Hickory, dickory dock…the fluency went off the charts! Nursery rhymes are something many children are already familiar with. Using nursery rhymes in literacy centers to boost sequencing and comprehension skills is a game changer! How? Let me show you with these great resources from Adventures in Kinder and Beyond!
Why Use Nursery Rhymes in Literacy Centers?
First, literacy centers are a perfect way to practice skills you have been working on in class. Because sequencing and fluency are two of the most important parts of reading, I know you spend lots of time practicing them. When you add a familiar tune or concept into the mix, your students can start to see exactly how sequencing works. This makes them working with unfamiliar texts that much easier.
Using Nursery Rhyme for Sequencing and Retelling
Comprehension is a difficult skill for students to learn. When you incorporate nursery rhymes in literacy centers, your students can put the events that happened in order. Because it is a nursery rhyme, it is easy for students to self-check their work. For example, if you use “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” it wouldn’t make sense for the spider to wash down the drain before climbing up it. These self-checking factors help students learn how sequencing and critical thinking work.
If you’re looking for fun nursery rhyme sequencing activities, check out these activities for kindergarten. With this resource, your students have 10 different nursery rhymes they get to work with. With each one, there are two sets of cards. One set has words and pictures, and the other has rhymes with just pictures. With each rhyme, you also get sequencing pictures for students to cut out and put in order as well as sentence-building activities. All of these activities are great for using nursery rhymes in literacy centers.
Using Nursery Rhymes to Increase Fluency
Another great way to use nursery rhymes in literacy centers or just your classroom is by putting them on the walls. These Nursery Rhyme Posters are a great addition to your classroom for decor and so much more! By having these 10 nursery rhymes up on the wall, your students can use them to develop:
- Listening skills
- Speaking skills
- Phonological awareness
- Word recognition
- And more!
Having the posters around the room gives you a teaching tool right at the tip of your fingers when you’re talking about blends, CVC words, and more! Plus, the rhyming aspect of all the stories is a great way to reinforce the idea of rhyme. Both of these resources are a great way to use nursery rhymes in literacy centers. You can get both of these resources here in a bundle package. By using something students are familiar with, they can practice the skill of sequencing with something that is easy to self-check. Plus, having the posters around your room reinforce important skills you’re working on everyday.