Can Do Muses
November 2022 Week 3
Since the advent of Covid, viruses have taken on a new prominence in daily life. Singing about “Cold and Flu Season” won’t make it go away —but it is one of many activities that may help “regularize” its presence. Check out this add-on to the chant.
Germs spread with the greatest of ease
So wash your hands with the ABC’s
Use a sleeve when you feel a sneeze,
If you don’t want to catch a disease,
Stop those germs, NOW!
And now there’s an alternative to singing The Alphabet Song to time hand washing. Remember the describing how to wash song that was a joint effort of Dr. Nisha Thampi and her daughter Lekha in Ottawa with collaboration by Dr. Yves Longtin in Montreal? (tune: Frere Jacques) As a person with an immune deficiency, I particularly like the idea of going on the “thumb attack” against germs.
Scrub your palms, between the fingers
Wash the backs, wash the backs,
Twirl the tips around, Scrub them up and down,
Thumb attack, thumb attack!
“Soft Kitty” may help Sheldon Cooper (Big Bang Theory) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-qra604RbU feel better when he’s sick, but what works for you? Try the “Soft Kitty” song with your class as an ideas starter OR try Farmer Brown’s Cow for a barnyard take on comfort ideas.
Each lesson builds on the one before so that concepts grow in complexity through the year. Practice and review are planned into lessons. Canadian curriculum expectations are detailed at the beginning of every lesson (and in the overview). This is a complete music curriculum including music literacy, performance, instrument playing and active listening. Songs are suggested, but may easily be switched with your own favourites. As long as the planned teaching points are covered, all curriculum expectations will be met.
About Can Do
Create your own music lessons using some of the resources on the site, or, if you’re new to teaching music, try following a few of the lessons given here. Whatever you use –my hope is that “Can Do Music” helps to make music in your classroom and life. To learn more about the site and its creations, explore the links below.