Are Nursery Rhymes Still Important?

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Us can be extremely busy. Parents of young kids certainly notice the pressure to prioritize the factors most significant with their child's development. Nursery Rhymes seem to be one of the things falling through the wayside. Certainly kindergarten and first grade kids are arriving at school without having to be informed about that old ditties. Is something useful? It is possible to reason we have to prioritize these silly little songs? The solution is yes! Let's take a peek at why these traditional childhood rhymes need to make a resurgence.

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A perception generally known as 'phonemic awareness' is a huge predictor of your child's success to learn to read, and nursery rhymes really are a critical piece in supporting the development of this skill in young kids. What exactly is phonemic awareness? It is the hearing the discrete and individual sounds in a word and achieving the abilities to mix and manipulate these sounds. A phoneme is the smallest unit of sound within the English language and there are 44 phonemes. For instance, the term cat consists of three phonemes: the /c/ sound, the /a/ sound, and also the /t/ sound.

Research upon research shows that a strong ability to hear these sounds within words is the best predictor of future reading ability. In her own book, Start to Read: Thinking and Learning About Print, Marilyn Jager Adams highlights a lack of phonemic awareness is easily the most likely factor in the failure to learn proficiently (Adams,1990). "The best predictor of reading difficulty in kindergarten or first grade may be the wherewithal to segment words and syllables into constituent sound units"(Lyon, 1995).

If you think phonemic awareness should just occur naturally during the entire early years as children learn to speak, think again. Though acquiring phonemic awareness is a "natural" phenomenon, this acquisition is based on the belief children is going to be subjected to language rich with phonemic repetition. As increasing numbers of adults and kids spend more time with electronic products, language development usually takes a back seat.

So... how should we help children develop this understanding of language and sounds? Nursery rhymes is one great way. Is caused by majority of folks revealed that working with nursery rhymes improved children's phonological awareness that has been enhanced their sensitivity to individual phonemes and rhyme, helping the progression of phonemic skills (Harper, 2011).

Take into account the nursery rhyme Pat-a-Cake:

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man.
Bake me a cake you'd like you'll be able to,
Pat it and prick it and mark it which has a B,
And bake it from the oven for baby and me.

When singing this rhyme, get the sounds in the words and punctuate the sounds with more emphasis.

This is a few more you'll remember:

Hickory, dickory, dock
The mouse ran the clock.
The hands of time struck one
The mouse ran down
Hickory, dickory, dock.

Hickory, dickory, dock
A button ran inside the clock.
Time struck two
And down he flew
Hickory, dickory, dock.

Add some little toe movements using this one:

This little piggy visited market
This little piggy stayed home
This little piggy had roast beef
This little piggy had none
And also this little piggy went "Wee, wee, wee" completely home!

Later, add songs in which children provide an opportunity to invent their particular rhyming pairs. That is sung towards the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It". Help your child consider words to insert (cat/mat, dog/hog, mouse/house, snake/lake, rat/hat, goat/boat, fish/dish).

Do you ever visit a (bear) with a (chair)?
Have you ever view a (bear) on a (chair)?
No, Irrrve never, no, I never, no, Irrrve never, no, I never,
No, Irrrve never saw a (bear) on the (chair).

So let's start bringing those nursery rhymes back. Sing these songs and rhymes while bathing your child, getting started the car, cuddling around the couch. Grandmas and Grandpas, make nursery rhymes a fun part of the time the kiddos commit to you. More classic nursery rhymes is available which has a simple web search as well as on YouTube.

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