Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re four years old, they’re usually among the best readers by the time they’re eight. – Mem Fox, Reading Magic.
Listening to music and singing with young children is not only fun, but can play a powerful role in helping support their language development.
During Nursery Rhyme week, we have focused on a different Nursery rhyme everyday. The children enjoyed singing all the nursery rhymes learning new songs and words.
Day 1 – Incy WIncy Spider
The children explored the water tray set up with spiders and pipes to retell the nursery rhyme. We also made our own spiders webs.
Day 2 – Sleeping Bunnies
We made our own bunny ears using different materials to make them fluffy!
Day 3 – Head, Shoulder, Knees and Toes
The children enjoyed labelling different parts of the body.
Day 4 – Down in the Jungle
We made our own jungle pictures, recognising different animal prints.
We used our imagination skills to walk through the jungle and move like the different animals we saw.
Day 5 – Wind the Bobbin Up
We have been learning to use Rhythm Sticks to help tap the beat in our songs and words. The children used their sticks to wind them up and tap high and low to the beat of the nursery rhyme.