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How do we learn nursery rhymes?

Asked by LostInParadise (17944 points ) March 4th, 2012

I do not remember being taught nursery rhymes, either by my mother or in kindergarten, but off the top of my head I can think of at least a dozen of them. I correctly sense that they have been around for hundreds of years. Do you specifically remember being taught them? Do those of you under twenty know nursery rhymes? If I say Jack and Jill or Three Blind Mice, does this mean anything to you?

For anyone interested, here is a Web site that gives origins of nursery rhymes, some of which are a bit gruesome.

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marinelife's avatar

I had a Mother Goose book of nursery rhymes as a child that my mother read me, and then later I read myself.

wilma's avatar

I remember learning them from my mother and also in primary school. Often they were taught with a simple tune that aids in memorization.
I also had books of poems and rhymes that were read to me, and that I read, when I could read by myself.

Sunny2's avatar

I can still see the illustrations of the nursery rhymes from my early childhood and hear the tunes that went with them. We had phonograph records of some of them.

CaptainHarley's avatar

My grandmother use to read them to me when I was little.

annewilliams5's avatar

I taught them to my son. And he enjoyed them, until he was old enough to research them. There are some that even he thought were bent. Ring around the Rosie comes to mind. Grimm’s Fairy Tales and of course Hans Christian Andersen’s stories were what I grew up with. My family is Danish.

JLeslie's avatar

Grandma, school, parents, tv shows.

Earthgirl's avatar

I know I learned them form books as a child. I remember the illustrations and the rhymes. This is another place where I experienced nursery rhymes. It was an early theme park. Sadly it was destroyed by flooding last year. I will never forget the giant shoe sculpture for the old woman who lived in a shoe!

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