Weekend Activity – Nursery Rhymes

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.

Try finding more activities including computer games and printable coloring pages at http://www.mothergoose.com

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

Banbury Cross

Twinkle Twinkle

Little Boy Blue

Rain, Rain Go Away

Jack Sprat


Make it Monday – Scarecrow puppet

We have really been digging the puppet box at the library lately.  Puppets are pretty expensive though, and you really need more than one, so we don’t have any at home.  There is a great website with many ideas for different paper bag puppets.  This is one of my favorites and is appropriate for the season.  Using puppets can make practicing speech seem safer to the child that is still learning to speak.  It can make talking about difficult topics easier.  Role-playing upcoming social situations can help a child feel more prepared socially and can help them to behave appropriately.  Check out this site and see the other great ideas they have for puppets (many complete with printable patterns).  (click on the scarecrow to go to the website)