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“Music is what feelings sound like.” ~Author Unknown.

It Starts in the HeartAt Conscious Discipline, music is an integral part of learning. All of our music CDs include lyrics and/or activities to help you incorporate music into your day. You can find the lyrics and activities for the songs on It Starts in the Heart below, along with the words to the workshop favorite “On Top of My Brain Stem” and a song locator to help when you go home from a workshop thinking, “Now, where was that song?”

On Top of My Brain Stem

Sing to the tune of:  On Top of Ole Smokey

 

On top of my brainstem all nestled in grey

Just under my cortex my limbic will stay

Unconscious and verbal I can act like a fool

Without my cortex to help me stay cool

 

If I pound on the table or roll on the floor

You know that my brainstem can't take anymore

So let me breathe deeply let the oxygen flow

On up to my cortex so that I won't blow

It Starts In The Heart

Activity

  • It starts in the heart: With hands in a fist, cross your arms over your chest and tap your heart area two times to the beat of the music
  • Way down in the soul: Uncross your arms and open your hands. Push down your hands down toward the floor in a soft pumping motion two times to the beat of the music.
  • It starts in the heart: Repeat as in line 1
  • Brick by brick and stone by stone: With hands in a fist tap one hand on top of the other alternating hands. As you tap, move your hands upward.
  • We all find a way to build a wall: Open your hands palm out and pretend to walk your hands up a pretend wall in front of you.
  • And all we get is more alone: Continue with mime version of making a wall.
  • Can you see the stones have got to fall: Let both hands fall slowly down to your side
  • We can let them stand but then nobody wins: Raise your hands straight above your head. Drop your hands with your pointer finger of each hand moving side to side.
  • We can work together and find somewhere to begin
  • Chorus Movements
  • It starts in the heart: With hands in a fist, cross your arms over your chest and tap your heart area two times to the beat of the music
  • Way down in the soul: Uncross your arms and open your hands. Push down your hands down toward the floor in a soft pumping motion two times to the beat of the music.
  • That’s the only place the seeds of love can grow: Turn your hands over, palms up and extend your arms
  • Then you realize that we are not that far apart: With a partner, hold both hands in a high five position. Interlock fingers. Keep hands around shoulder height.
  • We can build a bridge: Raise your hands up high as to make a bridge.
  • It starts in the heart: Cross your arms over your chest as you did before
  • Way down in the soul: Uncross your arms and open your hands. Push down your hands down toward the floor in a soft pumping motion two times to the beat of the music.
  • It starts in the heart: Repeat as in line 1
  • I look at you and you look at me: Turn and face a partner point both hands at each other and then back at yourself
  • Can you see that I am on your side: Stand side to side touching each other though we sometimes disagree
  • We can find a way to make it by: Lock elbows and sing chorus
  • Though the road is long: Hands together in prayer position, fingers aiming forward. Move the hands in a snake motion forward
  • And isn’t always clear: Place both hands, palms inward, in front of your face
  • I know there’s some way: Touch index fingers to sides of head (as if to use one’s brain)
  • To get there from here: Point fingers down to spot where you are standing

 

Chorus – repeat 2 times

Chorus
It starts in the heart
Way down in the soul
It starts in the heart
Brick by brick and stone by stone
We all find a way to build a wall
And all we get is more alone
Can you see the stones have got to fall
We can let them stand, but then nobody wins
WE can work together and find somewhere to begin
It starts in the heart
Way down in the soul
That’s the only place the seeds of love can grow
Then you realize that we’re not that far apart
We can build a bridge – it starts in the heart
Way down in the soul

It starts in the heart
I look at you, you look at me
Can you see that I am on your side
Though we sometimes disagree
We can find a way to make it by
Though the road is long, and isn’t always clear
I know there’s some way to get there from here

Repeat Chorus

Friendship Chant

Activity
This is an echo song. One person says the first line and the remaining children echo back what has been said. You can vary your approach with who is the leader. For the chant friendships 1, 2 etc do the following: Divide the class into thirds. One group will stand and say 1, 2; another group will stand and say 3, 4; and the last group will stand and say 1, 2 – 3, 4. After they shout their lines in a military manner they are to sit down until the next verse.

