Monthly Archives: February 2012

St. Patrick’s Day Card


Today I am going to share with you a clover shaped card I made as a little memento for St. Patrick’s Day. Just for fun, I put a foil covered chocolate coin inside each card.

There are two sizes of these cards. The small one is only about 2 3/4  inches square and two fit on one piece of paper. Leprechauns are tiny, so I made tiny cards! There is also a pattern for a larger card that is about 4 1/4 inches square and uses one piece of paper. The verse just popped into my head as I was making the cards, so it’s not really an Irish proverb. Below is how the card looks folded up.

If you click on the link under the first picture, you can download the printable as well as the instructions on how to fold the cards.

It looks cute printed on recycled paper. Below is a version of the bigger sized card printed on music paper that I recycled.

I decorated the inside with a green Sharpie. Children don’t really care; they are just intrigued with how it starts as a square and opens up as a four-leaf clover!Some music is the same way. At first students may not be impressed, but when they open it up and learn it, the music turns out to be special.

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Filed under Holiday Activities and Worksheets, Teaching Business

Clover Full of Notes – a St. Patrick’s Day Worksheet

Clover Full Of Notes

Here is a worksheet I made in black and white back when I taught music ed. I’ve updated it by adding colored patterns. However, after going through so much ink this year myself, and from your comments, I carefully made this to save ink.  I used dots and lines instead of full color, and that really does save ink! Another way to cut ink use in half is to use my printer’s “fast” setting. It’s not as vivid, but it works.

Students fill out each layer with eighth, quarter, or half notes to equal a whole note. It’s similar to the rhythm circle I posted years ago, but more fun. Here is how to fill it out. It’s a lot easier to show than explain!

I have more St. Patrick’s Day material on my website When you get there, click on one of the tabs such as “Games.” When a new window opens, on the left in small print 5 lines down you will see a link for “see entire catalog.” Click on that and scroll down past all the music I’ve posted. The St. Patrick’s Day material is right after the Valentine material. I’m gradually trying to group the holidays together, but so far I’ve only done Valentine’s and St. Patrick’s Day.

There was a glitch on this blog last week. For some reason if you tried to “subscribe,” it took you to my PayPal page where you donate. That was an accident. You do not have to donate to subscribe. It was so embarrassing! I was able to find a WordPress wizard who fixed it for me. Some of the code had changed, and I promise I have no idea how to do that or how it happened. Thank you to the kind reader who alerted me to the problem!


Filed under Holiday Activities and Worksheets, Teaching Business

Music Bookplate to Keep Track of Your Music

Music Bookplate

Do you ever get your personal books mixed up with your students’ books? I have personal desk copies of many of the books my students use. I also have books I loan out. I made this big label, something that will really stand out, so I will immediately know which books are mine. I am sharing it with you in case you would like to use it too.

My first attempt used a lot more ink and had more color on it, but I toned it down to save ink. It is always a conflict to balance my love of color with my desire to save ink!

You can also use it for siblings’ books that get mixed up, or books you loan out. If you are a school teacher, this will help you keep your music books together. The Avery labels that I use has complete coverage if you want to stick a  new label on top of the first one.

I used Avery Shipping Labels # 8164. I bought them from Staples, which is offering a $5.00 rebate as I write this. That was a lucky break! You might want to check a discount store for the best price. There are 6 labels per sheet, enough for 250 books.

When you print this, please be sure to use the latest version of Adobe Reader and set the page “size option” to “fit”. If you are not using the latest version, select “no page scaling.” Otherwise, the printable will not be centered correctly on the label.

A bonus is now you have a supply of big, blank shipping labels when you want to mail a package!


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Valentine “Card” Hunt

It’s Valentine’s Week, and if you’re looking for a last-minute quick and easy activity for young students, here is a Valentine’s Day game  you still have time to print  and use today! There is not much planning, the rules are simple, and all you need is a few minutes to cut out the cards . This activity is a re-post from January in case you are a new reader, or didn’t see it the first time I posted it, and I’m posting it here today as a reminder. Also some teachers wanted to see a photo of the folded cards. If you are a parent, this a fun game to play with your children to introduce rhythm names.

The printable cards look like this:

Valentine Card Hunt

Click on the link under the picture above. That will take you to my website where you can download the free printable. Print the pages on sturdy card stock and cut them out. Do not laminate the cards. Fold in the middle so the heart is on one side and the notes on the other. (Cardstock is easier to fold if you score it lightly using a ruler and a dull point, such as a dull butter knife. Leave a comment if you need more directions.) After folding, the cards sit up like a tent. Hide them around the room with the Valentine heart facing out. Do not hide too well, or students will not find them and next Christmas you will still be finding Valentine cards in little hidey-holes in your studio!


Tell your student that you have hidden little Valentine “cards” all over the room. The cards have different rhythm values on the back. The student’s job is to find and collect the ones with half notes (or whatever note you want to work on) as fast as possible.  Depending on how much time you have, you can play again, collecting different rhythms.

This is also an excellent activity to introduce a new rhythm to beginning students.


  • To quickly learn to recognize rhythm note names
  • To learn that stems can go up or down
  • To introduce rhythm names to beginners
  • To play a fast (under 3 minutes) Valentine’s Day game


  • Early childhood to grade 2 or 3

This is a variation of a game idea from Cecilly called Quarter Note Hunt, and it has been a long time favorite in my studio.


Filed under Games, Group lesson ideas, Preschool Music Resources, Valentine's Day