Caitie is sharing tips for using the preschool song “Me!” 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. “Me!” is a super fun active song that teaches body parts!
Try some of these ideas in the classroom or at home!
- This song is all about introducing body parts in a fun and active way. Encourage your students to point to their body parts as you sing along. If your students are hearing these body part vocabulary words for the first time, introduce them before you start to sing. Simply point to the different body parts and clearly say the vocabulary word. Head. Have them point to their head and repeat the word. Head. Once you have gone through all the body parts in this way, they’ll be ready to sing along to the song.
- Once your students are familiar with all the body parts, try playing a Simon Says pointing game by using the body part vocabulary from the song. For older students, try making purposeful mistakes you play for some extra giggles. For example, say “Simon says, point to your chin!” but point to your head. Then you can see who is listening and who is simply copying your movements. Give your students a turn to be the leader too!
- Try singing this song with babies! Caregivers can point to all the body parts of their babies, and celebrate all the little parts that make them who they are.
- This song also repeats the helpful phrase ‘this is my’. Encourage your students to use it to introduce other things that belong to them. You can do a show and tell, and have them bring in a special item from home to describe to the class, starting with the phrase ‘this is my’.