Wednesday, May 15, 2013

"Down By The Bay"

Thanks to the little booklet of Dr. Seuss's "There's A Wocket In My Pocket" which was a free gift from Young Parents (May issue). I read the wacky story aloud and Kayden was thrilled with laughters. He was engrossed with the little 'monsters' names' that rhymed with the common items like 'Zelf on the shelf', 'Zamp in the lamp' and 'Bofa on the sofa' (just a few of my favourites too!) After reading aloud to him, he requested to read and wanted to echo after me! He even copied my annotations!

For closure of this simple activity, we sang "Down By The Bay" and he recalled that Tr. Puspa (former N2, K1 teacher) taught him so..... We sang the whole night with 'cat wearing a hat', 'pig in his wig', 'goat on the boat' and 'goose kissing the moose'! Well..... Kayden's creation of rhyming words and we had a great time!

The song lyrics usually are as follows:
"Down by the bay,
Where the watermelons grow,
Back to my home,
I dare not go,
For if I do,
My mother will say:"
Usually follows some kind of variation on "Did you ever see a _____, _____ing a _____", with rhyming words, for example:
  • "Did you ever see a tree, taking a pee?"
  • "Did you ever see a fox, hiding in a box?"
  • "Did you ever see a fish do a hula in a dish?"
  • "Did you ever see a duck in a pickup truck?"
  • "Did you ever see a bee, with a sunburnt knee?"
  • "Did you ever see a snake baking a cake?"
  • "Did you ever see a cat, wearing a hat?"
  • "Did you ever see a moose, kissing a goose?"
  • "Did you ever see an ant, climbing a plant?"
  • "Did you ever see a whale, with a polka-dot tail?"
  • "Did you ever see a bear, combing his hair?"
  • "Did you ever see a mouse, building a house?"
  • "Did you ever see llamas, eating their pajamas?"
  • "Did you ever see a goose, kissing a moose?"
"...down by the bay?"

Extracted from Reading Rockets: Tips for Reading Aloud (5-7 years old)

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