Sit in a circle with the children and begin to slowly beat your hands on the floor, asking the
children to join in. Starting with your own name, go around the circle chanting everyone’s
name four times, fitting the name to the rhythm of the beating.
Extending the Activity: Once children have mastered the above, pick up the tempo,
chanting each name only twice.
Observation and Evaluation: Does the child maintain a steady, unhurried beat? Is the
child able to rhythmically chant the names?
Adding Equipment: Instead of beating hands on the floor, the children can each hold one
or two rhythm sticks.
Curriculum Connectors: Rhythm is an essential component of music and language arts,
the latter because words have rhythm and individuals must develop an inner sense of
rhythm when reading and writing.
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