||In Pre-K, basic skills are taught through
rhythm and rhyme. Children love nursery rhymes: they are delighted by mastering the
familiar rhymes, many of which have been set to simple melodies.
Nursery rhymes can be used to teach important information in an entertaining way:
Each nursery rhyme is a little story unto itself. In many ways they function as simple parables. Traditionally, nursery rhymes have been a vehicle for children to safely explore age appropriate questions about identity and their emotions. Many of these rhymes help children to confront their fears about losing things, getting in trouble or getting hurt.
Numerous collections feature charming illustrations full of descriptive detail which explore and expand the rhyme's theme in a comforting and entertaining way.
|There are many ways to use Mother Goose rhymes in the
curriculum. Art work projects include making humpty dumpty mobiles, cotton ball
lambs, decorated mittens and bright aluminum stars.
For more information about Mother Goose, we suggest the following web sites:
The Mother Goose Society Page
Rebus Rhymes from Enchanted Learning
The Mother Goose Pages
Submitted by Bobbie Crane, Pre-K teacher and Andrea Owens, GAnet Coordinator.
Bobbie Crane, Betsy Duryea, Rose Marie Mirabile and April Young
P.O. Box 287
Ft. Washington, PA 19034
Last Updated June 2004
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