How To Teach Super Simple Songs

How To Teach Move!

Caitie is sharing tips for using the preschool song “Move!” in the classroom and at home for lots of fun learning with little ones. She has lots of great ideas! And she’ll lead us through the song using gestures – an excellent way to introduce a song to children. “Move!” is a super active song that explores body part vocabulary and the vocabulary left and right while giving students lots of opportunities to move their bodies.

Try these ideas in the classroom or at home!

  • This is a great active song, so encourage everyone to get up and move their bodies. All the moves can be done while standing in one spot making it a great song to do with large groups.
  • With smaller groups, try doing the moves in a line or a circle and have everyone physically move to the left and right as they sing.
  • Students can make up their own dance moves to do while they sing “move move move move” or you can come up with some dance moves as a class to do together. This is a great opportunity for students to get creative with their dance moves!
  • In this song we introduce the words head, toes, chin, knees, shoulders and tummy, pointing to each one. If your students are hearing these words for the first time, introduce them before singing the song by simply pointing and saying the vocabulary word. Head. Have them point to their head and repeat the word. Head. Then they’ll be ready to move along to the song and point to all the body parts to practice their body part vocabulary.
  • Once your students are familiar with the song you can try singing it without the music and introduce other parts of the body. Students can take turns being the leader and picking new parts to point to.
  • Try singing this song for practicing left and right.
  • This song speeds up, and each verse gets faster and faster, making it super fun and exciting to move along to. It’s a great song to sing as an active break for little learners and to use at the beginning of class to manage energy levels. This song will get lots of energy moving around, and it ends with everyone stopping and sitting down, ready for what comes next.