Extensions: Discuss what it means to be a friend. Have the children role play how a friend would act in various situations. Discuss what it means to make a commitment. Have children commit to keep the classroom safe, or say excuse me when they bump into someone. Use these commitments to add additional verses to the song.

Look around, what do you see? (Echo)
I see the best in you and me (Echo)
I will do my job at school (Echo)
Helping others sure is cool (Echo)
Friendship 1, 2
Friendship 3, 4
Friendship 1, 2 – 3, 4
I will listen to your words (Echo)
It’s important to be heard (Echo)
I’ll say stop to hurtful ways (Echo)
That way we’ll have helpful days (Echo)

Repeat Chorus

These are things I choose to do (Echo)
Do my best and follow through (Echo)
So, look around, what do you see? (Echo)
I see the best in you and me (Echo)

Repeat Chorus

Get Ready

Activity
Good Morning, Good Morning
Let’s get ready the brain smart way
Good morning, Good morning
Get ready to start the day
Get your hands ready – shake, shake (Shake your hands)
Get your arms ready – stretch, stretch (Reach your arms up high)
Get your brain ready – cross, cross (Touch your right elbow to your left knee and then left elbow to right knee crossing the midline of the body. If this is too hard for young children have them cross the midline of the body in some fashion)
Get your focus ready – breathe, breathe (Breathe in deeply through the nose, hold it and exhale slowly) Get your hands ready – shake, shake (Repeat as above)
Get your arms ready – stretch, stretch
Get your brains ready – cross, cross
Get your focus ready – breathe, breathe

Repeat Chorus

Connect with a friend – shake, shake (Turn to your partner and shake their hand)
Connect with a friend – clap, clap (Clap both hands with a partner)
Connect with a friend – hug, hug, hug (Give your partner a big hug)
Good morning, good morning
Let’s get ready the brain smart way
Get ready to start the day

Extensions: With older children use this as a bridge to a discussion about the brain and how the brain needs oxygen, exercise, food and stimulation to grow and work properly. Teach them that the left side of the brain controls the arm and leg motions on the right side and vice versa. Crossing the center of the body stimulates both sides of the brain to work together. Taking a deep breath allows you to relax and reduces the stress in the body. When the stress is reduced, you can think instead of react to situations that are upsetting.

Chorus
Good morning, Good morning
Let’s get ready the brain smart way
Good morning, Good morning

Get ready to start the day
Get your hands ready – shake, shake
Get your arms ready – stretch, stretch
Get your brains ready – cross, cross
Get your focus ready – breathe, breathe

Repeat Chorus

Connect with a friend – shake, shake
Connect with a friend – clap, clap
Connect with a friend – hip, hip
Connect with a friend – hug, hug, hug
Good morning, good morning
Get ready to start the day

Welcome

Activity
Welcome to our class (Sing the chorus)
Welcome, we’re glad you’re here
Welcome to our class
Welcome, we’re glad you’re here
Hello, hello, hello (Wave to your friends)
Hello to you and me (Point to your partner or specific friend in the circle)
Hello, hello, hello (Wave to your friends)
Join in our family (Make the sign language sign for family. Touch your pointer finger to your thumb on both hands. Begin by having fingertips touching in front of the chest, palms facing each other. Move the hands in a circular motion forward until the little fingers meet.
Here’s a smile for you (Smile to your friends)
A smile for you and me (Point to your partner or specific friend)
Here’s a smile for you (Smile to your friends)
A smile for you and me (point to your partner or specific friend)
Here’s a smile for you (Smile to your friends)
Join in our family (Make “family” in sign language)

Repeat Chorus

Welcome! (Raise your hands and cheer with the last Welcome)

Extension: Discuss with the children ways we can help each other feel welcome in the class. Talk about the importance of greeting one another in the morning and the various ways that can be done.

Welcome to our class
Welcome, we’re glad you’re here
Welcome to our class
Welcome, we’re glad you’re here
Hello, hello, hello
Hello to you and me
Hello, hello, hello
Join in our family

Repeat Chorus

Here’s a smile for you
A smile for you and me
Here’s a smile for you
Join in our family
Repeat Chorus
Here’s a nice high five
A high five for you and me
Here’s a nice high five
Join in our family
Here’s a friendly shake
A shake for you and me
Here’s a friendly shake
Join in our family

Repeat Chorus

Welcome!

