Friday, September 27, 2013

Fingerplay Fun Friday!

Here is a delightful rhyme that is built around a jumping surprise: Chicken In the Barnyard

Chicken In the Barnyard

Chicken in the barnyard,
Staying out of trouble,
Along came a turkey... and... (pause)

There is nothing quite like a fun surprise for engaging children in rhyme sharing.  The ending of this rhyme has a lot in common with your typical peek-a-boo game.  There is a pause and a wait... and then a fun resolution.  The first time kids hear this one, they will jump out of their seats!  The second time, they will anticipate the GOBBLE, GOBBLE, GOBBLE!

When you repeat this rhyme, try to lengthen the pause a little each time.  Your child will most likely jump in an provide the final line because they just can't wait.  Let them practice waiting.  Self-regulation (or being able to keep calm and wait) is a very important skill that kids need to master before they begin school.  Kids who are able to stay focused and wait will have a much easier time learning to read once the rubber hits the road!

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