Movement & Music in Kindergarten

Get Your Students Moving

"Music evokes a response whether that is a gesture, a movement, or an emotion. People relate to music emotionally - whether the music is happy, sad, or haunting. It is important for children to listen to different kinds of music to name the feelings (angry, excited) and talk about them. In music, people find connections to feelings, memories, and to culture." (The Arts-Joyful Learning, 2010, pg. 25)
"In Kindergarten, music is an important element of the daily schedule as educators and children share a greeting son, as children listen to music at the listening centre, as they respond to music through movement, as they learn to sing simple songs and create their own versions in response, as they experiment with sounds and keep the beat with instruments, and as children learn to appreciate the sounds and melodies through listening to a variety of music." (The Arts-Joyful Learning, 2010, pg. 25)

THINKING IT THROUGH: Teaching & Learning In The Kindergarten Classroom

Genre Connections Lessons to Launch Literary and Nonfiction Texts by @2013 Tanny McGregor ISBN: 13: 978-0-325-03396-9 Heinemann/Pearson

Literary Resources to Support Music & Movement in Kindergarten

The Loud Book!

By Deborah Underwood & Illustrated by Renata Liwska @2011

ISBN: 978-0-547-39008-6 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

~a whimsical children’s book with excellent “sound-bits” to describe loud events during the day

Before John Was a Jazz Giant

By Carole Boston Weatherford & Illustrated by Sean Qualls @2008

ISBN: 978-0-8050-7994-4 Henry Holt & Company

Lesson Plans:

~outstanding story of the making of a jazz legend, John Coltrane; rich vocabulary that sings on the pages of a moving story

The Rain Stomper

By Addie Boswell & Illustrated by Eric Velasquez @2008

ISBN: 978-0-7614-5393-2 Marshail Cavendish Corporation

~SLAP! Clatter! BAM! BASH! BOOM ! walla! BANG! CRASH! Jazmin, the Rain Stomper outstomps the rain!


By Michail Baryshnikov & Illustrated by Vladmimir Radunsky @2007

ISBN: 978-0-689-87582-3 Atheneum Books

Leapfrog on Mondays; roll over on Tuesday; break-dance and slide on Wednesday; tap and spin on Thursday; run, flap, and swing on Friday; gallop on Saturday; fly on Sunday – Because...

Do Your Ears Hang Low?

Illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church @2002

ISBN: 0-439-12871-4 Scholastic

~a children’s favourite song illustrated with actions to learn and perform


By Denise Fleming @2011

ISBN: 978-0-8050-9237-0 Henry Holt & Company

“Mouse invites the reader to shout what he or she knows as they review numbers, letters, and easy words.”

M is for Music

By Kathleen Krull & Illustrated by Stacy Innerst @2003

ISBN: 0-15-201438-1 Harcourt Books

“An alphabet book introducing musical terms, from allegro to zarzuela.”

Blowin' in the Wind

Lyrics by Bob Dylan @1962 & Illustrations by Jon J Muth @2011

ISBN: 978-1-4027-8002-8

Lyrics from a timeless song are painted beautifully across the pages of this must have book

The Yoga Game

By Kathy Beliveau & Illustrated by Farida Zaman @2012

ISBN: 978-1-897476-72-7 Simply Read Books

“A fun riddle book introducing young children to the healthy practice of yoga.”

Oh Baby! The A to Z

Kane Miller – A Division of EDC Publishing @2010

ISBN: 978-1-61067-148-4

An alphabet book illustrated using close-up photographs of baby animals.


By Patricia Intriago @2011

ISBN: 978-0-374-31835-2 Margaret Ferguson Books

“Pairs of circular shapes convey opposite relationships in the arc of a day.”