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Saturday, December 19, 2009


It has been an interesting two weeks. We did many activities based on the rhymes, we enjoyed reciting the rhymes and the children learnt new vocabulary as well.

I also saw some young children attempting to read some nursery rhymes books in school. They took turns to recite the rhymes and it always warms my heart to see children reading.

Lastly, we ended the programme by playing a mystery bag game. One of the teachers helped me to collect many items to represent each rhyme. For example, an egg for Humpty Dumpty, a pail for Jack and Jill and a sheep for Baa Baa Black Sheep. We passed the bag around, had the music on and when the music stopped, the child with the bag had to take something out from the bag and recite the rhyme that was represented by the object.

I noticed that the children had no inhibitions to recite the rhymes. Some may do so softly, of course, we have some that sang the rhyme at the top of the voice! I marvel a 4-year old girl's ingenuity to adapt the lyrics of the rhymes (she actually forgot, but no qualms about replacing the words). Confidently, she recited:

Pease porridge hot,
Pease porridge cold.
Pease porridge in the bowl (she was holding a bowl, not a pot.)
Nine days old.

Children! They are adaptable and are not worried about any outcomes. They are risk-takers and confident. As their caregivers, we should encourage this positive trait instead of inhibiting them or discouraging them from trying new things.

Well, the holiday programme has come to an end. I would like to introduce more rhymes to the children, perhaps not through a holiday programme but through our daily sing-along or story-telling sessions. I believe there is much more to be explored and learned.

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