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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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can you guys give me kindergarden work like letters mr.munchy mouth.
please if you can give me some thank you
from suzanne, new york, USA; June 23, 2002
Parent putting child to bed....
Here's a butterfly kiss
and a ladybug hug
Hope you sleep as well
as a bug in a rug.
My question is this..... what is a ladybug hug? We all know what a
butterfly kiss is and a bug in a rug, but never heard of a ladybug
hug. Can anyone answer this???
from Kathy, Spring Hill, Florida, USA; June 18, 2002
= Are dictations a good practice activity? Why?
from Raquel and Loren, Alcarras, Spain; June 12, 2002
I am teaching english to preschool and first grade german
children. i would like to know if anyone has any ideas for outdoor
activities. We have played what´s the time Mr wolf to practice numbers
and the time, and mr crocodile may I cross the river to practice colours.
But I´m afraid that is the limit of my knowledge of these kinds of games.
I would be very grateful for any kinds of games that can be played
Thank you in advance Eleanor Köhlmoos.
from Eleanor Koehlmoos, sittensen, Niedersachsen, Germany; June 4, 2002
Hi Jane and Sudha,
I learnt this version of the 'Rub a dub' rhyme when I was a kid in the
Three men in a tub.
And who do you think they be?
The butcher, the baker,
Turn them out, knaves all three!'
[Yes, bad English declension with 'be'!!]
I found in a rhyme book borrowed from the library when my youngest was a
toddler, this wonderful version for bathtime!
Three babes in a tub.
And who d'you think got wet?
The Mummy, the Daddy,
The teddy-bear's tummy,
So, hoppity, out you get!'
Hope y'all get to use these versions. Unfortunately, I don't have the
author's name for the babes version, so I can't acknowledge him/her!
from Liz T, Stafford, Staffordshire, England; May 29, 2002
The rhyme rub-a-dub goes like this
Three men in a tub
The butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker
If my tub had been stronger
my song would be longer
from Sudha Ramakrishnan, Mumbai, India; May 19, 2002
Not quite sure where tongue twisters originated...probably just
some poeple way back when with far too much time on their hands, but they are
used in most cases for obvious reasons, such as amusement for children, but at
the same time, they are used when catering for ESL students and students who
are having troubles with literature based units of work, more specifically
phonics and speech problems. They not only promote oral language but
analytical thinking, reading and of course writing skills. Getting children to
say tongue twisters, is getting them to not only repeat words but repeat
letter sounds and to think quickly about what they are saying, in a fun
from Alana, Sydney, NSW, Australia; May 15, 2002
can anyone help me to get some theory about tongue-twisters ????
thanks a lot!!
from nicole, freiburg, baden-württemberg, Germany; May 14, 2002
Hi! I teach special ed. for kids who have multiple disabilities
and I use nursery rhymes to teach sight words. It is amazing how they are able to
anticipate the rhythm or the words and they learn so quickly which words sound the
same. Some of my children can't talk but some are able to use adaptive equipment
in order to communicate what they need or want. Nursery rhymes are an excellent
way to introduce literacy awareness to a special education class like this one.
from Lindsay Thompson, Newnan, GA, USA; May 8, 2002
Hi I got a question.....have a 2nd grader who is having trouble finding a word that rhymes with children and a word that rhymes with hungry......can you help me.....thanks........
from Debbie Sparks, Eubank, KY, USA; April 24, 2002
This idea is from book i read "How to teach reading in 60 days".
You will have to make a phonics board .The board will have 10 inch
square cardboard cut outs with pictures glued on them and a matching
word on an other cut out eg.picture of a cat.....CAT
Trace the letter 'C'with your finger saying the sound with the correct
mouth movement many times.These cardboard cutouts can be placed on a
ledge onthe board just like books in a good display board.
Another activity is to have children run up trace the letter with their
finger say the sound. At the beggining of tracing have a dot and the
end a star ask themto join the dot and star,helps in writing too and
promotes motor skill.
If u like the idea i can explain in detail.
from ROOPA, Mesa, Arizona, USA; Mar. 29, 2002
Hi I am currently in my final year at university and I am doing an assignment focusing on gender issues within children's literature, stereotypical characters etc. Please could you help me!!! I need some background information on stereotypic characters within
from Emma White, Abergele, Wales; Mar. 25, 2002
Does anyone have any ideas of teaching the presidents of the US in order to a child that has trouble with short term memory?? For instance, pictures, rebus cards, songs. I am stuck and sure can use some help.
from Terri, Michigan, USA; Mar. 18, 2002
we need song lyrics for 2nd grade, take me out to the baseball game
from Ms. Mills, Benson, AZ, USA; Mar. 13, 2002
Can you help me find the words of Solomon Grundy?
HAve you any other rhyme on weekdays?
from alessandra, Milan, Italy; Mar. 10, 2002
I've just added the rhyme Solomon Grundy. To go to it, click here. Also, for more calendar-related rhymes and activities, click here.
DR. SEUSS BUT I CANT FIND DR.SEUSS WORK I TEACH
KINDERGARDEN AND FRIDAY IS DR.SEUSS DAY PLEASE HELP ME THANK YOU
JESSICA VALLA BEACHBUDDYJ IS MY E-MAIL ADDRESS
from JESSICA, NEW JERSEY, USA; Feb. 28, 2002
I need some ne circle time songs and rymes, maybe about dinosuars?? Pleas if anyone has any to share....
