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Read selections from book "My Very First Mother Goose"

Month 9 · Activity 26 ·   Surprise  


  • Acting out nursery rhymes 
  • Ask the child if they understand the term “Mother Goose”.  Mother Goose is used for a collection of nursery rhymes written by different writers over many years
  • Select together seven nursery rhymes to read aloud
  • Find the rhyme “Jack and Jill”  in “My Very First Mother Goose” book and read aloud
  • Print out the nursery rhyme “Jack and Jill” from this month or write it on a piece of paper while child is watching
  • Let child circle the letter J (there are 4 J’s in the rhyme)
  • Ask child to say another word that begins with the “J” sound (jet, job, Jake, jelly bean, jam, jelly, jail, jaw, Jack-o-lantern, jazz, jog, etc.)
  • Encourage child to think of seven words that begin with “J”.  Give clues - 

Fast airplane that flies in the sky (jet)

A food that is sweet that you spread on bread (jam or jelly)

A way to move your body that is faster than a walk but not as fast as a run (jog)

A body part on your face under your nose (jaw)

A type of work that adults have (job)

When it is cold outside, I like to wear this (jacket)

This is an animal that lives in the jungle and runs very fast (jaguar)

  • Give child a plastic bucket/container and together recite the poem while acting out the rhyme.  Choose who will be Jack and who will be Jill
  • Ask child to think of another nursery rhyme to act out (Humpty Dumpty, Jack Be Nimble, etc.)

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.


Introduce child to only one nursery rhyme - Jack and Jill


Encourage child to memorize the poem, "Jack and Jill"


  • Book " My Very First Mother Goose" by Ioa Opie & Rosemary Wells
  • printed copy or hand written copy of "Jack and Jill"
  • bucket/container
  •  pencil
  • Language Skills
  • Math & Science Skills
  • Motor Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills