The method behind the madness...
Some of the Pevan & Sarah repertoire was originally written by Sarah to use in her classroom. You might find them useful too!
Children have a lovely way of assuming that they will get their way ALL of the time. Reality hurts when they arrive at kinder or school and discover that they need to share with a bunch of other children all expecting the same thing. Sarah often uses the saying "you get what you get and you don't get upset" and so made it into a catchy song. The children will learn that it's more fun to join in the game than to cry and miss out. It aims to encourage sharing, turn taking and accepting the rules of the game.
"You get what you get"
The title is self explanatory. The song was written as musical inspiration for the kids during their least favourite part of the day...tidying up. The song is catchy and quick with a bunch of encouragement from Pevan & Sarah throughout. The ten second countdown at the end provides that extra boost of energy to get through the song and make sure everything is packed away neatly.
"The tidy up song"
One of the original Pevan & Sarah songs, "Hands" was written soon after Sarah began teaching prep as she was quickly made aware of the unrelenting urge that young children have to put their hands in all kinds of unsanitary places. "Hands" is an interactive song that encourages the children to use their hands for fun activities such as clapping, pointing and high fives. It also contains some much welcomed advice that perhaps your nostril isn't the nicest place for your finger to reside.
Working in a classroom with additional needs students, personal differences are quickly observed. To make these individualities a positive thing, Sarah wrote "We're all the same" to help the children to embrace their differences whilst realising that at the end of the day, if you look closely, we're actually all the same. We can all love and care for each other, no matter what we look like on the outside.
"We're all the same"
"Stop, look & listen"
In her classroom, Sarah uses a hand held bell which she rings to get the attention of her students. When the children hear this sound they know they must stop what they're doing, look at the teacher and listen to what she has to say. This song is a groovy way of learning how to stop, look and listen when the teacher rings the bell.
Friendship is a very positive part of growing up but can also be a struggle for some. "F.R.I.E.N.D" is a feel good song about the fun things that friends can do together paired with a few tips on how to be a good friend. It encourages children to use their 'friendly words' and to be inclusive of others. It also helps them to understand to treat others how they would like to be treated.
Whilst teaching prep students, Sarah discovered that she is often first on the scene when a child loses their tooth. She found that many children feared the event, whether it be the wobbly tooth, the blood or the fact that they feared that their tooth was gone forever, it was a cause of concern for all. She wrote the song and based it around Pevan losing his first tooth. The song explains that everyone loses their first set of teeth and not to be afraid as it's meant to happen.