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This post is an addendum to the post
THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN TOSSED UP IN A BASKET, A SINGABLE MOTHER GOOSE NURSERY RHYME
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/there-was-an-old-woman-tossed-up-in-a-basket-a-singable-mother-goose-nursery-rhyme/

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It would seem like every song is my favorite song, and many of them are.  I do have a special love for THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN TOSSED UP IN A BASKET.  I wrote my own little variation of the tune and made up guitar chords for it.  Luckily, they are easy for me to play, so this is always on the menu of songs.  There really is something special about the Old Woman, though.  She is doing us a service by sweeping the sky clean each night so we can enjoy the moon and stars.  She is also generous and kind of spirit.

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There Was an Old Woman Tossed Up in a Basket
Traditional Words and Tune Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Guitar Chords by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Illustration by McLoughlin Bros.; New York, 1907

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Marvelous Illustrations of THE OLE WOMAN TOSSED UP IN A BASKET

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By Ellen Raskin
sweeping the sky (raskin) - Copy - Copy

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By Blanche Fisher Wright
old woman tossed basket BFW RMG - Copy

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I don’t know who made this picture
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Mother Goose, 1907. Published by McLoughlin Bros.; New York
old woman tossed MG Linen edit

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Hilarious There Was an Old Woman Tossed Up in a Basket as depicted by The Charles Addams Mother Goose:
charlesaddamsmothergoose woman basket

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By William Wallace Denslow
old woman tossed denslow - Copy

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Related Posts

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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYMES – INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED
Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes with Individually Illustrated Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/mother-goose-and-nursery-rhymes-with-individually-illustrated-singable-picture-books/

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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYME COMPILATIONS

A list containing compilations of Mother Goose and Nursery Rhyme Singable Picture Books, including links and resources for learning, singing, and playing the tunes
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/mother-goose-singable-picture-books-rhymes-and-songs-in-compilations/

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JACKIE MORRIS
Singable and Music Inspired Picture Books of Author/Illustrator Jackie Morris
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/singable-and-music-inspired-picture-books-of-authorillustrator-jackie-morris/

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WEE SING

Wee Sing, Singable Picture Books on Many Themes and Fabulous Sources for Printed Music
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/10/wee-sing-singable-picture-books-on-many-themes-and-fabulous-sources-for-printed-music/

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HALLOWEEN

A list of spooky, fun, funny and evocative songs for our favorite October Holiday
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/10/30/halloween-singable-picture-books-ooooooooeeeeeeeee/

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There Was an Old Woman (Tossed Up in a Basket), an Illustrated Singable Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/there-was-an-old-woman-tossed-up-in-a-basket-a-singable-mother-goose-nursery-rhyme/

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CHILDCRAFT
The singable poems in Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/childcraft-poems-of-early-childhood-a-singable-collection-of-poetry/

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Old Woman Tossed Up in a Basket, Great for Halloween and Slightly Tweaked by ELEG for SBWE
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/old-woman-tossed-up-in-a-basket-great-for-halloween-and-slightly-tweaked-by-eleg-for-sbwe/

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SING-ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
This is the place to find Print Materials Created by Emily, Service Providers, Vendors, Audio and Video to help you SING-ALONG!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

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MOON
The moon in Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/the-moon-in-singable-picture-books/

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More Pix (and a book for me to sing with) for THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN TOSSED UP IN A BASKET

This week I got to visit with the classes of Mr. Mitchell (K) Ms. Resutek (1), Ms. Hissong (1), Ms. George (1), Miss Robin (Pre-K), Ms. Sacket/Ms. Altvater (1), Ms. Anctil (K), Ms. Mason (K), Ms. Strickland (3), Ms. Coffman (3) at Tuckahoe Elementary, Timber Lane Elementary, Carlin Springs Elementary and Ashlawn Elementary schools.

