Nursery rhymes create a big impact on children, more than parents may thing – many question the purpose of nursery rhymes; other than being extremely repetitive, what is the point?
Literacy and child development experts have found that a child that knows roughly eight nursery rhymes and can recite them by heart before they’re four, it’s likely that they will be a skilled reader and speller in their classes by the time thy are in Year 3.
Phonic skills – Nursery rhymes allow children to develop early phonic skills, which is the ability to identify, hear and manipulate letter sounds. Quite a few schools actually use phonics as one of the main ways to teach reading.
Practice – They allow children to practice pitch, volume and language variation – when asking a question and retelling a story to friends, tone needs to be changed and children will have to learn that.
Imagination – Nursery rhymes have been said to expand a child’s imagination which is understandable with stories of eggs sitting on walls alike.
Sequence – The rhymes follow clear sequences of events starting with a beginning, middle and then an end. These will be among the first ‘stories’ you child will be able to understand.
Vocabulary – Of course, the repetition of the nursery rhymes will help them stick in the child’s brain and will broaden their vocabulary as they learn to interpret the words for themselves.
Fun – Most importantly, they’re fun! For a child, learning new things is fun, and paired with a catchy song, they will enjoy learning.
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