One of the perks of parenting small children is adding a bit of FUN to the mid-week mundane. The easiest way to do that is through celebrations of silly and special days!
- A few weeks ago, we heard that Beverly Cleary was about to reach her 100th birthday, so we celebrated with a Drop Everything and Read day.
- Last week was Earth Day, so we spent as much time outside talking about ways to help our precious planet and protect her resources.
This week stumped me a bit, so I searched online for April/May holidays and discovered that May 1st is Mother Goose Day! What a perfect opportunity to celebrate the silly and explore nursery rhymes with both of my girls.
But first, why should we rhyme with our children?
Chapter 10 is titled The Magic of Language, and it profoundly impacted the way I think about nursery rhymes. (This is AFTER a degree in Elementary Education/Reading and four years in a classroom.) I’d like to share a few quotes with you:
“Songs and rhymes provide comforting rhythms in children’s early lives and also expose kids to gorgeous forms of language. They are a natural extension to the heartbeat of the mother and the rhythmic rocking of a child in loving arms or in a cradle.”
“Rhymers will be readers: it’s that simple. 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 the best readers by the time they’re eight.”
Read more about adding nursery rhymes into your routine with this great post from Story Time Secrets!
To prepare for our celebration, we went to the library and gathered up a handful of Mother Goose collections.
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My second grader was SO excited to recognize a bunch of rhymes from her Spelling You See curriculum:
Can you think of any other Mother Goose anthologies I missed?
Be sure to check out our Mother Goose Pinterest Board for more ideas: