Why teach using Nursery Rhymes? Research shows that children who have memorized nursery rhymes become better readers because they develop an early sensitivity to the sounds of language. (Marie Clay)
Nursery Rhymes naturally help young children develop phonemic awareness skills, which are the necessary building blocks that children need explicit instruction in before they can begin to read.
The skills you can teach through Nursery Rhymes are:
- Sound/Word Discrimination
- Word segmentation (syllables)
- Phoneme manipulation
Nursery Rhymes Can:
- Enrich young children’s vocabulary.
- Provide opportunities for oral language development.
- Introduce children to basic story structure such as problem and solution, cause and effect.
- Be easily integrated into already existing themes.
- Be FUN and engaging for young children.
For specific activities for individual nursery rhymes see the list below:
Printable Nursery Rhyme Books, Charts, and Songs from Dr. Jean
Download the free Jack and Jill printable book in black and white and color, song chart with picture support for emergent readers, and the mp3 song by Dr. Jean!
Nursery Rhyme Links
Nursery Rhyme Resources: