Mother Goose Time

There are many different ways to approach nursery rhymes to kindergarteners. How you prefer to teach them is your choice. You can use a rhyme a week programme, or you can incorporate them into thematic units.

For instance:

Hickory, hickory dock

Hickory, dickory, dock!
The mouse ran up the clock;
The clock struck one,
And down he run,
Hickory, dickory, dock!

You can work time concepts, letter H, mice, and prepositions up/down

Or if you are working with:

Little boy blue: letter B, colour blue, farm, preposition: under

Peter Pumpkin eater:pumpkins, colour orange, letter P,

Jack and Jill: letter J, numerals 2, pairs, safety rules,

Here you will find general ideas for introducing Nursery Rhymes

1-Introduce the poem by reading it and show them pictures, invite children to make predictions, discuss the message.

Activities that involves creative thinking skills are appropriate.

2 Read the poem together and introduce new vocabulary.

3-Prepare some flashcards or pictures of these new words.

4-Read or recite the poem again but this time to identify rhymes.

5-Underline or highlight the rhyming words.

6- This time recite the poem to identify rhythm. So move, stamp, clap to the rhythm.

7-Ask children to role-play the poem.

This is a sample lesson plan for Humpty Dumpty Nursery Rhyme

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!


Copy the poem on chart paper. Include clip art or pictures to add a visual for vocabulary development. Laminate the chart. Store with the other nursery rhyme charts on rings

Place a copy of the poem in a literacy centre so that children can use the poems for reading, writing, or another extended curriculum activity.


Introduce the poem, invite predictions, discuss the message
Read poem together, discuss new/interesting vocabulary
Use the poem to introduce or reinforce any new print concepts; model left-to-right directionality and review the terms poem and title;
Read the poem to identify the pairs of rhyming words and highlight them. Read the poem together, move/stamp/clap/snap to the rhythm, reinforce print concepts; act out the poem using simple props.

After …

Art ideas

Cut out an egg shape and ask children to add features to resemble Humpty Dumpty;

Let them sponge paint a brick wall for him to sit

Cut a tagboard oval shape. Cover it with thinned glue.

Cover the glue with crushed eggshells or bits of white tissue paper.

Once the glue has dried, attach wiggle eyes and create additional features if desired.
Variation: you can use the letter E instead of an egg shape.


Where is Humpty Dumpty sitting?

To further emphasize the rhyming nature of these activities children can brainstorm words that rhyme with wall/fall, men/again These new words can then be substituted in the rhyme. For example:

For instance:

Humpty Dumpty sat in the mall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great ball,
All the king's horses and all the king's men,
Couldn't put Humpty Dumpty together again.

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,
All the king's horses and all the king's ten,
Couldn't put Humpty Dumpty into the pen.


The Real Humpty Dumpty

You will need several blocks to make a "wall, shallow pan, raw egg, markers. Look at a picture of Humpty Dumpty and ask the children what he is. Work together to build a small "wall" (6 to 30 centimetres tall) of blocks on a table. At the base of the wall place a shallow pan. Take a raw egg and carefully draw a face on it. Hold the egg so that it is "sitting" on the wall. Together recite the nursery rhyme and let your Humpty Dumpty "have a great fall" into the pan. Talk about eggs’ parts. Draw a chart.


What's a dozen?
Show your children a carton of 12 eggs. Talk about what a dozen is. Have them count by twos to get to twelve.
If you want, you can start by six, using a carton of 6 and balls.


Humpty Puppet Page

Use a sheet of light blue construction paper. Pre-draw a horizontal line across the middle of the paper.  Cut two holes below the lines just big enough for fingers. (Do this ahead) Without covering the holes, glue torn bits of red construction paper below the line for the brick wall. Next, trace an oval shape onto white paper (to become Humpty's body) and decorate it to look like Humpty Dumpty. Cut it out and glue just above the pre-cut holes in the blue paper. Draw arms on the blue paper to complete Humpty...... or you can make folded, accordion arms and glue them on.
As the children poke their fingers into the holes, Humpty will be able to kick about as they recite the rhyme.


Boil eggs then allow children to paint Humpty's face on

Humpty - Dumpty sandwich
You will need (for each plate):
1 peeled hard-boiled egg
2 raisins
a 3 - or 4 layered sandwich
carrot rings

Humpty is a peeled hard-boiled egg, with features of raisins pushed gently in the hardened white surface. The wall is a three or four layered sandwich, (filled with chicken salad, meat loaf, tuna fish, anything you wish). Cut away all the crusts, then slice the sandwich in half, revealing the smooth surface of wall (a toothpick stuck half in Humpty, half in the sandwich, will hold him in place on top). The cobblestones are carrot rings surrounding the sandwich.

Dramatic Box

Look for a plastic egg, some eggshell, plastic bricks, horses, men.. Put the "pieces" needed to tell the story. Put them in a box large enough to hold the biggest pieces (a shoe box would work) and put the words to the nursery rhyme or a brief outline of the story on the inside of the lid.

You can also prepare puzzles, posters, word walls, rebus chants and class books.

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