Star Song

When you’re feeling really angry
No matter where you are
There’s a way to feel better
There’s a way to be a star
With this one thing to remember
You’ll stop anger in its tracks

Chorus

Stop, take a deep breath and relax
Stop, take a deep breath and relax
Stop, take a deep breath and relax
Repeat 1st Verse

Repeat Chorus

Let's Celebrate

Chorus
Let’s celebrate, everybody give a cheer, yeh!
Let’s celebrate, we’re all glad you’re here, that’s right!
Let’s celebrate, feel it in your heart, thump, thump
Move, children move, ready, ready, ready let’s start
You’re the one – that we cheer
Way to go – yes, we care
We want to celebrate
And to you congratulate
Encouragement – we give to you
There’s so much that you can do
Tell us all here today
What you’ve done – we’ll celebrate

Repeat 2nd Verse and Chorus

That Was Helpful

Activity

  • That was helpful: Pat your legs twice on the beats for the word “that” and clap your hands together twice on the word “was” and then clap your hands together with a friend two times on the word “helpful”
  • You helped somebody today: Take both hands and point to the ground moving your hands up and down
  • That was helpful: Do the clapping pattern
  • You helped to make a better way: Extend both hands with palms up in front of you side by side out from your body and open them as if to give a gift

Chorus

Verse 1:
Act out each verse and do the clapping pattern for - that was helpful

You picked up the toys, so no one would fall – that was helpful
You used your big voice so your friends could learn – that was helpful
You held the door open so we could walk in – that was helpful
You shared a marker so your friend could draw – that was helpful
 

Verse 2:
Act out each verse and do the clapping pattern for – that was helpful
You wiped the spill so the table was clean – that was helpful
You moved to the side so your friends had more space – that was helpful
You worked quietly so others could hear – that was helpful
You said “thank you” so your friends knew you cared – that was helpful
 

Repeat Chorus

Extension: Have the children list and role-play many ways they can be helpful in the classroom. Make a “Ways to be helpful” book or bulletin board in the classroom. Take pictures of children being helpful and make a picture book. Use the pictures to make up different verses for the song.

Chorus

That was helpful
You helped somebody today
That was helpful
You helped to make a better way
You picked up the big toys, so no one would fall
That was helpful
You used your big voice, so your friends could learn
That was helpful
You held the door open, so we could walk in
That was helpful
You shared a marker, so your friend could draw
That was helpful

Repeat Chorus

You wiped up the spill, so the table was clean
That was helpful
You moved to the side, so your friends had more space
That was helpful
You worked quietly, so others could hear
That was helpful
You worked quietly, so others could hear
That was helpful
You said “thank you,” so your friends knew you cared
That was helpful
 

Repeat Chorus

I Wish You Well

Activity – Chorus
My heart to your heart. I wish you well Cross your arms and pat your chest as you sing, my heart to your heart. The movement for I wish you well involves using both hands open and moving them toward the other person in a patty cake fashion without touching. This we will call non-touching patty cake.


My elbow to your elbow. I wish you well.
Touch elbows together. Do a non-touching patty cake
My back to your back. I wish you well.
Turn around and put backs to backs.
Then spin back around and do a non-touching patty cake.
My eyes to your eyes. I wish you well. With both pointer fingers tap under your own eyes then point to the eyes of your partner with the same fingers. Finish with a non-touching patty cake.
How can we help everyone we know (open both arms in front of you, palms up to include everyone)
How can we help each other grow (Move both arms up over your head like a seed growing)
Sometimes it’s hard to know what to do (shrug your shoulders, with hands up as if to say “I don’t know.”
Wishing them well connects me and you (point to your partner and your partner points to you)

Chorus: Repeat as before


My heart to your heart. I wish you well
My elbow to your elbow. I wish you well
My back to your back. I wish you well
My eyes to your eyes. I wish you well

Chorus

How can we help everyone we know
How can we help each other grow
Sometimes it’s hard, to know what to do
Wishing them well connects me and you
Wishing them well connects me and you
My heart to your heart. I wish you well
My elbow to your elbow. I wish you well
My back to your back. I wish you well
My eyes to your eyes. I wish you well

