Preschool nursery rhymes—why it’s important

This week we will be working on rhyming by learning nursery rhymes. Certainly hearing these rhymes will bring you back to your own childhood—the cute stories, catchy lines, and great images like Humpty sitting up on that wall. You may be surprised to learn that the silly stories included in nursery rhymes are more than just entertainment. Early learning of nursery rhymes and rhythmic poems, songs, and chants significantly enhances early reading skills and phonemic awareness.

Phonemes are the smallest parts of sound in words. Being aware of these sounds improves reading and reading comprehension, according to the National Reading Panel. When you rhyme, you are calling the phonemes to your child’s attention.

For fun, below are some nursery rhymes we will be learning this week just (in case you may have forgotten them). Beware, reading these may make you feel like a child again!

Jack and Jill
Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after.

Little Miss Muffet
Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey.
Along came a spider
Who sat down beside her,
And frightened Miss Muffet away

Hey, Diddle, Diddle
Hey, diddle, diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed
To see such a sport,
And the dish ran away
With the spoon.

Little Boy Blue
Little Boy Blue,
Come blow your horn.
The sheep’s in the meadow,
The cow’s in the corn.
Where is the boy
Who looks after the sheep?
He’s under the haystack fast asleep.

Humpty Dumpty
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.

Have a favorite nursery rhyme? Add it in the comments below!


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