I first wrote about the value of Nursery Rhymes last summer in my July 30, 2009 blog. https://kindergartenteacherclaire.wordpress.com/2009/07/30/lifelong-benefits-from-learning-nursery-rhymes-and-poetry-at-a-young-age/
I would like to revisit Nursery Rhymes once again now that the children have been in Kindergarten for 7 months. Not only can children memorize these rhymes, they can identify the rhyming words, find sight words, find words that we don’t use in our language anymore, or make up a new verse to add to the first verse. For one activity all you need is a highlighter marker. Young children feel very grown up when they are allowed to use a highlighter. Read the Nursery Rhyme together with your child and then ask your child to find two words that rhyme and highlight them. Ask your child to find other rhyming words and highlight them as well. Now your child can go through the rhyme and find any sight words that he/she knows how to read. When you are finished the rhyme should have many words that have been marked with the highlighter. Your child will feel very grown up doing this activity and you will get a better understanding of whether or not your child understands the concept of rhyming and if he/she is learning any of the sight words that have been taught at school.