Today’s Homemade Monday (on a Thursday) post is about singing and rhyming with your child. Remember reading does not always have to involve a toy; sometimes it can just be about the talking and singing. Here are two rhymes that carry no tune, nor do they require any special item to complete. You’ll pick up the beat as you read them and then recite them from memory from having done them so many times.
This rhyme is called Five Autumn Leaves. I like to use a visual aid like paper leaves or even leaves that have fallen from the trees outside, but really, you can just use your hands. These leaves were made from book covers–we always have book covers. Just stop by the children’s desk and ask!
Five autumn leaves hanging from a tree
hold up five fingers
I wonder if they’ll fall for me
shrug your shoulders
The wind comes blowing wooooosh round and round
big arm movements
And one little leaf comes fluttering down
flutter fingers down to the ground
Continue the rhyme from 5 leaves to no leaves.
The next rhyme is about monkeys. You may remember Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed…this one is a twist on that. It’s about five monkeys who tease an alligator; this is called Five Little Monkeys Swinging from the Tree. Once again, using your hands to do this rhyme is perfectly acceptable, but I found clipart in one of our parent-teacher books that I adore!
Five little monkeys swinging from the tree
hold up five fingers and swing them back and forth
Teasing Mr. Alligator, “You can’t catch me! You can’t catch me!”
use your hands in a teasing manner
Along comes Mr. Alligator quiet as can be…
whisper this line; put your hands together and allow them to swim in the air
And SNAPPED! that monkey right out of that tree!
clap your hands loudly
Repeat the song counting from 5 to 1 and then no more monkeys swinging on the tree.