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Beginnings, Middles, and Endings

Interspersing familiar rhymes in a program is a great way to help children and adults regain focus, unite the group and prepare everyone for instructions or the next activity.

Here are some of my favorite rhymes that I use to help accomplish this:

Start Things Off With a Shaker Rhyme

Almost all of my programs start off with children coming into the room, grabbing a shaker and shaking along to a song that follows the theme of the program.  This gives me a chance to deal with attendance, nametags, and also gives last minute arrivals  a chance to get settled and into the storytime groove.  After that, we follow up with one of these three shaker songs:

Shake Your Shakers

(To the Tune of Frere Jacques)

Shake your shakers,

Shake your shakers,

Up and down,

Up and down

Shake them loudly,

Shake them quietly

Turn around, turn around

Shake your shakers,

Shake your shakers,

Shake them left,

Shake them right

Shake them loudly,

Shake them quietly

Say goodnight, say goodnight

(Hide shakers behind your back)

We Shake Our Shakers

(To the tune of London Bridge)

We shake our shakers very high, very high, very high

We shake our shakers very high,

Then we  … STOP!

Repeat with:

Low

Close

Far

Shake Our Sillies Out

(Traditional — Raffi has a version)

We gonna shake, shake, shake our sillies out

Shake, shake, shake our sillies out

Shake, shake, shake our sillies out

And wiggle our waggles away

(On the wiggle our waggles away, shake your backside, bend knees and wiggle down towards the floor)

Suggestions to add on and continue the song as needed…

Clap our clappies out

Jump our jumpies out

Stretch our stretchies out

Yawn our yawnies out

Stomp our stompies out

Etc.

Transition Rhymes

Transition rhymes are used in the middle of a program when you need folks to settle down.  A good example is right after you have done and action song and now you want to read a story.  Here are some good transition rhymes that never fail:

Open Shut Them

Open, shut them,

Open, shut them,

Give your hands a clap, clap, clap.

Open, shut them,

Open, shut them,

Put them in your lap, lap, lap

Creep them, creep them,

Creep them, creep them,

Right up to your chinny chin chin.

Circle around your little mouth,

But do not let them in!

Clap, clap, clap your hands

Clap, clap, clap your hands

Clap them all around

Clap them loud, clap them soft

Now don’t make a sound

Stomp, stomp, stomp your feet

Stomp them all around

Stomp them loud, stomp them soft

Now don’t make a sound

 

 

Hands are clapping

(To the tune of Skip to my Lou) 

Hands are clapping
Clap, clap, clap
Hands are clapping
Clap, clap, clap
Hands are clapping
Clap, clap, clap
Clap your hands, my darling

TOES are tapping, tap, tap, tap…

FINGERS are wiggling, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle

EYES are hiding, peek-a-boo…

Hands up High

(To the tune of London Bridge)

First we wave our hands up high

Hands up high, hands up high

First we wave our hands up high

Then we clap them!

Then we shake our hands down low

Hands down low, hands down low

Then we shake our hands down low

Then we hide them!

Reach for the Ceiling

Reach for the ceiling,

Touch the floor,

Stand up again,

Let’s do some more!

Touch your head,

Then your knee,

Up to your shoulders,

Like this, you see.

Reach for the ceiling!

Touch the floor!

That’s all for now,

There isn’t anymore.

Rhymes for Bringing a Story to A Close

English Version:

(hold up fingers one by one and count)

One, two, three, four

The story’s over,

There isn’t any more

Spanish Version

Colorín, colorado

Este cuento, se  ha acabado

To End a Program

Clap Up High (Clap Goodbye)

Clap up high

Clap down low

Now it’s time to touch your toes

 

Clap down low

Clap up high

Now it’s time to say goodbye!

 

 

 

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