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Songs and Poems

Songs and poems invite children to experiment with sounds and rhythms in collaboration with peers and adults.

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One of the earliest activities we often share with children includes the use of songs and simple rhymes. We often attach hand and body movements to them, which helps the child recall the words associated with these movements. Think of songs like the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” or nursery rhymes like “Pat-a-Cake”. The musical quality (pitch and rhythm patterns) of poems and songs often draw the child’s attention and engage her interest.

Of course, as the child develops the length and complexity of these songs and poems become more complex and sophisticated. Even at a very young age, children can (and do) create their own poetry and songs.

Incorporating the Six Essential Components

Watch the examples below of Songs and Poems, and note the way that they incorporate the Six Essential Components.

Click on the images below to watch the video examples.

Cake called Technology
Click to watch Cake Called Technology.
Two hands holding a brain
Click to watch video of Hand-Brain Rhyme.

Click to view the video of the Snow poem.
Click to view Walking Chant.
Click to see Silly Piano.


Swimming -- PE Symbol
Click to watch video of PE Symbol.
Lunch box
Click to watch video of 5 Hungry Kids.

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