From Nursery through to Year 6, we start by making sure your child feels safe and secure. Your child will develop not just academically, but socially, emotionally, physically, morally and culturally. This japanese nursery school is about the traditional poems or songs for children.
The term Mother Goose rhymes is interchangeable with nursery rhymes. From the mid-16th century nursery rhymes begin to be recorded in English plays, and most popular rhymes date from the 17th and 18th centuries. The oldest children’s songs of which we have records are lullabies, intended to help a child sleep. Lullabies can be found in every human culture. Many medieval English verses associated with the birth of Jesus take the form of a lullaby, including “Lullay, my liking, my dere son, my sweting” and may be versions of contemporary lullabies. However, most of those used today date from the 17th century.
A French poem, similar to “Thirty days hath September”, numbering the days of the month, was recorded in the 13th century. From the later Middle Ages there are records of short children’s rhyming songs, often as marginalia. From the mid-16th century they begin to be recorded in English plays. The first English collections, Tommy Thumb’s Song Book and a sequel, Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Song Book, are both thought to have been published by Mary Cooper in London before 1744, with such songs becoming known as ‘Tommy Thumb’s songs’. Many nursery rhymes have been argued to have hidden meanings and origins. English nursery rhymes were actually written in ‘Low Saxon’, a hypothetical early form of Dutch. Medieval taxes were much lower than two thirds.
There is no evidence of a connection with slavery. Given the recent recording the medieval meaning is unlikely. No evidence that it is linked to the propaganda campaign against the Catholic Church during the reign of King Henry VIII. The more recent campaign is more likely, but first record is very late.
The song may be based on a song about the king of France. No evidence that it refers to any historical character and is originally a riddle found in many European cultures. The story about the cannon is based on a spoof verse written in 1956. No evidence that it stretches back to early medieval era and poem predates the French Revolution. The rhyme may have been adapted to satirise Thomas Horner who benefited from the Dissolution, but the connection is speculative. Unknown, but verse exists in many cultures and may have been adapted to London when it reached England. An original poem by Sarah Josepha Hale inspired by an actual incident.
Richard Cole-brook was widely known as King Cole in the 17th century. No evidence that the poem has any relation to the plague. The ‘plague’ references are not present in the earliest versions. The story, and perhaps rhyme, dates from at least the later medieval era, but all identifications are speculative. Even in the late 18th century we can sometimes see how rhymes like “Little Robin Redbreast” were cleaned up for a young audience.
In the early and mid-20th centuries this was a form of bowdlerisation, concerned with some of the more violent elements of nursery rhymes and led to the formation of organisations like the British ‘Society for Nursery Rhyme Reform’. In the late 20th century revisionism of nursery rhymes became associated with the idea of political correctness. It has been argued that nursery rhymes set to music aid in a child’s development. Research also supports the assertion that music and rhyme increase a child’s ability in spatial reasoning, which aid mathematics skills.