Road trips with my granddaughter continue to bring back my childhood memories.   This time a song popped into mind: “There’s a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea”.  I think my version is slightly different than this folk version which I produced here in part:

There’s a hole in the bottom of the sea,

There’s a hole in the bottom of the sea,

There’s a hole, there’s a hole,

There’s a hole in the bottom of the sea.

 

There’s a log in the hole

In the bottom of the sea,

There’s a log in the hole

In the bottom of the sea,

There’s a log, there’s a log,

There’s a log in the hole….

While I started singing this chain of events song that grows with each verse, my granddaughter was listening and was captured by the repeated phrases and the speed in which I sang it.  She wanted to hear it again and again.  I realized if I delayed the singing of each new item that she was able to fill it in first.  Wow!  She learned the sequence of my version of the song in a very short time.

As an educator, I know the power of retelling a story or song in its correct sequence of events as this builds recall and comprehension.  A song or poem works as well as a story!  The bonus of this song was that not only did you have to remember the additional items forward in the song but reverse the order at the close of the song!!  It had the power of repetition built right in!  For more information on teaching retelling, check out my book and kit; “Fan Into Flame: Fuel Reading Comprehension Through Story Retelling”

By the trip back home she was able to sing the sequence herself with just a few pauses and prompts.  Got to love learning!

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