During the last week of July I was in California, vacationing with family (including six of my grandchildren). Most of these kids have grown past a fascination with nursery rhymes, but I still like them -- and think it's likely that memorization of rhymes helps with learning to read and count.
Here is one of my favorites, "A Diller, a Dollar."
A diller, a dollar, a ten o'clock scholar!
What makes you come so soon?
You used to come at ten o'clock;
And now you come at noon.
Maybe this rhyme, along with "As I Was Going to St. Ives,"
gets part-credit for the pleasure I gain from thinking of
paradoxes, opposites, confusions, and impossibilities.
My previous postings of mathy chldren's rhymes include: 28 September 2011, 30 November 2011, and 23 January 2012. And here is a link to a variety of other familiar rhymes, Lit2Go.