Give Children the Rhythm and Sounds of the English Language
We begin the year with Mother Goose Rhymes to effortlessly give children the rhythm and sounds of the English language and to introduce them to “Just Right: I Can Read!” Little Books which they can use during “Read to Self” Time. Marie Clay’s research reminds us that “Rhymers are readers.” Using classic Mother Goose little books is a research-based approach to simultaneously build phonemic awareness, oral language fluency, reading skills, and delight!
(Common Core Standards L.K.1., L.K.2., L.K.6., SL.K.)
1. Children Need to Memorize, Recite, and Perform Language
The performers develop speaking skills and fluency with oral language as they dramatize and articulate Hey Diddle, Diddle. They develop comprehension and fluency while connecting language and pictures to print.
The audience practices good listening skills and giving feedback. Soon it will be their turn to perform. Thus the language of favorite nursery rhymes is rehearsed over and over again.
2. Let’s Build a Wall and Play Humpty Dumpty
“Announcing: Humpty Dumpty, by the
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King’s horses,
And all the King’s men,
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
How were they?
3. Give Children the Memorable Language of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Learn Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star in American Sign Language.
Mother Goose Inspires Art Extensions
Notice the spacing between words in
Hey Diddle, Diddle.
Notice special Name Tickets outlined in black.
4. Give Children Little Books of Traditional Nursery Rhymes: Rhymers are Readers – Marie Clay
5. When teachers delight in playing with the language in Mother Goose rhymes, children naturally become engaged readers.
Make Friends with Mother Goose Resources
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