In each class, we sang a selection of songs from the following randomly ordered list:

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Easter Parade
Words and Music by Irving Berlin
Illustrated by Lisa McCue
Published by HarperCollinsPublishers, New York
ISBN 0-06-029125-7

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BEAUTIFUL SOUP
Words by Lewis Carroll
From ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
Adaptation of the Poem “Star Of The Evening,” by James M. Sayle
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Illustration Adaptation of Andy Warhol’s Green Pea Soup Can from Campbell’s Soup I (1969)

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take me home country roads
Take Me Home, Country Roads

Words and Music by John Denver, Taffy Nivert and Bill Danoff
Words Adapted by Christopher Canyon
Illustrated by Christopher Canyon
ISBN 978-1584690726

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Original Story by Robert L. May
Written for Montgomery Ward Department Store in 1939
Illustrated by Denver Gillen
Set to Music by Johnny Marks (1948)
(I created a sing-along book for Johnny Mark’s tune with the Denver Gillen Illustrations.  Fun to sing!)

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smokey the bear song 1 - smaller
Smokey the Bear (Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 1952

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smokey the bear song 2 - smaller
Smokey the Bear (Conservation Pledge, Flip side of Smokey the Bear Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 1952

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Smokey the Bear (Illustrated Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Pictures Assembled from Resources Online
This book is for classroom use only.

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Here Comes Peter Cottontail
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Illustrated by Pamela R. Levy

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Tomorrow
Words by Martin Charnin
Music by Charles Strouse
From the Musical ANNIE
For classroom use only.

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tomorrow 4 sbwe i love ya tomorrow
Favorite Lyric from
TOMORROW
Poster by Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this poster, click here:
tomorrow 4 sbwe i love ya tomorrow

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tomorrow sbwe poster
TOMORROW Poster 4 SBWE
Poster by Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this poster, click here:
tomorrow sbwe poster

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I’m in Love with a Big Blue Frog
Words and Music by Leslie Braunstein
Performed by Peter Paul & Mary
Illustrated by Joshua S. Brunet
ISBN 978-1-936140-37-4

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The Teddy Bears’ Picnic
Words and Music by Jimmy Kennedy
Illustrated by Michael Hague
ISBN 978-0-8050-5349-4

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United States State Capitals Song
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

Sing Along with Emily:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/us-state-capitals-song-sbwe

If you are interested in a copy of this book, please email: SingBooksWithEmily.att.net, or lave a comment to this post.

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USA map with colors & capital stars SBWE
United States State Capitals Song
USA Map with Capital Stars for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this map, click here:
USA map with colors & capital stars SBWE

Sing Along with Emily:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/us-state-capitals-song-sbwe

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Octopus’s Garden
Words and Music by Ringo Starr
Illustrated by Ben Cort

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Do Re Mi / Doe a Deer
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
From the Musical THE SOUND OF MUSIC
For classroom use only.

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Do Re Mi Poster for Sing Books
You can use this poster when singing Do Re Mi / Doe a Deer
do re me poster 4 sbwe

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Star Spangled Banner

Words by Francis Scott Key
Music by J. Stafford Smith
Illustrated by Todd Ouren

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Mail Myself to You
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This item is for classroom, home and library use only.

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Words by Jack Norworth
Music by Albert Von Tilzer
Illustrated by Amiko Hirao
Performed by Carly Simon
This edition gets a GOLD STAR for including the FULL song (both verses and chorus) and a fabulous recording of Carly Simon and her delightful arrangement she made for Ken Burn’s documentary Baseball

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Both Sides Now
Words and Music by Joni Mitchell
Illustrated by Alan Baker
ISBN 0-590-45668-7

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The Circle Game
Words and Music by Joni Mitchell
Illustrated by Brian Deines

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Requests this Week
(Titles with stars got more than one request)

Do Re Mi / Doe a Deer

A Fairy Went A-Marketing

Fifty Nifty States ***

Grandma’s Feather Bed (John Denver’s) ***

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More

I’m in Love with a Big Blue Frog***

Late for School***

Mail Myself to You

The Owl and the Pussycat

Puff the Magic Dragon***

Rhode Island is Famous for You***

Take Me Out to the Ball Game***

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic

There’s a Train Out for Dreamland

Tomorrow

United States State Capitals Song ***(Before singing this song, I often close my eyes and pick two different states, and quiz the kids for the capital of that state.  A cute friend in one of the classes asked that I bring this the next time and could we please be sure to do the quiz at the end)

Waltzing Matilda

 

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Signs and songs of Springtime (and a little lingering Winter) abound while visiting the classes of Ms. Morgan (K), Ms. Harris (K), Ms. Slovensky (1), Ms. Trojan (1), Ms. Allen (2), Ms. Howard (2), Ms. Everett (K), Ms. Campbell (K), Mr. Koppelman (2), Mr. Grasso (3) at Tuckahoe Elementary School and Timber Lane Elementary School.

In each class we sang a selection from the following list, posted in random order (to enhance creativity),

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Winter Song
Poem by William Shakespeare
From Shakespeare’s play LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST
Introduction by Alice Provensen
Illustrated by Melanie Hall
Musical Settings by Various Artists (Including Thomas Arne)
Sing-along with Emily’s instrumental, prepared by Paul Raiman (www.MyRehearsalPianist.com)

(This poem may also be known as “Winter Song,” “Winter’s Song,” “Winter,” “Owl Song,” and, by its first line, “When icicles hang by the wall”)

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I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More
Words by Karen Beaumont
Illustrated by David Catrow

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Don’t Laugh at Me
Words and Music by Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin
Afterword by Peter Yarrow
Illustrated by Glin Dibley
This book features printed music and a sing-along CD.

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The Music is You
Music and Lyrics by John Denver
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This book is for classroom or home use only.

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Dinosaur Pet
Inspired by the Music and Lyrics of the Song “Calendar Girl” by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield
Children’s Lyrics by Marc Sedaka
Illustrated by Tim Bowers

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backwards birthday party
The Backwards Birthday Party
Music and Lyrics by Tom Chapin and John Forster
Illustrated by Chuck Groeninck

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A-You’re Adorable with ASL Alphabet
Words and Music by Buddy Kaye, Fred Wise and Sidney Lippman
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This item is for classroom, home, or library use only.

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A full service ABC’s chart, comin’ right up:
ABC letters caps WITH SIGN and chords portrait ELEG 4 SBWE
ABCs Chart with ASL Alphabet and Guitar Chords for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Card Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this card, click here:
ABC letters caps WITH SIGN and chords portrait ELEG 4 SBWE

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ZYX letters caps WITH SIGN and chords portrait ELEG 4 SBWE
ZYX Sing Along Card with ASL Alphabet and Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this Sing Along Card, click here:
ZYX letters caps WITH SIGN and chords portrait ELEG 4 SBWE

Sing the ZYX’s along with me!  Just click here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/zyxs-eleg-2010

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beautiful soup can w mock turtle coin
BEAUTIFUL SOUP
Words by Lewis Carroll
From ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
Adaptation of the Poem “Star Of The Evening,” by James M. Sayle
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Illustration Adaptation of Andy Warhol’s Green Pea Soup Can from Campbell’s Soup I (1969)

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tomorrow 4 sbwe cover only
Tomorrow
Words by Martin Charnin
Music by Charles Strouse
From the Musical ANNIE
For classroom use only.

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tomorrow 4 sbwe i love ya tomorrow
Favorite Lyric from
TOMORROW
Poster by Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this poster, click here:
tomorrow 4 sbwe i love ya tomorrow

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tomorrow sbwe poster
TOMORROW Poster 4 SBWE
Poster by Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this poster, click here:
tomorrow sbwe poster

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Both Sides Now
Words and Music by Joni Mitchell
Illustrated by Alan Baker
ISBN 0-590-45668-7

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octopus's garden starr cort
Octopus’s Garden
Words and Music by Ringo Starr
Illustrated by Ben Cort

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Yellow Submarine (Sing-A-Song Storybook)
Words and Music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Illustrated by Cathy Holly

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All God’s Critters
Words and Music by Bill Staines
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York, 2009
ISBN 987-0-689-86959-4

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Amoeba Hop
Words and Music by Christine Lavin
Illustrated by Betsy Franco Feeney
This book features a study of amoeba life, printed music and a live recording of “Amoeba Hop” by the amazingly hilarious and talented singer/songwriter

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Star Spangled Banner

Words by Francis Scott Key
Music by J. Stafford Smith
Illustrated by Todd Ouren

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The Teddy Bears’ Picnic
Words and Music by Jimmy Kennedy
Illustrated by Michael Hague
ISBN 978-0-8050-5349-4

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Rubber Duckie
Words and Music by Jeffrey Moss
Book Assembled for Sing Books with Emily

This book is for home and classroom use only.

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Requests this week

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Related Posts

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ALICE IN WONDERLAND AND THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
Illustrated Singable Poems by Lewis Carrol in the ALICE books are found in the original books and in many volumes of illustrated poems for children
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/26/alices-adventures-in-wonderland-and-through-the-looking-glass-singable

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ANIMALS: FAVORITE SONGS
Emily’s Favorite Illustrated Songs to Sing about Singular Animals
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/favorite-illustrated-songs-about-singular-animals/

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BEATLES: THE BEATLES IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
The Singable Picture Books of John, Paul, George, and Ringo

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/the-beatles-in-singable-picture-books/

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BEST ILLUSTRATED SONGS OF 2014
Sing Books With Emily’s Top 10 Favorite Illustrated Songs of 2014 (and a few others, too)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/sing-books-with-emilys-top-10-favorite-illustrated-songs-of-2014-and-a-few-others-too/

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DINOSAURS IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/04/dinosaurs-in-singable-picture-books/

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FOURTH OF JULY AND OTHER HOLIDAYS CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND TELL STORIES OF AMERICAN HISTORY
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

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FUNNY SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS

That’s Hilarious! A List of Singable Picture Books that’ll Crack You Up!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/thats-hilarious-a-list-of-singable-picture-books-thatll-crack-you-up/

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GARDEN SING-ALONG
A list of songs to inspire us to look around us in a garden and enjoy, observe, appreciate and preserve the natural world around us

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/garden-sing-along-song-choices-for-singable-expeditions-at-tuckahoe-elementary-or-for-any-garden-sing-along/

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GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Singable Picture Books of the Great American Songbook and Michael Feinstein’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/american-songbook-singable-picture-books-and-michael-feinsteins-foundation-for-the-preservation-of-the-great-american-songbook/

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MANY SONGS, ONE TWINKLY TUNE
Twinkle, ABC, Baa are only 3 of the many songs that use the same familiar tune
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/12/17/abc-twinkle-star-baa-blacksheep-singable-books-and-all-the-fix-ins-and-a-youre-adorable-too/

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OCEANS AND SEAS
A list of Singable Picture Books that celebrate the Oceans and Seas
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/songs-of-the-oceans-and-seas/

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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY SONGBOOK (on Pinterest)
The collection of song sheet for which Emily has original content (music, words, arrangement, guitar chords or  layout art for traditional songs)
http://www.pinterest.com/singbooksemily/sing-books-with-emily-songbook/

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PINTEREST
FAVORITE SINGABLES ON PINTEREST
Of the hundreds (maybe thousands) of choices, this list on Pinterest displays the top blockbuster favorite Singable Picture Books that we warble together at Sing Books visits:
http://pinterest.com/singbooksemily/

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SEAS AND OCEANS
A list of Singable Picture Books that celebrate the Oceans and Seas
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/songs-of-the-oceans-and-seas/

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SESAME STREET
Sesame Street in Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/sesame-street-in-singable-picture-books/

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SHAKESPEARE
William Shakespeare in Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/shakespeare-in-singable-picture-books/

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TOLERANCE AND COMPASSION
Singable Picture Books Celebrating Tolerance and Compassion (another list inspired by Nikki)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/singable-picture-books-celebrating-tolerance-and-compassion-another-list-inspired-by-nikki/

May 4, 2015, May the fourth be with you Ms. Godwin!

This post is dedicated to Tuckahoe Elementary School 5th Grade teacher, Ms. Godwin, for Teacher Appreciation Week 2015.

Original Post, published 3/13/2015, was purposefully cagey so the surprise would not be ruined for Ms. Godwin.  It includes resources for kids to learn TO MS. GODWIN WITH LOVE, an adaptation of the theme song to the movie TO SIR WITH LOVE.

Our wonderful room parent Ms. Stultz suggested that it would be great if the kids could surprise Ms. Godwin with a song to kick off Teacher Appreciation Week, and she suggested that the theme from TO SIR WITH LOVE would be a good one.

