Teaching songs and rhymes to pre-primers

Teaching songs and rhymes to pre-primers Teaching songs and rhymes to pre-primers is a part of early childhood teaching and learning. Songs and rhymes make lessons interesting and fun for pre-primers. Teachers sing various rhymes and songs, read them, do finger-plays, act them out and teach pre-primers different areas of learning.

Why are songs and rhymes important? 

  • … to capture inspiring young minds and engage them with vocabulary and language skills.
  • …for contributing to a child’s spatial development when used with music and movement.
  • …to make lessons fun, entertaining and soothing.
  • …to develop reading and social skills.
  • …for social and emotional development.
  • …for physical development (muscle skills, balance and co-ordination).

What are the three stages for teaching songs and rhymes to pre-primers? 

1.  Pre-activity or warm up

  • To introduce a new song, find the time when the children are joyful and relaxed.
  • First, choose a song you want to introduce.
  • Then, make a plan for its presentation with suitable pictures, posters and story books.
  • Also talk about the picture or the previous song or tell a story about the song to make them ready for listening to its lyrics and tune.

2.  Listening and singing

  • Listening comes before singing or speaking. So, let the children listen to the song.
  • You can play the song from a CD or DVD or sing it to them.
  • It is good to introduce the audio form first, and then its video.
  • Don’t ask the children to sing along the lines when the children listen to the song for the first time. Yet, they can if they want to.
  • Encourage them to remember the lyrics and the tune. So play the same song over and over.
  • For the lyrics – let them repeat the lyrics after you.
  • For the tune – let them listen to the song again and again or teach them humming.
  • Start at the beginning and help them learn it chunk by chunk. Dance around and be silly while you learn. Keep it fun. Use a cartoon character or puppet as well.
  • Let them sing with you or repeat after the CD.
  • After the children are able to sing, then introduce some hand motions (actions) or dance.
  • Add instruments – bells, rattles, shakers, tambourines, rain sticks or a pipe whistle, guitar, etc.
  • Get your child rocking, marching, rolling, tapping, clapping, and moving to the beat.
  • Let them sing in groups or individually with some actions.

3.  Post-activity

  • Tell the children to sing the song to their parents.
  • Moreover, teach them to speed up the tune (fast, slow) for the practice of speech organs.
  • Change the lyrics for fun, creativity and language learning.
  • Use the same rhyme or song with different pictures (visual literacy).

Use the following planning sheet for teaching songs and rhymes to pre-primers in an effective way:

Teaching songs and rhymes to pre-primers











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