Strategic Ways to Use Nursery Rhymes with Preschoolers… Listen, Read, Move!

Visual learners need to see print


nursery rhymes

Jump over the candlestick!!

          Jack be Nimble,

          Jack be Quick,

          Jack Jump Over the Candlestick!


First of all, what about the visual learner?  And, how does listening to nursery rhymes and dancing help them?  Seems like visual learners learn from seeing the words when they sing and dance. At first,  you can show a few words at a time to keep it simple. However, as children grow older, you can advance to longer nursery rhymes. Also, these rhymes can be printed like poetry and music. Furthermore, changing the types of music and dance you play helps all types of learners. So, search for rhymes and preschool songs online or at your library.  Therefore, these rhymes and songs will help all types of learners.  They help auditory, visual and kinesthetic preschoolers.

visual / kinesthetic

See the words and sing!

Also, try out some of the activities in this link:

Kinesthetic learners feel the rhythm

nursery rhymes

Feel the rhythm and hear the rhyme.

In addition to listening, kinesthetic learners enjoy movement!  Therefore, listening to music supports active movement.  Most noteworthy, a program called, “Jolly Phonics,” adds certain hand movements to each sound.  This is a program widely used in preschool and kinder classrooms.  In time, these movements are paired with letters.   So, preschoolers can connect sounds of letters with certain movements. These movements support sounds and language.  Thus, these learners enjoy repeating specific movements.   Finally, this repeating supports recall of sounds and words.

Teaching Literacy with Jolly Phonics

Finally, listen to the songs available on the following:


It’s Your Turn:

Visual Learners See Print

  • View words to nursery rhymes
  • Sing words to music
  • Dance and move
  • Match words with nursery rhymes and songs

Kinesthetic Learners Feel the Rhythm

  • Listen to music
  • Dance to music
  • Create special movements
  • Match movements with sounds

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