This activity (excerpt) is taken from:
Transition Tips and Tricks for Teachers by Jean Feldman, Ph.D.
Here are some creative, new versions of the traditional alphabet song. Sing to gather children for circle time, while waiting in line, as you wash your hands, or at other "in-between" times.
How? Slowly sing the "Alphabet Song" using one of these ideas:
The Alphabet Song (Traditional Tune)
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P
Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Now I've said my ABCs,
Next time won't you sing with me?
Monster version: Sing with a loud voice.
Mouse Version: Sing with a high, squeaky voice.
Opera version: Sing dramatically with outstretched arms.
Backward version: Turn around and sing.
Upside down version: Put head on the floor and sing.
With a cold version: Hold nose and sing.
Underwater version: Put finger between lips and wiggle.
Z Y X version: Sing backward from Z to A (very hard!).
Silent version: Mouth the words with no sound.
Hint! Be sure to enunciate each letter distinctly so they don't blend together.
This activity (excerpt) is taken from: Transition Tips and Tricks for Teachers by Jean Feldman,
Ph.D., Page 119. ISBN: 0876592167 © 2000 Gryphon House, Inc.
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