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Action/Listening

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We can jump, jump, jump
We can jump, jump, jump.

We can hop, hop, hop.
We can clap, clap, clap.
We can stop, stop, stop.
We can nod our heads for yes.
We can shake our heads for no.
We can bend our knees a little bit.
And we can sit down slow.

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We can hop like a rabbit

We can hop like a rabbit.
We can jump like a frog.
We can quack like a duck.
We can run like a dog.
We can fly like a bird.
We can swim like a fish.
We can sit like a good child,
As still as this.

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Here are my eyes

Here are my eyes, here is my nose.
Here is my chin, here are my toes.
Here is my waist, here are my knees.
Now you can see all of me.

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Ring around the space shuttle

Ring around the space shuttle. Try to grab a star.
Stardust, stardust, fall where you are.

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I wiggle my fingers

I wiggle my fingers. I wiggle my toes.
I wiggle my body. I wiggle my nose.
now all my wiggles are gone, you see.
And I'll sit as still, as still can be.

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Two little feet

Two little feet go tap, tap, tap.
Two little hands go clap, clap, clap.
One little body turns around.
One little body sits quietly down.

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Let your hand go clap, clap, clap

Let your hand go clap, clap, clap.
Let your fingers go snap, snap, snap.
Let your lips go very round,
But do not make a sound. (Take a deep breath.)
Now, we're ready to listen.

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Knock at the door

Knock at the door, peep in.
Lift up the latch, and walk right in.
Chin chopper, chin chopper, chin chopper chin.

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Animals

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The Elephant

The Elephant goes like this and that.
He's terribly tall and terribly fat.
He has no fingers, he has some toes.
But goodness, gracious, what a nose.

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Right foot, left foot, see me go.
I'm gray, and big, and slow.
As I go walking down the street,
With my trunk and four big feet.

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The funny fat frog

The funny fat frog, winkin' and a-blinkin'
Getting so sleepy, sitting there thinkin'
All of a sudden'..he jumps!

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The tiny mice are creeping

The tiny mice are creeping, Shhhh, shhhh, shhhh.
The tiny mice are creeping, Shhhh, shhhh, shhhh.
They do not make a sound as their feet touch the ground.
The tiny mice are creeping, Shhhh, shhhh, shhhh.

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Alligator, alligator sitting on a log

Alligator, alligator sitting on a log.
Down in the water, he spied a frog.
SPLASH! Goes the water, away swims the frog

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The alligator loves to swim

The alligator loves to swim.
Sometimes he opens his mouth wide.
But when he sees me on the shore,
Down in the water he'll hide.

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Two little blackbirds

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill
One named Jack, One named Jill.
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill.
Come back Jack, come back Jill.

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There's a bug on me

One, two, three, there's a bug on me!
Where did it go' I don't know!

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Little caterpillars

Let's go to sleep, the little caterpillars said
As they tucked themselves into their bed
They will awaken by and by
And each one will be a butterfly.

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My rabbit has two big ears

My rabbit has two big ears and a funny little nose.
He likes to nibble carrots, and he hops wherever he goes.

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Here is a bunny

Here is a bunny with ears so funny.
And here is his hole in the ground.
When a sharp noise he hears, he pricks up his ears,
And hops in a hole in the ground.

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Run little rabbit

Run little rabbit, climb up right here.
He's so hungry, he nibbles at your ear.

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Leg over leg

Leg over leg, the dog went to Dover.
She came to a stile, and WHOOPS!
She got over!

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Five eggs and five eggs

Five eggs and five eggs, that makes ten.
Sitting on top is Mother Hen.
Cackle, cackle, cackle
What do you see' Ten fluffy chicks as yellow as can be!

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I'm Tyrannosaurus

I'm Tyrannosaurus, Tyrannosaurus.
I run fast to snatch.
I swish my tail as I run, I grab and try to catch.
But if my chin gets an itch, I can't reach to scratch!

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Up in the Air, Junior Pteranodon

Up in the Air, Junior Pteranodon, Up in the Air, Upside-down!
Up in the Air, Junior Pteranodon,
Don't ever let your feet touch the ground.

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Classics

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Teddy bear

Teddy bear, teddy bear turn around.
Teddy bear, teddy bear touch the ground.
Teddy bear, teddy bear shine your shoes.
Teddy bear, teddy bear read the news.
Teddy bear, teddy bear go upstairs.
Teddy bear, teddy bear say your prayers.
Teddy bear, teddy bear turn out the light.
Teddy bear, teddy bear say goodnight.

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I'm a little teapot

I'm a little teapot short and stout.
Here is my handle, here is my spout.
When I get all steamed up, then I shout:
Just tip me over and pour me out.

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Head, shoulders, knees, and toes

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes.
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes.
And eyes and ears and mouth and nose.
Head, shoulders, knees and toes.

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The more we get together

The more we get together, together, together;
The more we get together, the happier we'll be.
'Cause your friends are my friends, and my friends are your friends.
The more we get together, the happier we'll be.

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The eensy-weensy spider

The eensy-weensy spider went up the water spout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.
And the eensy-weensy spider went up the spout again.

