January 2009 Song of the Month

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A Hunting We Will Go

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Hunting We Will Go

This charming traditional song is great for building early literacy skills. I sing it a capella (without instrumentation) while clapping a steady beat. When I get to the end of the rhyme I pause and  ask children to think of as many words that rhyme with the animal as they can. Only then do I complete the rhyme using the lyrics below. Of course you can add your own verses and keep rhyming!

Ways to Use this Song

1. Homemade Rhyming Boxes:  Children love the surprise as boxes are opened! See instructions in the PDF with all the pictures for how to make them.

2. Printed Pictures: You may simply print out the pictures in the included PDF  and glue them to colored paper. Put them in a notebook, and sing the song. Don稚 turn the page revealing the finished rhyme (or turn the box), until children have had a chance to offer their own rhymes.

3. Picture books from the library: There are several illustrated versions of this song which extend the lyrics beyond my version. They are always a hit with children. Try them all!

A Hunting We Will Go

A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go
We値l catch a fox and put him in a box
And then we値l let him go
 
A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go
We値l catch a cat and put him in a hat
And then we値l let him go
 
A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go
We値l catch a snake and put him in a cake
And then we値l let him go
 
A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go
We値l catch a goat and put him in a boat
And then we値l let him go
 
A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go
We値l catch a mouse and put him in a house
And then we値l let him go
 
A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go
We値l just pretend, and in the end
We値l always let them go!