I set to work getting the musical practice materials together (posted below for nostalgia) and learning the song myself.  Ms. Stultz distributed all the learning materials and communications to the children and their families and organized two rehearsals so the kids could practice singing the song.  We told the kids to sing with love and gratitude.

They did and it was lovely.  A special tribute to a wonderful teacher, Ms. Godwin.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzIAiwdi0Og

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ORIGINAL POST

Files in one place for 5th grade students at Tuckahoe to sing a song to teacher.

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Printable PDF Lyric Sheet, here:
TO G-win With Love Lyric Sheet

Slight changes to original lyrics make this a special tribute to a special teacher.

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Printable PDF of music here:
gwin w love music w markups

This music is marked up with slight changes to lyrics and slight simplifications to melody for group to sing in unison.

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Practice with melody line and scratch vocals (to hear and practice how words and notes fit together) here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/to-ms-g-win-eleg-scratch-vocals-w-melody-2wma

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Practice with instrumental and melody line:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/tomsg-win-melody

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This post is an addendum to the post:

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Using TWINKLE LITTLE STAR to Earn Girl Scout Performer Badge
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/using-twinkle-little-star-to-earn-girl-scout-performer-badge/

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You’ll need a standard straight (no boom) microphone stand and microphone to practice with.  The microphone we used was a toy, but the size and shape of a generic mic.

These are notes for what we talked about on how to conduct yourself before, during and after a performance.

BEFORE:  YOUR STATE OF MIND AND BODY

(Have patience, this all takes time, practice and experience)

  • Be grounded, keep your energy relaxed, confident and in your solar plexus
  • Prepare to enter with your mission, to share, to give the gift, to communicate and have a conversation
  • You’ve done the work, have confidence in it as your launch pad
  • Long and tall (lifted hyoid bone, tail bone down), relaxed body, head floating, breath low into belly/lower back and lungs, breath into mask, open and lifted soft palette
  • Always be gracious, but don’t apologize

MOMENT BEFORE STEPPING OUT

  • Take a deep, relaxing, grounding breath.
  • Maybe a focusing/psychological catch phrase

STEPPING OUT

  • Long and tall (lifted hyoid bone, tail bone down), relaxed body, head floating, breath low into belly/lower back and lungs, breath into mask, open and lifted soft palette
  • Enter with your mission to share, to give the gift, to communicate and have a conversation
  • Confident strides, don’t hurry, take your time
  • Engage with audience, confident and welcoming
  • Some sort of friendly/gracious greeting, then a grounding breath, then your patter

MICROPHONE

  • Adjust height using the twisting handle grip (“Rightsy Tightsy, Leftsy Loosey”)
  • Microphone aimed toward your mouth, just below your chin so it does not obscure your face
  • If you are going to hold the mic, take the microphone out of the holder and move the stand out of the way

BEGINNING YOUR SET

  • Engage with audience, confident and welcoming and with your mission (the reason you are singing) in mind
  • Some sort of friendly greeting, then a grounding breath, then your patter
  • As best you can throughout, maintain your posture (long and tall, energy in solar plexus, breathing low). You can always pause in between or during applause to breath low and reset

ENDING YOUR SET

  • A gracious bow (always gracious acknowledgement that they appreciate what you did for them and that you worked hard to be there, no apologies for honest mistakes)
  • When you are finished, put the microphone back in the holder and move it back to original position.  The next person will make his/her own adjustments to the mic stand.
  • Exit with the the same confident strides with which you entered.  Don’t hurry.

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Relates Posts

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Troop 2740 Girl Scout Juniors Earn the MUSICIAN BADGE, March 2014
https://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/musician-badge-with-mrs-g/

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MANY SONGS, ONE TWINKLY TUNE
Twinkle, ABC, Baa are only 3 of the many songs that use the same familiar tune
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/12/17/abc-twinkle-star-baa-blacksheep-singable-books-and-all-the-fix-ins-and-a-youre-adorable-too/

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HOW TO SING A SONG FOR PERFORMANCE OR JUST FOR FUN
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/how-to-sing-a-song-for-performance-or-just-for-fun-a-primer-by-emily-gleichenhaus-mrs-g/

