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Nursery Rhymes – Read Them

Nursery Rhymes are awesome!

Why?

Because they allow your child to hear and say rhyming words. They allow your child to hear rhythms, words and patterns.

But I am surprised by the limited amount of nursery rhymes children seem to know these days. Are parents not sharing the old favourites? Have people moved on to cooler, more modern things?

Please don’t dismiss the old favourites. They help with a important things.

Phonological Awareness is an essential pre-reading skill. In fact it is an indicator for literacy success in later life. Meaning if your child has good phonological awareness skills they have a good chance of being a successful reader.

So what is Phonological Awareness?

Well it’s a broad term that incorporates all the things like rhyming, hearing and identifying the first sounds in words, sounding out the word ‘cat ‘ and counting the syllables in spoken words. And it is an oral language skill. It’s about hearing sounds, manipulating them and saying them.

And Nursery Rhymes support the rhyming side of things.

I also think learning a Nursery Rhyme is a great way to improve your child’s memory and listening skills.

Here are some nursery rhymes you can start with. Singing them will also help!

1. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

2. Mary Had A Little Lamb

3. Jack and Jill

4. Polly Put The Kettle On

5. I’m A Little Teapot

6. Baa Baa Black Sheep

7. The Grand Old Duke Of York

8. Miss Polly Had a Dolly (this one comes with a warning. I cannot tell you how many times we had to act this Nursery Rhyme out- twitch,twitch!)

9. This Little Piggy

10. Itsy Bitsy Spider

Yes, some of them are weird when you really think about them (think Three Blind Mice) so gauge and monitor your child’s reactions! We don’t want to freak anyone out!!

But try to have fun with them. Read Nursery Rhymes to your child or have them as an audio download/ CD.

Most kids will start to pick up the ‘tune’ of the rhyme and if it is in a book they will think they are ‘reading’. Run with that – it’s great for the confidence!

Happy Reading!

Leigh

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