Our preschool days have been going by so quickly! While we have been continuing to learn a variety of skills, one skill we have been working on is literacy development — and we have been having a lot of fun while doing it!
One enjoyable way we have been laying that foundation for early literacy skills has been through the introduction of nursery rhymes. We talk about the rhyming words and introduce any new vocabulary that our students may not be familiar with in those rhymes.
This week our focus will be on the nursery rhyme, Hey Diddle Diddle. On Monday, our preschoolers used multiple methods to practice reciting the rhyme. They had the opportunity to sing and dance to the song, re-tell it on the flannel board, make puppet props to help recite the rhyme, and act it out. During the remainder of the week, teachers will use this nursery rhyme to gather data on the students’ spatial awareness and rhyming skills.
We so appreciate the many ways that nursery rhymes can be used to teach various skills in early childhood. We also love that these rhymes are a special shared-language that have been passed down through many generations.