Nov. 16th - Nov. 20th
World Nursery Rhyme Week was founded and organised by Music Bugs and is observed by over 100 countries! It usually takes place in the third week of November; this year, it will begin on November 16th and run up until November 20th.
It’s a week of nothing but non-stop-rhyming-fun, with a nursery rhyme the focus of each day throughout the week. As a practitioner, you can use each rhyme as a hook to extend their learning across as many areas of development as possible.
Are Nursery Rhymes Really That Important?
We know that singing is a lot of fun for both the child and the adult, yet the importance of nursery rhymes is often overlooked. There is ample linguistic research that proves that nursery rhymes are key for young children because they help them to learn the speech sounds of their language. A combination of rhyme and rhythm supports children’s sound and syllable recognition, which later supports them when learning how to read!
Nursery rhymes can be very powerful teaching tools, and not just for early literacy development. Rhymes can also expand a child’s language, numeracy, social, physical and emotional skills too.
If you decide to register with Music Bugs or another provider then you will gain access to a number of free resources. However, you’re also free to take this week completely into your own hands! We suggest you choose 5 nursery rhymes, one for each day, and get super creative.
Here are a few ideas you could implement, depending on the age of your children. If you decided to focus on Incy, Wincy, Spider, for example, children could:
Imagine what you could do with Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, The Wheels on the Bus etc. The possibilities are endless!
You know your children best and what they would engage with, so plan according to their interests. Most importantly, have fun and remember to sing the rhyme more than once during the day as repetition of the rhyme is key!