Wacky Wednesday! WOW!

Get ready. Get set. Go!

Today’s our day to get all wacky with words…and with one nursery rhyme for now…and more old favortie rhymes in the future.

I should mention here, that even though today is not Talking Tuesday, you will be  TALK, TALK, TALKing with your child every day, so let’s begin our TALK for today.

First things first: Recite that old familiar “Jack and Jill” nursery rhyme. Recite it again and again. Then read aloud “Alas!”…


Jack and Jill
Went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down
And broke his crown,
But, alas!
Jill was wearing her seat belt!

Copyright © 1986 Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz

Poetry Works! sets

Poetry Works! sets

I penned “Alas!” some 30 years ago––it was first published in one of my three Poetry Works! kits for classroom use (Modern Curriculum Press/Pearson Education, 1990, and available on my site at http://ilikeme.com/poetryworks.htm)––when I was into composing all sorts of poems and fun songs to help wee ones take on the habit of hooking up seat belts. And guess what! Such language works to help little ones learn to value and begin to take on some responsibility for their own safety in a vehicle––and yours as they begin to remind YOU to hook up!

Okay, you’ve read and recited “Jack and Jill” and “Alas!” again and again. Now, we’ll start to play with the language of “Alas!” to TALK about more kinds of safety…more language and knowledge of the world around us. What would Jack and Jill wear for safety if they were traveling up the hill on a tricycle, a bicycle, or a motorcycle? And what safety equipment would they wear if they were traveling in a boat? More ideas? Go ahead and TALK using all that language and knowledge!

Tomorrow is Thinking Thursday when we’ll expand on this Wacky Wednesday TALK about that same familiar  nursery rhyme…and then some more! Happy Wacky Wednesday!



Filed under early literacy, family literacy, kids, parenting around kid behaviors, poems for kids, read-aloud

2 responses to “Wacky Wednesday! WOW!

  1. Sarah

    This is great Babs! We still practice safety ALL the time and reiterate how important it is! He’s 7 now and still won’t get on a bike/skateboard with out a helmet. 🙂

    Sarah I.

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