Jump rope rhymes always remind me of recess during my elementary years. I was always impressed by my friends who were able to do double dutch. I could never do that, in spite of spending several recesses and p.e classes working on my jump roping skills. They all seemed to know the same rhymes, too. Today, I want to share a fun jump rope rhyme with you called Early in the Morning at Eight O’Clock. We’ve spent the last week learning it at school in my third grade music classes.
Once a week, I have morning playground duty at school. It’s fun to see how the students interact with each other outside of my classroom. I enjoy watching the games they come up with, and I’m always a bit surprised by the games they do that I remember from growing up.
There are a group of girls who always gravitate toward the jump ropes, if they are out that day (students lose playground equipment when they do not return the equipment at the end of recess). It’s funny to me how many of the jump rope rhymes they do that were popular when I was in elementary school.
That’s the funny thing about jump rope rhymes. Like folk songs, they are passed down over the years. According to my teacher’s textbook, boys were more into jump roping than girls, originally. They would have competitions or challenges with the jump ropes. Then, when girls became more into jump roping, the rhymes were added.
Early in the Morning at Eight O’Clock also makes a wonderful baby bounce!
Here are some ideas for the rhyme:
- change your voice as you say the poem
- add the postman’s knock using an instrument like a woodblock or drum
- practice counting when you get to the letters at the end (change it up by counting higher, or by two’s)!
Do you have any favorite jump rope rhymes from your childhood?