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Literacy through Christmas poems and songs

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Young children love to learn poems, songs and finger-plays. Since they usually have terrific auditory memory, it does not take long for them to memorize the verses. And young children also love to share what they know to whoever will listen!! Plus poetry, songs and finger-plays are wonderful ways to encourage language and literacy in young children. There are many enjoyable songs and poems and finger-plays to learn and recite at this Christmas time of year. Here are a few to take pleasure in with your child.

S-A-N-T-A (to the tune of B-I-N-G-O)
There is a jolly, jolly man
And Santa is his name-o.
There is a jolly, jolly man
And Santa is his name-o.
S-A-N-T-A
S-A-N-T-A
S-A-N-T-A
And Santa is his name-o.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
And a happy New Year.
Let’s all do a little clapping
Let’s all do a little clapping
Let’s all do a little clapping
And spread Christmas cheer
Verse 2--Jumping
Verse 3—Hopping
Verse 4—Stomping

Five Little Bells
Five little bells, hanging in a row.
The first one said “ring me slow.”
The second one said, “ring me fast.”
The third one said, “ring me last.”
The fourth one said, “I am like a chime.”
The fifth one said, “ring me at Christmas time.”

Santa
When Santa comes down the chimney (downward motion with hands)
I should like to peek (peek through fingers)
But he’ll never come, no never (shake head)
Until I’m fast asleep (palms together beside head)

Check out your local library for a treasure trove of Christmas poems and songs. Ask the librarian to help you find specific titles. So enjoy this holiday season with your child. Have fun teaching them some poems, songs and finger-plays. Merry Christmas.

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