Whistle While You Work

The seven dwarfs had it right when they suggested singing a tune while at work!

An important attribute of a successful substitute teacher is having the ability to captivate the attention of your students. It is often hard, without having a relationship with the classroom of students, to achieve this; however, a song can truly change just that!

Whether you have a few extra minutes or a life-less crowd of kiddos, knowing a catchy song or finger play can help students to become engaged in a lesson.

First, gather some of your favorite songs, finger plays, rhymes, and chants — songs for all ages, different seasons, and various times of the day (such as a line up song).

Need to find some songs? Visit one of my favorite websites — www.dr.jean.org — to find printables, lyrics, and activities that are fun & educational.

Once you have a list of your favorite songs, write each song down on an index card. You can even take it a step further & categorize/color code each song (by grade level, season, routine, etc.)

The cards can be organized in an easy to carry case such as this:

Use an index card holder !

Or, be savvy & punch a hole in the top left corner and attach with a binder ring!

Look how cute!

Having songs on hand can solve a case of the Monday-blues or a mid-week slump! Carry these along with you so you can truly whistle while you work!

miss miller

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