In a post from October, I talked about how linking a story with a music and movement activity can enhance early literacy development in young children. I introduced our "Book & Boogie" videos, where we bring together story themes with a music and movement dance - and break down some choreographed movements that teachers and parents can use in classrooms or with playgroups. This month, in time for Spring, here's a book-song-movement combination about ducks in the pond.
Story about Ducks
BOOK: "This Way Ruby” by Jonathan Emmett
The story we chose for this theme is one of my favorites! "This Way Ruby" is an engaging story of a little duck named Ruby who likes to take things slowly, while her brothers and sisters like to run off in search of adventure.
This story lends itself to pause at times, pointing out all the things Ruby sees on the pond adventure she has with her siblings. Get the children involved in the story by having them call out “This way, Ruby!”
Music and Movement about Ducks
SONG: "The Little White Duck", Miss Lisa, Over in the Meadow
This song describes a duck sitting on a pond, and the other pond creatures she encounters (a frog, bug, snake). In the video, Tressa shows you some simple movements you can do with your group of children to reenact the song.
More online videos are available which provide story ideas, music choices and simple dance choreography can be found on our website, at www.bookandboogie.com.
Laura Eldredge is a teacher and curriculum coordinator at a NAEYC accredited early childhood program in Connecticut. She also co-founded the website The SEEDS Network, as a way to provide early childhood professionals with ideas and resources that support them in their quest to provide quality care and education to our youngest learners. She blogs at www.theseedsblog.com.