Most teachers and parents we know sing with their children. We like to combine singing with shared writing to create song adaptations. One of our favorite sing-along songs is I Love the Mountains. Jeannine fell in love with this song at a Bill Martin workshop 20 years ago. Since then, we’ve been singing this simple little song and creating song adaptations with children. Look for the FREE printable link after the song adaptation.
We were shocked to find many different versions on YouTube. Here’s one for you if you’re not familiar with the tune.
After teaching I Love the Mountains to your students, share some of your favorite spring time books and experiences with your students. (We’ve got a FREE printable spring book for you in our post I Like Wildflowers.) Brainstorm with your students some of the things they see during spring and some of the things they like about spring. Your song adaptation might go a little something like the one below . . . (First you’ll find the original words and an illustrated book. Then come words to a new spring version.)
I Love the Mountains
(Original Lyrics / Illustrations by MacGyver, beginning kindergaten)
I love the mountains.
I love the rolling hills.
I love the daffodils.
I love the fireside when all the lights are low.
I Like the Spring Time
(I love the Mountains Adaptation)
I like the spring time.
I like the warmer days.
I like the raindrops.
I like the buzzing bees.
I like the bluebonnets blooming on the hillsides.
Print this song adaptation: I Like the Spring Time
Let’s start brainstorming! What is your favorite thing about spring? Don’t be shy, sing-along!