“The Itsy Bitsy Spider went up the water spout.” Did you immediately link your hands to mimic a spider climbing? For many of us, that nursery rhyme is ingrained in our brains linked to a fond memory of someone singing it with us. Nursery rhymes play an important role in the development of literacy of toddlers and preschoolers.
I have a printable interactive book of the nursery rhyme for you to use with non-readers and beginning readers. Let’s take a look at how to use it.
The Itsy Bitsy Spider
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Getting the Book Ready
Print all the pages in the download (see below). Stack the first 8 pages in order and bind the book with staples or tape. For page 9, Cut out the spider and glue to a craft stick.
Using the Book
- Use the spider puppet to act out the story. It can also be used as a reading pointer to point to each word as the emergent reader reads.
- New readers can read the highlighted words while an adult reads the other words. More confident readers can read all the words on their own.
- Page 7 provides a little counting practice. Have the child count and write the number of raindrops and spiders. Then, determine if there are more raindrops or spiders.
- Page 8 provides a review of words to know. These would make good sight words to add to a word wall.
Print the Book
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JDaniel4's Mom says
I love the idea of reading the book with your child. This is a wonderful activity!