Repeat Chorus

You make a difference
Let’s move and wish your neighbor well
My knee to your knee. I wish you well
My shoulder to your shoulder. I wish you well
My hip to your hip. I wish you well
My hand to your hand. I wish you well
I wish you well. I wish you well

My School Family

Activity
The motions for this song are given in the verses. However, you may want to explore the following different ways to conduct the song. You could have children gather and after each boom, boom, boom find another partner to interact with or have fun and shake hips on booms! Or, you could have the children create an inside, outside circle. The boom, boom, boom signals for the children it is time to move to the right and interact with a new partner. Older children will enjoy remembering who their wave partner was, their high five partner, etc., and returning to the same partner each time a verse is adding on in the song.

Chorus
This is my school family
This is my school family
This is my school family
Now wave to a friend
Wave to a friend (boom, boom, boom)
Repeat Chorus
Shake hands with a friend
Shake hands with a friend (boom, boom, boom)
Wave to a friend
Wave to afriend (boom, boom, boom)

Repeat Chorus

Pinky hug with a friend
Pinky hug with a friend (boom, boom, boom)

Shake hands with a friend (boom, boom, boom)
Wave to a friend
Wave to a friend (boom, boom, boom)

Repeat Chorus

High five with a friend
High five with a friend (boom, boom, boom)
Pinky hug with a friend
Pinky hug with a friend (boom, boom, boom)
Shake hands with a friend
Shake hands with a friend (boom, boom, boom)
Wave to a friend
Wave to a friend (boom, boom, boom)
This is my school family!

Caring Friends

Activity

  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star: hold both arms over your head touching thumbs to thumbs wiggling the rest of the fingers as if shining stars.
  • Shine your light near and far: touch pointer fingers together and bring the diamond created by your thumbs and fingers touching closer to your heart and then extend it outward
  • Inside me to guide the way: make a fist with both hands leaving your thumb sticking out. Point one thumb to your chest then the next thumb keeping beat with the song.
  • Keeping us safe each day: wrap your arms around yourself and rock gently side to side
  • Shake a hand and you will see: shake a friends hands right hand to right hand
  • Caring friends that we can be: add a left hand shake to the right hand shake so both hands are crossed and shaking your partners hands
  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star: repeat as above
  • Shine your light near and far: repeat as above
  • With kind words and helpful deeds: instead of using your hitch hiking thumb to touch your chest, use the thumbs up movement instead. Alternate hands going up and down with the beat of the music.
  • I respect you and you respect me: point to your friend with both fingers and say, “I respect you,” and then point to yourself with both hands and say, “you respect me.”
  • Hold a hand and you will see: hold your friends hand in pairs or unite the entire circle
  • Caring friends that we can be: raise your hands up over your head
  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star: repeat as done before

 

Repeat 1st verse and movements
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Shine your light near and far
Inside me to guide to the way
Keeping us safe each day
Shake a hand and you will see
Caring friends that we can be
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Shine your light near and far
With kind words and helpful deeds
I respect you and you respect me
Hold a hand and you will see
Caring friends that we can be

Repeat 1st Verse

Ending:
Shine your light and you will see
Caring friends that we can be

Look at Me

When you look at me
I hope that you will see
The helpful things I can do
Sometimes are hard to see
So, when you look at me
I hope that you will see
Not just the things I do wrong
But see the best in me
I am – I am
I try – I try
I smile – I smile
I cry – I cry
I do the best I can everyday
I dream – I dream
I hug – I hug
I play – I play
I love – I love
I like to be with friends
Just like you
So when you look at me
I hope that you will see
The helpful things that I can do
Sometimes are hard to see

Repeat chorus and 2nd Verse

When you look at me

All Together

Activity
Teach your children how to sing the song in sign language. The sign for words are described below:

