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Teaching Nursery Rhymes
There are a lot of different approaches to teaching nursery rhymes to children and many different related lessons. This forum is a place where teachers and parents can relate their experiences (or questions about) teaching with rhymes (especially using the computer). Please add your techniques so that others can benefit from your knowledge and experience!
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my lesson plans are for colouring in pictures
from Daniela Couto, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia; Nov. 21, 2000
After teaching traditional nursery rhymes to my
kindergartners, I introduce POSITIVELY MOTHER GOOSE, a book of traditional
rhymes rewritten as the title indicates, in a more positive tone. An
example: Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater, had a wife who was a leader. In a
pumpkin they did dwell and loved each other very well. I read both
versions to my children and have the children discuss (without my personal
bias) the similarities and differences between the old and the new. I ask
the children why they think changes were made (again, without interjecting
my personal bias) and share their personal preference. I've found this to
be a great introductory lesson on using higher order critical
thinking/analytical skills of comparing and contrasting, ,while engaged with
from Susan, Wilson, NC, USA; Oct. 18, 2000
i have a question. does anyone know where i can get
information on writing a piggy back song. like taking the rhythm from
twinkle twinkle little star and writing new words for a memory lesson.
i am in my music methods and i am so stumped. if anyone knows i would
greatly appreciate it. thank you. kellyspice
from kellyspice, schererville, in, USA; Sept. 30, 2000
How do I put information about Croatia together in
a rhyming format.
from Eric, Zagreb, Yugoslovia, Croatia; Sept. 20, 2000
To Laura Gaffey in Dickinson, TX. In response to
Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater- run a pumpkin drawing on orange
construction paper then have the children tape, at the top of
the pumpkin only, onto a white piece of paper so the pumpkin is
a "flap". Then have them draw a picture under the pumpkin
"flap" of what they think Peter's wife is doing while she is
locked in her pumpkin shell. They can then dictate to you what
she is doing while you write it at the bottom. It is also a
good idea to glue the poem on the back so they can "read" it to
their parents. This works great with Little Boy Blue also, wiht
the haystack as the "flap". I forgot, have them cut out the
pumpkin!Good luck! I hope this helps!
from Jeannee' Neville, Oroville, CA, USA; Sept. 12, 2000
I AM A TRAINEE AND I AM TRAINING IN A SCHOOL
I HAVE TO GIVE A LESSON ON MATHS CONCEPT "TALL AND SHORT"
I WOULD BE HIGHLY OBLIGED IF YOU WOULD GIVE ME A RHYME CONTAING TALL AND
SHORT AS I CAN USE IT FOR MY INTRODUCTION
from POOJA JHAVERI, BOMBAY, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA; Sept. 9, 2000
Teaching Nursery Rhymes has become quite traditional in our
preschool. We have two learning sessions throughout our school year.
We start as young as our infants with songs and hand gestures and progress
up with our preschool program. We concentrate a full week on them and
enjoy incorporating them into our cooking sessions also. With Itsy Bitsy
Spider the children enjoy making curds and whey. We have incorporated
file folder games into our nursery rhyme week, such as Little Boy Blue
must look for a variety of items before he finds his horn. We also have a
day where the children and the teachers dress as their favorite nursery
rhyme character, this has proven to be quite fun!
from Peggy Huston, director, Independence, Kentucky, USA; Sept. 2, 2000
in response to grace in new york's ideas
about teaching sounds awareness to her first graders...put
the rhymes on sentence strips and do sequencing in
groups...also an oral cloze of the rhyme using words on
cards to be added to rhyme which is written on a large
piece of cardboard. enlarged print is the way to go with
first graders so you can use nursery rhymes effectively in
also while reading the rhymes on a white board or
butcher's paper write rhyme substitutions eg sheep, beep,
peep, keep etc brainstorm with the kids getting them to
change the onset (beginning letter) while keeping the rhyme
that is found in the nursery rhyme e.g bab baa black
sheep. innovvate on text as a jointconstruction of text
lesson to make a new rhyme based on original one.
from Michelle, Sydney, Australia; August 22, 2000
If you're a pre-school teacher this is a
neat song to teach you're children.It's called "Baby
Bumble Bee." This is how it goes:I'm bringing home a
baby bumble bee won't my mommy be so proud of me, I'm
bringing home a baby bumble bee OUCH! it stung me. I'm
sqishing up my baby bumble bee won't my mommy be so
proud of me,I'm sqishing up my baby bumble bee.YUCK! bee
guts, I'm wiping off my baby bumble bee won't my mommy
be so proud of me ,I'm wiping off my baby bumble
bee.THERE all clean.
from Ashley McGinnis, Andalusia, Alabama, USA; August 18, 2000
In response to Arlene Sherman, Hauppauge, New
York's query about teaching letter sound associations -
Letterland links up beautifully with working with Nursery Rhymes.
