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I work in a preschool (6 months – Kindergarten) and do a school wide Dr. Seuss presentation – which my director would like me to do for Mother Goose – with the goal that the 18 months to 3 year olds would learn some of the rhymes. I feel like this might be too much and a class by class approach might be better – thoughts and a direction to head in would be helpful. Thanks!
I’m not sure what your Seuss presentation is like, so I am having a bit of a hard time grasping what you need to do. Is it an event where all the age groups get together for an hour or so and read stories and do activities together? If so, how fun! For your Mother Goose presentation, if it is how I’m envisioning, I think you may be on the right track to do smaller groups. It will be very difficult to get an 18 month old to learn rhymes in an hour long activity filled with other kids. My other thought on how you could tackle this is to coordinate with the teachers ahead of time and have them begin to incorporate a particular rhyme for their particular age group during their everyday routine leading up to your Mother Goose event. Then, at the event, they will already be very familiar with at least one of the rhymes, and you could even highlight each class and have them help you to lead their rhyme. My other thought would be to repeat a lot during your program. Not only should you repeat each rhyme a few times, but you should also try to repeat it again several minutes after you have introduced it, that way it may be more likely to stick. I hope this is helpful for your program; it sounds like it will be a great time!
I agree with Ellen – I think that kids ages 18 months to three years old are already working SO HARD to listen and stay still-ish during presentations that putting too many kids in the room is setting them up for failure. There are just too many distractions! I really like her idea of incorporating the rhymes into everyday work ahead of time. I think when kids know the words to a song they feel like rock stars and tend to be really proud. One place to start might be to do a little training with the preschool teachers, so they feel more empowered to incorporate the nursery rhymes into every day work. I think some people are intimidated by Mother Goose because they think they’re just for babies, old fashioned, or don’t think they know the words. If you can help spread the word about how great traditional rhymes and songs are for kids, you’ll be getting better bang for your buck over a one-day presentation.
I third everything Ariel and Ellen said, particularly about giving each class lots of lead time to play and practice rhymes before the big event. Familiar rhymes or songs with actions would work especially well for these younger kids. Twinkle Twinkle and Itsy Bitsy Spider for the win! Of course less famliar rhymes are great too, but I’d include lots of repetition and end on a familiar note so that everybody leaves feeling like they’re the best Mother Goose rhymers ever.