I have been in Tasmania’s Port Arthur topping up on my Australian historical facts and found some skipping rhymes that the convicts, servants and soldier’s children were skipping to in the 1800’s. It’s amazing to me how some of these skipping rhymes have travelled and survived many generations. They also tick a few of the K-3 curriculum boxes like:
# The Family Unit: What great great great Grandma’s generation was skipping to when they were young.
# Language: Rhythm and rhyming words
# Australian history: Games the English brought to Australia
# Social skills: getting along & turn taking
# Healthy eating & exercise
With regards to the line “Johnny got a spanking” (below in ‘Down by the river’) not being appropriate, it could be used as a course for discussion on the changing disciplines from generation to generation.
So print them out, use them for whichever unit you can match them to, join in in the fun, and try not to ‘GET OUT!’
It’s school holidays, so a great activity for the vacation care games too.
Me at Port Arthur Tasmania
Here are some photos from the various houses of captains and medical officers. Port Arthur was and is in an absolutely stunning setting. It is bitter sweet experience, a peaceful quiet place where lives were ruined in long term unfair circumstances for a mere petty crime.