viernes, 24 de febrero de 2017

The fabulous thing about fingerplays

A simple way to build community
Hello, Friend!  Having a set of fingerplays in your toolbox of teaching skills is a must for anyone working in a preschool classroom!  Songs and rhymes are a
great way to build community in your classroom.  There's just something about singing and dancing that brings everyone together and raises their spirits.  Fingerplays are also a great way for students to learn each others' names and to help build a sense of belonging within the classroom.   

Miss Abby recently added a few new fingerplays to our collection of song sticks and our students love their new choices.  In fact, they've gotten so good at singing Bluebird, Bluebird, that they can do it all on their own now, without the help of a teacher.
In case you are unfamiliar with Bluebird, Bluebird, here are the words:

Bluebird, Bluebird

Bluebird, bluebird through my window,
Bluebird, bluebird through my window,
Bluebird, bluebird come through my window,
Oh...Johnny, I am tired! 

We gather round in a circle and everyone holds hands.  We hold our hands up high to raise our windows to let a little bluebird in.  Each student takes a turn as the bluebird, weaving their way in and out of the circle until we reach the end of the verse.  Then we put our arms down and the windows close.  The bluebird gets trapped inside our house or locked outside.  Either way, we laugh and our students have so much fun!  I think they've requested this song everyday for the last month!
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If you are looking for more ways to build community through songs and fingerplays, I invite you to click the link below:

I hope you have a wonderful day!

My best, 

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