You can search Letterland on the net - they have a site. It
introduces the letters through storying and by giving them
characters. The Little Explorers Picture Dictionary on this site
then just links up fantastically with the letters and gives the
children follow on from Letterland. I've just discovered
Enchanted learning and I love it. I am a Learning Support teacher
in a small country primary school and I can see lots of
applications for the students I work with (from 4 to 12 year
olds). Thank you Enchanted Learning.
from Lorraine Brown, Yandina, Queensland, Australia; July 18, 2000
Letting the children become the characters I have
found is the fastest and most interesting way to learn the rhythms.
Last week we did Jack Be Nimble. Each child had an imaginary
candle we kept in the window, they had to get there candle place it
on the floor do the rhythm and then return the candle till the next
time. Children asked to get there candles and repeat the activity
over and over.
from Viola Lea Lester, Baltimore, Maryland, America; July 7, 2000
Does anyone know a song called "coconut soap"? I'd
like to teach my daughter this song, but I don't have the lyrics.
from Sophia Liao, Taichung, Taiwan, R.O.C.; June 4, 2000
I had a 5 year old boy bitten by an unidentified spider, which
required him to spend a few hours being observed in hospital and a course of
antibiotics. We had a large huntsman spider hunting around the classroom, and this
is a harmless spider, but terrifying looking. So I decided we needed to talk about
leaving spiders alone. We read some factual posterss, sang the song about Itsy Bitsy
Spider, and then made craft spiders from the recycled cardboard cartons and pipe
cleaners. The children had lots of fun, and now we will continue to explore some of
the other nursery rhymes on this great site. Thanks.
from Ro Milbourne, Shepparton, Victoria, Australia; April 12, 2000
Having browsed Rebus Rhymes I would like to try linking Ten Little
Monkeys to a Maths lesson or a series of maths lessons. I think it could be linked to
making a class book which could incorporate the elements of Maths and English. Has
anybody got any suggestions which could me in my P.1. class.
There are excellent opportunities when using Rebus Rhymes to make worksheets based on
missing word activities. They could also be used for cloze procedures with older
children.These rhymes could also be used as a starting point for e.g.P3 - P5 children
to enable them to begin composing their own poetry.
from Ann McAuley, Ballymena Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom; March 29, 2000
I have spent a long time teaching 4 - 5 year olds and one of our
main topics is Nursery Rhymes and traditional tales. Our whole term is devoted to
this theme using big books for Literacy and Numeracy. We have various role play
areas including castles and Mary Mary's Garden Centre which can be inside or out.
The children can join in designing the play areas and making objects to go in
them. A giant beanstalk appears on the floor using masking tape and can be used
for a variety of subject areas. The possiblities are endless and only restricted
by the imagination. Good publications include - Infant Education, Sherston
Nursery Ryhmes computer games. Good luck.
from jan Randall, Hayling Island, Hampshire, England; January 6, 2000
Use an object bag or box when teaching nursery rhymes. As a child
oulls out an object it should trigger
a rhyme. For example, a dog bone for Old Mother Hubbard, & a little mouse for
Dock. Act out, pantomine, each rhyme & have a lot of fun!
from Lenore Piccoli, Livingston, NJ, USA; January 6, 2000
I am an English teacher to secondary students
here in Malaysia. But I am crazy about little kids and have 2
twin boys of two years old. i expose them to a lot of English
books, especially rhymes. They are much more interesting,
repetitious, easy to remember and short. My kids love them and
can already say some short ones. English is only our second
language but I'm exposing them and even teaching them to read in
English first. I haven't tried using the computer (rhymes
through the computer) but they do love Dr Seuss' CDs on the
computer. I think I have to wait until they can really read.
But if the CD chants the sounds with them, they might be able to
read them easier, by following the dancing letters.
from Khadijah Tifla, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia; December 13, 1999
I am a reading teacher in New York City with very low
functioning first graders. Their letter sound associations are practically
none existent. Although I am experienced, this is my first year working with
little ones and I am overwhelmed as to where to start first. I had the
brainstorm to use these awesome rebus nursery rhymes to teach them number
concepts, days of the week. I plan to pull out specific sight words from each
rhyme.. The go on to initial consonants. Any suggestions on how to use these
rhymes in any other ways?
Thank you so much in advance!
from Arlene Sherman, Hauppauge, New York, USA; November 11, 1999
to grace in brooklyn; check out the mayer johnson communication
books they have some nursery rhyme pictures and communication ideas
from gwen smith, san angelo, texas, USA; November 9, 1999
I teach a class of 4-6 year old non-reading autistic children.
I would like to know if anyone has information on teaching nursery rhymes
across the curriculums. Right now I am using Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and
from Grace Shock, Brooklyn, NY, USA; October 19, 1999
Do you have any ideas for Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater? I'm currently
working toward my teacher certification and I need to teach a lesson about pumpkins
to a kindergarten class.
from Laura Gaffey, Dickinson, TX, USA; October 9, 1999
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