Poor little baseball bear! I thought I posted his song back when I was posting all the animal alphabet pieces! As a matter of fact, this one is great for teaching the location of B on the staff. All I have to say is the bear hit the ball and it landed on the top of the staff. Most preschool children can remember B for ball and bear.
It is very hard for young eyes to identify notes on the staff. They get the lines mixed up because they are so close together. Third line, fourth line, it’s all the same to many preschool eyes. Of course, some children have no trouble, which can cause us even more frustration when we get students who can’t remember from week to week what the notes are. But a baseball sitting on top, well, it’s not nearly as hard.
Actually, I teach reading by intervals, so be sure and check out the Notey Notes flashcards. But students need to learn the names of notes, also.
Notice I put boxes in the place of finger numbers. This is so you can write in the finger numbers you want to use. My students put their thumbs on B and E. But if you’re a teacher who loves middle C position or nearly C position, this song will work for that, too.
Be sure to have them sing along. Remember, children learn music through singing.
If you missed the other songs in this series, click on the links to read about E is for Elephant, The Doughnut Mystery, Pat the Cat’s Patting Song, G is For Giraffe, Alligator, Alligator, All You Play is A, and Frogs in Flip Flops.
The baseball bear is a character you can discuss with your student. How does he find time to play piano and baseball? When does he practice? Does he use a “bear paw” to have a good hand position? Can your student tell a story about the Baseball Bear?
I’ve had a lot of fun with the Baseball Bear. I hope you have a young student who will enjoy him, too!