Tuesday Slice of Life hosted by Two Writing Teachers.
Normally, I start the school year out with nursery rhymes in my kindergarten classroom. It allows me to see what kinds and how much experience my students have with literacy. It shows me who can rhyme. It also allows me to begin working on letter and sound identification.
This year I was out on maternity leave for the month of September. Let's just say, that situation is less than ideal. My substitute did some nursery rhyme work, but I had noticed, on several ocassions throughout the year, that many of my students did not know some of the most common nursery rhymes. I know, sad, isn't it?
With all the time we were spending in the last couple of months on poetry, I decided to incorporate some nursery rhymes in once again. Yes, some kids already knew them all, but I found that they still really enjoyed revisiting them.
This time around I didn't spend the time on letter and sound recognition. Instead I did some copy change activities. We changed "baby" to our names in Pat-a-Cake, changed "merrily" to different adjectives in Row, Row, Row Your Boat, and we also changed the way and the type of boat of traveling in that rhyme. For example, we wrote "Paddle, paddle, paddle your canoe/quickly down the stream/happily, happily, happily, happily/life is but a dream." The kids loved this! It's been a few weeks now since the copy change activities, but I still hear the kids singing their own versions. Success!
We finished up our nursery rhyme play with some art projects last week. The kids picked which rhyme they wanted to learn from several choices. Then they worked on an art project to match. After completing the art, the kids stood before the class, in their rhyme groups, and recited their rhyme/showed off their magnificent art. Check it out!
The projects were great fun and the performances were even better! This is what kindergarten is all about!