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 can be used to teach many important emergent literacy skills.
Why teach using Nursery Rhymes?
Nursery rhymes naturally help young children develop phonemic awareness skills, which are the necessary building blocks that children need to develop before they can begin to read.
Nursery Rhyme Skills
Here are the skills you can teach using nursery rhymes:
- Sound/Word Discrimination
- Word segmentation (syllables)
- Phoneme manipulation
The following are all benefits of teaching nursery rhymes:
- 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
- Are easily integrated into already existing themes
- Can be FUN and engaging for young children
For specific activities for each nursery rhyme see the list below:
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Nursery Rhyme Activities
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!
Free Nursery Rhyme Printables
Nursery Rhyme Resources