Jessica, Castleton, Vermont, USA; Feb. 24, 2002
hi, i have a friend who has just started doing a child care course & can not always have access to the net so i'm helping. she needs info & or resources for an assignment she's doing for the following:- craft activities, songs, play & dance, colours etc, for
ages...new born to 6 years old. alot of info found so far is great for
ages approx 2years plus but not alot for children younger so any help
with suggesting websites would be wonderful. thankyou. please forward
any info to-
from tracy, south coast, n.s.w., Australia; Feb. 22, 2002
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from Julie Liew, Kuala Lumpur, FT, West Malaysia; Feb. 20, 2002
I am planning to start a nursery class this semester.
Would you kindly give me advise and suggestions?
Thanks form the troulble
from O S Oyappan, Tanjungbalai, North Sumatera, Indonesia; Feb. 16, 2002
Regarding kindergarten Jan 19th A five year old boy needs plenty of gross motor development and out door type activities it is not uncommon to not know ABC's and numbers to 20 at this age it is however probable that over emphasising the importance of both will
put him off learning for life and could create a dislike of school We
need as parents to allow children to develop at their own rate we
would never comment if a one year old was not yet walking and yet we
expect school age children to all be the same. A good educator would
offer an individual programme based on each child's needs and as part
of an overall developmental continuum. This would occur in learning
centres within the school day 5 year olds need to play and learn
mostly through this. After school programmes foster a dislike of
school it just prolongs the agony. Good luck lots of hugs,incidental
learning opportunities, and time could be the key.
Don't panic at 5 he has so much life in which to learn.
from Murray, Perth, Western Australia, Australia; Feb. 15, 2002
Re: Wee Willie Winkie
Here is my sample 5 day plan
Day 1: Introduce - have children frame letters/words/ sounds they
know. You can modify this framing activity to the needs of your
Day 2: Identify Rhyming Words - Reread
Day 3: Phonemic Awareness - use alpha-ball or alphabet cards.
Students roll ball, what ever letter their thumb is touching (i.e.
"B") becomes the first letter of "Wee Willie Winkie"...so it would be
Bee Billie Binkie...etc. Repeat
Day 4: Reread and focus on concepts of print (quotation marks, left to
right directionality, one to one correlation, letter vs. word)
Day 5: Innovation (dramatic play) or adding poem to poetry book and
from Chloe, FL, USA; Feb. 11, 2002
To Konnenberge: get a copy of the out of print book at
a used book store Why Johnny Can't Read ===there are phonics lessons
at the end of this book that cover a six week period and they are
terrific---I have used this in my 5th and 6th grade classroom
successfully to help poor readers.
from G Rouse, Union, SC, USA; Feb. 6, 2002
Just want to answer "KONNIBERGEN" regarding phonics
program. I tried to e-mail but address is not good. Try
www.zoophonics.com. You can order a parents version for approx.
$130.00. I have been using it in my child care program for some time
and the children just love it...plus they know all the sounds of the
alphabet. It is a flashcard type program, but it uses movement and
best of all it involves different animals which all kids love! Good
from Gina, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Feb. 4, 2002
how can I adapt the rhyme wee willi winky?
from ?; Feb. 4, 2002
I am looking for a lesson plan to teach Ten Little Monkeys. I want to teach this using finger play. I am not yet a
teacher and working on my degree. Thank you.
from Sr. Leeja, Wayzata, MN, USA; Feb. 4, 2002
My son is in the third grade. He is having trouble
with reading.His teacher said that his weakest point is phonics. My
question is is there anything I can buy to help him at home? I have
looked in to "Hooked On Phonics", but it cost $300.00. Now I know i
should not put a price on my sons education, but if I could find
something else that would be great. Any help would be greatly
appreciate it. My e-mail is KONNIBERGEN@AOL.COM
from Connie Butler, Clifton Heights, PA, USA; Feb. 3, 2002
I am looking for yhe internet sites where I can get
metohds/lessons/techniques/contents etc. to teach children of 2 to 3
years age. My email address
from Chhanda Ray, New Delhi, Delhi, India; Jan. 25, 2002
My son is in Kindergarten He is Having trouble remembering his ABC's (recognition) any suggestions????? He is also having trouble with 11-20 on his numbers. He stays after 30min one day a week with his teacher to practice on his trouble areas and we work
with him at home with books, games, and on the computer. Any
suggestions to help a 5 year old boy who is not to interested in
learning his abc's & 123's???????
thanks, Marla Knight
from Marla Knight, Cross Pains, Tennessee, USA; Jan. 19, 2002
my daughter is in the 3rd grade and she has alot of problems with her reading and sounding out words. she never caught on to it in the 1st grade because she almost went def. is there some kind of wooksheets r programs you might have to help me...thank you very much
from jaynell, estherwood, louisiana, USA; Jan. 16, 2002
please send me names of 2grade worksheetssuch as math.
writing and reading
my email firstname.lastname@example.org
from maha nour, sacramento, CA, USA; Jan. 12, 2002
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