This song is one of my favorite songs to sing in class with my students. I love using the song with my youngest students to keep a beat. (If I can have them clap while a friend bounces a ball, that is always a favorite!) This it around the time of year I would introduce it to them to keep a steady beat in a different way.
I will always play the game (a little differently) with my older students as well. I will have them stand in a circle and bounce the ball to the beat while they sing. On “Shiloh”, they pass the ball to a friend and sing their name instead of “Shiloh”, then sit down when they have had a turn with the ball. For a really big challenge, I will ask the students to line up in the order they passed the ball! This is a really great way to get them singing alone too!
This is a perfect song for Ta TiTi and La as well with older students.
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