Nursery rhymes are said to have been around for centuries and for most children nursery rhymes are probably their first experience with literacy. Kids love them because they are fun to listen to or sing and dance to.
Here are some ways your child can learn from nursery rhymes:
- The rhyme and rhythm in nursery rhymes helps children hear the syllables in words which helps kids learn to read and helps with their language and cognitive development.
- Sequencing helps children become good readers as they learn the beginning, middle and end of a story. Nursery rhymes are a great place to start sequencing. We did this nursery rhyme sequence activity and my daughter had alot of fun with it.
- Build self confidence with nursery rhymes! I wish I had a video clip to share but each night my kids and I send a good night message to their Grandparents. They live 7 hours away and this has been a really special way to include them in our lives. Our video messages are always songs and one of the things we love to do is take a traditional nursery rhyme song and change the words to it. I believe doing this helps my children build confidence in how they express themselves.
- Most importantly, whether singing or reading nursery rhymes you and your child are bonding and creating memories that will last a lifetime!
I picked up this nursery rhyme book at a yard sale and it's one of my daughters favorite bedtime reads. If you can find this book it's a must buy or borrow from your local library!
Speaking of lifetime, 40 years later I still have the Mother Goose book that my Mother read to me from. Now I share this same book with my children.