In light of the beautiful sunny Houston weather we have been having, I have started teaching students the song “You Are My Sunshine.” I read a book with the song to the Elephants, Seals, All-Stars, Monkeys, Giraffes, and Zebras. The book has bright illustrations that are great for asking questions and making inferences of what is happening. Students love to point and share what they see.
I sang the book to the students, and then taught them the words. There is at least one student in every class who has a mother or grandmother that sings “You Are My Sunshine” to them. They are so excited about it and sing right along with me! After teaching the class the words, I give students a chance to sing it to their friends with the microphone.
It is so sweet to hear the students singing; it just brightens up the room and fills it with love.