Author: Will Hillenbrand

3-Year-Olds Poetry/Songs

In this creative Mother Goose book, the author uses both text and pictures in his nursery rhymes. Your child will soon learn to follow along and use the picture clues to help read the rhymes.

Before, During and After Reading

Letter Knowledge and Print Awareness

Take some time to look over the front and back covers. Read the title on the front. On the back, point out the pattern that the author uses in his writing. All the nursery rhymes are written using a combination of words and pictures. Read the rhyme, Miss Muffet, shown on the back cover. Track under the words as you read. When you come to one of the pictures, help your child use the picture clue to finish the line. 

Phonological Awareness

During your first readings of the nursery rhymes, read them rhythmically without stopping. Expose your child to the rhythm on each page. 

Letter Knowledge and Print Awareness

Go back to one of your child’s favorite nursery rhymes. Talk about the illustration and the rebus pictures in the rhymes. Track under the words as you read the nursery rhyme. When you come to one of the pictures, help your child use the picture clue to fill in the blank. 

Phonological Awareness

One of the best ways to help your child develop phonological awareness at an early age is to recite poems and nursery rhymes. Recite some of your child’s favorites when you are riding in the car, waiting for a doctor’s appointment, or sitting in a restaurant.  

Explore more recommended children’s books and at-home reading activities for three-year-olds, or take the Reading BrightStart! Preschool Reading Screener. The screener can help you determine if your child is on the path to reading readiness, and provides a free plan for moving forward.