The repetitive nature of chants and cheers can help reinforce ideas, such as counting or spelling, to kindergarten students. Kindergarten is a time to lay the groundwork for all future education, so memorising this material is especially crucial. In addition to helping students learn, many students will appreciate a chance to have permission to be loud and animated in the classroom.
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Traditional Cheers and Chants
While many children use skipping rope chants in the playground, you can also use them within the classroom to help your students learn. Chants and rhymes like "1, 2 Buckle My Shoe" and "Cinderella Dressed in Yellow" help your students memorise a set script, learn to count and get the hang of clapping on the beat.
Help children learn the names of all of the children in their classroom as well as how to spell them. Go around with each student, using a traditional cheerleading cheer, such as "Give me a..." and spelling out the name of the child. When you've finished spelling the name out, chant "What's that spell?" to reiterate the name of the child.
Encourage children to learn colours as you cheer for them. Ask students to point out objects in the room that are specific colours, and have the class chant how to spell the colour. You can add movements to the cheers, such as throwing their hands up in the air or shaking their fists. Give each colour a special movement to help ingrain the letters of the colour even further into the children's minds.
While kindergartners don't often participate in competitive sports, you can still amp up your class with school spirit. Do a traditional "Go Team Go" cheer by having your class spell out the name of the school or the school mascot. This cheer can be done during a school rally or for a presentation for their parents.
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