Saturday, October 19, 2013


Remember jumping rope as a kid?  You did it just because it was fun - not because it was great for your brain, released wiggles, developed oral language, or gave you the opportunity to count and learn letters.  Next time your class gets fidgety, have them stand, get their imaginary jump ropes, and say some of these rhymes with you.  You can jump on two feet, alternate feet, give a little kick, or make any motion you like.

Bubble Gum
Bubble gum, bubble gum in a dish,
How many pieces do you wish?
If you jump to 24, you will get an extra turn.
1, 2, 3…24
Cinderella dressed in yella. 
Went upstairs to kiss her fella.
Made a mistake and kissed a snake.
How many doctors did it take?
1, 2, 3…8

A My Name Is…
A my name is (girl’s name that starts with A).
My husband’s name is (boy’s name that starts with A).
We come from (place that starts with A).
And we sell (product that starts with A).
B my name is…continue thinking of words for other letters in the alphabet.

Teddy Bear
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around. 
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, read the news.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, tie your shoes.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, go upstairs.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, sit down in your chair!  (This is a good way to end.)

*Look online to learn other jump rope rhymes to teach your class.  

*It might be interesting to have children interview their parents to see if they jumped rope when they were youngsters.  Do their parents remember any of the rhymes they did as a child?