This lovely little song comes to us from member Joanie Calem. For those of you in the north, it is the perfect way to celebrate the January weather, and for those of us in the South, it creates a wonderful, magical visual, without the chills!
I had lived in Israel for 23 years when I moved back to the states in 1998. The first snowfall was very exciting, both for me and for my two kids, who had never seen snow falling. So we went out for a walk in the snow and I started singing the song. The snow flakes were dropping on our noses, dropping on our toes, then the wind began to blow….it was kind of a painless writing process, out there in that first snowstorm of ours! Only later when I wrote it down did I realize that I had written a scale song, and that there were all kinds of other things that I could do with it…rain is falling down down, leaves are falling down down, sun is shining down down, etc etc!
Snow is Falling
By Joanie Calem
1. Show a one-octave glockenspiel 2. Play up and down the scale, then accompany the song 3. Add hand movements, still sitting:
Snow is falling down….. Turn your fingertips into snow flakes, and follow the music down
Dropping on our noses…. Dropping on your nose and toes.
Then the wind begins … Make your arms blow in a big circle for the wind,
Covering the trees…. Put your arms up and out for branches
Blanketing the ….. Clap on the ground.
Hand out white scarves for children to dance with, turning the song into a full-body song
For K – 3:
After doing full body exercise above, give the children glockenspiels and let them play the descending scale. Third graders can certainly learn the end of the song as well.