How To Teach Super Simple Songs

How To Teach Hush Little Baby

Caitie is sharing helpful tips for learning in the classroom or at home using the song Hush Little Baby from Super Simple Songs! She sings the song and shows us gestures for the key vocabulary words, too! This is a calming song to teach and review rhyming pairs and near rhymes.

Try these ideas in the classroom or at home!

  • Encourage your students to clap on the rhyming words at the end of each line to help them notice that those words are paired and special because they rhyme.
  • This song features a few couplets that have near rhymes instead of perfect rhymes, like broke and goat. This song is a great way to explain that rhyming couplets don’t always have to be perfect rhymes to work together.
  • For students who are reading, try printing out the lyrics and having them circle the perfect rhyming words and underline the near rhyming words, then check your work as a group by listening to the song. Pause after each line and ask if it was a perfect rhyme or a near rhyme.
  • For a creative activity, see if your students can come up with new verses to add to the classic nursery rhyme. They can try to make rhyming couplets with near rhymes and perfect rhymes.
  • As a bonus, we made a Hush Little Baby storybook with our friends at Scholastic. Reading the storybook with your little ones is a great alternative to using the video when it’s time to go to sleep.