It’s been a while since I shared a singable story with you all, so here’s one that I’ve been enjoying with my students lately. It’s called Five Little Monkeys Play Hide & Seek, and I bought it because this monkey book has always been such a hit.
What I didn’t realize when ordering the book from Amazon was just how long it was. Since many of the kiddos I work with have fleeting attention spans, I don’t “sing” all 40 pages…instead, I paper-clip part of the middle section together which allows me to skip a few of the repetitive verses. (For those of you who own the book, I clip pages 13-23 together and don’t lose any of the essential details of the story.)
However, when I recorded the tune I made up for this book, I did include each and every verse. It goes like this:
Pretty cute, right? Yesterday I sang this story with a pair of sisters — one is 2 and the other is 7 — and they both enjoyed it equally. I love books, songs and activities that appeal to such a broad age span! Are you reading (or better yet, singing) any good stories with your students or children?