USING NURSERY RHYMES WITH K + PreK
Have I mentioned recently how much I appreciate my work?
Have I told you how much fun I have getting to travel about the country?
Do you realize how much I appreciate getting invited to different schools?
Today: a look at Humpty Dumpty in all his Midwest finery.
Let's start out in Kindergarten and work our way backwards.
|Anchor Chart for Nursery Rhymes, Indiana Kindergarten Room|
Kindergarten is the world where the hieroglyphics of 'print' begins to make sense and the world of gen-u-ine reading begins to unfurl in earnest for most children. Having a working knowledge and broad base of nursery rhymes is such an asset to a young child. All of that rhyme. All of that meter. All of that phonemic awareness. All of that simplicity. All of that implicit memorization that can be brought to encounters with print.
NURSERY RHYMES. Songs without melody!!!
My how the pendulum swings back and forth -- in parenting, in education, in society. I can't imagine a peer my age that didn't know dozens of Nursery Rhymes by heart as a wee one. Today? Not-so-much. Parents are you 'teaching' your child the classics? Does your wonder-child no of the persistence of the Eency Weency spider? Does he know the finality in the morality play of the great Humpty? Actions have consequences. They 'couldn't put Humpty Dumpty together again.'
|Michigan Kindergarten Nursery Rhyme Craftivity|
NOW!! Take a look at this cutie-patootie Preschool project of brilliant color!
[Here I'm gathering up photos from my 'music-lady' day in Indiana that concluded the school year.]
Think Nursery Rhymes.
Think Humpty Dumpty.
What better way to decorate your 'Humpties' than with a hands-on experience with coloring and cracking egg shells. BRAVO!!!!
I absolutely ADORE the way these Humpties are having their 'great fall.' Look at these expressions!!! WoWzy-wowzers! These four + five year olds really are conveying the reality of a 'great fall.'
My other favorite part of this project? This is obviously a lesson in DELAYED GRATIFICATION. This project was accomplished over time. First there's all of the painting involved in the walls. That's a LOT of effort folks. Then there's the time spent dying the eggs, cracking the egg shells, affixing them to the Humpty-heads. More effort. Projects that unfold over time are the cornerstone of the
life-lesson that it takes effort and focus to 'get things done.'
Yes. Making my author-illustrator school visits is something akin to being the proverbial 'fly on the wall.' Seeing Nursery Rhymes in use in two different states in the mid-west is encouraging to me. Its an indication that educators have not thrown the baby-out-with-the-bath- water all together. Its an acknowledgement that the 'classics' are still recognized for their merit and contribution.
|Mrs. Miner's Monkey Business: Nursery Rhymes in Science Project|
Our collaborative PreK+K Sharing blog had an article earlier this year by Krissy Miner in Maine on this very concept of the Value of Nursery Rhymes in Kindergarten. Here's the direct link over to her insightful thoughts.
How do you incorporate Nursery Rhymes in your world?
-- Debbie --
Did you see my recent round-up of all things Three Little Pigs?