Monday, March 7, 2011

Hickory Dickory Dock

Well, I think I am going to keep it going this week!
I really have been wanting to do this nursery rhyme because I have had a really fun idea in my head for a few weeks now!

Did you know there are 12 verses?
Hickory Dickory Dock,
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down!
Hickory Dickory Dock

First read through: Point out the clock and mouse in the pictures. Talk about UP versus DOWN.
Second read through: Ask why would the mouse be running up the clock? Who could be chasing the mouse?
And....After multiple times of reading this rhyme.... change it up!

Hickory Dickory Dock,
The mouse ______ up the clock.
The clock struck one,
The mouse _______ down!
Hickory Dickory Dock

It doesn't matter what age your child is. You can pick a new verb and read it yourself. Or have older your child pick a verb and re read it. 
When introducing verbs, use the word verb. Tell your child it is an action word, and then have them try to do some! (Skip, hop, jump, shake, wiggle, slither, tip toe, run, dash, twirl.)
Now here comes the fun idea that has been stuck in my head!

Grab some painters tape or electrical tape, and make some lines on your floor. (Straight, Zig Zag, dashed.) I did different colors because I like adding in color words where ever I can! (See if they can follow more instructions!!)
Sorry for the bad pic, its night time here, and I have no light!
Okay, the idea here... Think Gross Motor learning!!
Have your kids crawl or walk on the lines. Then try having them use different action words! Hop on the dashed line. Slither on the straight line. Run on the zig zag. Just have fun with it. Ask your child to pretend they are a mouse going up the clock.

My kids are in bed, but I know first thing in the morning, they will be either trying to rip the tape up off the floor, or they will be running all over it. So, this could be hit or miss. But you just have to try new things sometimes!



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