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Teaching with Nursery Rhymes

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Teaching with Nursery Rhymes
Hello everybody,

it īs been a long time. I īm sorry i wasn īt able to contribute for a while now, but I fell sick with a pneumonia with some complications, due to that lost my teaching position etc and am trying to get back on my feet now.

Anyways, I hope I īll be able to contribute again soon :) For this I was hoping to get some advice from those who are teaching English to small children.
I always avoided using Nursery rhymes in my groups (at least those which I found too complicated), but find many teachers that really love teaching with the rhymes like Humpty Dumpty etc . So I was wondering, do you teach with those rhymes and the children actually understand all the meaning - and are you teaching the rhymes kist as rhymes or more like songs? And how do you teach them in general? I would be grateful for any little hint :) Thanks so much in advance and hope you all have a great weekend :)


21 Jan 2012      

maryse peyé

Hi dear,
First of all take great care of you !
Kids are really fabulous when you sing or tell them funny poems. An important thing is to mime what you are singing or telling and make them imitate you.
You will be surprised of how fast they are able to guess the true meaning of what you are teaching them if you show them that you take a great pleasure to "play a part" like they do.
Sing, tell or make them hear once or twice the text. Then tell it again slowlier and ask them to repeat while gesturing the meaning.
Hope this could help.
And once again : take care of you !

21 Jan 2012     

United Kingdom

Take good care of yourself!

21 Jan 2012     

sarrah mohammed

I just want to say : take care of yourself

21 Jan 2012     

Olindalima ( F )

Hi Sara Mariam

So sorry, hope you are feeling better, now. Take care.
I can īt help you with the rhymes, as I don īt use them with my kids. I īm sure someone will show up with pretty good ideas.

Wishing you all the best, dear friend.


21 Jan 2012     



I always use Nursery Rhymes because the kids love to sing. They īre now learning Baa baa black sheep. I just show pictures of all the vocabulary ( a black sheep, a bag, a boy etc) and make sure that they understand them. Then I read the story twice and after that I let them repeat after me while I īm showing the pics. It īs amazing to see how fast they learn the words and most important...understand....what they īre singing.
I hope this will help you a bit and take care of yourself.

22 Jan 2012     


Hi there,

First I just want to send you a big hug and say I hope you īre feeling much better and have a job again soon.

I don īt actually use nursery rhymes in the classroom but something like this looks really good to use with the students and help them understand them at the same time as having fun.

This tells the story more and also has some great ideas.

I think they have them for other nursery rhymes, too. I just put Humpty Dumpty in a google image search and opened the pages that looked interesting, so I  think it would be easy to do for any nursery rhyme.

You could also get the students to act out the story (either themselves or with finger puppets etc.) as they sing the rhyme.

Hope some of these ideas help.

22 Jan 2012     

United States

Thanks a lot for your kind words and wishes and help of course :)
I hope I īll be back soon with plenty of new worksheets :)


23 Jan 2012