When I lead groups at the library, my primary focus is learning readiness skills. One of those skills is letter recognition. Sometimes we focus on a variety of letter, while other times we focus on a single letter.
In a recent library session our focus was words that start with “S”. I hope you find a use for “S” powered music for children.
A wonderful music-based literacy resource is “The Sounds of Emerging Literacy”. (Not an affiliate link) The “Scarf Letter Writing” on pages 140-141 has become a standard. We have added making the sound of the letter as we draw it.
In the style of “Going on a Bear Hunt”, go on a letter hunt. Collect a group of images most that begin with “s” along with a few that don’t. Here’s what we do:
Going on a letter hunt. (echo)
Big “S”, small “s” (echo)
Looking for things that start with “s” (echo)
(Group rumbles with leg patting ) I see this. What is it? (group answers)
Does ___ start with “s”
(Children to respond with) Oh no/yes.
(Repeat for each image.)
Sing favorite songs about things that start with us such as:
- The Eensy, Weensy Spider
- There’s a Spider on the Floor
- Silly Sam the Sneaky Snake
- Grey Squirrel
A new action favorite is from Susan Seale’s Make Me Musical – Mini Movement Kit: Kookaburra sits in the Old Gum Tree. We did actions that begin with “s”: sits, sleeps, snakes, slides, skates, sinks, stretches, swings and shakes. (If you work with children, I highly recommend Susan’s materials.)
The children had a lot of fun with the “s” powered music. Feel free to add to the power in the comments below.
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