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GIRL SCOUT SONGBOOK WITH MRS. G AND FRIENDS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/girl-scout-songbook-w-mrs-g-friends/

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Girl Scout Juniors Musician Badge: ENTRANCE COMPORTMENT, POSTURE, MICROPHONE TECHNIQUE, AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/performance-badge-entrance-comportment-posture-microphone-technique-audience-engagement/

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GS junior musician badge
TWINKLE LITTLE STAR (and MANY SONGS, ONE TWINKLY TUNE) to Earn Girl Scout Junior Musician Badge
Activity Set Developed by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus for SBWE
A set of activities for anyone, anywhere, of any age.  Explore 300 years of TWINKLY history, then explore song performance techniques and activities singing TWINKLE LITTLE STAR to begin learning the art and craft of singing a song for performance or just for fun.

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My daughter is in Girl Scout Troop 2863 and we recently earned the Girl Scout Juniors Musician Badge.

I conducted the earning of this badge last year with Troop 2740 with a different set of activities singing songs of historical significance and visiting artifacts directly related to the songs in Washington, DC.

This group of activities specifically relates to the art and craft of singing a song for performance (or just for fun).

For anyone who is conducting a troop of Girl Scout Junior to earn this Musican Badge or for anyone who wants to take a beginner class on HOW TO SING A SONG FOR PERFORMANCE OR JUST FOR FUN, this post is for you.

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A FEW NOTES

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Participants were asked only to come prepared to sing TWINKLE LITTLE STAR.

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I conducted this class for a troop of Girl Scouts troop, but this technique works for anyone of any age to begin the journey of singing a song for performance or just for fun.

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Many of the girls were highly reluctant to sing on their own.  Because I wanted the experience to be completely fun, empowering and uplifting, it was easy to adjust activities so all the girls sang together as a group instead of one at a time.

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Links below take you to posts with more information on the subjects, especially:

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twinkle little star sheet w chords by ELEG for SBWE
Twinkle Little Star Song Sheet with Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Words by Jane Taylor
Traditional Tune
Page Coordinated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus for SBWE
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
twinkle little star sheet w chords by ELEG for SBWE

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Introduction to TWINKLE LITTLE STAR
The badge requires exploring music around the world and/or through various periods of time.  Seemingly a simple nursery tune, one can travel through nearly 400 years in France, England the the United States just by looking at the origins of TWINKLE LITTLE STAR. For links to more comprehensive study and the section “Context of Twinkly Tunes in a Nutshell” to explore this topic, visit the post MANY SONGS, ONE FAMOUS TWINKLY TUNE.

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Introduction to HOW TO SING A SONG FOR PERFORMANCE
There is a lot one can with what seems like a simple nursery rhyme that everyone knows. It can be a simple little song to sing to goof off or just for fun or it can be a song that means something to the singer with a story to tell which takes the audience on a sweet emotional journey. It just all depends on how one thinks about and approaches it and how one performs it with experience, knowledge, honesty and authenticity.

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Activity 1: BREAK THE ICE

  • Stand in a circle and sing the song in unison as a group.  Think about the words!
  • Each girl get up one at a time and sing TWINKLE LITTLE STAR.
  • Each girl can make a mental or written note for how she felt about it, what she’d like to work on, what felt good.

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Activity 2: THE ARTIST’S HOMEWORK

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Activity 3: ON YOUR FEET, TRY IT AGAIN

  • Each girl sing the song again and note how knowing and discovering more about the song changes how she sings it.

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Activity 4: PRACTICAL AND MECHANICAL SKILLS

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Activity 5: PUT IT ALL TOGETHER, KEEP TRYING

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Random Thoughts on the Subject

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The activities here are geared toward the Girl Scout Juniors and their age group, but the work foundations are the same for anyone of any age.  If a grownup you know is interested in learning how to sing a song, this info will get them started.  I’ve studied and performed professionally (and non professionally) in many places for many years and the foundations for the art and craft of singing a song are the same:  know your material inside and out, master your personal vocal technique (in other words, do the best with what you’ve got…a voice like Barbra Streisand is not necessarily required, though it doesn’t hurt, masterful communication trumps a great voice), connect personally, connect with the audience, keep it simple, be honest and authentic, fly free.

