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SONGS ABOUT LETTERS N THROUGH Z

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!)

LETTER N   (Sung to the traditional melody of "THE OLD GRAY MARE"!)

Oh nice nosey Nancy knew no
news to announce today;
No news to announce today;
No news to announce today!
Oh nice nosey Nancy knew no
News to announce today;
No news means no nonsense
From Nan-cy!

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LETTER O   (Sung to the traditional melody of "YANKEE DOODLE"!)

Letter O has two nice sounds;
Short O's the sound in ox;
Long O's the sound in O-reo,
Those cookies in a box!

Hear long O in ocean;
Hear short O in otter;
We took our otter to the beach
Oh--He got into the wa-ter!

(Spoken)  And he ate all my Oreos too!

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LETTER P   (Sung to the traditional melody of "TWINKLE, TWINKLE LITTLE STAR"!)

Princess Patty picked some plums,
Some pretty plums did Patty pick;
Patty ate so many plums,
Now Princess Patty is plum sick!

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LETTER Q   (Sung to the traditional melody of "SILENT NIGHT"!)

Silent Q is never alone;
He has no sound of his own;
The letter U must come after Q,
Together they make
One sound out of two!
Qu says kw-uh;
Qu says kw-uh;
Qu--kw-uh;     Qu--kw-uh;
Qu!              (spoken) kw-uh!

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LETTER R   (Sung to the traditional melody of "ROW ROW ROW YOUR BOAT"!)

Row row row your raft
Ricky Raccoon;
Hear the sound of R as we repeat
Our R sound tune!

Ride ride ride the rails;
Watch Rapid Robert run!
Hear the sound of R---rrr rrr
Rrr rrr!  It's so much fun!

Rake rake rake the roof
Rosy Red Renee;
Hear the sound of R in all the
R words we do say!

Roll roll roll the Radish
In Rascal Rhino's room;
Repeat the sound of R
As you sing, Tuh ruh ruh ruh Boom!
(shout out)  Dee--ay!

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LETTER S   (Sung to the traditional melody of "ROCKABYE BABY"!)

I'll sing silly songs
Put sweet S to sleep;
Slowly snip wool
Off short, skipping sheep;
S is so smooth;
No sound is as sweet
When S softly sleeps,
Don't tickle it's feet!

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LETTER T   (Sung to the traditional melody of "MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB"!)

Tinsel Tess takes tea at two;
Tea at two,  tea at two;
Tinsel Tess takes tea at two;
Look, Tess, it's ten til two!
(spoken)  It's almost tea time, Tess!

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

Long U,   long U,
Says his name,   says his name
Unicycle,   universal,
U--U--U,   long U!

Short U,   short U,
Says uh,   says uh,
umbrella,   underwater,
short U,   says uh!

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

Oh V has the sound of vuh in victory;
Oh V has the sound of vuh in varsity;
Vicky Vinson vetoed
Her very voluptuous violets,
And took off in Vincent's van;
Va--va--voom!

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LETTER W   (Sung to the traditional melody of "SWING LOW, SWEET CHARIOT"!)

Wiggle, wiggle Letter W;
You sound just like a barking dog;
(echo)   Wuh!  Wuh!
Waddle, waddle wonderful W;
Wuh, wuh, wuh, wuh!
Wiggle, waddle, walk!
(spoken) Wuh!  Wuh!

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LETTER X   (Sung to the traditional melody of "CAMPTOWN RACES"!)

X makes a K S sound, KAY  ES,  KAY  ES;
X makes a K S sound, ksss,  ksss,  ksss!
X has no sound
Of its very own,
That's why X makes a K S sound,
ksss,   ksss,   ksss!

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LETTER Y  (Sung to the traditional melody of "I'VE BEEN WORKING ON THE RAILROAD"!)

Yappy, yeppy, yippy ya hoo;
Yuppy, yab-a-dab-a-doo;
The letter Y is lots of fun to sing,
Yuh, yuh, yuh,
Yuh, see it's true;

Yappy, yeppy, yippy yay hoo
Yub-yab-yoo-bee-doo;
Yubby, yabby, yippy yay boo
Yuh!  Letter Y loves you!

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LETTER Z   (Sung to the traditional melody of "A TISKET, A TASKET"!)

Zero the zebra
Ate lots of zucchini
While playing zippy, zany music
On his zither at the zoo!

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ALPHABET SWAY
(Original music on tape!)

Hands in the air,   feet stay still,
Sway to the song
and turn around with the leader;

A says a and I sway,
B says buh and I sway,
C says ssss and C says kuh,
D says duh and I sway,
Yes, I sway to the Alphabet sounds!

(Continue with:)

E(eee), F(fuh), G(guh) and G(juh), H(huh);
I(i), J(juh), K(kuh) and L(lll), M(mmm);
N(nnn), O(o), P(p) and Qu(kwu), R(rrrr);
S(sss), T(tuh), U(u) and V(vuh), W(wuh);

X says ksss and I sway,
Y says yuh and I sway,
And now you can see, I can sway from A to Z,
And I sway to the Alphabet sounds;
Yes, I sway to the Alphabet sounds!
(spoken)
ABC   DEF   GHI   JKL   MNO   PQR   STU  
VWX   YZEEEEEEEEEE!

DANCE TO THE ALPHABET
Sing to the tune of the "Hokey Pokey".

(A thru Y: Each letter NAME or SOUND represents an appendage! See below the song.)

Put your___in,
You take your___out;
You put your___in,
And you shake it all about;
You sound (or name) the alphabet
And you turn yourself around;
Now let's do another sound!  (or name)

(After the last letter G)
You sound the Alphabet
And you turn yourself around,
I've just said A thru G!    Grrreat!

(Repeat first seven lines using H thru P)
(After the letter P)
You sound the Alphabet
And you turn yourself around,
I've just said H thru P!    Purrrfect!

(Repeat first seven lines using Q thru Y)
(After the letter Y)
You sound the Alphabet
And you turn yourself around,
I've just said Q thru Y!      ...and Zeeeee!
(See next page.)
DANCE TO THE ALPHABET continued

List of appendages to go with above song:

Right leg:   A     H     Q

Left leg:   B     I     R

Right shoulder:   hard C (kuh)     J     S

Left shoulder   soft C (ssss)     K     T

Head   D     L     U

Backside   E     M     V

Whole self   F     N     W

Right arm   hard G(guh)     O     X

Left arm   soft G(juh)     P     Y

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