Lifelong Benefits from Learning Nursery Rhymes and Poetry at a Young Age

Nursery Rhymes are disappearing from the language of our young children.  What a tragic loss this is.  More and more children are arriving in Kindergarten without any knowledge of Nursery Rhymes.  Research has shown that children who struggle with rhymes will more than likely later struggle with reading.

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/119367885/abstract

Here is a list of Nursery Rhymes that you and your child may enjoy together

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~pfa/dreamhouse/nursery/rhymes.html

Here is a site where you can print (for free) simple nursery rhyme booklets for your child to enjoy and color

http://www.state.lib.la.us/la_dyn_templ.cfm?doc_id=826
There are many benefits to learning nursery rhymes and preschool songs:

1. Nursery rhymes, poems and songs will provide your children with opportunities to develop an appreciation for rhyme and rhythm.

2. The development of auditory skills comes from listening to poems, songs and rhymes and LISTENING is an important skill to develop.

3. Poems and verses use words to paint mental pictures and help to expand their imagination.

4. While you read, sing, play and act out nursery rhymes together you are conveying to your children that sounds make words and that words are fun and you are creating a sense of humor.

5.  Rhymes and Fingerplays help children to develop fine motor skills and coordination.

Invest in your child’s future and purchase a nursery rhyme book that the entire family will love.  Your child will enjoy hearing the rhymes over and over until he/she knows them by heart.

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14 responses to “Lifelong Benefits from Learning Nursery Rhymes and Poetry at a Young Age

  1. Marnie

    And again I say, “AMEN!” For seven years I have (as you know, Claire) worked with those kindergarten students who do not pass their entering kindergarten benchmark skills test, helping them to learn about letter sounds and rhyming. It is amazing to me how many students (even from our very privileged community) do not know how to produce or recognize rhymes! If you think about some of the early reading skills, you realize that those “phonological awareness” (awareness of the sounds of language) skills are absolutely necessary. I think that’s one of the most important things that you can share with parents of young children about reading readiness.

  2. your blogs are so warm and cozy! i think its the calming picture up top too. i also like it when you lay down the law in these blogs and say “no exceptions!”

  3. mary louise obrien

    I had forgotten how important nursery rhymes are with the little ones. I have started to see neices and nephews enjoy the finger plays/ryhmes. they pick them up so quickly and are so pleased with themselves.
    Thanks for the websites. Keep the interesting blogs coming. thanks, mary

  4. Jean Ouellette

    Claire, This is my first time looking at your website, and I came upon this blog about Nursery Rhymes. The information is so informative, and the site with the free nursery rhyme books to print and cut out is wonderful. I can’t wait to take some time to go through your archives, and I can’t wait to share some of this information with my preschool colleagues and my preschool parents. I already have some ideas how to incorporate the nursery rhyme booklets into my therapy sessions. Congratulations on developing such a wonderful site, and more importantly, thank you for sharing.
    Jean

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  8. Every week in library class I have my toddler group of 2-year-olds pull an object from the “rhyme bag”. Each small object represents a nursery rhyme. As they draw objects we sing the song or do the finger play associated with that nursery rhyme. At the end of the year they know over 20 nursery rhymes, because the objects rotate out of the bag. They love ending class this way and at year’s end they get a booklet from me with photos of the objects used and the rhymes they learned.

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  12. MLS

    Nice piece. Nursery Rhymes are certainly good for kids and what’s more, they’re free. See a compilation of sites with free nursery rhymes: http://www.michelleslearningspot.com/blog/2014/8/11/a-list-of-websites-with-free-nursery-rhymes

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