Singing a book…literally, is something I love to do, and I do it often!
This however, is one of the first singalong books, that I actually followed up with a reflection and activity.
A popular song, from the movie The Sound of Music… Raindrops on roses, is a song that I anticipated the children joining in singing.
To help them focus on the lyrics, I read it aloud first, explaining what each of the ‘favourite things’ were. Schnitzel and strudel were just some of the words unfamiliar to most Indian children.
When I followed the read aloud by singing aloud, I was surprised to hear quite a few voices joining in. It was a lovely melodious library session which was interspersed with a bee buzzing around the library, and suddenly there was a very real fear of ‘when the bee stings…’ a line in the song.
We talked about what makes us sad, and what could we think about to feel a little better.
As the lyrics go, we simply remembered our favourite things, so then we don’t feel so bad.
Children were given the option of drawing out their favourite things that they could think about to help them feel better.
They thought and shared about people who make them feel better, pets, food, things they love to
do and even toys.
I loved that this simple song, offered us a chance to reflect in a very simple manner, on how we could emotionally self regulate.
RAINDROPS ON ROSES
Lyrics by Rogers and Hammerstein
Illustrated by Renee Graef
Published by Harper Trophy
Here are how a few of the children reflected...
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The display outside the library...
SEL Competencies: Self - Managing emotions, Managing stress.