Thursday, May 17, 2012

M is for Mother Goose

baa baa black sheep clip artI remember at a very young age, my grandmother teaching me and my cousin (and later my little sister) nursery rhymes and doing fun crafts and activities based around them.  After the pictures were developed, my sister looked at the picture of herself jumping over a candlestick and was convinced my grandmother was trying to catch her on fire!

When I tell the kids it's time for school, the first thing they ask for is Mother Goose.  We have a copy of The Real Mother Goose illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright (which is also available online for free) that I grabbed at the flea market when I saw it, as it is recommended by Ambleside Online for Year 0.  We had several small compilations of nursery rhymes that I've since donated, because this is the most comprehensive one and my children are always interested in the older illustrations.  I kept one another book because it has a companion CD which is great for in the car or when I can't read at the children's request.

miss muffet clip art 2I mentioned awhile back that I almost skipped over Mother Goose, and how I'm so glad we didn't.  Not only do the children enjoy it immensely, but the rhymes are great for encouraging language skills.  They introduce rhyme, rhythm, vocabulary, and poetry and they are very easy for children to memorize and recite.

I was a little sad when I realized I was almost finished reading it to Elliott, but then I realized that even if I start reading a new poetry book to him, I will still be reading it to Emory for Year 0, so they can still enjoy it together again.

For more information about the benefits of Mother Goose, check out these articles:
The Benefits of Mother Goose
The Importance of Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
Mother Goose:  A Scholarly Exploration


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