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Posted on 21 May 2009

Nursery rhymes can develop a child's mental ability. They have the power to teach the child the art of listening and help the child to grow actively.
poems and songs in an entertaining format. Through these methods, children learn to appreciate and also develop skills for rhyme and rhythm which in turn aids in the development of their memory and help them identify things around them.

Helps grow children activeness

There has been quite a number of research studies conducted which have tried to understand early childhood development. Reading patterns have shown that children who witnessed difficulties in recognizing words that have rhyme, go on to face problems in learning to read. Therefore, the importance of getting children well versed and acquainted with pre-school songs and rhymes cannot be underestimated.

Nursery rhymes helps in pushing forth these activeness in a child. There are many nursery rhymes on the activity songs page like Clap Your Hands. Fingers And Toes. Marching Song and many others songs that help initiate activity in growing toddlers. Poems and verses can be found on the children's poems page. These use words to paint word pictures in minds of growing kids about the world around them, and the gift of freedom, nature and animals.

Read, Act, Playing And Sing Rhymes

Upon reading, acting out, playing or even singing the rhymes to your children, you are in a sense telling them that sounds are created using words, and using words to convey an expression or thought is a fun thing to do. This way, you are using rhymes, poems and songs to enable children to learn the ability to identify things and understand different things easily. This is where the BusSongs site is really unique, not only does it have the words to nursery rhymes, but also corresponding music. Additionally, it also has videos for a large number of songs and rhymes. Parents can make learning more fun for their children. Nursery Rhymes can also help children develop, appreciate, and understand the humor that a large section of rhymes contain.

Nursery rhymes, pre-school songs and children's poems will always remain the same as there are. There's always going to be new children in our world who will start learning through the means of these songs. Parents, teachers and children have kept passing on these lovely traditions and heritage over centuries, allowing us to build a strong foundation for the future generations to able to benefit from our rich history.




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Posted on 23 May 2009

The history and tale of Mother Goose, one of the most famous nursery rhymes, was founded by French people but published in England and in America.
nursery rhyme collection was made available in 1744, while the 1st confirmed Nursery Rhymes collection using the term "Mother Goose" dates back to 1780. There are also traces that a collection of stories named "Mother Goose's Tales" was printed and published in 1729! The term "Mother Goose" became favouable amongst publishers, printers and the population in general. Soon the illustrations that were a part of 'Mother Goose' publication depicted her as an old crone, or a witch. There have the numerous claims that have said to own the term 'Mother Goose', we will go on to discuss.

The French Are Credited To Have Founded The Term Mother Goose

If at all one were to look for a real mother goose, then she can be traced back the 8th Century when a noblewoman named Bertrada II of Laon who, in the year 740, wed Pepin the Short, King of the Franks, and then in 2 years time gave birth to their son Charles, named Charlemagne, also remembered as de facto founder & establisher of the Holy Roman Empire. Bertrada, played a significant role as a patroness of children and imparted upon her all conquering son his only education, she was even referred to as Berte aux grand pied, or Bertha Goosefoot.

This is the little of what is known of Bertrada's role and by the turn of the seventeenth Century mere l'oye referred to as a mythical Mother Goose by French peasants and nobility similar to that of a fairy birdmother who recited charming tales to children. A few of such stories were made available through print as early as 1637 in Giambattista Basile's Italian stories collection entitled The Pentamerone; There is another collection belonging to one more Italian named Giovanni Francesco Straparola, to whose credit there are seventy-three folktales collected in Facetious Nights (1550-1554). These tales from Giovanni Francesco Straparola served as a source for plays by both Moliere and Shakespeare.

In the year 1697 a Frenchmen named Charles Peerault published a masterpiece containing 8 famous folk tales which included the likes of "Sleeping Beauty", "Cinderella" & "Little Red Riding Hood". The book was titled "Histories and Tales of Long Ago, with Morals". The opening page or the title page had the words "Contes de ma mere l'Oye" meaning "Tales of Mother Goose" engraved but none of the rhymes could be termed having any relevance with Mother Goose, a large section of which have originated from England. The illustration on the title page showed an old aged witch-like lady spinning & telling stories.

