A song can save a life!

October is fire safety month and in true GITC fashion, we want to share a song with you that can help young children learn what to do when fire strikes.

Below is a link to GITC faculty trainer, Joan Maute’s Fire Safety blog post. In a video there, she and friends perform the song “Get Out, Stay Out!” .

PageLines- JoanMauteNew1-150x150.jpgJoan’s well-spaced phrasing in her original composition takes into account the amount of time between musical phrases that five and six year olds require to fully understand what they are singing about and produce the language and actions for each new idea. This highly effective songwriting makes for words that are easily taught in the classroom.

You will see children’s drawings while the song plays- a great example of how making visual art and music can work together to drive learning home.

After the drawings comes a section of the video where first graders sing the song while a recording of the instrumental tracks plays. It’s easy to see they really grasp the instructions in this potentially life saving song.

 Please share this link to Joan’s Fire Safety page with other teachers, parents, and kids you know.  She created the Fire Safety Video with the Hilton Head Fire/Rescue and  her page includes free downloads of the song, lyrics and chords.


Thanks, Joan for doing so much to help us make our children, families, homes and schools safer.

~ Jess

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