Each month I will be offering 5-6 songs and poems for the students to memorize and learn from. There are many layers to this work, which helps us to identify letter sound connection, word spelling, punctuation and writing norms. It also supports many discussions about language in general- rhyming, homonyms, the fun of playing with language, etc. Towards the end of each month we also delve into seeking out the meaning or message behind the songs and poems, and or why the poet or songwriter might have written it. So there is so much fun to this small, but magical piece of our morning ritual.
For this month, I always like to start with shorter, more bite-sized songs and poems so that the students feel success no matter who they are when they join us in class. I chose short ones, that include a haiku, about animals. I also am using Maurice Sendak's month series, which you will get to know the new one each month. And finally, I am a Beatles fan and this simple song is just the fun success we need at the beginning of the year!
Each day the students take turns being the pointer student, doing the hand motions that go with the songs and poems and feeling the rhythm and cadence. The students also take turns showing things they are noticed in the poem- right now letters and words. This reminds us all that we have something to share and expertise that others can learn from!
I hope you are enjoying hearing these at home and maybe even learning them along with us! Have a great weekend! Love, Jennifer