Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Why are Nursery Rhymes So Important?

Why are nursery rhymes so important?

Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are 4 years old, they are usually among the best readers by the time they are 8!  Source:  Reading Magic, by Mem Fox, p. 85

How many nursery ryhmes can your children recite?
How many can you recite?

Easy List
Baa, Baa Black Sheep
Hey, Diddle Diddle
Hickory, Dickory, Dock
Humpty Dumpty
Jack and Jill
Jack Sprat
Little Bo-Peep
Little Boy Blue
Old Mother Hubbard
Little Miss Muffet

Hard List
Hot Cross Buns
I Had a Little Nut Tree
Little Jack Horner
Simple Simon
Sing a Song of Sixpence
Old King Cole
The Grand Old Duke of York
Wee Willie Winkie
Three Blind Mice

Tonya's Terrific Book Review

That's Not My Puppy
By Fiona Watt
Illustrated by Rachel Wells
Review by Tonya Dirksen

     That's Not My Puppy, an Usborne touchy-feely book is very popular with the infant through preschool crowd.  Each page of the board book features a different puppy that is sporting a patch of texture to be touched.  The text describes what is being felt so the child is learning the correct description and vocabulary word of the texture.  There is a very cute puppy and also a little white mouse to find on each page.

     Shelli, my 2 year old, loves this book.  She enjoys the hands-on activity that goes along with reading.  The touching helps her concentrate and pay attention a little bit longer than normal.

     This book would make a great baby shower gift or an early years birthday gift!

That's Not My Puppy and Little Book of Nursery Rhymes can be found at http://www.tonyasbooks.com/

     I am exited to announce the launch of my new blog where you can access Tonya's Terrific Book Reviews and other literacy ideas!  Check it out at http://tonyasbooks.blogspot.com/

1 comment:

  1. I love "Thats Not My Puppy"! It's so cute. I love the cute little puppies on every page!
    Please write another book review soon!
    - Amanda