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SONGS ABOUT LETTERS A THROUGH M

Exaggerate, through the melody, the sound or names of the letters that the student needs to review.

Exaggerate through facial expressions.

Become animated whenever possible.  (i.e. sway, move your arms and hands in the air, etc.)

The student should have in front of him a chart of the letters being expressed in song.  He should focus on the letters that are being dramatically described.  If necessary, put your hand over his hand and point to the proper letters.

At no time should the student be allowed to have wandering eyes or mind.
The student should have his hand at all times
pointing to the alphabet letter referred to, as he sings each song:

THE WORDS TO THE FOLLOWING SONGS ARE MODIFIED AND ADAPTABLE TO THE SUGGESTED MELODIES LISTED BELOW:  (The supervisor may want to make up his own tune instead.  The objective is to make memorizing the alphabetic NAMES as much (fun as possible!)

LETTERS A-Z   (Eight verses)
(Sung to the traditional melody of "HERE WE GO 'ROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH"!)

I can say my alphabet,
my alphabet,
my alphabet;
I can say my alphabet
A thru G;
abcdefg   efg   efg   abcdefg   abcdefg!

(Repeat four lines of first stanza.)
A thru J
abcdefg   hij   hij   abcdefg   h   i   j!

(Repeat four lines of first stanza.)
A thru L;
abcdefg   hij   k and l   abcdefg   hi   jkl!
(Repeat four lines of first stanza.)
A thru N.
abcdefg   hijk   lmn   abcdefg   hijk   lmn!

(Repeat four lines of first stanza.)
A thru Q;
a and b and c and d and e and f and g and h     i and j and k and l     mnopq!

(Repeat four lines of first stanza.)
A thru S;
a and b and c and d and e and f and g and h     i and jklmn     opqr and s!

(Repeat four lines of first stanza.)
A thru U;
A and b and c and d and e and f and g and h     ijklmno     pqrstu

(Repeat four lines of first stanza.)
A thru Z;
abcdefg   hijk   lmn   opq   rstu   vwxyz!

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THE VOWELS AEIOU   (Sung to the traditional melody of "DID YOU EVER SEE A LASSIE?")

Let's sing   a   eio   u   are vowels   are vowels;
Sing   a   eio   u   are a family of vowels;

There's   a, and there's   e,     There's    i,   o   and   u;
Without them, there are no words, this is true;

Let's sing   a   eio   u;     Al-ways stay     to-geth-er    cause   a   eio   u   are a family of vowels!

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CONSONANTS   (To recite the consonants in order use the standard musical scale up and down concluding with the rhythmic pattern of "SHAVE AND A HAIRCUT--TWO BITS"!)

(Go up the scale:)     bcdfghjk

(Go down the scale:)     lmnpqrst

(Rhythm to "SHAVE AND A HAIRCUT")    V W X-----Y Z!
CONSONANTS   (Sung to the traditional melody of "A HUNTING WE WILL GO"!)

Verse One: b c d
b and c and d;     b and c and d;     b c d are consonants     b--c--d!

Verse Two: f g h

Verse Three: j k l

Verse Four: m n p

Verse Five: q r s

Verse Six: t v w

Verse Seven: x y z

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The student should have his hand at all times pointing to the alphabet letter referred to as he sings each song:

The words to the following songs are modified and adaptable to the suggested melodies listed below:  (The supervisor may want to make up his own tune instead.  The objective is to make memorizing the alphabet  SOUNDS as much fun as possible!)

The capitalized letters are to be sung by name.  The lower case letters are to be sung by short sound.  i.e. a(cat)  e(leg)  i(hit)  o(hot)  u(hut);

VOWELS  (Sung to the traditional melody of "JINGLE BELLS"!)

AA a
EE  e
II  iii
OO  o
UU  u

a e i o u

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VOWELS   (Sung to the traditional melody of "OLD MACDONALD"!)

A has a short vowel sound   a  a  a  a  a;
E has a short vowel sound   e  e  e  e  e;

With an AA--a;     EE--e;     A--a;     E--e;     A--a;     E-e;

a and e are short vowel sounds  AEIOU!


I has a short vowel sound   i  i  i  i  i;
O has a short vowel sound   o  o  o  o  o;

With an II--i;     OO--o;     I--i;     O--o;       I--i;     O--o;

i and o are short vowel sounds   AEIOU!

U has a short vowel sound   u  u  u  u  u;
Let's sing all five short vowel sounds   aeiou!

A says a;     E says e;     I--i;     O--o;     U says u;     Now we know our short vowel sounds   aeiou!

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> LETTER A   (Sung to the traditional melody of "AMAZING GRACE"!)

Amazing A
Two sounds you say;
Long A in ape says your name;
Short A in apple's like a baby's cry
a  a,  Let's sing it again!

