Nursery Rhymes

nursery rhymes in preschool

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.

Some skills you can teach through Nursery Rhymes are:

  • Rhyming
  • Sound/Word Discrimination
  • Blending
  • 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 each nursery rhyme 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!

Printable Nursery Rhyme Packet includes mp3s from Dr. Jean

Printable Dr. Jean Nursery Rhyme Books via

Printable Nursery Rhyme Books from Dr. Jean via

Printable Nursery Rhyme Books and Charts via

Free Nursery Rhyme Printables

Nursery Rhyme Notebook Cover- FREE
nursery rhyme notebook cover

Nursery Rhyme Tracking Chart- FREE
nursery rhyme chart

Printable Nursery Rhyme Fluency Sticks- FREE
Free printable nursery rhyme fluency labels for pre-k or kindergarten via

Nursery Rhyme Bingo- FREE
Free printable nursery rhyme bingo game via

I Know My Nursery Rhymes Certificate- FREE
Free Printable Nursery Rhyme Certificate via
Nursery Rhyme Diploma- FREE
Free Printable Nursery Rhyme Certificate via

Nursery Rhyme Links

Nursery Rhyme Notebooks
Nursery Rhyme 4 Corners Game from Frog Street Press

Nursery Rhyme Resources:

More Literacy Resources from Pre-K Pages

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