All children love rhymes and like to repeat them again and again.  We can use either traditional rhymes or modern rhymes and you really don’t worry too much about the grading. Rhymes are repetitive , they have natural rhythm and they have an element of fun, of playing with the language. Children play with language in their mother tongue so this is a familiar part of their world and it has an important part to play in their learning process. How about these two for a raniy day?

Rain on the green grass,

And rain on the tree,

Rain on the house top,

But not on me


Rain, rain go away,

Come again another day,

Little Johnny wants to play

And this one about the dentist from Carolyn Graham’s  Jazz Chants for Children (Oxford University Press 1979):

I love coffee

I love tea

I hate the dentist

And the dentist hates me

What would you like to put in there instead of ‘denstist’?  Our words were ‘ housework’  and ‘ rain’.

(Resource : Wendy A. Scott and Lisbeth H. Ytreberg, Teaching English to Children, Longman Group 1990)



  1. #1 by lena nurjayanti 7f on 11 November 2012 - 3:11 pm

    Maybe we can change rain with summer.
    and we can change dentist with gardener.
    and change the words later it will be a great song too.
    for English language lessons with the theme of the weather and job.
    thanks you ibu guru kami,this is a good idea.

  2. #2 by ROSIANA/7F on 29 December 2012 - 10:13 am

    Yap… the rhyme ,,, it can helps us as a teacher to teach the student about anything, especially in English lesson…
    But as a teacher, we should be a creative teacher.. and the student doesn’t bored with the lesson…
    but i think it’s too hard to be a creative teacher.. 😦

  3. #3 by dewi yunita (@dewiyunita20) on 31 December 2012 - 5:25 am

    of course, rhyme is make the student enjoy and enthusiastic in learning english because its can stimulate a child’s spirit and not monotonous in learning.

    Dewi Yunita 7G ( 0905020053 )

  4. #4 by Ririn Lusfarina 7E on 6 January 2013 - 4:00 am

    yes I agree that children love rhymes, in my opinion there are many advantages of rhymes to develop their skills such as:
    cognitive skill, rhymes making children more receptive and active to develop their conceptualisation, like introducing them to colour, shape, size, weather, movement etc.
    verbal skill, using rhymes the children are trying to express themselves coherently and this helps them become confident speakers.
    memory skill, repetition of words make good result in children memorizing the rhymes. this act as an fun memory exercise.
    great thanks for Ms. Resty who has taught in a variety of teaching to us and soo inspired. ^^,

  5. #5 by novi hasan basri 7G 0905020070 on 6 January 2013 - 8:23 am

    I am sure that rhyme can help us in teaching students, the student will be more interest to follow the lesson. But my problem is some times, some of my students in elementary school dislike it, but most of them are not! May be I have to try it with more creative! I want to be a creative teacher.

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