"Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if children know eight nursery rhymes by heart..., they're usually among the best readers by the time they're eight."
-Fox, M. (2001). Reading Magic. San Diego, CA: Harcourt.
I love to use Nursery Rhymes and Traditional songs as a staple in my Kindergarten curriculum. One program I love to use is Singlish. I ran across this great resource many years ago at a conference in Texas. I have found that it truly builds oral language development. Of course it does, because it is simply posters and music for nursery rhymes and familiar tunes. Teaching vocabulary through song!
With the technology available to young children, nursery rhymes are becoming a lost art. Twenty years ago, you would be hard pressed to find a kindergartner who didn't already know most of these great rhymes. Today's kindergartners come knowing very few, so it is up to the early grade teachers to bring this magic to their childhood.
A great way to begin the school year is through the introduction of these great rhymes. I love using this unit in my kindergarten classroom, laying a foundation of rhyme that will carry throughout the school year.
My students always enjoy the rhymes all year long. Nursery rhymes are even the focus of our class program!
My grandchildren as well (ages 2-6) love to play the games and activities in this thematic packet, because kids of all ages love Mother Goose. It is a great tool to use at home as well as school.