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June 23 2016


Are Nursery Rhymes Still Important?

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed
Our lives can be extremely busy. Parents of children certainly have the pressure to prioritize the standards most significant on their child's development. Nursery Rhymes appear to be one of the things falling through the wayside. Certainly kindergarten and first grade children are going to school without having to be informed about the old ditties. Are these claims something useful? Exactly what is the reason we should prioritize these silly little songs? The reply is yes! Consider a review of these particular traditional childhood rhymes intend to make upset.

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A concept called 'phonemic awareness' has become a predictor of your child's success in learning to see, and nursery rhymes really are a critical piece in supporting the development of this skill in young children. What is phonemic awareness? It does not take hearing the discrete and individual sounds in a word and achieving the skill sets combine and manipulate these sounds. A phoneme may be the smallest unit of sound within the English language and there are 44 phonemes. By way of example, the saying cat consists of three phonemes: the /c/ sound, the /a/ sound, and also the /t/ sound.

Study after study has demonstrated which a strong ability to hear these sounds within words is the better predictor of future reading ability. In her own book, Starting to Read: Thinking and Understading about Print, Marilyn Jager Adams points out that the insufficient phonemic awareness is easily the most likely element in the failure you just read proficiently (Adams,1990). "The best predictor of reading difficulty in kindergarten or first grade will be the inability to segment words and syllables into constituent sound units"(Lyon, 1995).

If you think phonemic awareness only need to occur naturally during the entire early years as children learn to speak, you better think again. Though acquiring phonemic awareness is a "natural" phenomenon, this acquisition will depend on the concept children is going to be exposed to language rich with phonemic repetition. As increasing numbers of kids and adults spend more time with electronic devices, language development can take a back seat.

So... how do we help children develop this understanding language and sounds? Nursery rhymes are one smart way. Is caused by a recent study revealed that utilizing nursery rhymes improved children's phonological awareness that has been enhanced their sensitivity to individual phonemes and rhyme, improving the development of phonemic skills (Harper, 2011).

Take into account the nursery rhyme Pat-a-Cake:

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man.
Bake us a cake as soon as you'll be able to,
Pat it and prick it and mark it which has a B,
And bake it inside the oven for baby and me.

When singing this rhyme, remove the sounds from the words and punctuate the sounds with more emphasis.

Here's a few more you'll remember:

Hickory, dickory, dock
The mouse ran up the clock.
Time struck one
The mouse ran down
Hickory, dickory, dock.

Hickory, dickory, dock
The mouse ran in the clock.
Time struck two
And down he flew
Hickory, dickory, dock.

Add some little toe movements using this one:

This little piggy attended market
This little piggy stayed home
This little piggy had roast beef
This little piggy had none
Which little piggy went "Wee, wee, wee" completely home!

Later, add songs where children have an opportunity to invent their particular rhyming pairs. That is sung towards the tune of "If You're Happy so you Know It". Help your child consider words to insert (cat/mat, dog/hog, mouse/house, snake/lake, rat/hat, goat/boat, fish/dish).

Do you ever visit a (bear) on the (chair)?
Have you ever visit a (bear) with a (chair)?
No, Irrrve never, no, I never, no, Irrrve never, no, Irrrve never,
No, Irrrve never saw a (bear) on a (chair).

Let's quickly start bringing those nursery rhymes back. Sing these songs and rhymes while bathing your kids, getting started the car, cuddling on the couch. Grandmas and Grandpas, make nursery rhymes a great section of the time the kiddos devote to you. More classic nursery rhymes can be found having a simple web search and so on YouTube.

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