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Row, row, row your boat

Row, row, row your boat. Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.

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The Muffin Man

Do you know the Muffin Man' The Muffin Man, The Muffin Man.
Do you know the Muffin Man'
He lives on Drury Lane'
Oh, yes I know the Muffin Man. The Muffin Man, The Muffin Man.
Oh, yes I know the Muffin Man.
Who lives on Drury Lane.

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The little turtle by Vachel Lindsay

There was a little turtle. He lived in a box.
He swam in a puddle. He climbed on the rocks.
He snapped at a mosquito. He snapped at a flea.
He snapped at a minnow. And he snapped at me!
He caught the mosquito. He caught the flea.
He caught the minnow. But he didn't catch me

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Rain on the green grass

Rain on the green grass. Rain on the tree.
Rain on the rooftop, but not on me!

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Three blind mice

Three blind mice; three blind mice.
See how they run; see how they run.
They all ran after the farmer's wife.
She cut off their tails with a carving knife.
Did you ever see such a sight in your life,
As three blind mice!

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Skidamarinka

Skidamarinka dinka dink.
Skidamerinka doo.
I love you.
Skidamarinka dinka dink.
Skidamerinka doo.
I love you.
I love you in the morning and in the afternoon.
I love you in the evening and underneath the moon.
Skidamarinka dinka dink.
Skidamerinka doo.
I love you.

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This little piggy

This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed home.
This little piggy ate roast beef,
This little piggy had none.
And this little piggy went
Whee-whee-whee-whee all the way home.

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Johnny, Johnny

Johnny, Johnny, Johnny, Whoops, Johnny!
Whoops, Johnny!
Johnny, Johnny, Johnny, Johnny!

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People, Places, & Things

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The Grand Old Duke of York

The Grand Old Duke of York
He had ten thousand men
He marched them all to the top of the hill,
Then he marched them down again.
Now, when you're up, you're up.
And when you're down, you're down.
And when you're only halfway up,
You're neither up nor down.

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Here's a cup

Here's a cup, and here's a cup,
And here's a pot of tea.
Pour a cup, and pour a cup,
And have a drink with me.

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Boom, boom

Boom, boom beat the drum.
Boom, boom here we come.
Boom, boom do not lag.
Boom, boom wave the flag.

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I'm one-eyed Jake

I'm one-eyed Jake, the pirate chief,
A terrible, fearsome ocean thief.
I have a peg upon my leg.
I have a hook and a dirty look.
I'm one-eyed Jake, the pirate chief,
A terrible, fearsome ocean thief.

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The train

The train runs along this track.
It whistles, 'Whoo-oo-whooo!'
And then it runs back.

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This little girl

This little girl is ready for bed.
Down on the pillow she lays her head.
She wraps herself in the covers tight,
And this is the way she sleeps all night.

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Ten rosy apples

Ten rosy apples high in a tree.
Safely hiding where no one can see.
When the wind comes knocking to and fro.
Ten rosy apples to the ground must go.

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Cobbler, Cobbler

Cobbler, cobbler mend my shoe
Have it done by half-past two
I am a cobbler, this is what I do
Rap-a-tap-tap to mend my shoe.

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Seasonal

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Big and scary eyes

See my big and scary eyes!
Look out now, I've got a big surprise.
BOO!

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Away up high in the apple tree

Away up high in the apple tree, two little apples looked down on me.
I shook that tree as hard as I could.
Down came the apples, mmmmmm, were they good!

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The leaves are dropping

The leaves are dropping from the trees, yellow, brown and red.
They patter softly like the rain.
One landed on my head!

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Here's a green leaf

Here's a green leaf and here's a green leaf.
That, you see, makes two.
Here is a bud, that makes a flower.
Watch it bloom for you.

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Five Halloween friends

Five Halloween friends sitting on a gate.
The swooping bat said, 'Oh my, it's getting late.'
The green-faced witch said, 'Let's have some fun.'
The spooky ghost said, 'Let's run, and run, and run.'
The hooting owl said, 'Now is our chance.'
When whoo-oo-oo went the wind, and out went the light,
Away flew the Halloween friends into the night.

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I am a pumpkin

I am a pumpkin big and round.
Once upon a time I lived on the ground.
Now I have a mouth, two eyes, and a nose.
What are they for, do you suppose'
With a candle inside burning bright,
I'll be a Jack-o-Lantern on Halloween night!

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Five little Pilgrims

Five little Pilgrims fish in the morn.
Five little Indians help them plant corn.
Pilgrims bring bread.
Indians bring meat.
Ten new friends sit down to eat.

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Here is the chimney

Here is the chimney, Here is the top.
Open the lid, out Santa will pop!

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Snip, snip, snip the paper

Snip, snip, snip the paper.
Paste, paste, paste the paper.
Press, press, press the paper;
To make a Valentine for you.

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I have a little heart

I have a little heart that goes thump, thump, thump.
It keeps right on beating when I jump, jump, jump.
I get a special feeling when I look at you.
It makes me want to give you a kiss or two!

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