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When you were little, did your parents or caretakers teach you any nursery rhymes at all?

Asked by jca (28392 points ) May 30th, 2012

When you answer, can you also give a rough idea of how old you are?

Did your grandparents, parents or caretakers teach you nursery rhymes when you were little?

I learned them when I was little, but they seems way less common now, and I don’t think my daughter, who’s almost 5, knows any of them very well. Maybe vaguely she might know a few…..

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augustlan's avatar

I’m 44, and yes. Mostly from my dad and books, actually. I knew Itsy Bitsy Spider, Mary Had a Little Lamb, The Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe, Old Mother Hubbard and many others. Ring Around the Rosies I think I actually learned in school, playing at recess, which is kind of gruesome when you think about it!

6rant6's avatar

I had a great aunt who came to visit several times a year. She’d read every book we had to us, over and over. Some of those were books of poems.

My son loved to be read to, so I think he probably knows a lot of them. My daughter less so.

wundayatta's avatar

Of course! How could that not happen?

Nullo's avatar

Certainly. We had a Mother Goose compendium. They probably started at whatever age I could reliably hold my attention on one thing. I seem to recall reading a lot of them myself, eventually. Then we learned a nursery-rhyme song wherein some element of the rhyme is invariably thrown out the window.. This was scads of fun for us little kids. Retention went waaaay up for me. There are lots of variations.

They, like so many other things, may be falling out of favor. I’ve heard of one copy that was edited for the Pea Sea.

Trillian's avatar

Yes, I learned many as a child.

King_Pariah's avatar

Yep, including my favvy. Ten Little Indians

wallabies's avatar

Yes and I’ve since forgotten them all…

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

I’m almost 50. Mom read lots of the traditional nursery rhymes to me. There was also a stack of records and a phonograph (record player) that included nursery rhymes, folk songs (think Burl Ives), and even a Peter and the Wolf record that was my first introduction to orchestra music.

The oldest sister (by 14 years), also occasionally read to me. There was a book that contained two poems by James Whitcomb Riley: Little Orphant Annie and The Raggedy Man. This sister headed off to college and then became a high school English teacher. One time, years later, we went to an art gallery in DC for a special exhibit. The line was horrifically long. Once inside the building, the line was passing by a display of Greek and Roman statues, and she told me stories about each of them. The people in line that could hear her were just as enthralled as I was.

Grammy never read nursery rhymes, but when we stayed at her house, I’d wake up early and crawl into bed with her. She could make up fairy tales on a whim. Those were magical moments.

Judi's avatar

My sister was 5 years older and always wanted to be a teacher. She read me so many books and stories! The nursery rhymes were among my favorite. I’m in my early 50’s. I read them to my children who were born in the 80’s as well.
I’ll have to ask if my grand children know them.
@Pied_Pfeffer Little Orphant Annie was one of my favorites! I still have it memorized.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I know them but I have no recollection of how I know them. My memory was, of course, refreshed while my own kids were young. I have no memory of my mother playing with or reading to me…..none.

Sunny2's avatar

Yes, indeed. Lots of nursery rhymes from several books. As I learned to read, I’d learn them. The ones set to music were easier to remember. We passed them on to our kids (from the same books as well as new ones.) I loved the illustrations too.

AshLeigh's avatar

<—17.
I remember the following:
Humpty Dumpty.
The old woman who lived in the shoe.
The old woman who swallowed the fly. Perhaps she’ll die…

Okay, that’s all I remember. XD

Supacase's avatar

38 I stayed with my grandmother a lot and I learned just about every nursery rhyme and several songs. I rarely hear the songs anymore, though. My daughter is in Kindergarten and she has never heard anyone them except from me.

Bent's avatar

I’m 46 and yes they did.

SpatzieLover's avatar

38: Yes I know a lot of them by heart. I learned them from my mom, grandma, great aunt, sister, books and school.

Off the top of my head here are the ones I know:
Sugar & spice/Snips & snails
There was a little girl with a little curl
Peter Peter Pumkin eater
Lean & Fat
Little Miss Muffet
Mary Mary Quite Contrary
Humpty Dumpty
Eeensy Weensy Spider
Little Boy Blue
Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
This Little Piggy
Rub a Dub Dub
Pat a Cake
Star Light Star Bright

My son is 6.

He knows many by heart and loves to have them read to him. We have several collection books with great illustrations.
He’s also learned some from the TV show Little Bear and from our readings of literature (Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass are full of nursery rhymes as are others we’ve read).
When I asked him, he recited several to me: Humpty, Mary Mary, Little Miss Muffet, Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum.

Leanne1986's avatar

I remember being taught quite a few. I’m 25 now.

shego's avatar

Winkin’ Blinkin’ and Nod
Little Boy Blue
Mary had a little lamb
Little Miss Muffet
The three little kittens
Sing a song of Sixpence
What are little boys made of
What are little girls made of
Hey diddle diddle
This Old Man
A Diller a Dollar
Hot Crossed Buns
Five little ducks
The farmer in the Dell
Three blind mice
Kookaburra
Georgie Porgie
Old Mother Hubbard
Wee Willie Winkie
The Alphabet song
Twinkle Twinklw little star

I am 25, and both my mom and dad would tell them to me when I was little

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