussy, Friendly Bear's Instrument Game, Wee Willie Winkie, Lullaby for Friendly Bear, Falling Leaves, Along came the Wind, Fall, Pomme de Peinette, We'll Follow the Leader, Jelly in the Bowl, Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater, The Pawpaw Patch, The Pumpkin Patch, Pumpkin Pumpkin, Jack-O-Lantern, Here We Go 'Round the Neighbourhood, Five Little Pumpkins, Hey Ho For Halloween!, A Very Old Witch, The Witch Rides, The Wheels on the Bus, Humpty Dumpty, Hop Old Squirrel, Whisky Frisky, Jack-in-the-Box, The Scarecrow

Winter: This is the Way, Merry-Go-Round, High Stepping Horses, A Paris, Rain Rain Go Away, Pitter Patter, Doctor Katchel, It's Raining, Doctor Foster, Skip to My Lou, The North Wind, The Grizzly Bear, No Bears out Tonight, It's Going to Snow, Neige Neige Blanche, Snow White Snow, Snowflakes, Snow, Winter, Making a Sound Picture, Hanukkah, My Dreydl, Ring Bells Ring, Star Light Star Bright, I Saw Three Ships, Christmas Time, Christmas Rhythm Patterns, The Magic Christmas Tree, As I Went Out to Play, A Valentine Song, Be My Valentine, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Alphabet Song, Chinese New Year

Spring: Time to Sing and Play, John John the Leprechaun, Wouldn't It Be Funny, Building a Vocabulary of Sound, Jig Jog Jig Jog, Ten Wild Horses, Springtime, Spring is Here, Come and Follow Me, My Wake-up Song, The Muffin Man, Hot Cross Buns, Here We Go Up, Go In and Out the Window, Sur Le Pont D'Avignon, Four Little Cats, Tromm Tromm Tromm, Peck Peck Peck, The Animals Wake Up, Engine Number 9, Down by the Station, Clickety Clack, Little Red Caboose, One Black Engine, Hush Little Baby, 2-4-6-8, I Have a Sound, Five Little Ducks, Singa Songa Sea, Sea Shell, My Magic Shell, Speech Rhythm Patterns, The Eency Weency Spider, Little Miss Muffet, One Two Three, The Music Ball, Bluebird, Two Little Blackbirds, Punchinello, Windy Day, Dandelion Seeds, A Little Green Frog.

Summer: Donkey Riding, Fuzzy Wuzzy, The Rainbow, Colour Rhythm Pattern, Animal Song, This Is What I Can Do, Copy Cat, Bluebells Cockle Shells, Jack Be Nimble, Ho Ho Watanay, Fais Dodo, What Shall We Do?, On Rainy Days,  New Shoes, Billy Boy's Boots, One Two Buckle My Shoe, Rover, My Dog Rags, Two Shiny Robots, Look at Me, Aiken Drum, Ring Around a Rocketship, Bend and Stretch, Bingo, Tick Tock Tick Tock, Sally Go Round the Sun, The Clouds in the Sky, Old Dog, Frere Jacques, Ginger, Pussy-Cat Pussy-Cat, Mix a Pancake, Hot Cross Buns, Hinges, One Two Three Four, Dickory Dickory Dare, Hickory Dickory Dock, Potatoes, Ten Little Sausages, Five Little Monkeys, Going Over the Sea, Fire! Fire!, Mary Mary Quite Contrary, What's Your Name?, This Old Man, Shoo Fly, Pop! Goes the Weasel, Little Redbird in the Tree, If You're Happy, Les Petites Marionettes, Did You Ever See a Lassie?, Walk Daniel, Rig a Jig Jig, Circle Round the Zero, The Prehistoric Animal Brigade, Wee Willie Winkie, Sounds of the Night, It's Time to End Our Play.


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Am switching up my kindergarten music program. Book highly recommended by a colleague.
Catherine H on Jun 20, 2013
Am switching up my kindergarten music program. Book highly recommended by a colleague.
Catherine H on Jun 20, 2013
Good and useful stuff.
ALEXANDER S on Dec 17, 2012
Good and useful stuff.
ALEXANDER S on Dec 17, 2012
Are there accompaniment track included in the songs on the CD or just people and instruments singing and playing them. I'm looking for something that provides young children a musical accompaniment to sing along to similar to Itsy Bitsey Music?
Catherine T on Jul 3, 2013
BEST ANSWER: There are no tracks that are instrumental only. It's a standard vocals with instrumentals format.

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