Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Language/Music.
- nursery rhyme books
- art materials (paper crayons, markers, and so on)
- hole punch and binder rings or yarn
Objective: Children will engage in a variety of activities that encourage the development of phonemic awareness, creative thinking, and music concepts.
Nursery Rhyme Big Book
Read familiar nursery rhymes and ask children to select their favorites. Then create a Big Book for the classroom. Write each child's favorite nursery rhyme on a large sheet of drawing paper, leaving enough space for each child to create an illustration. Provide children with markers and crayons. Invite children to work together to create a cover for the book. Bind the pages with binder rings or yam.
Nursery Rhymes in the Kitchen
Extend children's nursery rhyme experiences with cooking activities based on familiar rhymes. Engage children in planning fun snacks such as Miss Muffet's curds 'n' whey, The Queen of Hearts tarts, or Humpty Dumpty scrambled eggs!
Nursery Rhyme Theatre
Invite children to use their Nursery Rhyme Big Book to act out the different nursery rhymes. Some children will prefer reading the rhymes while others pretend to be Jack jumping over the candlestick, Old Mother Hubbard looking through her cupboard, and so on. Provide props to enhance the dramatic play.
Nursery Rhyme Riddles
Share a riddle with children based on a nursery rhyme, such as "I sit in the corner and eat Christmas Pie. Who am I?" Encourage children to think of rhymes they can ask one and another to create a group-time activity. Record children's riddles on chart paper Children can also make riddle cards. Fold a sheet of construction paper in half. Write the children's riddles on the front of their folded papers. Provide them with drawing materials and ask them to draw the answer inside the folded papers. The nursery rhyme riddles can be bound into a book or hung low on the wall to create an interactive display.
Family Involvement: Create a Family Poem. Make a take home activity for children to do with a family member. Make a list of rhyming words such as "-at," "-an," or "-ing" words. Ask each family to choose one of the rhyming word groups and work together to create a short poem. Invite families in for a morning family poetry reading. Children can make a special snack to celebrate the event.