“Once upon a time there were three bears, a momma bear, a papa bear and a baby bear. One day their mother was making pizza!!!!!”

“What?” “Oh, no, that is not how it goes, dad!”

Each night my husband would tell the story of The Three Bears over and over to our children.  Of course, the adults, would get very tired of repeating this childhood favorite to our children every night.  Sooooo, he started fracturing it.  He fractured it by changing different parts to see if our children would catch it and correct it.  Well, this activity, I realized later, was great for listening and discrimination, but it was not so practical for putting our children to sleep each night.  Quite the contrary, it kept them awake and listening to see what new detail my husband would change next.

Years later in teaching the young children in my classroom, I used this same strategy.  Early in the school year, to get the children tuned in to listening to my voice and instruction, I used this technique with familiar songs.  Songs that I used were chosen from selections my students would have heard in preschool or elsewhere.

This technique was most effectively used during transition times to keep the children’s attention while others where taking turns with another activity, using the bathroom or the drinking fountain.  It seemed to speed things up as no one wanted to miss how I might “confuse” the song.  It also emphasized listening to details and story/song sequence.

I pretended to be “discombobulated” or confused so they would have to quietly correct or “help” me remember.  One of my favorite songs to confuse was “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”.

It went like this:
“Five green & speckled frogs sat on a speckled log

Eating the most delicious bugs. Yum! Yum!

One jumped into the pool

Where it was nice and cool

Then there were four green speckled frogs”


I might substitute like this:

“Five green & speckled elephants sat on a rocketship

Eating the most delicious cheeseburgers. Yum! Yum!

One jumped into the sauna

Where it was nice and hot!

Then there were four green speckled elephants. Glub, Glub!”

Of course, this was complete with hand motions.  What fun!  Laughter and giggles could be heard through the halls!

Learning can be so fun!




Leave a reply
“Where are the Pictures?”Fabric of Our Souls

Leave Your Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *