Make Learning Words Fun & Easy For Children
Remember the nursery rhymes from your childhood?
Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one, the mouse ran down
Hickory dickory dock.
It’s amazing how childhood songs and rhymes stick in our head for years.
Even if you haven’t sung a rhyme in a while, as soon as you hear it, the words flood back.
So why do we remember rhymes so easily?
Well, they’re fun, interactive and silly.
Plus, they use patterns which are incredibly important when organising and memorising information in our brains.
Why Are Rhymes Important?
Children learn their first words by listening and speaking. This lays the foundation for good writing and reading skills later on.
Research has shown that singing nursery rhymes to babies helps develop their communications skills and language from a very early age.
For centuries, singing rhymes and telling stories has always been part of a child’s routine and parents would spend hours regaling wonderful tales to their kids.
But nowadays, children aren’t memorizing rhymes because their parents aren’t reading to them. And as a result, children are falling behind with their speech development.
In order for children to understand what they’re reading, they have to hear the language first.
How Do Rhymes Help Language Development?
- When we sing a familiar rhyme song or rhyming story, we engage children on a level where they can really tune into what we’re saying. They concentrate hard and listen to every word we say.
- By hearing the sounds that vowels and consonants make, children learn how to put these sounds together to make words.
- The repetitive nature of nursery rhymes helps strengthen a child’s memory and recall capabilities. With short, easy-to-remember sentences, rhymes often become children’s first sentences.
- The rhythm and beat of a rhyme song or story also helps kids detect tone and pitch. What this means is they’re able to recognise a question over a statement and distinguish mood and emotion.
- The variety of different sounds used in rhymes helps develop the necessary muscles in the mouth and tongue that are used for speech.
- Rhymes expose children to new words, enhancing their vocabulary. They learn how to articulate and pronounce words efficiently, often making up their own rhymes.
- Children enjoy being part of the song or story and start to act out the parts. Rhymes spark their imagination and promotes self-expression.
Reading a book (or two) a day will go a long way in aiding your child’s speech development.
It’ll help them understand sounds, broaden their vocabulary and give them all the necessary pre-reading skills.
The more rhyme songs and stories you can include the better!
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