So knock me over with a feather, a goose feather. I was *Today Years Old* when I discovered that Mother Goose was an imaginary author who published a collection of fairy tales and nursery rhymes. I had always thought Mother Goose was a pen name, like Dr. Seuss. Learn something every day!
The first authenticated starting point for “Mother Goose” is said to be a collection of fairy tales published in 1695. This also marks the beginning of the fairy tale genre of literature.
Mother Goose day began in 1987 when the book: Mother Goose; From Nursery to Literature by Gloria T. Delamar was published. This book looks at the history of nursery rhymes as well as the history in nursery rhymes. (This book is aimed at an adult audience)
There are many different references to Mother Goose over the years, and it’s hard to tell who exactly She (or he) is.What seems to be agreed upon is that the rhymes come from MANY sources and are handed down from generation to generation.
Fingerplays are commonly used with nursery rhymes. A Fingerplay is a short poem or rhyme that is acted out with the fingers. (Think “This little Piggy”, or Itsy, Bitsy, Spider. ) Fingerplays are engaging and capture the learners attention. They promote vocabulary, and listening skills all while a young learner is using their imagination and creativity. Fingerplays also help strengthen motor skills and autonomy (desire to do it yourself) in young learners.
If you are looking for ideas to use fingerplays beyond the basics, here are some excellent choices. I especially like the Bible fingerplays.
Homeschool Holiday developed a set of printables designed for creative play in the spirit of finger plays. The adorable designs can be printed in color or black and white (So your learner can color their own). There are finger puppets and craft stick puppets as well as paper tube puppets. Your learners can:
Re- tell the story from the Nursery Rhyme in the learners own words, using the puppets as visual clues.
Engage in free choice story telling by mixing and matching the puppets. (I can only imagine what would happen when Jack and Jill meet Little Miss Muffet!)
Have your learner tell what came first, next, last by holding up the puppets in order.
I also have blank templates for each style to make your own Fairy Tale or Nursery Rhyme!
To get you started her is a set of Story Sticks for Mary Had a Little Lamb. This set is only available for download from the blog and is NOT included in the Creative Play Curriculum!
Think Nursery Rhymes are only for the very youngest of learners? Think again! Learners in the Elementary grades can write their own Nursery Rhymes. Or how about a continuation of a popular rhyme. What happens after Jack and Jill tumble down that hill? Depending on the age of your learner, a well developed story can be written! I like to call this – and then what happened….
They can also act out the nursery rhyme (Their own original or a tried and true version, or the continuation!) and film it!
If you need a Mother Goose Book for your collection, or know someone who just had a baby – they always make a great gift!
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