Sing a Little Song, Recite a Little Rhyme: Part Two

Over the next few months, we will be sharing our staff’s favorite songs and rhymes. These can be heard during storytime at many of our locations. (Here’s part one in case you missed it.)

Singing and rhyming are great ways to develop sound awareness for children. This sound awareness can lead to better reading as children develop a better understanding of the sounds that make up words!kt8aqxgtr

So, here are a couple of rhymes and songs you can sing with your child when they wake up in the morning or after naptime, in the bathtub, when it is time to change a diaper, when it is time for bed, in the car…and remember, you do not have to be an American Idol to sing a song to your child.

Magic Finger
Magic finger in the air
Magic finger in my hair
Magic finger on my hips
Magic finger on my lips

Hello Song
(to the tune of Hot Cross Buns)
My hands say hello, my hands say hello
Every time I see my friends, my hands say hello.
(then feet, ears, head, whatever the your child wants!)

Two Little Feet
Two little feet go tap, tap, tap
Two little hands go clap, clap, clap.
Two little fists go thump, thump, thump,
Two little legs go jump, jump, jump!

For more fun rhymes, make sure you visit your local storytime.

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Sing a Little Song, Recite a Little Rhyme: Part One

The next couple of week we will be sharing our staff’s favorite songs and rhymes. These can be heard during storytime at many of our locations.

Singing and rhyming can have a very positive impact on young children. Singing helps break up the syllables in words, which makes identifying the parts of words easier. Rhymes help children hear the sounds that make up words, which makes reading easier as children are able to identify parts of words quicker. For instance, say the words “Twinkle, Twinkle little star, How I wonder what you are…” out loud. Now sing those lyrics out loud. Chances are you slowed down a little bit to sing the lyrics. This made hearing the parts of the word simpler. It also allowed you to hear the rhymes better.

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Fun fact: If children can identify all of the words in a word family (-at, -an, -ig, -it, etc…), they will know more than 500 words! How cool is that?!

So, here are a couple of rhymes and songs you can sing with your child when they wake up in the morning or after naptime, in the bathtub, when it is time to change a diaper, when it is time for bed, in the car…and remember, you do not have to be an American Idol to sing a song to your child.

Sunshine, Sunshine
(use a scarf to “dance” around your child–a Miss Elizabeth original)
Sunshine, sunshine warms my nose,
Sunshine, sunshine warms my toes.
Sunshine, sunshine warms my chin,
Sunshine, sunshine makes me grin.
Sunshine, sunshine at my side,
Sunshine, sunshine time to hide.
Sunshine, sunshine warms my head,
Sunshine, sunshine goes to bed.
(can be used with bubble, flower, raindrop, and snowflake)

A Hunting We Will Go
(change out the words mouse/house, dragon/wagon with your own fun rhyming words)
A hunting we will go, A hunting we will go
We found a mouse, and put him in a house
A hunting we will go.

A hunting we will go, A hunting we will go
We found a dragon, and put him in a wagon
A hunting we will go.

Stay tuned for more fun rhymes this month!

 

Homemade Monday on a Thursday: Rhyme Time

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!

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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!

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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.