ERIC Number: ED218604
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Give All Ages a Look at a Mother Goose Book!
Preschool children respond to the rhythm and rhyme of Mother Goose and are enchanted with the likable characters, quick actions, and humorous animals. If shared with enthusiasm, Mother Goose books may also be used to teach older children creative writing skills and research techniques. In the primary grades, promoting children's confidence in their reading capabilities motivates them to read more, and if the children are familiar with the Mother Goose rhymes, then reading them successfully in a readers' theatre format, will take little effort. Comparisons of different illustrations for the same rhymes give children an opportunity to improve visual literacy as well as additional practice in reading. In the intermediate grades, tongue twisters, "daffynitions," spoonerisms, and malapropisms provide the necessary language for creative writing experiences. Older students can also research the origins of the rhymes and debate the true identification of Mother Goose. They might jot down their remembrances of the rhymes recited orally before encountering the many different versions of the same verse. Mother Goose is also for children of all ages as a prelude to poetry, introducing them to a form of writing that is different from prose. (Several editions of Mother Goose rhymes are suggested throughout the text.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mother Goose; Nursery Rhymes
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Texas State Council Conference of the International Reading Association (10th, El Paso, TX, March 11-13, 1982).