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Children’s nursery rhymes benefit the development of a child’s linguistics

Nursery rhymes are a given when a child is growing up, and some parents will agree on how catchy they are.

They are able to have an impact on the development of a child’s linguistics and their understanding of phonics.

Conducted research has presented finding that the short format and repeated nature of the songs aid in the development of a child’s reading skills. Over a period of time, children will have a developed understanding and familiarity with specific sounds which will help them identify the similarities between different words. An example could be the words ‘light’ and ‘night’ sounding extremely similar which will aid the child as they learn to read at a later stage.

Nursery rhymes are also a brilliant way for children to experiment with sounds, broaden their memory, and understand books and reading in general. Cognitive ability can be improved through videos, this is because the video illustrates the nursery rhyme and gives the rhyme context leading to an understanding of the rhyme. Because there is added visual stimulation and sing along options will get the children involved.

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Nursery rhymes help children learn

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.

Why?

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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