Friday, February 15, 2013

Fingerplay Fun Friday!

Happy Friday!  Our rhyme of the week is called "The Hippo Bus Song"

Hippo Bus Song
(beat a rhythm on your knees)

A hip, a hip, a hippopotamus
Got up, got up, got up onto the bus
And all, and all, and all the people said,
"You're squishing us!" (squish face with hands)

A cow, a cow, a cow got on the bus
And all, and all, and all the people said,
"Moooooooove over!" (push hands to the side)

A sheep, a sheep, a sheep got on the bus
And all, and all, and all the people said,
"Baaaaaaaaack up!" (cock thumb over shoulder)

A snake, a snake, a snake got on the bus
And all, and all, and all the people said,
"Ssssssssssit down!" (hands out, palms down, motion downward)


This rhyme is a wonderful example of how easy and fun early literacy skill-building can be. 

When we pat out the beat of hippopotamus, we are calling attention to the fact that "hip" is just one beat of the bigger word "hippopotamus."  Also, when we complete the verses for cow, sheep and snake we show how familiar animal sounds can be found in other words that we regularly use.  The cow's "moo" becomes "moooove" and the sheep's "baa" becomes "baaaaack."  This is such a great opportunity for showing kids how words are made up of smaller sounds.

Recognizing and playing with the smaller sounds in words is called phonological awareness.  Researchers have recognized this as a critical pre-reading skill that helps kids sound out words when they begin to learn how to read.

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