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Nursery rhymes are a fun and simple way to homeschool preschool for free. There are several methods to organize them for the year. The easiest is to just pick from a list each week. You can order them using the alphabet – An Apple a Day, Baa Baa Black Sheep. If you put your thinking cap on, you could sort them seasonally.
A few seasonal ideas:
- Back to School – Mary Had a Little Lamb, Wheels on the Bus
- Fall/Halloween – Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Little Miss Muffet
- Christmas – Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Little Jack Horner, Christmas is Coming
- New Year’s – Hickory Dickory Dock, Months of the Year
- Spring/Easter – Humpty Dumpty, Hot Cross Buns, A Tisket a Tasket
Once you decide which nursery rhymes to study, you will need to search for activities to match your theme for each week. I am using Mary Had a Little Lamb to show you the types of free resources available. I used a 3-step process to find the following links.
- I browsed through my list of links for Teaching with Nursery Rhymes.
- I did a board search (not pin) on Pinterest for Mary Had a Little Lamb.
- I did a Google search for Mary Had a Little Lamb Preschool.
These are a few of the activities I found for Mary Had a Little Lamb:
Trace and color Mary & her lamb.
Act out the story with sequencing cards.
Color and fold a mini book.
Practice pre-writing skills with these tracer cards.
Practice cutting & gluing with this sheep craft.
Play a shape game that is similar to Candy Land.
Combine snack time and craft time by making a popcorn sheep.
Do a letter L hunt with the poem.
Discuss rhyming words and patterns.
I found few activities for older kids too:
- Poem Sequencing @ Carl’s Corner
- Copywork Packs @ St. Aiden’s
- Word Families @ Enchanted Learning
- Nursery Rhyme Units @ Mrs. Saylor’s Log
- Math & Science in Nonsense Activities
I created a simple 2-page planner to help you keep track of your year of nursery rhymes. It has space for 36 titles (based on a typical school year), and a place for that week’s theme if you are using one (alphabet, season, animal, etc.).
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