Saturday, October 15, 2005

Fun with Rhyming, Poems and Storytelling

We talked at training a bit about the power of rhymes, songs and poems to help kids learn to read. After feeling a bit left out at Friday's training because I was the only one there who hadn't read "The Cremation of Sam McGee" by Robert Service, I found it online and gave it a read. Feel free to click on it and peruse if you've also never heard of it.

For nostalgia sake, I also found Alligator Pie by Dennis Lee online so here it is:

Alligator pie, alligator pie,
If I don't get some I think I'm gonna die.
Give away the green grass, give away the sky,
But don't give away my alligator pie.

Alligator stew, alligator stew,
If I don't get some I don't know what I'll do.
Give away my furry hat, give away my shoe,
But don't give away my alligator stew.

Alligator soup, alligator soup,
If I don't get some I think I'm gonna droop.
Give away my hockey stick, give away my hoop,
But don't give away my alligator soup.

While surfing around for these, I also came across Robert Munch's website. For those interested in ideas for storytelling, you can download him telling some of his classics (Paperbag Princess, Mortimer, Something Good etc...). As Lyndsay mentioned, you can also hear Mem Fox tell some of her tales on her site HERE.

Finally, if you check out our blog profile, you'll notice some of the books we talked about listed.... If anyone has any other favorites let me know!

Good luck to everyone as you get started in your programs next week and remember to HAVE FUN!



At 4:51 AM, Anonymous Josie Whitehead said...



I agree wholeheartedly with what you have said about having fun with rhyming poems, and I thought that maybe some of your readers might well like to see the above article which I have written which backs up what you have said. To further reinforce this, I have written 150 poems for children, and every one of them is written with a good rhyme and rhythm, not only because I like poetry written this way, but because the children in local schools, whom I visit often, enjoy it. I have explained quite well in my article the importance of rhyming and rhythmic poems in children's literacy.


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