Mother Goose Stories In England

In 1729 Perrault's tales originally published in French were translated into English by Robert Samber and then published as well. "Mother Goose's Tales" these were the words used to describe the book. In 1744, John Newbery who happened to a be a publisher as well as a bookseller published his 1st children's book called "The Little Pretty Pocket Book" and he dedicated this book to Guardians, Parents & Nurses residing in Great Britain and Ireland. The book turned out to be an instant hit and opened a new market where children's books and rhymes became an important part of the culture. In the year Newbery released his most successful publication titled "Little Goody Two Shoes". Upon his death in 1780, Thomas Carnan, the step of John Newbery became the publication's new owner of the Newbery Publishing House. Thomas Carnan then began using the term "Mother Goose's Melody - or Sonnets for the Cradle" at London Stationer's Hall.

Mother Goose Stories In America

In 1787, Isaiah Thomas published the 1st American edition of Mother Goose's Melody: or Sonnets for the Cradle that had favorites such as Jack & Jill and also Little Tommy Tucker, additionally there were 50 more such rhymes. With the passage of time editors have widened the Thomas' modest collection, but in reality old tales and rhymes that have originated from European antiquity continue to be amongst collections of as many as seven hundred rhymes, stories, and riddles.




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Posted on 25 May 2009

Nursery rhymes originally came from real happenings; which were derived from political and everyday situations in life for children to understand.

The first English rhyme of real importance has its origins dating back to the 14th century! This is a small rhyme that caught the imagination quite quickly and spread from person to person, it was remembered easily and created an English revolution - a call for recognition and class equality!

When Adam delved and Eve span
Who was then a gentleman.

(To delve means to work and 'span' refers to spinning yarn there was no class distinction when there was only Adam and Eve).




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Posted on 27 May 2009

Nursery rhymes can be taught in so many ways. You can start by reading or singing the lyrics, or showing pictures for them to visualize.
Little Miss Muffet. Humptey Dumptey. Jack and Jill. Hickory Dickory Dock and Hide And Seek are great example of activity nursery rhymes that immensely benefits children by improving their all round activeness.

Using Nursery Rhymes to Teach Children New Concepts

  1. The use of rhymes fits aptly when trying to reinforce other kindergarten and pre-school lessons. For instance, Hickory Dickory Dock could well be used where time is being mentioned or being used as description. Create a cardboard clock with string like hands to show the movement of clock's hands, also allow the children to move the strings while the song is being played or sung.
  2. Another rhyme called Five Little Monkeys At The Zoo is a great way to teach the kids about a unit on numbers. Create (or ask the children to make) 5 paper monkeys, and when the rhyme is in progress the children can be asked to out the correct number of monkeys while each of the corresponding rhyme verse is read out. The rhyme One Two Three Four also works for this in a similar way.
  3. The rhyme Monday's Child is apt while teaching kids about the different days of the week. There is another lovely weekday song called Sneezing that reads this way:
    If you sneeze on Monday, you sneeze for danger;
    Sneeze on a Tuesday, kiss a stranger;
    Sneeze on a Wednesday, sneeze for a letter;
    Sneeze on a Thursday, something better.
    Sneeze on a Friday, sneeze for sorrow;
    Sneeze on a Saturday, joy to-morrow.
  4. Also rhymes can be used to teach children about the changes in languages and customs that have occurred over a period in time. Admittedly many words found in rhymes are somewhat outmoded but their modern-day equivalents can be found. For instance, in the nursery rhyme Old Mother Hubbard. tell the kids that these days cupboard is prevalent. That's not all, rhymes also act as a means of telling kids some really interesting differences in the way we live presently and how people lead a rather simple life long ago. For instance, in the rhyme Rub-a-dub-dub. there are three Men in a Tub, one of those three is a candle-stick maker. So you can tell them that many many years ago electricity wasn't available thus candles were a source for light. Jack and Jill fetches water; by reading this rhyme you can tell the kids that how water was sourced from wells and the carried all the way back home many hundred years ago.