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Cut/Paste of “Context of Twinkly Tunes in a Nutshell
From post: MANY SONGS, ONE FAMOUS TWINKLY TUNE

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Related Posts

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Troop 2740 Girl Scout Juniors Earn the MUSICIAN BADGE, March 2014
https://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/musician-badge-with-mrs-g/

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MANY SONGS, ONE TWINKLY TUNE
Twinkle, ABC, Baa are only 3 of the many songs that use the same familiar tune
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/12/17/abc-twinkle-star-baa-blacksheep-singable-books-and-all-the-fix-ins-and-a-youre-adorable-too/

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HOW TO SING A SONG FOR PERFORMANCE OR JUST FOR FUN
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/how-to-sing-a-song-for-performance-or-just-for-fun-a-primer-by-emily-gleichenhaus-mrs-g/

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GIRL SCOUT SONGBOOK WITH MRS. G AND FRIENDS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/girl-scout-songbook-w-mrs-g-friends/

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Girl Scout Juniors Musician Badge: ENTRANCE COMPORTMENT, POSTURE, MICROPHONE TECHNIQUE, AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/performance-badge-entrance-comportment-posture-microphone-technique-audience-engagement/

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Using TWINKLE LITTLE STAR to Earn Girl Scout Performer Badge
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/using-twinkle-little-star-to-earn-girl-scout-performer-badge/

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SONG PERFORMANCE WORKSHEET FOR KIDS FOR SING BOOKS WITH EMILY

Song performance worksheet for kids

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The Art and Craft of Singing a Song: Tell Me a Story! Sing Me a Song!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/09/11/the-art-and-craft-of-singing-a-song-tell-me-a-story-sing-me-a-song/

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USEFUL TUNES IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/useful-tunes-in-the-public-domain/

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Resources for Sheet Music (Online, in Print, Commercial and Free)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/online-resources-for-sheet-music-commercial-and-free/

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MUSICIAN BADGE with Mrs. G for Girl Scout Juniors Troop 2740, Activity 2/2: the Singable Hike in Washington, DC
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/musician-badge-with-mrs-g-the-singable-hike-in-washington-dc/

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MUSICIAN BADGE with Mrs. G, for Girl Scout Juniors Troop 2740, Activities 1/2: HOW TO SING A SONG FOR PERFORMANCE OR JUST FOR FUN
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/musician-badge-with-mrs-g/

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Troop 2740 Girl Scout Juniors March (and Kazoo Patriotic Tunes) in the George Washington Birthday Parade 2014
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/troop-2740-marches-in-2014-george-washington-birthday-parade-in-alexandria-va/

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Girl Scouts Songs for Troop 2740 Songbook Resources Page
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/girl-scouts-songs-troop-2740/

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SHEET MUSIC RESOURCES
Resources for Sheet Music (Online, in Print, Commercial and Free)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/online-resources-for-sheet-music-commercial-and-free/

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SING-ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
This is the place to find Print Materials Created by Emily, Service Providers, Vendors, Audio and Video to help you SING-ALONG!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

I was visiting Timber Lane Elementary School on 2/24/2015 when first grade teacher Ms. Slovensky used her best handwriting and wrote out this cute song to the tune of I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.  

It was lots of fun to sing it with the whole group and the musicologist in me wanted to document the fun.

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Counting to 100 (Teddy Groeb)
Counting to 100 (a 100 Days of School Song)
Words by Teddy Groeb
Sing to the Tune of  I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

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Counting to 100 (a 100 Days of School Song)
Words by Teddy Groeb
Sing to the Tune of  I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

We’ve been counting to 100
Every day this year
We’ve been counting to 100
And now that day is here!
Reading, Writing, and Mathematics
Is so much fun to do.
For in our classroom we are learning
About 100 in every way.
100 words to read
100 things to count
100 things to do in school all day.
100 things to make
100 words to spell
How we love 100s day!

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Related Posts

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Sing Books with Emily Singable Book Shelf A-E
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/bookshelf-2-a-m/

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I’VE BEEN WORKING ON THE RAILROAD, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/ive-been-working-on-the-railroad-a-singable-picture-book/


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