Why nursery rhymes are important ?

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Ever wondered why nursery rhymes are important?

In the mid of 19th century an average primary school-aged child had a vocabulary of around 10,000 words, but today it is just a quarter of that, Wonder why ?. Because parents are reading less to their children and many of them completely overlook nursery rhymes which Stead describes as

“the bread-and-butter of traditional early children’s literature”.

Introducing nursery rhymes to a child can help with their development in various ways. It widens their vocabulary, improves their language and communication skills and helps them to socialize with other children. Rhymes are good for the brain. The repetition of rhymes and stories teach children how language works, it also builds memory capabilities that can be applied to all sorts of activities.

Furthermore, nursery rhyme books are often a child’s first experience with literacy: “Even before they can read, children can sit and learn how a book works.” This extends to the pictures and music associated with nursery rhymes: it is a full visual and aural experience. So you decide what it should be your kid’s first experience.

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Susie Tallman, an award-winning nursery school music teacher says rhymes are a great group activity and singing nursery rhymes allows all kids—even shy ones—to feel confident about singing, dancing and performing because they are so easy to grasp and fun: “It builds confidence right in front of my eyes,”

she says. “They really see the connection between movement, rhythm, and words.” Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if a child knows eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are four years old, they are usually among the best readers and spellers in their class by the time they are in Year 3. Few world famous rhymes are as follows:

Hickory Dickory Dock


Hickory Dickory Dock.
The mouse went up the clock.
The clock struck one.
The mouse went down.
Hickory Dickory Dock.
Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock.

Hickory Dickory Dock.
The mouse went up the clock.
The clock struck two.
The mouse went down.
Hickory Dickory Dock.
Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock.

Hickory Dickory Dock.
The mouse went up the clock.
The clock struck three.
The mouse went down.
Hickory Dickory Dock.
Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock.

Hickory Dickory Dock.
The mouse went up the clock.
The clock struck four.
The mouse went down.
Hickory Dickory Dock.
Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star


Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
How I wonder what you are.

Sing along the best Number Rhymes.

Ring around the Rosy (Rosie)

A pocket full of posies
Ashes, ashes,

We all fall down!

Humpty Dumpty

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 together again.”

 

Row row row your boat

 Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.


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