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Nursery Rhymes in Kindergarten

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Stashia Menser

on 28 April 2014

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Transcript of Nursery Rhymes in Kindergarten

1. They are good for the brain.
Repetition of rhymes and stories teach children the fundamentals of language, while building memory capabilities. Nursery rhymes are often a child's first experience with literacy. Vandergrift states, "Even before they can read, children can sit and learn how a book works." This includes the pictures and music associated with nursery rhymes; it is the total visual and oral experience.
2. They preserve culture.
They preserve a culture that spans generations, providing commonalities among parents, grandparents, and kids. Seth Lerer, Humanities Professor at the University of California San Diego, and expert in the history of children's literature, says that reading nursery rhymes to kids is to "participate in a long tradition... it's a shared ritual, there's almost a religious quality to it."
What I learned through this experience...
How I implemented my plan...
After researching the positive effects of incorporating nursery rhymes into the curriculum I set aside one day each week to focus on nursery rhymes. On Fridays, I not only read a nursery rhyme, but we discuss the meaning, write about it, and do a craft that relates to the nursery rhyme. The kids love it; they don't notice that they are learning in the process!
Why teach Nursery Rhymes in
Nursery Rhymes in Kindergarten

3. Great Group Activities
They are great group activities. Susie Tallman, who put out award winning nursery rhymes CDs, and is also a nursery school music teacher, describes how singing nursery rhymes alllows all kids, even those who are shy, the feeling of confidence about singing, dancing and performing. Students are able to see the connection between movement, rhythm and words.
4. They are Fun
They are fun to say. Even though children may not understand or apply what they are saying, nursery rhymes are fun to say. The true value of nursery rhymes should not be obscured because of their deep meaning, the true value is the joy of a child's discovery of an old, shared language.

To teach, or not to teach?
Why teach Nursery Rhymes in Kindergarten?
Through this experience I learned that students enjoy nursery rhymes and it is important to expose students to various types of literature at a young age. I was also surprised at how easy it was to align the activities to common core standards. It was interesting to learn that nursery rhymes build memory capabilities. After learning the importance of teaching nursery rhymes at a young age, I make certain to introduce and teach at least one new nursery rhyme each week . This has contributed to the increase in MAPs scores for 100% of my students. Each student grew significantly. It is my goal to help students develop a love for nursery rhymes that they will carry on with them to the upper grade levels.
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