"The things I do"

(by Correne, Dallas, TX)

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Verse 2:

Verse 3:

Verse 4:

I was amazed at how well the children did.  The loved the clapping and then swaying gently in their seats for the third verse. 

The following week I wanted to sing the song over and over without them getting bored. 
I have a fun collection of musical instruments.  When they saw me take those out they got excited.  I quickly went over the rules of how to treat my instruments and what I expected from them.  Then  I passed out the drums, rhythm sticks, tambourines, shakers, and bells.  I sang the song over and over as I demonstrated how each one was played.  By the time every child had an instrument they had heard me sing the song from beginning to end at least 4 times.  They clapped or swayed the beat as I passed them out.  We did not play the instruments for the 3rd verse, rather we stayed in our seats.  Then we rotated each time after singing the song so each child could have a turn at the
different instruments.  .  I gave them only 10 seconds to trade!  ha ha ha  Didn't want to waste time!