Children’s Rhymes in English
A wise old owl lived in an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke. The less he spoke the more he heard. Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?
Ladybird, Ladybird, Fly away home, Your house is on fire, Your children all gone.
Moo cow, moo cow, How do you do, cow? Very well, thank you, Moo, moo, moo.
Two little birds Sitting on a wall, One called Peter, One called Paul. Fly away Peter, Fly away Paul, Come back Peter, Come back Paul.
This little pig went to market, This little pig stayed at home, This little pig had roast beef, This little pig had none, And this little pig went wee, wee, wee, All the way home.
Hickory, dickory, dock, The mouse ran up the clock. The clock struck one, The mouse ran down! Hickory, dickory, dock.
Goosey, goosey, gander, Whither shall I wander? Upstairs, and downstairs, And in my lady’s chamber. There I met an old man Who wouldn’t say his prayers! I took him by the left leg And threw him down the stairs.
Baa, baa, black sheep, Have you any wool? Yes sir, yes sir, Three bags full; One for the master, And one for the dame, And one for the little boy Who lives down the lane.
Ding, dong bell, Pussy’s in the well. Who put her in? Little Johnny Green. Who pulled her out? Little Tommy Stout. What a naughty boy was that To try to drown poor pussy cat, Who never did him any harm And killed the mice in his father’s barn.
Hickety pickety, my black hen, She lay’s eggs for gentlemen; Sometimes nine, sometimes ten, Hickety pickety, my black hen.
The cock crows in the morn To tell us to rise, And he that lies late Will never be wise.
Children’s rhymes and poems in English are first things that a child learns in English – these are little finger plays, poems about animals and the weather, our body and things around. Make up or learn a traditional finger play or actions that go together with a rhyme to illustrate its actions.
Using finger plays together with rhymes helps a child “feel” and this way understand the poem, its main characters and actions. Physical response is extremely important for children’s learning especially learning a foreign language. When a child is actively involved in activities related to poems and rhymes in English, to stories and songs in English the language they will remember not just the English rhyme but also the words and phrases they associate with it.