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Listen and Learn Music: Ten Little Candy Canes

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Ten Little Candy Canes

It's counting time again! You probably have lots of these peppermint treats around the house or in your classroom, so go ahead and use them as a teaching tool while you sing this counting song with your students.

Counting time, it's counting time,
So let's all sing this simple rhyme.
Ten little candy canes in a row,
Now let's count them nice and slow.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

How many candy canes?
Ten little candy canes,
All lined up in a row.

Before I sign off, I'd like to ask for some feedback from you: what are your favorite Christmas songs to sing with your child or students? I'm especially interested in hearing about unique and original songs, even if they are simple as can be. Sometimes keeping it simple is best, especially when it comes to kids!

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At December 15, 2008 at 7:31 PM , Anonymous msgallant said...

I love "Santa, Santa" by Lois Birkenshaw-Fleming. I believe it's in her book, "Come On Everybody, Let's Sing!"

The lyrics are,

"Santa, Santa, tell me please
How many days 'til Christmas Eve?
'__ days and __ nights
Christmas Eve will be in sight!'"

I love it because of the countdown factor (the children love it too!) AND because it's a great assessment tool. I have students pretend to be Santa, and answer the other children by singing the last half of the song individually.

At December 16, 2008 at 8:55 AM , Blogger Rachel Rambach said...

Oh, I love this song concept! Especially with children you work with on a daily/weekly basis...they would definitely get a kick out of the countdown as the days pass. Thanks so much for sharing!


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