Singing and rhyming are sure hits in the classroom for early elementary kids. So why not use nursery rhymes to teach kids about STEM?
That’s the premise behind Jo MacDonald Had a Garden and Over on the Farm. One book uses the song “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” the other “Over in a Meadow.” Each book (and series) teaches valuable science concepts like adaptations, habitats, and the relationship between animal parents and offspring.
In Jo MacDonald Had A Garden, you can sing along with young Jo as she grows healthy food for people and wild creatures. Youngsters learn about garden ecosystems and stewardship through this playful adaptation. E-I-E-I-O!
In Over on the Farm, pigs roll, goats nibble, horses gallop, hens peck, and turkeys strut, while kids are counting, clapping, and singing along to a classic tune.