Studies have shown children that can recite 8 nursery rhymes by the age of 4 are much better readers by 4th grade than children that cannot.
Practice nursery rhymes with your children this weekend! Children of any age can enjoy them. Even babies should hear them over and over.
Sing them, act them out, make up hand motions for them, leave out words and see if your child can fill it in, draw a picture of one, or read a book full of them.
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Some of the favorites in our house are:
Hey Diddle Diddle
The Grand Ol’ Duke of York
Round and Round the Garden
Old Mother Hubbard
Baa Baa Black Sheep
Little Miss Muffett
Little Boy Blue
Rain, Rain Go Away