This month I have another story and music and movement activity to share with you ... and this one is about TRAINS! Incorporating a music and movement activity with a story can enhance early literacy development in young children. We have a series of "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.
Story about Trains
BOOK: "A Train goes Clickety Clack" by Jonathan London
This easy-to-read, rhyming storybook describes the sounds of and different types of trains.It talks about trains that carry passengers and trains that carry cattle or steel. The fun and interactive part of the story comes from the sounds that trains make as they “chugga-chugga” or “clickety-clack” down the track.
As you read, be expressive in reading the sounds that trains make, and encourage the children to repeat the sounds themselves.
Music and Movement about Trains
SONG: "Chugga Chugga Choo Choo" - Choo Choo Soul, Choo Choo Soul
This song is lively and upbeat, taking children on a train ride. In the video, Tressa shows you some simple movements to simulate the movements and sounds of a train.
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.