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Nursery Rhyme Letter Writing

You and your kids probably know several nursery rhymes by heart now. But what happens after the story is over? This kid writing prompt encourages creative thinking and character study as the children put themselves in the story to write a letter after the nursery rhyme!

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This week the Playful Preschool team is bringing you ideas to do with nursery rhymes! You can always find our posts on Wednesdays by searching #playfulpreschool via social media!

As our homeschooling journey continues, I am learning more and more about my children's individual needs and strengths. Particularly with our preschooler E I have found that her curriculum level often surpasses her age and interest level. It can be quite the challenge to find or create an activity that is developmentally appropriate for her as a preschooler while still challenging her academic mind. Of course, our philosophy here at Still Playing School is to always present fun and playful learning so while we never push our kids we do want to challenge them on their level!

So nursery rhymes. What can we do with nursery rhymes? She can read them. She has many of them memorized and enjoys them. Lately in our other studies we've been discussing characters and letter writing! We will write letters to the characters in the nursery rhyme from the point of view of another character! We love books like The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and Seriously, Cinderella Is So Annoying where we hear a different point of view or a continuation of a much loved fairy tale. This project is along that same line of creative thinking.

An important part of kid writing is modeling. As a classroom teacher I modeled writing just as much as I asked my students to write independently. It was vital for them to hear me think out loud, plan my sentences, sound out words, and consider punctuation. We read Hickory Dickory Dock. I modeled what the mouse might write to the clock in a letter.

Next I asked E to write a letter from Jill to Jack after their big fall down the hill! It took some discussion for her to put herself in Jill's point of view. "Imagine you just saw your friend Noah fall down a hill. Then you fell down after him. What would you say to him?" As soon as she out put herself in Jill's shoes she was off to the writing! She asked "Jack" if he was okay and then added, "I was scared!" 

I love the freedom that homeschooling provides for writing, In this picture E is sitting on our stairs (her choice!) writing with a clipboard and a golf pencil. Small pencils are the best tools to teach proper grip to little hands (not large ones)!

While this is a #playfulpreschool post, this idea is adaptable to many ages! Model the writing for your preschoolers after a nursery rhyme unit, ask kindergarten or first grade students to get together with a partner to write the letters, and challenge older elementary or gifted students to write the letters independently.
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The Playful Preschool Team has even MORE Nursery Rhyme Activities for Children.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Rhyming Game by Fun-A-Day

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Books and Nursery Rhyme Craft for Kids by The Educators' Spin On It

Writing Activities for Preschool: Woolly Lines and Letters by Growing Book by Book

Cotton Ball Sheep Craft and Game by Tiny Tots Adventures

Mary had a Little Lamb Craft by Powerful Mothering

Jumping with Jack be Nimble Gross Motor Activity by Life Over C's

Mary, Mary Quite Contrary Pattern Play by Rainy Day Mum

How does our garden grow?-Tips for Gardening with Preschoolers by Capri + 3

What's In The Egg? - Humpty Dumpty by Learning 2 Walk

Muffin Man Nursery Rhyme Activities by Mom Inspired Life

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  1. I love this! What a fun way to practice writing!

  2. This is a great idea to further the learning from the nursery rhyme stories. I am impressed that your preschooler can write!

  3. Love how you got Miss E thinking about the story and taking it a step further! :)

  4. Any time you can incorporate writing and comprehension, it's a win win for me.