There are many rhymes, songs and poems that you can use to teach children songs and conversely while teaching songs you can also teach children on what these rhymes have to convey. We also have a huge collection of lullabies and nursery rhymes to help keep alive the traditions of mums and dads singing their children to sleep.




BusSongs.com has the largest collection of children songs & Cartoons on the Internet - with lyrics, videos,cartoons and music for over 2,500 kids songs and nursery rhymes

Posted on 29 May 2009

Nursery rhymes can be in form of music, videos and text. As long as it catches children's attention, they will be engaging.
Authors Iona Opie, Peter Opie, Joan Hassall.

This book consists of 226 pages in total.

Collections: Education, Literature, Entire Library.

For nearly 200 years, or even more, the transmission of nursery rhymes has received tremendous support through print. This book is the epitome of all nursery rhyme books, where more nursery rhymes are alive in the English language today than ever before.

The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes

Authors Peter Opie, Iona Opie.

This book consists of 654 pages in total.

Collections: Education, Entire Library, Literature.

The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes is a true classic that has put together more than 500 nursery rhymes, nonsense jingles, songs, rhyming alphabets, and lullabies conventionally given to young children. Each of the rhymes and songs has been listed in alphabetical order, starting with 'A was an apple-pie' all the way to 'Yankee Doodle came to town' and many more such favourites.

Thinking through the Arts

Author Wendy Schiller.

This book consists of 246 pages in total.

Chapter 9 "Nursery Rhymes".

Collections: Education, Entire Library.

This book has been created with an attempt to include broad-ranging and user-friendly text. It presents a unique insight of teachers taking up the role of researchers. It challenges the perception wherein art is emotionally-based and thus having to relevance to thinking and learning. The book covers topics such dance, drama, arts, music and environments.

The Natural History of Make-Believe.

A Guide to the Principal Works of Britain, Europe, and America.

Chapter 1 "The World Three Inches Tall: The Descent of the Nursery Rhyme").

Author John Goldthwaite. This book consists of 392 pages in total.

Collections: Education, Literature, Entire Library.

The Man in the Moon has descended upon earth to pay a visit. Elsewhere, a rabbit dressed in trousers is smoking a pipe while reading an evening paper. Not too far, Alice is walking past the meadows through a looking glass; Dorothy is having a fun filled ride sitting over a tornado which is taking her to Oz, plus Jack is climbing a beanstalk routed to heaven. This book is full of such children's stories.

English Children's Books, 1600 to 1900

Author Percy Muir.

This book consists of 258 pages in total.

"A Note on Nursery Rhymes" begins on page 76.

Collections: Education, Literature, Entire Library.

On page 75 one can find a note on Nursery Rhymes while on page 76 An Alphabetical list of rhymes can be found. Peter Opie and Iona Opie have so eruditely edited the Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes.

The English Carol

Author Erik Routley.

This book consists of 274 pages in total.

Collections: Religious Studies, Entire Library.

. '. The Seven Joys of Mary" it brings us very close into the realm of nursery-rhyme. The earlier versions belong to this in the medieval manuscripts.

The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature

Author Humphrey Carpenter, Mari Prichard.

This book consists of 594 pages in total.

"Nursery Rhymes or Mother Goose Rhymes" begins on page 382.

Collections: Education, Literature, Entire Library.

The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes incorporates fairy characters and nursery rhymes.

Shashthi's Land

Folk Nursery Rhyme in Abanindranath Tagore's 'The Condensed-Milk Doll,' in Asian Folklore Studies.

Author Sanjay Sircar.

Collections: Literature, Entire Library.

It is not known that what number of pages carry nursery rhymes or the total number of nursery rhyme listed in this book, they are mostly of generic type.

