Monday, January 21, 2013

Monday Melody

Some years ago I was added mid year to lunch recess duty with the kindergarteners.  They were familiar with the two aides who had been supervising since the beginning of the year.  However, they didn't know me, the reading specialist, at all.  If you've ever taught kindergarten, you know they only have ears for their own teacher's voice.

Line-up time was a zoo with loud voices, pushing and shoving, twirling and playing--everything but lining up properly.  The aides tried valiantly get them to turn around and make a nice line.  However, all their yelling and whistle-blowing was for naught.  After two days of this it was more than I could stand.  On the third day at line-up time I walked up and down beside their "lines" and began singing, making up the song as I went.  Thankfully, as they began to hear me, they started following the direction to the song.  Chaos was averted!  The tune is  London Bridge.

My whole class is lining up, lining up, lining up.
My whole class is lining up.
My fair kindergarten.

My whole class is looking ahead, looking ahead, looking ahead.
My whole class is looking ahead.
My fair kindergarten.

All of our feet are pointing front, pointing front, pointing front.
All of our feet are pointing front.
My fair kindergarten.

All of our arms are at our sides, at our sides, at oursides.
All of our arms are at oursides.
My fair kindergarten.

We are standing straight and tall, straight and tall, straight and tall.
We are standing straight and tall.
My fair kindergarten.

The first few days I used the song I had to use all the verses and walk over to kids who were horsing around and sing it to them until they complied.  Once they were used to this new procedure.  They would line up quickly and begin to sing with me as they showed me the behaviors we sang about.  Whichever line became ready first was rewarded with getting to go in for lunch first.

To me this scenario was much preferable to the yelling, whistling, and barking commands they had experienced since the beginning of the year.




2 comments:

  1. Love this little tune, Jill! Several years ago, when I taught pre-school, I used a similar song to help my kiddos wait patiently in line during bathroom and water fountain breaks...it was sung to the tune of Frère Jacques:

    If you hear me, if you hear me,
    Touch your nose, touch your nose,
    If you hear me, if you hear me,
    Touch your nose, touch your nose.

    If you hear me, if you hear me,
    Touch your ear, touch your ear,
    If you hear me, if you hear me,
    Touch your ear, touch your ear.

    Repeat using other body parts such as knees, elbows, eyes, mouth etc. Lower your voice at each verse as the kiddos begin to quiet down, until your voices are a tiny whisper. :)

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  2. This is so cute, Becky! I'll definitely be using it!!

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