Good Night, Sleep Tight Mem Fox
I came across 'Good Night, Sleep Tight' at the Australian National Kodaly Conference: 'Bridging the Gap' held at the Ascham School in Sydney last year. Maree Hennessey one of my favourite presenters from Kodaly Queensland presented the story in her Primary Methods (P-4) session and I instantly fell in love with it. As soon as I got back to school I raced up to the library and was very excited to find a copy ready for loan!
The story tells of two young children Bonnie and Ben who are being looked after by their favourite charismatic and creative baby sitter - Skinny Doug. While providing Bonnie and Ben with a whimsical bedtime experience like no other, Skinny Doug manages to instil in the character (and the reader) a love for the old favourite nursery rhyme that so many young children are not familiar with today.
Inside the book there are lots of songs and activities for the students to make connections to. As Maree suggested in her session which I think is the perfect way is to finish the year by reading this book as a summary of all the wonderful activities you have implemented in your teaching throughout the year. The children make a fantastic connection to the story and because they know all the songs really well they sing-along and reconnect with the songs you have taught them throughout the year.
- ‘It’s raining, it’s pouring’ – can be sung (popular song with 3 sounds, opportunity for in-tune singing, also great for aural recognition of compound time song)
- ‘This little piggy went to market’ – popular finger-play chant with vocalisations
- ‘Pat-a-cake, Pat-a-cake Bakers Man’ – hand clapping partner game that even I struggled to remember!
- ‘Round and Round the Garden’ – compound time song. Make further links with the song ‘Teddy Bear, Teddy bear turnaround’ and ‘Here we go ‘round the Mulberry Bush’
- ‘This is the way the ladies ride’ – exploring changes in metre and great connection with 'Rig a Jig Jig' and experience of compound time
- The book finishes with ‘Starlight, Starbright’ – another excellent song for exploring pitch. Contains only 2 notes, there is a wonderful opportunity for in-tune singing and pitch matching a fantastic song for assessment and is also a great passing the beat activity.
For those of you unfamiliar with the song, here it is below:
- Once familiar with the song students recognise the high and low sounds
- Sing the song with actions on your head for high, and on your lap for low sounds
- Children use body movements to demonstrate their understanding of the high sounds and low sounds by standing up on the high sounds and bending down on the low sounds.
- You can use this song for beat practice as well similar to 'Starlight, Starbright' students sit in a circle and pass around a soft star or cloud in time to the beat.
If you like the story you may also like the set of worksheets I have created to help students place 'so & mi' on the music stave. You can check them out on my Friday Freebies blog post: here
Thanks again for reading. Hope you enjoyed my post!