Nursery rhymes feature prominently in cultures all over the world and their role in language and literacy for children should not be underestimated. In fact, research indicates that exposure to and familiarity with nursery rhymes has a notably positive impact on early literacy for children during early childhood and beyond.
Nursery rhyme time can enhance children’s alphabet knowledge, vocabulary, ability to recognise words, awareness of different letter sounds and story-telling skills. These are vital learning experiences that can be achieved through simply making time to recite nursery rhymes with children!
A few years ago, Galina Zenin was asked to share her personal story and write an article about the benefits of nursery rhymes. Click here to read the full article ‘Let’s Fall in Love with Nursery Rhymes … Again’ in the November 2019 edition of Parenta Magazine.
With World Nursery Rhyme Week celebrated from 13 to 17 November this year, it allows many incredible educational and developmental opportunities to be seized through embracing nursery rhymes. It’s time we shared our favourites with the children in our care!
The incredible benefits of nursery rhymes
The benefits of incorporating nursery rhymes into our practises are powerful and include the following:
- The discovery of language, from word recognition through to pronunciation and grammar.
- Building memory skills through rhyme and repetition.
- Motor skills can be developed by adding movements to the words to enhance the story.
- Bonding with other children as they sing in a circle and connecting with Educators through stories and songs.
- The foundation for a lifelong love of words and literacy.