Caitie is sharing tips for using the preschool song “The Jellyfish” 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. “The Jellyfish” is a high-energy repeat-after-me song that explores parts of the body and encourages lots of movement!
Try these ideas in the classroom or at home!
- The Jellyfish is a great song for singing with a group. Encourage your students to repeat the words after you sing them and to do the movements!
- Because this is such a high energy song with lots of movement, it is a great song to play at the beginning of the day to help your students get on the same energy level. Or try playing it as a fun break to get some sillies out during the day.
- Once you are familiar with the song, let your students take turns being the leader. The leader sings the words and does the movements at the front of the class, and everyone can repeat after them. You can choose to use the music or sing acapella.
- You can also try using different voices. Because this is a repeat after me song, you can make a rule where the students have to repeat after the leader in the same voice. The leader can try a high voice, or an opera voice!
- This is a great song to use as a part of an underwater animal theme. Ask your students about other underwater animals and try moving like them! You can swim like a fish, or move your arms and legs like an octopus!
- This is also a great song to review body parts. The Jellyfish has the vocabulary arms, wrists, elbows, knees, feet and head. You can sing the song as a review, or use it to help teach different body parts.