Poetry Notebook: December Songs, Poems, and Rhymes

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K - 2nd, Homeschool
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Choose the growing BUNDLE EARLY for HUGE SAVINGS!

Nellie Edge “I Can Read” Growing Poetry Bundle will invite your students to memorize, recite, illustrate, and read familiar and copyright-secured songs, poems, and rhymes. Using these strategies will all your students to expand their minds and imaginations and instill a life-long love of language!

Discover the power of poetry in the lives of children!

Children deserve to memorize, recite, perform, illustrate, and read delightful language.

December "I Can Read" Poetry Notebook includes information pages with exemplars and 20 "I Can Read" pages in two versions: Larger print for emergent readers and primary print with borders.


  • Evergreen Tree
  • Goodnight, Sleep Tight
  • Jingle Bells
  • Snow Is Falling
  • Star Light, Star Bright
  • Diamond Sky
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Bat
  • I Heard a Bird Sing
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  • We Wish You a Wonderful Winter
  • Dreidel Song
  • Winter Is Coming
  • Winter Is Here
  • I Can Spell Because (Learn this spelling song! Use QR code to hear the audio)
  • I Am Very, Very Happy: H-a-p-p-y (Spelling song with QR Code)
  • Happy Thought
  • Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum
  • Who Stole the Cookie?
  • The Gingerbread Man Chant
  • If You’re Happy and You Know It!

This collection of poems and songs is available in two formats:

  1. Enlarged print for emergent readers
  2. Smaller print for primary readers

Language is the foundation for all thinking, learning, communication, and literacy. Accelerating language and reading skills simultaneously while joyfully singing and dramatizing songs and chanting rhymes is a multisensory learning strategy that takes advantage of how the brain learns best! It builds community and is memorable, engaging, and incorporates a host of “best practices.”

Your (growing) “I Can Read” Poetry and Song Bundle will soon have over 200 traditional and copyright-secured poems, songs, and rhymes that are worthy of children’s time and creative energy. (All children's art and photos are posted with parental permission and copyrighted to NellieEdge.com.) We encourage you to bring back the out loud culture: Choose the rhymes from our monthly collections that you delight in and that fit your curriculum themes!

  • Enjoy reciting, singing, dramatizing, and signing the language with your students.
  • Invite students to personalize the language with art.
  • Provide shared reading experiences where all children feel successful.
  • Send the notebooks home regularly for oral language rehearsal and reading fluency practice.
  • You may be inspired to make these best practices routine in your classroom!

You will find a photo essay In September Poetry documenting some of the amazing work from kindergarten teachers who value authentic language learning rich in arts and deep science connections.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts.
With guidance and support from adults, explore word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.
Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.


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