(hint: one great kinesthetic connection I learned from the Wright Group many, many, many years ago was having the child "put" one word into one hand by simply speaking into the hand and the other comparing word into the other hand. If the two words rhyme the child claps both hands together saying "rhyme!" If they don't rhyme the child makes like they are going to clap the hands together but instead criss-crosses them saying "no rhyme!" For example, "House, mouse, rhyme! (clap)" or "House, cat, no rhyme! (no clap, criss crossed arms)." I hope this explaination is clear because I have found great success in this approach with my ELD students. Many sounds sound the same to these students and so the kinesthetic helpes to make the sound differences more distinct.)
We usually work on one Nursery Rhyme for the week. Last week (week 1) we began with "Hey Diddle Diddle." On Tuesday, I sang it for them using the felt board images and taught it using a coral approach. On Wednesday we added TPR (Total Physical Response) and sang it using different vocal pitches (eg., like a lion, like a mouse, etc). I then gave them the Rhyme worksheet in class followed by the cut-n-paste for homework (I sent home the completed rhyme worksheet so parents had a reference if they needed it). On Thursday we repeated the TPR as we sang, had a helper explain the rhyme using the felt board, and completed the vocabulary mini book in class. On Friday I brought out the sequencing puzzle and the students took turns putting it together.
*The felt board and sequence puzzle are ready to go into a center for next week.
Kinder League had a need to add extensions and rigor to the Nursery Rhymes mentioned in our TE. Simply singing them from time to time did not allow enough practice for our students and we were left unsatisfied. For this reason, we created two Nursery Rhyme Companions. Book 1 includes the rhymes from Treasures Unit 1. Book 2 includes the rhymes/chants from Little Treasures. Book 2 was created with the TK classroom in mind but it can used in any kindergarten or preschool class as well. they stand alone and can be used without the Treasures program.
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