A Common Nomenclature for Traditional Rhymes, in Asian Folklore Studies

Author Syed Mohammad Shahed.

Collections: Literature, Entire Library.

Mostly termed as being "Mother Goose rhymes" and "nursery rhymes". Some of the out-dated terms used in the nursery rhymes have steadily been replaced by fresh "nursery rhymes words".

Children and Literature in Medieval England

by Nicholas Orme.

This book consists of 29 pages in total.

Collections: Literature, Entire Library.

Learn to play with classic medieval English children's literature. The term nursery rhymes were initially coined in the early 19th century which is completely misleading. They might be trying to convey that nursery rhymes are meant to be just childish.

Times & Tides, in History Today

Author Pamela Tudor-Craig.

This book consists of 3 pages in total.

Collections: History, Entire Library.

There is a nursery rhyme called White Bird Featherless. which happens to be amongst the most fascinating of all nursery rhymes, yet very few people are familiar with it.




BusSongs.com has the largest collection of children songs & Cartoons on the Internet - with lyrics, videos,cartoons and music for over 2,500 kids songs and nursery rhymes

Posted on 1 June 2009

Nursery rhymes which came from historical happenings and situations are usually also the kid's favorites, because of their educational and fun-to-listen rhyming words.
BusSongs website, wherever available, you can find nursery rhymes as well as their origins and their meanings. Additionally, the site has music and videos for a large collection of nursery rhymes, poems and other children's songs.

Two ideal examples of such nursery rhymes that are based on historical events is "Please Remember", which is a reference to Guy Fawkes's unsuccessful attempt to destroy the English Houses of Parliament! The other example is the song "Ring around the Roise" which refers to the Bubonic plague. A large section of the lyrics in nursery rhymes today were used to parody the political happenings during those times.

Despite the fact that it has been centuries since those events happened, and the events have no significance in our present world, the stories live on in nursery rhymes today. One importance of nursery rhymes is therefore to help maintain our historical heritage and teach children some of the past historical happenings through nursery rhymes.

Kids Love Listening to Nursery Rhymes

Most kids are very fond of listening to nursery rhymes. The BusSongs site is home to a vast number of popular nursery rhymes listed with brief details on their origins and history. Some of the most popular nursery rhymes include; "The Banana Boat Song (Day-o)". "Hush Little baby". "You are my sunshine". "Jack and Jill" and "Pittypat and Tippytoe". These are some of the most viewed and rated songs on the BusSongs website. These songs have proven to be so popular that they have been passed from generation to generation over the years.

As much as the historical significance and the origins of these songs have become obscure, the lyrics of the nursery rhymes have altered only slightly over infinite re-tellings. This is despite the fact that the English language has evolved greatly over the last 600 years! Nursery rhymes go a long way to educate children in a fun manner and also teach them about some of the past events that shaped the world today.

Another nursery rhyme that has a strong relevance to history is "Oranges and Lemons". which tries to replicate the chimes of many old churches that were once an integral part of London society. "Pussy Cat Pussy Cat" is another children favourite, since it's every child's fantasy to have the chance 'to go up to London to visit the Queen'. And, "Hey Diddle Diddle" is a great bedtime song for kids wherein the cat and the fiddle go to meet the boy.

Nursery Rhymes Have Originated from Historical Happenings or Situations

A large majority of nursery rhymes today have their origins in historical happenings or situations. British politics was in fact very pivotal to the origin of nursery rhymes, which were often used to spread gossip and rumours in references to the monarchs. Each rumour giving information about a particular story's origin, is just another rumour. You may have come cross a number of stories claiming to have the most accurate information regarding the origin, and some of it may not be true other than author names and the earliest publication dates of nursery rhymes.

Another good example of a rhyme that originated centuries ago is "Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater".

Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater,
Had a wife and couldn't keep her,
Put her in a pumpkin shell,
And there he kept her, very well.

