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Traditional poems and Nursery Rhymes with actions help children with rhyme, fine motor skills, phonemic awareness, rhythm, and are important for pre-reading skills.  Weekly Lesson Plans of the ABCJesusLovesMe 2-5 Year Curricula include a Nursery Rhyme or fingerplay to work on the beginning and ending sounds of words.  Because this awareness is critical for reading and spelling, it is important to use the suggested rhymes included in this curriculum.

Assist the child in performing actions to the poems and quote them very slowly at first to help the child correctly learn the words.  Quote the poem throughout the day (e.g. while driving, in the bathtub, while washing hands).  Simple motions (or actions) are included with some poems to involve the children in the rhyme and further the learning.

Below is a compiled list of rhymes used in the curriculum.

1-2-3-4-5 Once I Caught a Fish
Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
Five Fat Peas
Hey, Diddle Diddle
Hot Cross Buns
Humpty Dumpty
It’s Raining, It’s Pouring
The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Jack and Jill
Little Bo Peep
Mary Had a Little Lamb
Mary, Mary Quite Contrary
One, Two Buckle My Shoe
This Little Piggie
Peas Porridge Hot
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

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1-2-3-4-5 Once I Caught a Fish

One, two, three, four five! (count with your fingers)
Once I caught a fish alive; (place palms together to make a swimming fish)
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten.  (count with your fingers)
Then I let it go again.  (throw hands in the air)
Why did you let it go?  (shrug shoulders)
Because it bit my finger so.  (one hand bite pinkie finger on right hand)
Which finger did it bite?  (shrug shoulders)
This little finger on my right.  (wiggle pinkie finger on right hand)

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Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

Baa, baa, black sheep, (hammer fists together)
Have you any wool? (shrug shoulders)
Yes sir, yes sir, (shake head)
Three bags full. (raise three fingers)
One for the master, (one hand out)
One for the dame, (other hand out)
And one for the little boy (hands show little)
Who lives down the lane. (sway hands to create a lane)

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Five Fat Peas

Five fat peas in a pea pod pressed (hold hand in a fist)
One grew, two grew, so did all the rest (put thumb and fingers up one by one)
They grew and grew (raise hands in the air very slowly)
And did not stop, Until one day
The pod went POP! (clap)

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Hey, Diddle Diddle

Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon,
The little dog laughed to see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

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Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns!  Hot cross buns!
One a penny, two a penny
Hot cross buns

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Humpty Dumpty

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Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall;
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King's horses and all the King's men
Couldn't  put Humpty together again!

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It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

It’s raining, it’s pouring
The old man is snoring
He went to bed and bumped his head
And he couldn’t get up in the morning

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The Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy, bitsy spider, climbed up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
So the itsy, bitsy spider went up the spout again

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Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water
Jack fell down and broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after

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Little Bo Peep

Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep,
And doesn't know where to find them;
Leave them alone, And they'll come home,
Wagging their tails behind them.

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Mary Had a Little Lamb

Mary had a little lamb
Little lamb, little lamb
Mary had a little lamb
Its fleece was white as snow

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Mary, Mary Quite Contrary

Mary, Mary quite contrary
How does your garden grow
With silver bells and cockle shells
And pretty maids all in a row

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One, Two Buckle My Shoe
Tune of: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

One, two, buckle my shoe
Three, four, shut the door
Five, six, pick up sticks
Seven, eight, lay them straight
Nine, ten, it's time to end
Next time, let’s do it again

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This Little Piggie

This little piggie went to market.  (wiggle thumbs)
This little piggie stayed at home.  (wiggle index fingers)
This little piggie had roast beef.  (wiggle middle fingers)
This little piggie had none.  (wiggle ring fingers)
And this little piggie cried “wee, wee,” all the way home. (wiggle pinky fingers)

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Peas Porridge Hot

Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold,
Pease porridge in the pot, nine days old;
Some like it hot, some like it cold,
Some like it in the pot, nine days old.

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Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, reach up high,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, wink one eye.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch your nose,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch your toes.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, shut the door,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, count to four.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, climb the stairs,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say your prayers.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn out the light,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say goodnight.

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Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky!
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!

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ABCJLM Movements and Ideas:
• Make actions simple
• Make activities interesting - sing or talk in big and little voice, faster and slower, softer and louder, add instruments
• Stop songs in the middle to repeat a hard line or action, talk about the meaning, or for whatever reason necessary to help the child learn it
• Take the nursery rhymes, finger plays, and songs very slowly at first and wait for the child to do the action before moving on
• Stop on rhyming words and have the child fill in word
• Count the number of times a word is in a song, rhyme, or finger play
• Sing throughout the day - just because the child is not singing out loud with you does not mean they are not singing in their head
• Make sure the child uses his or her pretty voice to sing - yelling is not singing
• Sometimes sing the songs or say the rhymes using different voices - high, low, big, small, etc.

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All nursery rhymes are "Traditional" unless otherwise noted.

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