Thursday, 28 February 2013

Songs for literacy learning for littlies

"It's raining, it's pouring
The old man is snoring
Bumped his head and he went to bed
And he couldn't get up in the morning.
Rain, rain, go away, 
Come again another day".

Check out this YouTube of Peter, Paul and Mary singing this old favourite




Singing songs about the weather that is actually happening is a wonderful way of teaching preschoolers that songs, poems, rhymes are linked to our everyday lives.

You can then create a theme or a link to other songs related to the weather that is happening.

In Sydney, today, it is the first day of Autumn and it is so, so rainy.  Usually it is warm and sunny and mild at night; a gorgeous time of the year.

The weather today is a lovely day for ducks or frogs as they say.
So:

Here are my rainy day frog songs to sing and learn with your child.



"Mr Frog jumped out of his pond one day
and found himself in the rain.
Said he "I'll get wet and I might catch a cold".

"AAAHHHCHOOOH!"

So he jumped in the pond again.

If you don't know the tune, just recite it and act out the little story.

My friend's pot plant also reminded me of another frog song.



Da glunk went the little green frog last night (Hand actions: hands up to side of eyes and blink fingers once)

Da glunk went the little green frog 
Da glunk went the little green frog last night
And his eyes went Glunk, Glunk, Glunk (Hand actions: hands up to side of eyes and blink fingers three times)

But
DAAARRRLINGS!

We all know frogs go
'Clap' 
La-de-da-de-dah (both hands 'wave' to the side, for the la-de-da-de-dah)
'Clap' La-de-da-de-dah
'Clap' La-de-da-de-dah

We all know frogs go
'Clap' La-de-da-de-dah
'Clap' La-de-da-de-dah
'Clap' La-de-da-de-dah
They don't go 
Glunk, Glunk, Glunk (Hand actions: hands up to side of eyes and blink fingers three times)


Do you remember the song "A Frog went a courting and he did go ahhah"?
It's an oldie but a goodie and has some humour in it like these other songs.

Get out in the rain in your wet weather gear and splash about singing and acting out songs.  What better way to pass a rainy day with the kids.






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