Right from the beginning of the book, I found myself following
along easily with Nursery Rhymes. The format of the book
is concise and simple. I had no questions about what I was supposed
to do or what would be included in each lesson. The ten lessons
are laid out in an easy-to-understand, easy-to-implement, and easy-to-teach
manner. Each lesson has five sections: Picture Discussion, Teaching
the Rhyme, Rhyme Discussion, Vocabulary Skills, and Phonetic Skills.
The half page worksheets at the end of each lesson are a great
way for the children to review the discussions. The emphases of
rhyming, letter and word recognition, and phonetic matching are
well incorporated into these worksheets, which are simultaneously
fun for young children.
The hands-on activities that can be used with each lesson are
delightful, and the possibilities for changing the format from
lesson to lesson is inviting. There is much freedom within the
suggested implementation. I particularly appreciate how the nursery
rhymes are categorized for the teacher: Musical Nursery Rhymes,
Musical Action Nursery Rhymes, and Nonsense Nursery Rhymes. Also,
the ten lessons may be used in any order, and could even be used
repeatedly in different manners.
In addition to the ten lessons, there is a section of matching
and sequencing activities to reinforce skills the students learn
in the lessons. While these could be used in a larger group setting,
they seem particularly suited for small groups or individuals.
This is an excellent portion of the book to be used for review.
The size of Nursery Rhymes and quality of printing are
perfect for the intended use. However, it was tedious to photocopy
pages out of the book, and the binding started to pull just a little
bit due to that. I decided to have the book spiral bound, and now
it is much easier to use. Even adding on the cost incurred by adding
a spiral binding, I believe the $15 price tag for the book is very
reasonable. I did not know the musical tunes for all of the included
Musical Nursery Rhymes; that it might be helpful to have music
notation included in the book or even an online resource with musical
renditions of the rhymes.
I really appreciate the way language is introduced by sound patterns
and repetition in Nursery Rhymes. My young son thought
it was fun to participate, and he followed along easily. The arrangement
and comprehensiveness in Nursery Rhymes makes it ideal
for a homeschooling format. The step-by-step instructions and Teacher
Notes are very clear, giving confidence to even a first-time PK
homeschooler like myself.