Peter was a poor man married to an unfaithful wife. He wanted to find a way to stop her from cheating on him. He came up with an idea prevalent in those days for men in the same predicament. He got a chastity belt, in this case the pumpkin shell, which was a pair of steel laden underwear with a lock and key. The chastity belt would debar anyone from touching the woman, and only the man with the key (her husband) could.

Knowledge of the English language and English history has helped immensely in the analysis of the origins of nursery rhymes today.

For more songs and information about their origins, check out BusSongs. com.




BusSongs.com has the largest collection of children songs & Cartoons on the Internet - with lyrics, videos,cartoons and music for over 2,500 kids songs and nursery rhymes

Posted on 3 June 2009

Teaching children nursery rhymes is easy because they're are fun and active. They let the child repeat the lines, creating a more fun and exciting activity.
poems in addition to nursery rhymes greatly enhances early phonemic awareness and reading skills. Facts that research has brought to fore show that phonemic awareness as being amongst the defining factors for a child's reading success.

The most enduring element that comes with rhymes and poems is that they're fun; they bring out activeness and create an environment for phonemic awareness (phonemic is the ability listen to sounds much like vibrations and then be able to differentiate between each of them in a language) - this is now known by the way of a research showcasing reading success!

The results have been there for all to see, the joy of young children sees upon being introduced to a new poem, they soon start catching and then murmuring the patterns and rhythms they can see within that poem. They are quick to observe the patterns and then follow them.

How to Teach Children to Learn A Nursery Rhyme

There is not a great deal involved in teaching children's nursery rhymes because most nursery rhymes are filled with fantasies which is what children at a young age are most curious about. It lets them create their own imaginary world allowing them to be creative and playful. Since they are curious, engaging them in creative stories like Jack and Jill is the right thing to get their minds working. Almost immediately, they are left mesmerised and want to learn even more nursery rhymes. Nursery rhymes are a fun way to teach children and are an enjoyable pre-reading activity.

Some Steps That Shall Aid You in Imparting Nursery Rhymes Lessons

  1. Always start with simple ones that are not very lengthy, such as Jack and Jill. and ask the child to repeat each line once you have said it. With the child's familiarity with rhyme increasing, allow the child to say all of what he or she knows.
  2. Do appreciate the child for whatever little they can remember of the rhyming lines. Even though you might have recited it umpteen times, it will take some time before a child can say the rhymes independently.
  3. Repeat the words that rhyme is a special manner so that the kids know that you are pointing towards something that needs their attention. Take for example, in "Jack and Jill,' stress on the words "Jill" and "hill". Ask the child to say it the way you say it and hope that he or she will take fondly to the rhyming words.
  4. In a light manner test the rhyming skills of the child, ask them what other words could rhyme with "Jill" and "hill". This is applicable to any of the classic nursery rhymes. For instance, in "Humpty Dumpty". tell the child to identify the word that rhymes with "wall". Sooner or later, through practice, the child will come up with "fall" or other rhyming words.
  5. Not do prevent the child from dramatising his or her favourite nursery rhyme as that only goes to show the creative instincts that the child possess. Using dolls or even some of the child's toys takes their enjoyment to a higher level.



BusSongs.com has the largest collection of children songs & Cartoons on the Internet - with lyrics, videos,cartoons and music for over 2,500 kids songs and nursery rhymes

Posted on 5 June 2009

Nursery rhymes are fun and exciting. They can have colourful images, fun games, activities using hands, and rhymes with different kinds of animals.

Games with Nursery Rhymes

  • Hasbro Nursery Rhyme Games
  • Preschool Nursery Rhymes Games
  • Nursery Rhyme Maker
  • Nursery Rhyme Games
  • Nursery Rhymes Sampler

Activities Using Your Hands

  • Help Mother Goose
  • Coloring Pages
  • Nursery Rhymes Idea

Nursery Rhymes with Animals

  • Plants and Animals toys
  • African Animals
  • Books with Animals and Rhymes



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