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Learning to create song/fingerplay lyrics using tune of "Brother John" 

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  • Making up songs/fingerplays to known tunes is fun and a good way to share thoughts
  • Use the tune “Brother John” and hand motions or puppets while singing “Do You Love Me?”.  The video demo shows pictures while reciting the song.
  • This made-up song helps with social and emotional development by singing how to display the feeling of love with hugs and kisses


Do you love me? Do you love me?

   Yes, I do.  Yes, I do.

Give me hugs and kisses.  Give me hugs and kisses.

 I love you. (two kiss sounds)  I love you. (two kiss sounds)


Instead of "Do You Love Me?", encourage a child to think of other phrases such as Do You Have Blonde (or color of the child's hair) Hair? or Do You Have Legs? Then proceed with other made-up lyrics to the tune "Brother John"

   Do you have blond hair? Do you have blonde hair?

                    Yes, I do.  Yes, I do.

I like to scrub and wash it.  I like to scrub and wash it.

And brush it too (pretend to brush hair)  And brush it too (pretend to brush hair)

Again, using the same tune try this -

  Do you have legs? Do you have legs?

                    Yes, I do.  Yes, I do.

I have two legs.  I have two legs. 

They walk, run, and kick (walk and run in place and kick legs outward)  They walk, run and kick.  (walk and run in place and kick legs outward)


Some favorite tunes to use to create your own lyrics:  Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star; B-I-N-G-O; Row, Row, Row your Boat; You Are My Sunshine; etc. Let the child come up with their own lyrics with help from you as needed. Make an easy slide show on the computer with 3 to 4 pictures and child singing their "new" song can make a very special present for parents or other family members.


If your job was being a singer, what would that mean?

Is there a song you can sing knowing all the words? Can you sing it now?


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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Triangle
  • Color - Red, Yellow, Blue
  • Number - Four, 4
  • Alphabet Letters - D, M
  • Senses - Taste
  • Character Trait - Love
  • Target Words - Day, Later, Night, Now

Monthly Proverb

Arabic-Every day of your life is a page of your history

Did You Know?

"Investing in high quality pre-kindergarten can make every family in America safer from crime and violence. Law enforcement leaders know that to win the war on crime, we need to be as willing to guarantee our kids space in a pre-kindergarten program as we are to guarantee a criminal a prison cell," said Sanford Newman, president of Fight Crime

Books to Read

"The Greedy Triangle"
by Marilyn Burns (Activity 2)

"Mouse Paint"
by Ellen Stoll Walsh (Activity 9)

"The Very Busy Spider"
by Eric Carle (Activity 17) (audiobook available)

"The Greedy Triangle" VIDEO
by Marilyn Burns (Activity 2)

"Mouse Paint". VIDEO
by Ellen Still Walsh (Activity 9)

"The Very Busy Spider" VIDEO
by Eric Carle (Activity 17)

Music Playlist

"An Die Schonen, Blauen Donau - Walzer Op. 314 Johann Strauss"
by Berliner Philharmoniker Album 100 Best Karajan 100 Best Classics (Classical) (Activity 20)

"The Alphabet Song"
by Cedarmont Kids Album 100 Singalong Songs for Kids (Children) (Activity 4)

"Love Grows One By One"
by Priscilla Herdman Album Daydreamer (Children) (Activity 13 & 20)

"The Alphabet Song" VIDEO
by Cedarmont Kids (Activity 4)

"Love Grows One by One" VIDEO
by Priscilla Herdman (Activity 13 & 20)

"An Die Schonen, Blauen Donau-Walzer Op.314" VIDEO
by Johann Strauss (Activity 20)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

(Activity 21 Month 4)

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the waterspout

Down came the rain and washed the spider out 

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain 

And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.

Do You Love Me? to “Brother John” tune

(Activity 26 Month 4)

Do you love me? Do you love me?

Yes, I do.  Yes, I do.

Give me hugs and kisses.  Give me hugs and kisses.

I love you. (two kiss sounds)  I love you. (two kiss sounds)