Grade: Pre-School
Subject: Language

#1614. Month-arena

Language, level: Pre-School
Posted Sun Mar 5 17:01:18 PST 2000 by Karen Howerton (
Vandalia Elementary School, Greensboro, NC USA
Materials Required: none
Activity Time: 10 minutes
Concepts Taught: months of the year, dancing (body awareness)

Sing the following to the tune of the "Macarena" (don't forget to do the dance!):

January (right hand extended palm down), February (left hand - same), March (turn right hand over- palm up) and April (turn left hand over);

May (right hand - left shoulder)and June (left hand - right shoulder) and July (right hand - right ear) and August (left hand - left ear);

September (right hand - left waist), October (left hand -right waist), November (right hand - right hip), December (left hand - left hip);

Hey! Month-arena! ("shake your bootie" leaving hands on hips)

I like to sing/dance in three speeds:
"slo-mo" (slow, exaggerated movements with deep base voice), regular and "Speedy Gonzalez" (speed through just slapping at motions with high, nasal voice). The children love this and it helps them especially when initially learning the motions!