Monthly Archives: October 2011

Why We Do What We Do: Nursery Rhyme Programs and Attention Span

Sustained attention: The amount of time that someone can focus on a task without becoming distracted. Most educators agree that the ability to focus one’s attention on a task is crucial to learning. The ability to listen and focus is … Continue reading

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Why We Do What We Do: Some Favorite Songs

We like the following songs because they engage the children with simple melodies and story lines, include repetitive action, and ultimately help children build their attention span.  (material c. 2011, Youth Services) Polly Put the Kettle On Polly Put the … Continue reading

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Why We Do What We Do: Some Favorite Nursery Rhymes

Here are some of the rhymes that we like to use in our programs because they help the children pay attention and eventually help to increase the amount of time a child will stay focused on the program.  (material c. … Continue reading

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Books That Engage Babies and Toddlers

Here is a sampling of some of our favorite books to use during the nursery rhyme programs. We like them because they have a simple story line, lots of rhythm, an element of surprise, and illustrations that can be seen … Continue reading

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