Friday, June 14, 2013

Fingerplay Fun Friday!

Here is a silly little song about a bossy duck: Six Little Ducks

Six Little Ducks

Six little ducks
That I once knew
Fat ones, skinny ones,
Fair ones, too
But the one little duck
With the feather on his back
He ruled the others
With a quack, quack, quack

Quack, quack, quack,
Quack, quack, quack
He ruled the others
With a quack, quack, quack

Down to the river
They would go
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble
To and fro
But the one little duck
With the feather on his back
He ruled the others
With a quack, quack, quack

Quack, quack, quack,
Quack, quack, quack
He ruled the others
With a quack, quack, quack

Back from the river
They would come
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble
Ho, hum, hum
But the one little duck
With the feather on his back
He ruled the others
With a quack, quack, quack

Quack, quack, quack,
Quack, quack, quack
He ruled the others
With a quack, quack, quack


This rhyme is really quite goofy.  It has a nice bouncy cadence and is super-fun to sing.  The idea of one little duck leading (or ruling) the others is interesting, as well.  This is a great conversation-starter.  "Why do all of the other ducks follow the little one with the feather on his back?"

There is an awful lot of strange content in nursery rhymes.  Having a conversation with kids about what is happening in rhymes (and books) is a great way to help them make connections between what they hear and/or read and what they know from their own life.  Having the ability to look at things with a critical eye and make sense out of what they read will benefit kids greatly after they have mastered the decoding side of reading.  Comprehension is a major component of all future reading and education success!

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