I'm a Little Teapot

Posted: Monday, November 5, 2007, 9:50 am

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Use the rhyming words in this song to help your child with early literacy skills.

As you sing this song with your child, incorporate the following hand gestures.

I'm a little teapot, short and stout
Here is my handle, here is my spout
Put a hand on one hip and have the other straight out
When I get all steamed up, hear me shout
Tip me over and pour me out
Lean toward the hand that is straight out.
I can change my handle and my spout
Reverse the handle and the spout hands
Tip me over and pour me out
Lean toward the hand that is straight out.

Help your child be ready to read by practicing early literacy skills. Rhymes help children hear the different parts of words.

You can help by:

  • Saying nursery rhymes
  • Reading books that rhyme
  • Saying nonsense rhymes

Toddlers: Use your child's name to make a rhyme. The rhyming word does not have to make sense. For example:

Your name is Jerry
And it rhymes with berry!
Your name is Jessica
And it rhymes with lessica!

Two- and Three-Year Olds: Help your child become aware of words that rhyme. Read a Jesse Bear book. Then say some of the words that rhyme, that sound alike. For example, bear and wear. You can do this with any book that rhymes. Ask a librarian to help you find a book of rhymes.

Four- and Five-Year Olds: Choose a book that rhymes, for example The Lot at the End of My Block. Read it together. When you read it again, read a page and ask your child which words rhyme. When you read it again, read part of the page and leave out the rhyming word. Let you child say the word that rhymes. If she does not know, give her the starting sounds. You do not do this with every rhyming pair, or on every page. Just enough for some fun.

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