Would you believe--this is the first song I wrote? Gotta start somewhere, I guess, and I owe it to my ladybug finger puppets! This one teaches the feminine Hebrew numbers from 1 to 10 (achat, shtayim, shalosh, etc.), although it could be sung without any Hebrew by those simply wanting to teach counting to tiny tots, as I do in my Music Fun classes. Melody has a range of just 6 notes, making it singable by young children, who enjoy the humor of the final verse: "The tree says to the ladybugs, 'Fly away from me. I've got too many ladybugs crawling on me!'" This is one of the simplest songs in "Gan Shirim." Download includes a free songsheet explaining why ladybugs in Hebrew are "parat Moshe Rabbeinu" (the cow of Moses, our teacher) and has a chart of both feminine and masculine numbers 1-10.
Sheet music for songs that start with "L"
I wrote this one because there are so few children's songs specifically for Lag B'Omer. In this one, children dance around a (pretend) bonfire on the la-la section, and they act out the verse that says, "Let's pretend that we have bows and arrows. Shoot up high but don't hurt any sparrows." In place of the minor-key la-la section, feel free to stay with major key throughout; I find it easier to sing that way. Included with your sheet music purchase is a free songsheet that includes information about the holiday. Published in "Gan Shirim."
"L'cha Adonai" is written in the key of Dm and reaches moments of majesty while staying within a range of one octave. Entirely in Hebrew, these are the lyrics: "L'cha Adonai hag'dulah v'hag'vurah v'hatiferet v'haneitzach v'hahod, ki chol bashamayim uva'aretz. L'cha Adonai hamamlachah v'hamitnasei l'cha l'rosh." Translation, also provided on the sheet music, is "Yours, Adonai, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty, for all that is in heaven and earth
A lively, joyful melody for "L'cha Dodi." The two pages of sheet music includes all eight verses. Each verse is followed by an eight-bar refrain of "L'cha dodi likrat kallah p'nei Shabbat n'kab'lah." Range is nine notes, so this is quite congregation friendly. Published in "Voices in Prayer." (This is NOT my children's L'cha Dodi, called "A Special Time," in the "Super Simple Songs" collection
This "L'chu N'ran'nah" marche habanera will set your toe tapping (or your feet marching). Lyrics, from Psalm 95, are in Hebrew. Song is set in the key of D with a one-octave range. Translation: "Let us sing to Adonai. Let us rejoice in our Creator. Let us greet God with thanksgiving, singing psalms of praise." Published in "Voices in Prayer."
The minor key of "Let's Get Ready for Shabbat" is combined with its repetitive lyrics to create an instant classic. Try it as a circle dance: step right, feet together, step right, feet together, etc. On the "Bring the candles" section, take 4 steps into the center, arms up, then 4 steps out with arms down, repeat. One preschool teacher thought this song was "mi Sinai" (meaning around forever). Download comes with a free songsheet, too. Published in "Gan Shirim."
"Lights of Shabbat" is the Hebrew Shabbat candle blessing plus a lovely English lead-in: "May our homes shine with light; may our hearts glow with joy. May Shabbat bring us peace..." Written using appropriate Shabbat nusach, this song has an optional flute counterpoint. Download includes two sets of sheet music--one with flute (published in "Family Shabbat") and one without (published in "Voices in Prayer").
Preschool teachers, this song is your friend! It makes lining up fun, especially if you start my blowing a train whistle. Sing it entirely in English or insert the Hebrew words for line up (amod b'shurah), engine (katar), caboose (karon), and the train (harakevet), as shown in the sheet music. Published in "Gan Shirim." Sheet music download comes with free song sheet, too.
Young children have fun with this Passover song. They pretend to hold a basket that's floating down the river, swim with the princess (Pharaoh's daughter), take baby Moses from the water, and give him a loud kiss. Thanks go to my own children's preschool teacher, Evie Stein, for putting that kiss into the Passover story! "Little Baby Moses" is part of the seder within the "Dayenu!" haggadah.
"Look at Me!" is fun for young children through kindergarten age, as the song talks about the growth they see in themselves--physical growth and emotional growth as caring human beings and as Jews. Whether they're old enough to sing the words or not, have them act this one out, pointing to themselves with both thumbs on the words "Look at me," and go from there. It's been used at end-of-year programs when preschoolers step up to the next grade. Download also includes free song sheet. Published in "Gan Shirim."