HEY DIDDLE, DIDDLE the cat took a piddle,
All over the bedside clock.
The little dog laughed to see such fun.
Then died of electric shock.
GEORGIE PORGY Pudding and Pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry.
And when the boys came out to play,
He kissed them too 'cause he was gay.
There was a little girl who had a little curl
Right in the middle of her forehead.
When she was good, she was very, very good.
But when she was bad........
She got a fur coat, jewels, a waterfront condo, and a sports car.
Well, some things aren't for little kids, so, since I've been thinking about nursery rhymes and changing traditions, I came across these from the blogger Radio Randy (he has more)...
Playing with the language is a very literate thing to do...
Teaching our children nursery rhymes is an important way that we lay foundations for a literate life. Children who receive stimulating literacy experiences from birth onward (and nursery rhymes help develop an ear for the language) appear to have an edge when it comes to vocabulary development, understanding the goals of reading, and developing an awareness of print and literacy concepts, according to pre-school experts.
I have a needlepoint pillow that says: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, I am my Mother Afterall. We've loved all the nursery rhymes and still say little sing-song things such as "See you later, Alligator."
Are we, as a culture, loosening the bonds between the oral ways we've been passing on our heritage and language? Many young children now don't know the nursery rhymes at all. I found it interesting that one new mom and dad just go google when they can't remember the nursery rhyme lines.
One blog put up new Mother Goose nursery rhymes each day. Some I'd heard of, some I hadn't. However, the blog was only up for two months. Does this mean the subject became less interesting, or are there only SO many Mother Goose nursery rhymes?
Language play. Maybe we'll be singing new rap songs to our grand children... Yo mo, rock slow.