Fun With Frogs-Fingers and Hands

Fun with Frogs: Fingers and Hands

A teacher emailed me the other day asking if I have anything on my site for new students to use during the summer.

Well, it just so happens I have a young student who will be starting lessons this fall. So I have been working on a giant bundle of kindergarten through 2nd grade fun sheets. They can by use by students before they begin lessons or at their lessons.  All of these lessons use a frog theme. I’ve used Mr. Frog before, but this time I’m adding a lot more. My goal is to touch on everything a new student learns in the first few lessons, as well as some note practice for students who need it.

My young students love Mr. Frog and his friends Miss Frog and Freddy. The frogies love to hang around their pond in flip-flops and practice stepping and skipping on the lily pads. They travel, too. They were recently seen in the English countryside, where they were busy working on UK versions of their rhythm sheets. They have finally learned crochets and minims, but they are a little confused about demisemiquavers!

You might notice that I’ve posted some of these previously. However, they have all been updated with new matching fonts and in some cases, I drew new art. I tried to minimize the ink but still keep them cute. I’ve used red for the right hand and blue for the left hand.

Today I am posting the first 4 pages, which focus on finger numbers. Here are a few ways to use them:

  • Email them to your student’s Mom so she can work on these during the summer.
  • Use them at with as a Frog theme for summer lessons.
  • Use them at summer music camps.
  • Use on an iPad or mobile tablet.

If you think of any other ways, let me know!

I plan to post more frog related activities including the UK rhythm ones, so stay tuned!

 

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11 thoughts to “Fun With Frogs: Fingers and Hands

  • Emily

    I am preparing to teach some beginner mini-sessions this summer and just stumbled across your website. I was excited before, but now I am doubly excited to start these lessons! Thank you for offering a wonderful, free resource! It will be perfect for these sessions- much nicer than just my writing in a notebook! 🙂

    • Susan Paradis

      Thanks, Emily. I’m glad you found it!

  • Jacqueline F. Graham

    You are AWESOME, Susan!!! Thank you for your generosity and kindness!

    Many blessings,
    ~Jacqueline

  • Ann

    Thank you so much for the new Fun With Frogs worksheets. I don’t have any beginners to use them with at the moment but have filed them away to use when I do. I really appreciate that you are willing to share your wonderful resources with other teachers and think the art work is fantastic. My only problem is that my computer keeps stopping when it downloads the sheets so I have to restart several times to get them, but the time spent is well worth it for such great resources. Maybe it’s because I’m a long way away in New Zealand 🙂 Just wondered if you had ever thought of sharing them through Dropbox? Thanks again for all your outstanding work.

    • Susan Paradis

      Ann, I’m sorry you are having trouble with the download. Several teachers in New Zealand have told me they also have the same kind of trouble. I think it is the speed of your internet connection, so I don’t think putting it in Dropbox will make a difference. I could try, however, when I am not so busy. Will you send me an email in July when I will be finished with my presentations for the summer?

      • Ann

        Hi Susan, I have noted in my diary to send you an email in July. I thought it must have been “operator error” so I’m pleased to know I’m not the only one in New Zealand having this problem.

  • Julie

    So cute as always! You are very good at creating these helpful things!!! 🙂

    • Susan Paradis

      Thank you Julie!

  • allegretto

    These are great, but I think all the hands should have fingernails, and on the last sheet the frog could be smiling over his shoulder, holding his hands up. That would maintain the perspective throughout the exercise that a student has when they look at their hands on the piano. Just my humble opinion. I have a lot of dyslexic students and this would blow them out of the water.

  • Patti

    You are amazing! We think alike, and I homeschool and have church ministries in addition to teaching piano lessons, so you do my work for me when you make fun worksheets for piano. Thank you so much.

    I just love teaching piano, and you are one of the reasons why!

    God Bless You,

    Patti

    • Susan Paradis

      Thank you Patti. I am SO glad you can use them. My goal is for students to love piano and have good feeling about theory!

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