The lyrics to Humpty Dumpty have an interesting back story. At this link, you’ll learn about the wall, fall, king’s horses, and men.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty topgether again.-Mother Goose
We’ve designed a book that uses the lyrics to Humpty Dumpty to teach about positional words and opposites. It is from “The Mother Goose Meets Mother Nature” series. In addition, the teacher’s guide, “Teach About Positional Words and Opposites with Humpty Dumpty”, helps children to grow spiritually, socially, and academically. These three areas of growth are necessary for producing the fruit of the Spirit.
The three areas are more specifically described in the whole child approach and the holistic education model.
New Lyrics to Humpty Dumpty
In the new nursery rhyme created with Humpty Dumpty, Humpty is an eagle egg. The other eggs are afraid that Humpty will fall. Instead, Humpty breaks out of his shell and flies. The “Humpty Dumpty Learns About Positions” printable guided reading book extends children’s knowledge of the positional words: on, off, over, under, left, right, in, out, above, and below. Additionally, teachers and students can use this new nursery rhyme to grow in three ways.
1. Spiritual Growth with Eagles
According to Little Pot, we can grow the fruit of the Spirit if we have spiritual growth. Spiritual growth is illustrated by the humus soil that Little Pot contains and the seed that is planted in it. Likewise, the humus soil represents our humility. The seed represents the word of God (Luke 8:11). Therefore, children should learn about eagles in the Bible.
Humpty hatches out of his egg and becomes a full-grown eagle. The Bible has several references to eagles. God is compared to how an eagle spreads its wings to cover her young and carry them away from danger. (Exodus 19:4, Deuteronomy 32:11) Eagles are also used in describing God’s awesome creation. (Proverbs 30:19, Job 39:27) Likewise, eagles symbolize power in the Bible. For example, God uses eagle imagery to warn Israel and other nations who do evil. (Obediah 1:4, Jeremiah 49:22)
A common biblical reference to eagles is in Isaiah.
But the people who trust the Lord will become strong again.
They will be able to rise up as an eagle in the sky.
And will run without needing rest.
They will walk without becoming tired.
This verse concludes a chapter about the greatness of God. Like the traditional Humpty Dumpty, we may fall. However, if we trust in the Lord we have strength beyond ourselves. When we see an eagle flying through the sky, we can remember that just as God gives the eagle its power, He will also strengthen us (Psalm 50:15, Isaiah 55:6-7).
2. Social Growth with Humpty Dumpty
In addition, Little Pot needs social growth for the fruit of the Spirit to be produced. Social growth is illustrated by the straight and upright stem. Also, the leaves that nourish the plant with light (photosynthesis). These items represent our integrity (Proverbs 10:9, 11:3)) and good relationships. (friends that nourish us with the light of Christ)
Within the lyrics to Humpty Dumpty, the interactions between Humpty and the other eggs are quite entertaining. As children read the text, they will learn how to respond when others tell them they cannot do something. They will learn to believe in themselves despite what others think. Humpty the egg has something inside that tells him to fly. When he finally does, he is right back encouraging the other eggs. Therefore, the synergy that happens between Humpty and his siblings can spark important conversations that lead to social growth.
3. Academic Growth with Humpty Dumpty
Finally, Little Pot grows academically by blooming flowers. The flowers allow pollination and represent the transfer of knowledge. Academic growth happens when new information is transferred to others. As mentioned earlier, the resource extends children’s knowledge of opposites and positional words (on-off, over-under, left-right, in-out, and above-below). In addition, children can learn mapping skills and about eagle habitats and life cycles. They will gain knowledge while completing writing activities and sequencing events too.
In conclusion, you can find other creative teaching resources that use different Nursery Rhyme Lyrics each month. And, because Little Pot believes that spiritual, social, and academic growth produce the fruit of the Spirit, each guide contains these three sections.
The Mother Goose meets Mother Nature Recommended Timeline
September: (Routines and Schedules) “Hickory, the Mouse Learns About Time” and “Teach About Time with Hickory, the Mouse”.
October: (Pumpkins) “Peter-Peter Learns About Decay and Growth” and “Teach About Decay and Growth with Peter-Peter”.
November: (Healthy eating habits) “Jack Sprat Learns About Food” and “Teach About Food with Jack Sprat”.
December/January: (Snow and ice, States of Matter) “Jack and Jill Learn About Water” and “Teach About Water with Jack and Jill”.
February: (Shadows) “Jack B. Nimble Learns About Shadows“ and “Teach About Shadows with Jack B. Nimble”.
March: (Animals and Habitats) “Mary Learns About Animal Coverings” and “Teach About Animal Coverings with Mary”.
May: (Life Cycles and Positional Words) “Humpty Dumpty Learns About Positions” and “Teach About Positions with Humpty Dumpty”.
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