October, 2018

Nursery rhymes have been kept alive by children for hundreds of years. That is certainly testimony to their appealing quality to children. Nursery rhymes are short, simple, and are part of our literary heritage. Nursery rhymes are also FREE and can be integrated throughout the day to engage children.

To help you read and roll with nursery rhymes this month, we have a free download of “Nursery Rhyme Rap,” plus a book you can use with your class.  You’ll also find a take home version children can color and then read and sing with their families. Click here to download music file.

Click images below to download pdf files.





Coloring book for students to take home and share with their parents.

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Click here to download book for your classroom.





What skills can children develop by saying nursery rhymes?

*oral language

*auditory memory

*phonological awareness (rhyme, rhythm, alliteration)

*concepts about print (left to right, words)

*story elements (characters, setting, problem and resolution)

*motivation to read

Here is some research that supports the value of nursery rhymes:


How do you extend learning with nursery rhymes?

Story Elements
 Discuss the characters, setting, problem, resolution, etc. in nursery rhymes.

Rhyme of the Week
 Select a rhyme each week and write it on a poster or language experience chart. Reread the rhyme each day.

*Clap the syllables.

*Find words that rhyme.

*Listen for words that start the same.

*Look up unusual words in the dictionary.

*Dramatize the rhyme.

*Say the rhyme the wrong way and let children correct you.

*Leave out a word and let the children fill in the missing word.

*Connect with art by letting children make puppets, play dough characters


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