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.
- There Is A Cake Called Technology
- Hand-Brain Rhyme
- Snow Poem
- Walking Chant
- Silly Piano
- PE Symbol Song
- 5 Hungry Kids
Click on the images below to watch the video examples.
- What is Playing with Words?
- Introduction to Playing with Words
- Essential Components
- Expanded Essential Components
- Planning an Activity
- Reflecting on Instruction
- Experience Stories
- Songs and Poems
- Pretend Stories
- Yoga Stories
- Epic Stories
- Video Listing for Playing with Words
- Why Is It Important?
- How Do I Get Started?
- Other Ways to Play with Words
- Recommended Reading for Playing with Words
- Site Map of Playing with Words