Wednesday, April 18, 2012

New Mother Goose

April is National Poetry Month.
In honor of that decree, I'm sharing something a little old and a little new. Poetry-wise.
The Neighborhood Mother Goose by Nina Crews.

A great introduction to poetry is through the tried and true Mother Goose rhymes.
Nina Crew has taken those same rhymes and added contemporary computer generated illustrations that bring the rhymes to life.

Illustrations provide visual cues that help the reader to connect meaning to the printed word. They help the reader make sense of new vocabulary. They help to tell the story.
The reading experience is way more fun with eye-popping pictures on every page.

 Here's one example of her excellent illustrations. It's clearly a more current connection to the rhyme. There are no images from the 18th century in this book!

To market, to market to buy a fat pig.
Home again, home again, jiggety jig.
To market, to market to buy a fat hog.
Home again, home again, jiggety jog.
To market, to market to buy a plum bun.
Home again, home again, market is done.

Try to remember a nursery rhyme you learned as a child, and find some new ones too, as you share this charming collection.

Language Extension Idea:
Listening for the ending rhyme sound.
Using the example above, write out the nursery rhyme on chart paper. Say it with the children until they are able to join in with you. Ask them to listen for words that sound alike or rhyme. When they hear one, have them give a thumbs up. Circle the two rhyming words. Look at them and see if anyone can find similarities? Are there any matching letters?
For older children, you can move into writing pairs or lists of rhyming words.
Being aware of and able to distinguish those rhyming sounds are great pre-reading skills!

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