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ERIC Number: ED360094
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Strengthening Language Experiences for Children through Fingerplays.
Baker, Betty Ruth
Fingerplays--brief stories that rhyme and can be dramatized by using the fingers--are an old activity for children that can be traced in Indian lore to a time before Columbus. Today, fingerplays delight and fascinate young children and provide a variety of learning opportunities. Fingerplays can provide a source for strengthening language experiences for young children, such as opportunities for listening, speaking, discussing, reading, writing, and following directions. Extended learning activities also enrich language experiences. When selecting fingerplays and planning extended activities with fingerplays, adults should consider the developmental level of the children, the purpose of the fingerplay, the theme or unit of study, and the learning expectation. For presentation, fingerplays should be memorized. Making an illustrated chart to go with the rhyme can enhance reading experiences. Recorded fingerplays with accompanying illustrations at a listening station or learning center give children opportunities to participate with the fingerplay independently or in a group experience. This paper presents three fingerplays: "Apples"; "Five Brown Teddy Bears"; and "Butterflies." Each fingerplay includes instructions, the rhyme that accompanies the fingerplay, and several extended learning activities. The suggested activities provide a variety of learning opportunities that embrace field trips, dramatic play, games, motor activities, music, art, books, and stories. (TJQ)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A