Happy October, everyone! I have no idea what rhymes with “October,” but rhyming is essential to early literacy skills and practices at all times of the year. So get out there and show your kids all the wonders of autumn, and then teach fun rhymes to make fall even more fun. Some of the rhymes below are action rhymes, so the corresponding actions are in parentheses.
Pumpkin, pumpkin sitting on a wall.
Pumpkin, pumpkin tip and fall! (Lean over.)
Pumpkin, pumpkin rolling down the street. (Roll hands.)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on your feet! (Stand up.) Continue reading →
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:
Every 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!
Fall is here! Celebrate with these seasonal rhymes.
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.
Are 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 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!
The 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 →