by kelly

My little daughter just LOVES to sing.  And we’re happy that she has the opportunity to learn lots of new songs at her new preschool.  She often comes home and starts singing one we hadn’t heard before. 

(I loved singing and learning songs, at that age too, and there is an infamous cassette tape still in existance that records me singing (at age 3) one little song-I’d-learned-at-nursery-school after another.)  Maybe all little girls this age love to sing?

Anyway, one of Emma’s daycare notes sent home last week indicated that she had, that day, performed a “solo” of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” for her classmates at school.

Then today, when I dropped her off, her teacher told me that now, most days during song time, she breaks into a solo performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (otherwise known at our house as ‘The Dorothy Song.’). 

The teacher said that the other students all listen in rapt attention, “because this is their peer singing to them,” and that Emma’s voice (which usually carries well throughout the house, by the way) “is so quiet and sweet.”  It’s true, she has a special soft singing voice for the Dorothy Song. 

She also doesn’t quite know all the words, but has a lot of fill-in words that almost sound like the actual lyrics.  I bet it’s pretty cute to see.

By way of background, since Emma LOVES the Wizard of Oz movie AND all of the songs in it, I have been receiving requests from her for the past several months to sing to her the various favorite tunes (The Dororthy Song, the Scarecrow Song, the Tinman Song, and the Lion Song).   She also made up her own ‘Toto Song’, which she sings to the tune of the Scarecrow/Tinman/Lion Song (they all have the same tune, just different lyrics), and she fills it all in with “ruffs.”

In light of these requests, I had to go online and print out the lyrics so that I could consult them, learn them, and sing them.

Emma now often sings parts of the songs I can sing most often (I know the Scarecrow song the best, the Tinman Song next well, and am pretty hopeless on the Lion Song; the Dorothy Song is kind of hit or miss, depending on the day).

She listens so carefully (and watches my lips) when I sing. 

And I only heard it once – one day when she broke into it spontaneously from the car seat in the back of the car as we drove around – but I’ll tell you, there’s not much cuter in the world than hearing a two year old sing the lyrics (from the Scarecrow Song):

“I would not be just a nuffin’, my head all full of stuffin’, my heart all full of pain…..”

We’re enjoying the performances from our little songbird.  I bet she’ll sing lots of these to her little baby sister, when the time comes, too.

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