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    We do a lot of rhythmic speech in our K music classes, including nursery rhymes. Some things we do include adding movements, adding a few signs to basic words, and playing an instrument on rhyming words.(Homemade instruments or body percussion - clapping, stamping, etc. - work too.) . Even just patting the knees in a steady-beat pattern as the children speak helps them keep the flow of the rhyme.

    Here's a movement example for "Humpty, Dumpty." All sit on the floor with legs straight out in front, backs very straight, and hands on floor out from sides of body. Rock back and forth on the beat while speaking until "fall." Topple over backwards and "pedal" feet in the air while finishing the rhyme.

    Another simple thing the little ones enjoy is having part of the class stand up and "perform" a rhyme for the rest of the group. Speakers bow and audience clap after the performance. Reverse jobs.



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