Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water Jack fell down and broke his crown And Jill came tumbling after. Up got Jack, and home did trot As fast as he could caper He went to bed and bound his head With vinegar and brown paper.
Did you know that this is about the fall of the French Monarchy? Jack was Louis XVI He was beheaded Jill was his wife, Marie Antoinette. She was beheaded after her husband.
Mary is the queen of England She had a lot of people who didnt believe the same as her killed. So when it asks how her garden grows The Silver bells and cockle shells are torture devises The maids referred to the gallons that she had to behead people.
Little Jack Horner sat in the corner Eating his Christmas pie, He put in his thumb and pulled out a plum And said "What a good boy am I!"
Bishop Whiting had a steward named Horner. The King of England, Henry VIII didnt like Bishop Whiting. The Bishop tried to bribe the king and hid deeds to a house in a pie. King didnt take it Horner testified against Bishop Whiting. Either he stole the deed or Plum from the pie or he was paid off by the King.
Ring around the rosy A pocketful of posies "Ashes, Ashes" We all fall down!
Linked to the Bubonic Plague Symptoms A ring of rose colored rings appeared on the skin Posies? People kept posies with them because they thought the plague was spread by bad smells Ashes, Ashes, We all fall down Is from burning the bodies after they people died.
Some used singing or reciting rhymes as a form of rebellion Back then they couldnt say what they thought if it was against the king. This was also their way to make fun of or disagree with the king. Others were to remember history Not everyone could read and write. This was their way to remember history Or to teach their children Best way to remember is a rhyme.
Mary had a little lamb its fleece was white as snow; And everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go. It followed her to school one day, which was against the rule; It made the children laugh and play, to see a lamb at school. And so the teacher turned it out, but still it lingered near, And waited patiently about till Mary did appear. "Why does the lamb love Mary so?" the eager children cry; "Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know" the teacher did reply.
Written by Sarah Hale living in Boston 1830. This rhyme shows that love is given and received. It also introduces children to similes.
Hickory dickory dock The mouse ran up the clock The clock struck one The mouse ran down Hickory dickory dock
This rhyme is a good way to teach children to tell time It was also fun for the word play.
One two buckle my shoe Three, four, knock at the door Five, six, pick up sticks Seven, eight, lay them straight Nine, ten, a big fat hen Eleven, twelve, dig and delve Thirteen, fourteen, maids a- courting Fifteen, sixteen, maids in the kitchen Seventeen, eighteen, maids in waiting Nineteen, twenty, my plate's empty
Used to help children count Made it fun to learn Easy to remember
But most are to help teach Remember history Or Even to make fun of Royalty