A. Michael Merzenich on re-wiring the brain

Neuroscientist Michael Merzenich looks at one of the secrets of the brain's incredible power: its ability to actively re-wire itself. He's researching ways to harness the brain's plasticity to enhance our skills and recover lost function.

B. Why Kindergartners Still Need Mother Goose Rhymes

Research shows that children who have memorized nursery rhymes become better readers because they develop an early sensitivity to the sounds of language.

For older children, use classical rhyme and modify to fit haiku structure. First, give definition of haiku. Second, give several examples. Third, give rhyme for modification, such as Dr. Foster Went to Gloucester (because of rain theme). Fourth, recite modified rhymes, each child in turn.

C. The History of Nursery Rhymes

Concise overview of historical connections back to prehistoric times. Interesting table on the age of rhymes.

Complimentary Links:


Charles Dickens site - Nagoya, Japan

Mother Goose Society of Japan

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B. The University of Western Ontario

This site highly recommended for higher grades. Deepens appreciations of rhymes. Comprehensive categorization scheme with well-chosen examples. Historical analysis merits attention as there is detail when available without unfounded and unrealistic attribution of cause. Compare analysis of Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary with little Jack Horner, for example.