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It's Time to Sing!

All new songs for children.CHILDREN'S SONGBOOK READER

15 all new titles with music and lyrics

This dyslexia-friendly songbook-reader of 15 original action songs was written to meet a request by teachers of Early Childhood and Primary classes for new material that combines word knowledge and singing.

You will delight in the melodies, lyrics, actions and musical togetherness these songs provide.

Also available - Teacher's Edition
Music, words, actions and packed with teaching ideas are here to go with the
Children's Songbook-Reader Edition
of It's Time to Sing!   

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CONTENTS - Children's Songbook-Reader
Days of the Week - sample of first line

Days of the Week Song
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This is an echo song for teacher and children or two groups of children. The names of the days of the week begin on Monday to match the beginning of the school week.

Activity ideas are included to help the teacher gradually 'grow the song' in musical complexity.

Movement, percussion playing, listening, performing and reading the words while singing each provide high-level learning nourishment.

Months of the Year - sample of first line

Months of the Year
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This song is suitable for all ages of student, including adults learning English.

The words can be said as a spoken rhyme, sung using the tune and words, or a combination of the two (spoken and sung).

Movements can be choreographed to add yet another layer of learning.

My Family - sample of first line

My Family Song
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This song teaches the vocabulary of family members without indicating that any particular type of family is the norm. In other words, all family situations are encompassed equally in this song so that no child will feel different.

The major scale is a musical feature of this song. It specifically helps each learner develop a 'musical ear' and sense of key that will last them all their lives.

Note: There is no such thing as being 'tone deaf'. If you would like to know how to teach a child or teen or adult how to sing in tune, please contact me.

Nocturnal Animals - sample of first line

Nocturnal Animals
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Children will enjoy the emphasis on the AND word each time a nocturnal animal is added to the song. Each animal has a short description that adds to the visualisation and reading/memorisation aspect of the words.

There are as many verses as you wish. There are 14 suggestions provided to start you off.

Learning the meaning of the words syllables, beats, rhythm and accents are very helpful when talking about spoken or sung oral language. This song can demonstrate each of these terms.

Vocabulary building and animal pronunciation can be another teaching point with the names of nocturnal animals being repeated because of the accumulative structure of this song.

More scientific studies of nocturnal animals – e.g. bigger eyes, better hearing, how nocturnal animals catch food and so on – are further benefits this song provides.

Comedy Counting - sample of first few bars

Comedy Counting
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A creative drama and movement song, the actions and numeral-name fun can be as simple or as complex as the teacher wishes.

Learning how to be cleverly entertaining to make people laugh while keeping a straight face is an unusual but important teaching element that can bring shyer children out of their shell. It also allows extroverts to do what they love most – entertaining a crowd.

The happy laughter of classroom togetherness is a wonderful sound.

Boat Song - sample of first line

The Boat Song
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The phrases are becoming a bit longer as further into the book we go. This song requires more awareness and practice of breath control to avoid running out of air before each phrase is finished.

The vocal variety within this song encompasses legato and staccato as contrasting vocal effects. Some children will like to know about the brief key change.

Listening – and then being able to join in exactly on cue – are both valuables skills that carry over into everyday conversational life.

Word clarity and facial expressions as well as subdivided parts are further teaching points that can be incorporated into the learning of this song, remembering to keep the detail light and interesting without becoming too academic.

The Opposites Song - sample of first line

Opposites Song
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There are all sorts of musical and word-knowledge goodies in this song.

The learning benefits include the vocabulary of opposite words, rhyming word patterns, one- and two-syllable word differences, memory development and the reading of interchangeable phrases. The vocabulary of groups e.g. solo, duet, trio and so on up to duodectet (which describes 12), are icing on the cake.

Noisy Animals - sample of first line

Noisy Animals
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This song teaches the vocabulary of animal sounds.

As an echo song, it can be sung in many different ways – or stay exactly the same to relive the enjoyment felt the previous time.

The pitch of this song reaches up to D (on the treble clef fourth line), going a full tone higher than the previous songs in this book. It also incorporates a leap up to this D from the A below and then back to the A on a dotted rhythm. Bouncing the voice is a good way to describe this vocal movement.

Solomon Grundy - sample of first line

Solomon Grundy Song
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The words are taken from a very old traditional rhyme, and fit rather well into the ascending and descending major scale. It has been written like this to help teach a strong key sense involving the diatonic major scale.

Solfa and French Time Name understandings are also suggested because they work well with the melody of this song.

The Reading Song - sample of first line

The Reading Song
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The rocking feel to this song comes about because of the 6/8 time signature. To explain in musical language, there are two compound beats in the bar, making the counting: 123456 or 1 and duh 2 and duh.

The pitch range is from middle C through to the same upper D encountered in the previous song.

The Reading Song is perfect for Book Week, a rainy day – or any day or week!

The Bat and Bird Song - sample of first line

Bat and Bird Song
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Two distinct rhythmic sections can be felt in this song. The first is in the even 4/4 time, while the second section is in the rocking movement of 6/8 time.

The words are more advanced to reflect the higher level of word knowledge the singers will have after progressing through the graded songs in this book.

Enunciating the t and d sounds at the end of 'bat' and 'bird' help differentiate these two often-mixed-up sounds. Listening and speaking improvement can be the result.

You'll Never Know Until You Try - sample of first line

You'll Never Know Until You Try
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The pitch moves yet another note higher in this song. There is also a short key change from C major to G major, indicated by the F sharp.

The words are of the tongue-twister variety to add additional excitement. .

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Teacher's edition

Companion book to the dyslexia-friendly Children's Songbook-Reader Edition of IT'S TIME TO SING!


What are the benefits of combining singing, movement and reading?


Singing is like laughter and sunshine. It evaporates negative thoughts and promotes social togetherness.

  • The 15 songs in this combine music, actions and oral language. They have enough learning room to widen the horizons of gifted and talented children, build the confidence of average and struggling learners, and enhance word knowledge, reading fluency, social cohesion and vocal clarity for all abilities.
  • Research has shown that singing not only provides therapeutic benefits for ADHD children, but boosts everyone's emotional camaraderie and sense of well-being. For those with an Autism Spectrum Condition, remarkable things have been shown to happen when singing is added to language.
  • The songs in It's Time to Sing! are graded in age-appeal, starting with a new version of the ABC song through to a song that teaches the order of the planets from the sun.
  • Look Inside Teacher's EditionAnd — don't be surprised when the children in your care say, 'Let's do it again!'

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