Print this adorable Humpty Dumpty book for your little learners!
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses
And all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
Of all our favorite nursery rhymes, isn’t “Humpty Dumpty” one of the most fun to recite? We love to sing it even more, thanks to the nursery rhyme CD we listen to in the car.
When children have known nursery rhymes since toddlerhood, the rhymes make excellent text for learning concepts of print.
I was eager to listen to my Four read this printable Humpty Dumpty book, but I knew he’d benefit from looking at each word individually, first. So I printed and cut apart the pocket chart sentences from my Nursery Rhyme Concepts of Print pack.
He loves this activity, and I love seeing him identify capital letters and periods while me matches each word he speaks to a word on the page.
After we built the rhyme on the pocket chart, I pulled out the emergent reader.
He pointed to each word as he recited the rhyme. The words that he knew (such as “the”) helped him keep his place. If he was saying “the” and pointing to a different word, he knew he’d made a mistake. Then he went back to the beginning of the line to try again.
Is this really reading?
No. He can’t read the words in isolation; he doesn’t have the phonics knowledge yet. But since he can recite the rhymes all on his own, the text is a great tool for helping him match each word he speaks to a word in print.
The pocket chart had been so helpful that he had very little trouble “reading” the book. He even knew that the long word “together” was a single word, and not several.
After “reading” the emergent reader, he cut out the words at the bottom of this page (also from the Nursery Rhyme Pack). I read each line of the rhyme, and he used beginning letter sounds to find the missing words.
Each rhyme in the Nursery Rhymes Pack also comes with one of these goodies. This build a sentence activity is one of my favorites! After he cut out the words, I told my Four the sentence he needed to build.
Gluing it down helps reinforce the idea that print goes from left to right and continues on the next line. Finding each word helps kids use letter sound and sight word knowledge.
After gluing down the sentence, my Four read it back to me and illustrated it.
Enjoy your free book! (It’s in both color and black and white.)
- Print single-sided on plain paper.
- Cut on the dark lines.
- Put the pages in order.
- Staple along the left side.
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Your students can complete these activities in Google Slides on a computer or tablet – no printing necessary! The resource includes activities for rhyming, syllable counting, beginning sounds, and upper/lowercase matching.