  • All: Place both hands in front of your chest, palms facing in, fingers extended with one hand located above the other. Roll the hands around each other.
  • Together: Make big forward circles with both hands in a fist touching each other. Move hands together in a circle like stirring a pot of soup.
  • We: Move in a semicircle the right hand index finger from the right shoulder to the left shoulder.
  • Live: Thumbs extended upward with both hands and index fingers pointed facing each other shaped like an L. Move hand upward from stomach to chest.
  • Peace: Hold up two fingers in the traditional peace sign
  • Sisters: Hold your left hand in front of you with the pointer finger extended pointing away from you. Take the right hand and rub your thumb across your right jaw bone and then place that hand next to the other one in the same position so that two pointer fingers are side by side.
  • Brothers: Hold your left hand the same as with sisters. Place thumb of your right hand on your forehead with fingers extended, as if to touch the rim of a baseball cap. Bring the right hand to the left hand as with sisters.
  • Sun: With right hand over head, fingers and thumb gathered together, open your fingers as you bring the hand close to your head as if the rays of the sun are coming down on you.
  • Working: With hands in a fist, tap heal of the right hand with a repeated movement on the wrist of the left hand in front of the body, both palms facing down.
  • Playing: Place hands with pinky finger and thumbs extended and the other three fingers towards your palm and rotate your wrist.
  • Everyday: With the palm side of your right fisted hand on your cheek, twist the hand forward with a repeated movement.
  • Love: With both hands in a fist, gently cross both hands over your heart.
  • One: Hold up one finger in front of you.


All together we can live in peace
Sisters, brothers in the sun
Working, playing everyday with love
All together we are one

Repeat Three Times

You Did It!

Chorus
You did it – You chose to cooperate
You did it – you helped make a better way
You did it – You chose to cooperate
You did it – You helped make a better way

Bridge
When I told you what to do
You chose to do it and follow through
You did it
You picked up your toys and put them on the shelf
Just like this. You did it. Just like this
You did it
You lined up quiety with your hands by you rside
Just like this. You did it. Just like this

Repeat Chorus

Repeat Bridge

You did it.
You got out your journal and began to write
Just like this. You did it. Just like this
You did it
You raised your hand high and waited your turn
Just like this. You did it. Just like this

Repeat Chorus

Shubert's Shuffle

Activity

  • The Shubert shuffle goes this way: Point both arms and fingers to the left – this will indicate the first
  • direction of the shuffle for younger children who do not know left from right
  • Everyone shouts, “Hooray, hooray.”: Place both hands up by the corner of the mouth and push them out as to shout
  • Shuffle to the left. Shuffle to the right: Shuffle by sliding your feet to the left and then reverse back to the right
  • Shake it loose, shake it tight: Hold your arms out to the side with feet still. Shake your whole body like a shimmy. Then bring your arms in close to your body and bend your knees and shake again. Then bring your arms in close to your body and bend your knees and shake again.
  • The Shubert Shuffle is here to stay: Point your fingers down to the ground and bring one hand up and the other down
  • Everyone shouts “Hooray, hooray.”: Repeat as before
  • Shuburt’s big voice says: Sing this verse:
    • Be safe and connect
    • Shubert sees the best
    • It’s the dance of respect


Chorus
The Shubert Shuffle goes this way
Everyone shout, “Hooray, hooray.”
Shuffle to the left, shuffle to the right
Shake it loose, shake it tight
The Shubert shuffle is here to stay
Everyone shout, “Hooray, hooray.”
Shubert’s big voice says
Words have power
Shubert’s helpful day
May be kind every hour
Repeat Chorus
Shubert helps friends
Be safe and connect
Shubert sees the best
It’s the dance of respect

Repeat Chorus

One more time – Do the Shubert Shuffle –
The dance of respect

Repeat chorus – Do the dance again

People to People

Chorus
People to people
That’s what it’s all about
People to people
Make the world go round
People to people
That’s what it’s all about
People to people
Make the world go round
1 hand, 2 hands, 3 hands and more
Building with hands together
That’s what friends are for
Building with hands together
That’s what friends are for
1 arm, 2 arms, 3 arms and more
Hold on to one another
That’s what friends are for
Hold on to one another
That’s what friends are for

Repeat Chorus

1 shoulder, 2 shoulders, 3 shoulders and more
Pat, pat someone’s shoulder
That’s what friends are for
Pat, pat someone’s shoulder
That’s what friends are for
1 hip, 2 hips, 3 hips and more
Dance and have fun together
That’s what friends are for
Dance and have fun together
That’s what friends are for

Repeat Chorus

 
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