Ring A Ring A Rosie

By 5 years ago
Categories Cape Town

There’s nothing unusual about our edu-care volunteers walking around with some children’s song in their head all weekend.  Tunes about frogs, bunnies and even a great big moose are what tend to be the songs we can’t get out of our heads rather than the latest download from itunes.  Anyone who has been a volunteer with us will know what I mean. There are even stories about volunteers singing children’s songs in their sleep!

There is no doubt that one of the favourite times for both children and volunteers is singing and dancing. A great chance for our volunteers to teach the children the songs they remember from their preschool days.  We recently had a group of Swedish volunteers who taught the children some songs in Swedish and it was amazing how well some of the three and four year olds picked up the words…much better than the rest of us. One of our volunteers also taught a couple of African songs that were new to the children and of course the children took to them with enthusiasm. Whilst the children love action songs and upbeat styles they also really enjoy nursery rhymes and often ask us to sing the old favourites like Mary Had A Little Lamb and Ring a Rosie.

Of course, songs are lots of fun but the added bonus is that it’s such a great way for the children to develop their English skills (and Swedish too!).

Cheryl Martin
Project Manager