17 months old

The Grand Old Duke of York


Today we continued our play with nursery rhymes by doing The Grand Old Duke of York (over and over again!)

This is something that we've done at Gymboree before, and Ethan absolutely loves it.  I'm hoping that this will help to develop Ethan's language if we continue to repeat some of his favourite nursery rhymes, especially those with actions that go along with the words.  This will help his Communication, Language and Literacy development.

I sit Ethan in my lap and move my knees up and down as the rhyme goes (and then hold him upside down at the end, which he really loves!)

Oh, The grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men;
He marched them up to the top of the hill,
And he marched them down again.

And when they were up, they were up,
And when they were down, they were down,
And when they were only half-way up,
They were neither up nor down.

He marched them to the left
He marched them to the right
And then he marched them upside down,
Oh what a silly sight!

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