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Teaching Children to Listen for Initial Letter Sounds

Jim Gill

 

      I just learned the game presented here from Michael Brandywine, who tells me that scouts and summer campers all over North America play this game at circle times and around campfires.

      The object is to concentrate on the words that begin with the letter "b." While sitting down, reach your hands high in the air when you sing the first word in the song that begins with the letter "b" (Bonnie, in this case). Hold your arms there until you sing another word beginning with "b" (Bonnie, once again). Arms come down when you hear the second word beginning with "b". Continue in this manner throughout the song.

My Bonnie lies over the ocean,
My Bonnie lies over the sea,
My Bonnie lies over the ocean,
Oh, bring back my Bonnie to me.

Bring back, bring back,
Oh, bring back my Bonnie to me, to me.
Bring back, bring back,
Oh, bring back my Bonnie to me.


      You can, of course, pick different movements such as standing up and sitting down, leaning to the left and right, or flapping arms up and down like a chicken.

© Jim Gill. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
This lesson is performed on Jim Gill Sings Do Re Mi on his Toe Leg Knee.

 

 

 

 


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