I don’t know why we stop playing as we get older because it is such an effective way to learn without working hard to do so. Pamela Conn Beall and Susan Hagen Nipp have put together a great little paperback chock full of over sixty ideas that not only are fun but teach important concepts. Pages include notes to songs as well as detailed instructions on what to do with them and the accompanying CD gives non-singing teachers another option!
I have used Colors (p15) with first graders in Norway who are just learning English and it works very well when teaching color identification. “Blue, blue is the color I see if you are wearing blue then show it to me….” I have used a version of My Aunt Came Back (p52-53) with English language learners in grades four, five and six beginning with the words included in the song and later allowing the students to choose their own. This is a great way to build vocabulary. The large group game What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf? (p45) makes learning to tell time easy and Lion Hunt (p47) gives children the opportunity to explore setting in a call-and-response format.
There are quiet games and rowdy ones, indoor activities and those you can do in a gym or outside. If you work with young children (ten and under), this is definitely the book for you and at less that $5.00, it’s a steal.
Additional resources in this series include: Wee Sing Silly Songs, Wee Sing Nursery Rhymes and Lullabies, and Wee Sing Children’s Songs and Fingerplays.
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