Have you ever wondered why generations upon generations have taught their children Nursery Rhymes? Is there still a place for them in our kid’s childhood?
In my opinion- absolutely!
Nursery rhymes are great fun and they are fabulous for developing children’s language and communication skills.
What else can children gain from nursery rhymes?
– Early Phonic Skills– phonics are an important component of many children’s education- helping them to learn to read. Nursery rhymes help develop early phonics by children hearing sounds and repeating them then blending them to make words.
– Social skills– one of the best things about nursery rhymes is the social benefit. Often sung in groups it helps children build relationships with other children. It can also be a wonderful bonding experience between parents and children.
–Language Development– through repetition of key words and phrases children’s language and vocabulary is extended.
– Rhyme and Rhythm– Nursery rhymes are a great introduction into rhymes and rhythmn.
– Non verbal communication skills– it’s not just language that is debeloped. Through the actions that accompany many nursery rhymes, children can develop non-verbal communication.
How can you make nursery rhymes even more engaging?
Here’s what we did:
Example: Hickory Dickory Dock
- Incorporated this fun, puppet book by Little Learners (Parragon Books)
- Made our own ‘clock’ to run our toy mouse up and down! This also helped them develop their understanding of time/numbers.