Nursery rhymes are crucial to babies development.
They help to develop language skills and communication as well as physical and emotional skills.
At Baby Drama, we are all about emotional expression, language and communication development so we absolutely had to take part in World Nursery Rhyme this week which is a national initiative that works to emphasise and create awareness surrounding the importance of nursery rhymes.
Rhymers are Readers:
Singing nursery rhymes to your baby from birth can help language development from an early age. Singing traditional nursery rhymes and lullabies to babies before they learn to speak is considered an essential precursor to educational success by neuro-developmental consultants.
'If a child knows 8 nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are 4 years old, they are usually among the best readers and spellers in their class by the time they are 8'. (Fox, M. (2001). Reading Magic. San Diego, CA: Harcourt.)
Song is a special type of speech and the melodies and inflections prepares a child's ear, voice and brain for language. Singing to your bump during pregnancy is a brilliant idea as it helps with bonding, voice recognition and also beginning to prepare them for language.
Introducing babies to nursery rhymes can help them to learn and understand different speech patterns and sounds. It is a fantastic way to add new vocabulary, develop auditory skills and help to develop mouth and tongue muscles. Nursery rhymes help massively with language acquisition and are a really effective way of teaching how words and phrases are put together. The rhyme and rhythm of nursery rhymes highlight the sounds and syllables in words and with time these help our children learn to read.
The repetitive nature of nursery rhymes provides an opportunity to practice pronunciation and eventually articulation and modulation.
In order for children to develop phonological awareness, children need to be repeatedly exposed to spoken language and nursery rhymes are a great way to do this from birth.
Nursery Rhymes At Home
Nursery rhymes are also a lovely activity to do at home with your baby. It doesn't take any preparation or resources and you can do it anywhere. Try to add lots of lovely, simple actions that you can do with baby or show your baby and they will soon start to do the actions too. They are a fabulous way to bond and a lovely way to model good eye contact, facial expressions and touch. Why not take your nursery rhyme singing a step further and add puppets, baby sign language or musical instruments?
Nursery Rhymes To Try
The Wheels On The Bus
5 Little Ducks
Wind The Bobbin Up
Row Row Row Your Boat
Dingle Dangle Scarecrow
Hickory Dickory Dock
If You're Happy And You Know It
I'm A Little Teapot