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By Pat Smith
Rhythmic Play Written by Pat Smith Illustrated by Natalie Smith, Centreforce    2016 Pat Smith The moral rights of the cre...
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ORAL LANGUAGE  A DOORWAY TO CULTURE  First Version When Susie was a baby She went goo goo goo goo goo  Children have alway...
It is very interesting to note the greater sophistication of the negotiated text. Even though there was at the most twelve...
RHYTHMIC LANGUAGE A key factor in the enjoyment of oral language is the musical quality of the words, sentences and phrase...
Repitition of appealing words or phrases often adds to the musical quality. In    A Farmer Went Trotting     words are giv...
EXPERIENCING AND EXPERIMENTING WITH THESE ELEMENTS Below are some activities which will help you experience and experiment...
BEAT Many chants and games rely on the faithful observation of a steady beat, such as  and these have accompanying actions...
All the bouncing ball chants emphasise a steady beat. For example  Did you go to school, Sir  No, Sir. Why, Sir  Becuase I...
Here is a wonderful song to do this with.  THE POOR KING  1 The  poor king found   A gold    sh in  his  B bath,  poor kin...
ACTION  SOUND  A  Move your right hand to suggest the movement of a    sh swimming  A bubbling, gurgling sound made by wag...
DO YOUR EARS HANG LOW   1  Do  fro   do  them in  they wob - ble to  them in  a  bow   shoul - ders like  a  reg - i ment ...
Then there are the jazz chants, such as    The Three Little Pigs    and    Goldilocks and the three bears     THE THREE LI...
Actions  Knees-clap patschen  alternating pattern  sustain on beat throughout chant  except for the last line . Click   sn...
1     Some-one   s been eat - ing my  por  -  ridge     said  the  spoken in a low voice  pap - pa  1  bear, _____   said ...
4 Gold - i - locks woke up     bye,  bye,  bye,  and broke up  bye, bye,  the par - ty. _____  bye     said the  spoken in...
Make a collection of marching poems and songs. If you write the words on large sheets of strong paper they may be bound in...
GAME 1 Children sit in a circle with shoes in pairs in front of them. On the    rst beat of each measure, they pass shoes ...
THE FARMER IN THE DELL The farmer in the dell, The farmer in the dell, Hi ho the derry O, The farmer in the dell.  The rat...
THE SLEEPING PRINCESS  1 Oh 2 She  once there was lived up in  prin - cress, cas - tle,  Long Long 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.  Oh S...
ACCENT As the children get the feel of the language, they will    nd that some words become more important. After reading ...
I WISH I wish I could whistle I wish I could wink I wish I could wiggle my ears I wish I could ride A two-wheeler like Tim...
RHYTHM Language can skip, or march, dance or plod  The quality of the rhythm may be simple or complex, but either way it c...
A FARMER WENT TROTTING Leader   A farmer went trotting Upon his grey mare  Audience  Bumpety, Bumpety, bump  Leader  With ...
DYNAMICS This term refers to the contrast between loud and soft in a chant or poem. Here is a selection you can experiment...
2. Chant Drum or tambour represents loud owner, and the woodblock represents    Old Tom    3. Coda  Key   Drum or tambour ...
LITTLE CABIN IN THE WOOD F  C7  4 4 Lit-tle ca-bin  in the wood, Lit-tle man by the   Form a peaked roof with finger tips ...
I   M A BRAVE , BRAVE MOUSE  I   m a brave, brave mouse. I go march-ing round the house.And I   m  not a-fraid of a - ny t...
FORM Why not use the limerick to show that poems can have their own special phrase form   There was an old man of Peru Who...
   Are You Up Yet, Mr Wolf     is a traditional playground chant game which features question and answer rhymes. These dem...
There are many poems, rhymes and chants that are put together in a cumulative pattern, and children are soon able to draw ...
THE MOUSE HAS BRIGHT RED SOCKS TO WEAR The mouse has bright red socks to wear, For kissing the bluebird up in the air. The...
In the following poems, the words force the reader to use tone and colour in the reading.  THE OCTOPUS The eight-armed oct...
PITCH There is a lovely rhyme,    I Can Hear    by Val Donlon, which demonstrates how sounds in words re   ect meaning. Bu...
I CAN HEAR  I  can hear the tap  go  plip,  plop,  plip,  drip,  drop,  drip,  I  can hear the rain  go  I  can hear the  ...
TEMPO Meaning is often re   ected in the tempo of a poem. Encourage the children to build up a collection of poems and mak...
I love to sing these in rhymes. I hadn   t thought of it before but little    uffy clouds are like sheep.  WHITE SHEEP  SW...
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS    Sing a Song of People    by Lois Lenski, reprinted by permission of SLL Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc....
RHYMES, CHANTS, SONGS   DANCES Rhymes, chants, songs and dances provide collaborative experiences of language learning and...