Fall for Some Great Rhymes

I absolutely love this time of year when we dust off our hoodies and the enchanting smell Pumpkins in a fieldof pumpkin spiced lattes permeates the air. Fall is a beautiful time of change, and one thing we should consider changing up is our repertoire of rhymes. Rhyming is essential to early literacy skills, and it’s fun to practice new rhymes with children as one season transitions into another. Here are some delightful fall rhymes to get you started.

The Apple Tree

Way up high in the apple tree (hold hands above head)
Two little apples smiled at me (make fists with both hands and turn them back and forth)
I shook that tree as hard as I could (pretend to shake a tree)
Down came the apples (lower hand to the ground and wiggle fingers)
Mmmmmmmm! They were good! (rub your tummy)

I’m a Little Pumpkin

I’m a little pumpkin orange and bright
You’ll see me out on a chilly fall night
Carve me a face and add a light
I’ll glow and glow throughout the night Continue reading

Rhyme Time: Winter

Family time in snowWhile playing outside in the snow may be fun, some days it’s just too cold to go outside! Instead, warm yourself and your family by the fire and learn these winter rhymes for a fun interactive learning experience. Corresponding actions, if any, are in parentheses.

Five Little Snowmen
Five little snowmen all in a row
(Hold up five fingers.)
Each with a hat
(Pat the top of your head.)
And a big red bow.
(Pull at your neck as if you are fixing a bow tie.)
Out came the sun
(Make your arms form big circle over your head.)
And it stayed all day.
(Lean to the left.)
And one of those snowmen melted away!
(Make a melting motion with your arms and body.)
Repeat with four, three, two, and one. Continue reading

What Rhymes with October?

adora_6m00Happy 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

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

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.