Nursery Rhymes are a great way for toddlers learning to speak and read, since their familiarity helps children recognise and guess words. The pattern of recognition and guessing helps build confidence and reinforce common spelling and pronunciation.
As either bed time stories or reading as lessons for young children, I fine it’s best to pick a few of your favourites and read them repeatedly. Then have your child first try to read words in them, often the last rhyming word is the first one they will be able to guess. There after have them reading themselves. I can speak from experience, the familiarity, short length, and the rhythmic pattern makes it easy to learn so making the reading exercise fun. Many also have a song or actions which you can find on youtube to sing along to, which is great fun for young children.
World Famous Nursery Rhymes Volume 1 includes The Man in the Moon, What’s News, Wee Willie Winkie, This Little Pig (went to market), Lavender Blue, Two Little Kittens, Molly my Sister and I Fell Out, If all the World Were Apple Pie, Rock-a-bye Baby, Jack be Nimble, Little Boy Blue, Pat a Cake, Pat a Cake, Humpty Dumpty, One Two Buckle My Shoe, Hey Diddle Diddle, Little Miss Muffet, and many more.
Below is a link to the World Famous Nursery Rhymes book 1, read on YouTube by KiwiOpa.
Approximate reading time for the entire collection is 12 minutes.
World Famous Nursery Rhymes Volume 1 has a great collection for starting off. Volume 2 and 3 of World Famous Nursery Rhymes, and some of David’s other fun rhyming books also on Free Kids Books here: https://freekidsbooks.org/author/david-whitney/
Sample Text from World Famous Nursery Rhymes Volume 1