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Songs: Old MacDonald

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We encourage you to give your child a wide range of musical experiences: singing songs, listening to all kinds of music, dancing at home, attending local musical performances when possible. One of the best (and easiest!) activities is singing with your child. If you don't feel confident about your own singing voice, remember that the more you sing with your child, the more comfortable you'll feel, and the more you'll both enjoy music together. Here is one song we suggest for singing together.

Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O.

And on this farm he had some chicks, E-I-E-I-O.

With a chick-chick here and a chick-chick there,

Here a chick, there a chick, everywhere a chick-chick.


Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O.

And on this farm he had a cow, E-I-E-I-O.

With a moo-moo here and a moo-moo there,

Here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo-moo.


Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O.

And on this farm he had some sheep, E-I-E-I-O.

With a baa-baa here and a baa-baa there,

Here a baa, there a baa, everywhere a baa-baa,

Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O.

Continue in the same manner with: pig (oink-oink), duck (quack-quack), dog (woof-woof), tortoise (ho-hum), hare (vroom-vroom), etc. Or, try improvising and making up your own verses.

This activity is adapted from page 184 of What Your Year 1 Child Needs to Know, which can be purchased here.

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