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.”
It is a great time to pick up a clearance pumpkin container to use for reenacting the nursery rhyme “Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater.”
There are three steps I use with nursery rhymes in my classroom:
1. We recite it and act it out. There are two methods that can be used to reenact a nursery rhyme. I use the one that is appropriate for the rhyme.
- Retell using dollhouse materials.
- Act it out
- Use puppets
2. We recite the nursery rhyme and clap to the beat.
- Clap the pattern.
- Drum the pattern (I have enough drums for my class)
- Clap with a partner the pattern.
3. I repeat the nursery rhyme daily for two weeks.
- Visual Learners – using props to learn a nursery rhyme helps the visual learner
- Auditory Learners – reciting the nursery rhyme repeatedly helps the auditory learner
- Kinesthetic Learners – reenacting the nursery rhyme with props helps the hands-on learner
Whole Child Benefits:
- Physical: It helps children use their mouth and tongue muscles in producing different patterns and rhythm of sound. It helps to develop a sense of movement and coordination if clapping or drumming are added to the reciting.
- Social: It provides a shared experience as the class unites in reciting the rhyme. When clapping out the rhyme with a partner it provides another powerful shared experience.
- Cognitive: Reciting nursery rhymes help children hear the sounds and syllables of our language. It strengthens the articulation of words and the ability to enunicate clearly.