Rhyme Time: Georgie

Waking up early to get ready for school is a true chore for some kids. I try my best to make early mornings a positive experience in my household. What I have found (at least with my kiddo) is that a funny song encourages waking up with a smile. A friend of mine taught me a song that I really like, and I can change some of the words to tailor it for my needs. It’s an old camp song called “Georgie.” How I learned the song differs from what I found in the Girl Scout Songbook, but here are the lyrics I learned:

photo of sleeping child by Katrina Br*?#*!@nd (katrinket) via FlickrEvery morning at half past eight,
I go oooey, oooey, oooey to Georgie.
And every morning at half past eight,
He goes oooey, oooey, oooey to me.
No need to knock. (make knocking sound)
No need to ring. (I say, “BING BONG!”)
As I rub my eyes. (Pretend to rub eyes)
I just open the window and stick out my head.
And go oooey, oooey, oooey to Georgie!

When it is time to wake up my child, I sing this song and replace “Georgie” with his name, and I change the time to whatever time it is. When I “open the window,” I lift up his shirt and tickle him. It’s a fun way to wake up…if you have to!

Rhyme Time: Fall

picture of child with pumpkinsFall is here!  Celebrate with these seasonal rhymes.

Pumpkin, Pumpkin
Pumpkin, pumpkin sitting on a wall.
Pumpkin, pumpkin tip and fall. (Lean over.)
Pumpkin, pumpkin rolling down the street. (Roll hands or entire body.)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on your feet. (Stand up.)

Chicken in the Barnyard
Chicken in the barnyard,
Staying out of trouble.
Along came a turkey,
And gobble, Gobble, GOBBLE!

I love the versatility of this rhyme! Have a baby? Build anticipation by slowly walking your fingers to a ticklish spot for the “gobble, Gobble, GOBBLE!” With older children, act it out with one hand as the chicken and the other as the sneaky turkey. Need the kids to work their wiggles out? Appoint one child as the turkey and let him sneak up on the “chicken.” Switch roles.

If your kiddos love these simple activities, add more to your repertoire with fingerplay books and DVDs at the library.

Rhyme Time: Dinosaurs!

dinofeetAre your kiddos enjoying the dinosaur aspect of Dig into Reading? Build on this interest and stretch your children’s vocabulary. The following rhymes include some rarer words like “wail” and “ferocious.” Help your kids understand these new words by acting them out.

Dinosaur, Dinosaur
Dinosaur, Dinosaur turn around.
Dinosaur, Dinosaur, stomp on the ground.
Dinosaur, Dinosaur, swing your tail.
Dinosaur, Dinosaur, let out a wail!

I Am a T. Rex
(Tune: I’m a Little Teapot)
I am a T. Rex on the hunt.
I’ve got a tail in back and sharp claws up front.
When I am hungry, hear me roar.
I’m a ferocious dinosaur!

For even more fun, act the rhymes out in style with homemade dinosaur feet

Rhyme Time: Celebrate Spring

Book cover for And Then It's Spring by Julie FoglianoThe calendar says it is spring, but the weather still feels a lot like winter. Anticipate warmer days (and one of my kids’ favorite outdoor activities – digging in the dirt) with this fun rhyme, paired with books about springtime if you like!

Plant A Little Seed
I plant a little seed in the cold, cold ground (Squat down and pretend to plant)
Out comes the yellow sun, big and round (Put arms above head like sun)
Down come the raindrops soft and slow (Wiggle fingers down to make rain)
Up comes the flower – grow, grow, grow (jump up like a flower emerging)

The library has many books that beautifully illustrate the anticipation of this season of growth, warmth and all things green. Continue reading

Rhyme Time: Bounces!

Photo of child jumping on bedIf the weather reports for today are accurate, many of you may be stuck indoors with your wee ones. You can make fun and productive use of the time with these bouncy rhymes! You will provide entertainment and encourage literacy at the same time, since playing with sounds will reinforce your child’s phonological awareness.

Higgledy, Piggledy, Pop
Higgledy, piggledy, pop!
The dog has eaten the mop.
The pig’s in a hurry,
The cat’s in a flurry,
Higgledy, piggledy, pop!

Acka Backa (not only do you get to play with sounds and words, but you also get a great hug!)
Acka backa soda cracker, acka backa boo!
Acka backa soda cracker, I love you! (give a hug)
Acka backa soda cracker, acka backa boo!
Acka backa soda cracker, up goes you! (lift child)
Acka backa soda cracker, acka backa boo!
Acka backa soda cracker, I love you! (give a hug)

Check out other indoor play ideas from DBRL Kids.