Nursery rhymes historically taught lessons, told stories and warned children of the hazards of life. These catchy little ditties are often repeated aloud to small children to help with memorisation skills and to teach rhyming words. Using them for notice boards at the preschool level can act as a multi-level learning experience.
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"One, Two, Buckle My Shoe"
This nursery rhyme is based on learning to count and rhyming words. Using it to create a notice board can assist your young students with word visualisation, along with counting concepts. Use the first half only.
"One, two, buckle my shoe. Three, four, knock at the door. Five, six, pick up sticks. Seven, eight, lay them straight. Nine, ten, a big fat hen."
Use medium to large numbers and pictures with the words underneath. When the children then say the nursery rhyme aloud, they will see a picture of what they are saying, along the written word. This will appeal to multiple learning styles of the children in your class.
Often at the preschool level, children are still learning to get along with each other. Arguing and even physical altercations can occur. Using your notice board to teach a lesson in being kind to one another is one way to solve some issues. In the nursery rhyme "Georgie Porgie," Georgie has to run away from the boys after he makes the girls cry. This is a lesson in being nice to everyone, not just those who are bigger or stronger than you.
"Georgie Porgie pudding and pie, Kissed the girls and made them cry. When the boys came out to play, Georgie Porgie ran away."
Create your notice board using pictures of what Georgie did wrong and what he should have done instead. Let your students decide what positive alternatives Georgie had. You might wish to let them draw their own pictures of good ways to treat people verses bad.
"Mary Had a Little Lamb"
At the preschool level, young students may suffer from separation anxiety. Some are spending their first time away from home, family and pets. You can help alleviate some of their worries by using the nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
"Mary had a little lamb; its fleece was white as snow. And everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go. It followed her to school one day, which was against the rule. It made the children laugh and play, to see a lamb at school. And so the teacher turned it out, but still it lingered near, And waited patiently about, till Mary did appear. 'Why does the lamb love Mary so?' the eager children cry. 'Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know,' the teacher did reply."
By using this as a basis for your notice board, you can have your students create pictures about the people or pets they love that are still loving them even while they are at school. You can discuss that love does not go away when two people are separated by space.
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