Create big books using nursery rhymes. Use poster
board cut in half, large paper grocery sacks,
tag board, etc. Type the words on a computer and
increase the font size. Have children illustrate
Have a "Nursery Rhyme Party" where children dress
up like their favorite nursery rhyme character.
Encourage each child to sing or say their rhyme.
a personal NURSERY RHYME BOOK for each child in
your class. Each child will need a spiral notebook
or composition book. As you introduce each rhyme,
run off a copy of the words for each child. (Increase
the font size and double space.) Children glue
the words on one page and illustrate the rhyme
on the opposite page. Children take home their
rhyme books each weekend and say the rhyme to
their parents. Encourage parents to write their
"comments and compliments" in their child's book
each week after they listen to them recite the
titles of rhymes on a language experience chart
and practice saying them when you have a few extra
minutes in the day. You can also take a cardboard
cube and write the title of a rhyme on each side.
Roll the cube, then repeat the rhyme it lands
children dramatize nursery rhymes.
you come to words children don't know (such as
"fetch" or "curds and whey") in the rhymes, model
looking up their meaning in a dictionary. Create
a class dictionary with these new words.
"Charades" with the nursery rhymes and other songs.
Children take turns acting out the rhymes without
using words while their friends try and guess
who they are.
a nursery rhyme and leave out one or two words.
Children listen and supply the missing word.
a "Nursery Rhyme Club." Decorate a poster board
with glitter and stickers. Write "Nursery Rhyme
Club" at the top. Each child who learns a nursery
rhyme or other poem and recites it to the class
may sign their name on the poster.
movements as you recite nursery rhymes. You might
want to clap, snap, march, patty cake with a friend,
children to track words and rhymes with some of these
-Children put them on their finger, then eat when
they finish reading.
Magic Pointer -Dip the end of a chop stick
in glue, then dip it in glitter. Taa daa!
Wiggly Eye -Glue a wiggly eye to the end of
a craft stick. Remind children to "keep their eye"
on the words as they read.
Pencils -Collect seasonal pencils or encourage
children to bring in novelty pencils. Store them in
a cup, then let children choose the one they want
when they read.
Witch's Fingernails -These are sold at Halloween
and are such fun for pointing!