Caitie is sharing tips for using the preschool song “As Quiet As A Mouse” in the classroom and at home for lots of fun learning with little ones. She has lots of great ideas! And she’ll lead us through the song using gestures – an excellent way to introduce a song to children. “As Quiet As A Mouse” is a fun children’s song that introduces a bunch of helpful descriptive vocabulary and similes.
Try these ideas in the classroom or at home!
- Encourage your students to pretend to be the different animals! The descriptive adjectives used in the song can help them really act it out!
- If your students are hearing a lot of this vocabulary for the first time, introduce the words to them before singing the song. Be sure to use your facial expressions, they are really helpful when demonstrating these kinds of descriptive words.
- This song also is great for introducing similes. A simile is a figure of speech that compares two different things in an interesting way, for example “I’m as quiet as a mouse.” This song can be used if you are exploring similes in the classroom and provides lots of great examples.
- For older students who are learning about adjectives and nouns, try having them underline and circle the different types of words in the lyrics of the song. Give each student a copy of the lyrics for them to circle all the adjectives, and underline all the nouns.
- Try dividing your students into seven groups, one group for each verse in the song. Play the song and have each group act out a different verse. You can even give your students some props to dress up like each animal, or they can make some simple props from construction paper, or make a craft or drawing of each animal to represent the group.
- Try coming up with other adjectives for the animals in the song, and other animals. You can hold up a picture of an animal using animal flashcards and come up with descriptive words together. Then act like the animal as a group, keeping in mind the adjectives you came up with together, and have lots of fun with the movements.