teaching and learning with nursery rhymes

Teaching and learning with nursery rhymes – reblogged from readilearn

Nursery rhymes are often a child’s first introduction to our literary heritage. Parents sing nursery rhyme lullabies to soothe their babies to sleep and play nursery rhyme games to entertain them in their waking hours. All the while, children are learning the rhythms and tones of our language, developing vocabulary, ideas and imagination. When children learn the repetitive patterns of nursery rhymes, they are also developing their memories.

Australian author Mem Fox is often quoted as saying that

“Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re four years old, they’re usually among the best readers by the time they’re eight.”

While I am aware that others question the existence of research to back up that statement, I think most teachers would agree that children who have been spoken to, sung to (including nursery rhymes) and read to before school will find literacy learning much easier in our classrooms. Success with literacy learning often correlates with success later in life.

Already on the readilearn website, there are resources to support your literacy teaching using the nursery rhymes Humpty Dumpty and Little Miss Muffet. More are in development. While some nursery rhymes may be considered to have questionable origins, those origins have no place when teaching them to children. The benefits flow from having fun with the rhythms and rhymes of language.

Teaching literacy skills & developing creative thinking with Humpty Dumpty

The Humpty Dumpty suite of resources includes:

Continue reading: Teaching and learning with nursery rhymes – readilearn

22 thoughts on “Teaching and learning with nursery rhymes – reblogged from readilearn

  1. Jules

    I like that image with Humpty on a stretcher with EMTs 😀
    While most all nursery rhymes have historic backgrounds most have been forgotten. Not so much questionable, but perhaps not really reliant to the time.
    I think Humpty was about the fall of a king who could not retake his throne…

    I know my grands are good readers because I read to them 😉 I love it when they make their own books!

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    1. Norah Post author

      Thanks, Jules. It is a cute illustration, isn’t it?
      By questionable, I meant the content was questionable (i.e. not suitable) for sharing with children; not that the history was questionable. Though it is for some.
      I love when children make their own books too. Your grandchildren are fortunate to have a grandmother to encourage them.

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  2. Erica/Erika

    An interesting post, Norah. You brought back memories of my Father reading us Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales and poems. My grandchildren can recite poems especially when they are in the form of songs. I agree with a key factor you mention, they are having fun. My grandchildren are still very young. Likely the best time to start.🙂

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  3. roughwighting

    That’s an amazing and interesting quote – that children who learn 8 poems/rhymes by the time they’re 4 they will be great readers by the time they’re 8. I don’t particularly care if there is science behind that quote – I believe it!

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