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LETTER B   (Sung to the traditional melody of "BILLY BOY, BILLY BOY"!)

B says buh
Billy Boy, Billy Boy;
B says buh, Charming Billy;
Blow up  big balloons;
Bark like blue baboons;
Billy Boy, B says buh!   Let's be silly!

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LETTER C   (Sung to the traditional melody of "SHE'LL BE COMING 'ROUND THE MOUNTAIN'!)

I know cat has the C sound of kuh;
(echo) kuh---kuh!
I know city has the C sound of ssss;
(echo)   ssss---ssss!
C has no sound of its own;
From K and S it takes a loan
Of the two sounds that it makes kuh and ssss!

I know coffee has the C sound of kuh;
(echo) kuh---kuh!
I know circus has the C sound of ssss;
(echo)  ssss---ssss!
C has no sound of its own;
From K and S it takes a loan
Of the two sounds that it makes kuh and ssss!

(Shout out) kuh and ssss!

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LETTER D   (Sung to the traditional melody of "FOR HE'S A JOLLY GOOD FELLOW"!)

Delightful D is a dinosaur;
Delightful D is a dolly;
Darling Dora gets dishes done;
Singing Diddley--Daddley--Dee!

Diddley--Daddley--Dee!
Diddley-Daddley--Dee!

Dora deserves Daddy's dollar;
For doing her chores cheer-ful-ly;
Darling Dora gets dishes done;
Singing Diddley--Daddley--Dee!

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LETTER E  (SUNG TO THE TRADITIONAL MELODY OF "POP GOES THE WEASEL"!)

Long E says E;   Short E says eh;
Just like in Easter e-gg;
Both E's connect two consonants
In feet and leg!

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LETTER F  (Sung to the traditional melody of "OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM"!)

Farmer Freddie's frog was fat, f f f f fat;
This female froggie's name was Fay,
f f f f Fay;

She was f f fat;   f f Fay;
Fat froggie;   Fay Froggie;
Farmer Freddie's Fat Fay!
Fat Fay dined on friendly flies
On Freddie's farm all day!
(spoken) GULP!!!

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LETTER G   (Sung to the traditional melody of "FARMER IN THE DELL"!)

(Verse One)
Hard G says guh;   Hard G says guh;
Giggle Golly Goggles;
Hard G says guh!

(Verse Two)
Soft G says juh;   Soft G says juh;
Gentle giant giraffes;
Soft G says juh!

(Verse Three)
Hard G says guh;   Soft G says juh;
Which is the sound of G
In the word---gorilla?

(Continue to sing verse three, replacing the last word with each of the following:)

generous     gym     gasoline     gigantic     girl
gingerbread     goat     George     gum     good

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LETTER H   (Sung to the traditional melody of
"LONDON BRIDGE")

The letter H says huh  huh  huh;
Huh  huh  huh---huh  huh  huh;
The letter H says huh  huh  huh;
In happy horse hooves!

(Repeat the song.  Each time replace the last three words with other H words, like the following:)

Honey ham hocks;
Handy house hats;

LETTER I   (Sung to the traditional melody of "TEN LITTLE INDIANS'!)

A short I is like the i in Indian;
You'll hear long I in the word idea;
When they invented the bow and arrow,
The Indians had an idea!

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LETTER J   (Sung to the traditional melody of "POP GOES THE WEASEL"!)

Jack took Jill up Letter Jay Hill;
Jack jingled jars of jelly;
Jack fell down;     Jill joked around;
Jill jumped on Jack's belly!

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LETTER K   (Sung to the traditional melody of "ARE YOU SLEEPING?"!)

Katie Kitten, cuddled cutely;
Keeping close, keeping close;
kuh-kuh-kuh-kuh-kitten
Cuddling close, close to me!

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LETTER L   (Sung to the traditional melody of "LULLABY AND GOOD NIGHT"!)

Say good night to Letter L;
It's time for L to sle-ep;
We must sing L's lullaby
or out of bed he will leap!
La la la--la la la
We hope that L does sleep well;
La la la--la la la;
Pleasant dreams Letter L!

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LETTER M   (Sung to the traditional melody of "THREE BLIND MICE"!)

Three special Ms (pronounced emsss);
Ran through the house;
My mom and the monkey and a little mouse!
My mom chased the monkey first;
The mouse ran through her knees;
The monkey ate our mayonnaise;
The mouse ate our cheese!
Three special Ms ran through the house;
My mom and the monkey and a little mouse!

Mom made the monkey and the mouse move outside;
They fell in love and married;
And the mouse became a bride!
Three special Ms  Two left our house,
My mom and the monkey and a little mouse!

My mom made a cheesecake
especially for them;
They live in a marble mansion,
Shaped just like an M!

(Softly echo twice) Shaped just like an M;
mmmmmmmm--Good!



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