Friday, September 20, 2013

Fingerplay Fun Friday!

We have been on a major train kick over here at the WCCLS Kids Blog... here's another traintastic rhyme for all the loco locomotive fans out there: Little Red Caboose

Little Red Caboose

Little red caboose,
Chug, chug, chug,
Little red caboose,
Chug, chug, chug,
Little red caboose
Behind the train, train, train, train.

Smokestack on its back, back, back, back,
Coming around the track, track, track, track,
Little red caboose
Behind the train, choo, choo!

I like this one because it has such a bouncy and upbeat rhythm.  It sounds just like a train rolling down the track.  It is very simple and quick, too.  This makes it a great rhyme to share with busy little kids who don't want to slow down.

Rhymes that are very upbeat and rhythmic are great for drawing the attention of distracted children.  They show how fun language and music can be when they are joined together.  Research shows that kids who enjoy and are motivated by language are more likely to stick with the process of learning how to read.

For older preschoolers and elementary age kids, I highly recommend this brand new book all about the early days of transcontinental train travel in America:

Title: Locomotive
Author: Brian Floca
Find this book at your library

Hop aboard a train heading out of Omaha, bound for San Francisco. You will make the trip in about four days, thanks to the brand new transcontinental railroad!  This gorgeous book is packed full of picture after picture showcasing the early days of the American railways.

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