What is World Nursery Rhyme Week, when is it and who can take part?
World Nursery Rhyme Week is an annual initiative that promotes the importance of nursery rhymes in early childhood development. The initiative this year runs from the 18th – 22nd November 2019. It is open to anyone who has a child under 7 or works with children under the age of 7. So whether you are a parent or an Early Years practitioner, you are welcome to get involved. World Nursery Rhyme Week is a global initiative that takes place every year in November.
What will my resource pack contain and is there a fee?
Your downloadable resources are free of charge. Your resource pack will contain the following for each of the 5 chosen rhymes: Little Baby Bum videos, song downloads, colouring in templates, sequencing activities, sentence scramble, art and craft templates, playdough mats, border templates for writing practice, word trace, pencil control, rock stickers, cutting exercise, WNRW participation certificates, logos, posters, colouring book, organisers contact information.
I’m a parent, how can I get involved with World Nursery Rhyme Week?
Parents are welcome to download either all of the resources or just select those of interest. Parents who have participated previously have used the resources with their children at home, organised meet ups with their friends and their children to enjoy the resources in a group and shared the resources at children’s birthday parties (the colouring in sheets and colouring book are great for parties!). You are welcome to use the resources in any way that works best for you. If you are a parent with a baby and would like to register to access the song downloads only, you are welcome to do so.
I’m an Early Years practitioner, how can I incorporate this initiative in my setting?
Your resource folder includes lots of templates and an ‘activity ideas’ document which provides suggestions for activities you could organise for your setting. We also share activity ideas on our social media accounts so it’s worth following the accounts mentioned below. If you wish to collaborate with other Early Years practitioners to discover what they are planning for each of the 5 rhymes, please join our closed Facebook planning group here.
Can I take part if I’m not an Early Years practitioner or participating as a parent?
Yes, you are welcome to get involved. Speech and language therapists, residential care homes, nursing homes, carers working with dementia patients and children and adults with learning disabilities are just some of the participants who have taken part previously.
What is the ‘Rhyme A Day’ challenge?
Each year we choose 5 nursery rhymes and challenge you to join us and sing one a day with your children. The 5 rhymes for 2019 are:
Monday 18th November – “Baa Baa Black Sheep”
Tuesday 19th November – “Down in the Jungle”
Wednesday 20th November – “Incy Wincy Spider/Itsy Bitsy Spider”
Thursday 21st November – “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”
Friday 22nd November – “Two Little Dickie Birds/Two Little Dicky Birds”
Will I need Adobe Reader to access the downloads?
Yes, most of the downloads (apart from the videos and song files) are created in PDF format. You can download Adobe Reader here free of charge.
What device should I use to download my resources?
We recommend you download the resources to a PC or a tablet. Due to the number of resources and the size of the files, smartphones are unlikely to manage a successful download. If you download the resources at work, you need to be aware that firewall security may restrict what you can download. If you encounter this problem, ask your IT department for support or download the resources to your home PC and email the files back to yourself at work.
Can you email or post the resources?
We are unable to send resources via email, memory stick or post. All resources are made available as download only.
How do I register for World Nursery Rhyme Week?
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