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Nursery Rhymes Are Still Important After All This Time!

February 04, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 143

How many Nursery Rhymes does your child know?

Do teach your child Nursery Rhymes...they offer great opportunities for stimulating your child's language development. They may seem old fashioned, but they have been around for a long time because they work!

They're colourful, often silly, and they use patterns of sound and rhythm that are predictable and pleasing to the ear. Many of them can be accompanied by fun actions. This all makes them easier to remember than just sentences.

Children love to hear the same songs and stories over and over again. It gives them opportunity to practise their newly developing skills on pieces with which they are already familiar. When children are given the chance to use material they feel comfortable with, they find that they gain mastery over new skills and become confident in using them.

Before children can be good talkers they need good listening skills. Children must develop the ability to remember the sounds and words they hear, and, later, to repeat them. This is called auditory memory. Children need a good auditory memory to become good communicators.

Lots of children, though, need help to develop their auditory memory, especially if they have had times of hearing loss at any stage in infancy, such as when they have had ear infections.

Nursery rhymes are wonderful for practising auditory memory skills. In a fun sort of way they learn to remember exact sequences of sounds and words. And the words can often be teamed with actions, which little children love, before they can even say the words. Songs that have actions are even easier to remember. The actions help the words come.

Nursery Rhymes allow for endless repetition which means that your child is practising words and phrases many times.

As well, there are lots of other language skills that children can start to learn from nursery rhymes, such as basic story structure, sequencing (getting things in the right order) and lots of different sentence structures. Nursery Rhymes also expose children to a variety of vocabulary that they wouldn't necessarily hear otherwise.

Research has also shown how important it is for children to understand the way some words rhyme. Rhyming is one of the sound awareness skills, called phonological awareness, that children need before they can learn to read. Being able to rhyme quickly and easily is also necessary in order for words to be stored efficiently in the brain.

Nursery Rhymes can help start the thinking processes, like understanding cause and effect. They introduce many basic word concepts such as 'up' and 'down' and 'over' which help good comprehension skills to develop.

Nursery Rhymes have been said and sung to little people for countless generations. Kids love them and they work!

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