Rereading familiar stories and then watching a video of that story helps to build and support the language and ideas to discuss story themes. Active story read-alouds or stories that have songs included engages young learners to be active in Circle Time learning. Here is a sing along story “I love my White Shoes” and the rhyme “5 Little pumpkins. For more Pete the Cat stories look here.
You may have heard your child singing this classroom favorite song, “Slippery Fish”. Since the children loved the song so much, I printed out character cards for them to explore at choice times during the day. Recalling words, actions and the sequences of classroom songs and rhymes are a fun and authentic way to build vocabulary and foster literacy development. I would refer to this scenario as play based literacy.
Since we decided on our class mascot as caterpillars, we have been spending time with books and stories about caterpillars. As a literacy linked activity we put out picture cards from the story as well as caterpillars. The only direction we gave the children was to consider what foods the caterpillars may or may not eat. What came next was great. The children took their learning into their own hands and created their own activities. Some of the different things that they were doing were:
- Finding cards that matched in pairs
- Pretended the caterpillars were crawling around and eating different foods (with eating sounds)
- Matched the different cards to parts of the story book
- Practiced one-to-one correspondence with all the caterpillars and cards
- Set out different meals for different caterpillars
- Used the story cards to create their own songs
- Counted out the foods in the book while pulling the toy caterpillar through the holes
- Drew their own caterpillars when they moved to the drawing table
The first few weeks of school are about getting to know each other and settling into classroom routines. The Caterpillars are settling in quite nicely. Learning should be fun for little ones and stories, rhymes and songs are a great way to build vocabulary and the confidence to communicate. We already have some classroom favorites. Here are some youtube hyperlinks (in blue) based on some of our favorites, please enjoy them with your children.
We have been reading the Book “Chicka Chicka ABC” and we sing it similar to this
The rhyme “5 Little monkeys” (we use the word crocodile mostly)
The song “1, 2, 3,4,5”