This month we have been having a blast with Finger Plays, while using our Pocket Chart and Music to help make our lesson interactive and exciting!
Finger Play games and songs are wonderful to with young children to help them learn new poems, songs, and stories. I have always done finger plays with my girls and in the classroom, but now that Kaelyn is starting to read sentences using a Pocket Chart is a great way for her to see the words of her songs written. I love when she catches sight words and word families we have learned in our finger play songs! Kaidence on the other hand enjoys singing along and acting out the story with her puppets.
Here are some great Benefits of Finger Play:
- Fine Motor Skills Development (when using puppets)
- Language Development
- Muscular Coordination
- Body Awareness
- Rhythmic Proficiency
- Word Recognition (when using written words on pocket charts)
- Preparation for playing a musical instrument
- Auditory Discrimination
- Self Confidence
For this lesson we sang Five Little Speckled Frogs. I wrote the rhyme using sentence strips and made extras with the numbers counting down, so when Kaelyn was singing the song she could add the number of frogs on her chart as she was counting down.
Kaidence was in charge of their Speckled Frog Puppet and she would take away a frog from her mitt as she sang along. She really enjoyed using her frog puppet to count down along with the song. We did this song along with some other ones for a week. From the beginning this caught Kaidences’ attention. The hand puppet helped her understand the concept of subtracting as each frog jumped into the pool in the song.
Kaelyn has learned addition and subtraction this year, so she used written words and numbers to change the words on the pocket chart as they sang along. This was a great way to re-enforce recognizing number words such as one, two, three, four, and five.
We of course sang to our CD Songs at My Fingertips by Music by Mar. Maryann Mar is actually a local music educator which I have met several times when I attended teaching conferences. I absolutely fell in love with her fun songs and the way she makes learning fun with music for the kids. I would definitely recommend checking out her website for other music CD’s and ideas! She also has some of her songs recorded on You Tube, unfortunately not this specific song so the girls and I used the one below for our weekly video song.
I hope that you get to add some fun Finger Play to your lessons this coming school year! It will make learning that much more fun for you and your child!