The children love this silly finger rhyme. It’s great for transitions because it requires no materials. The children like the sound effects and the drama. Use one hand like a dish and pretend to swish around water in it. Use the other hand as the jellyfish.
Five pink jellyfish, five pink jellyfish, five pink jellyfish in my dish! But one fell out. Awwwe.
Four pink jellyfish, four pink jellyfish, four pink jellyfish in my dish! But another one fell out. Awwwwe.
Repeat until you get to none.
… But wait, listen! Blub blub blub SPLASH! YAY (clapping).
One pink jellyfish, one pink jellyfish, one pink jellyfish in my dish.
…But wait, what’s that? Blub blub blub SPLASH! YAY (clapping).
Repeat until you get back to five!
The children love felt stories during circle time. Sometimes I make handmade felts out of their favourite books. This one is by Eric Litwin. The three dimensional felts bring the stories alive. I grabbed the Pete song off YouTube and have been playing it along with the felt. This one involves counting which is always fun and I made the buttons removable so we can count and subtract together along with the song! I also allow the children to play with my felts during quiet/rest time and often hear them re-telling the stories on their own.
I open up my pigeon house,
And I set all my pigeons free.
They fly around on every side,
‘Til they perch on the highest tree.
And when they return from their merry, merry flight,
They close their eyes and they say, ‘Good night’.
Coo-oo coo, coo-oo coo, coo-oo coo, coo-oo coo, Coo-oo coo, coo-oo coo, coo coo. x 2
We’re going to Kentucky.
We’re going to the Fair.
To see the Senorita with flowers in her hair.
Shake it, _____ (child’s name), shake it.
Shake it all you can.
Shake it like a milkshake and pass it to a friend.
Rumble to the bottom,
Rumble to the top,
Turn around and turn around,
Until we holler STOP!
I made these dancing ribbons to encourage movement to the music. Today we danced to some Jack Johnson in the morning in the gross motor room. The children enjoy using them to spin and twirl with. They sometimes hold them and sometimes wear them as bracelets. Happy dancing!
Things you will find here:
- Circle Time Ideas
- Emergent Curriculum
- Early Literacy and Children’s Literature Reviews
- Areas of Child Development
- Advocacy for Childcare
- Reggio Emilia Inspired Approaches
- Child Centered vs. Adult Centered learning
- Ideas for Infant and Toddler rooms
- The Environment as the Third Teacher
- Transition Songs
- Work / Life Balance for Teachers