Singing and rhyming activities should form part of our daily routine, especially with young (ESL) leaners. Songs can form part of your greetings in the morning, be linked to many Early Years themes and topics and will give your children a fabulous introduction to a wide range of vocabulary, sounds in (the English) language, intonation, tone and much more.
Play with songs and rhymes and have fun with them. Challenge children to recognize familiar songs when you hum them or change the words and see if the children can spot the “mistakes”. Sing simple songs or rhymes and encourage the children to finish the sentences for you. Get the children to move their bodies to the beat of short songs or music, or add instruments that can be shaken or banged to your sessions. See the children laugh when you add their names to familiar songs: Old McPablo had a farm: ee-ie-ee-ie-oa.
In my experience, many CDs and videos of traditional nursery songs and rhymes are fairly complicated and far too quick for young children to follow and whilst they can be used in class to compliment music activities, I would suggest that the teacher or parent model the songs, slowing them down and using clear language and speech to introduce the words. Simple songs are best and most beloved and can be sung over and over again.
(The Jolly Music Programme also offers a wide range of traditional and familiar songs and rhymes that have been specifically chosen for their easy (addictive) qualities. Many of these songs and lesson plans can be used alongside the bilingual and music curriculum.)
(Pic of Old macdonald or something similar?)