Caitie is sharing tips for using the preschool song “Star Light, Star Bright” 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. “Star Light, Star Bright” is a beautiful song that’s perfect for singing at the end of the day, or anytime you or your little ones need to take a little break and make a wish just for you.
Try these ideas in the classroom or at home!
- This is a super lovely lullaby song. It’s perfect for singing before bed or a nap, or singing anytime your little ones might need a little break. The music is super soothing and can help little ones relax and feel at ease.
- During the first instrumental part in between the verses, pretend to look up to the sky with your students. Ask them if they see any stars – they’ll have to use their imagination. Once they’ve seen a star they can make a wish. In the other instrumental parts, ask your students what they wished for and see if they’ll share it with the class. If they’d like to keep it a secret that’s okay, it is their wish after all.
- When a little one is upset, try singing this song softly to them, and asking them what their wish is that can make them feel better. This gives little ones an opportunity to calm down, and think about why they are upset and what they can do to feel better.
- You can pair this song with another lovely lullaby all about stars, the popular song Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. This is also a great song to use in a theme about space. You can talk about the stars, the planets, and outer space.
- Try making a Star Mobile to hang and make wishes upon.