6/13/2016 - Are Nursery Rhymes Still Important?
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Our lives can be extremely busy. Parents of small children certainly glance at the pressure you prioritized the standards most significant to their child's development. Nursery Rhymes seem to be one thing falling from the wayside. Certainly kindergarten and first grade students are arriving at school without familiar with the previous ditties. Is that this something useful? Exactly what is the reason we ought to prioritize these silly little songs? The solution is yes! Let's take a review of that these particular traditional childhood rhymes desire to make a resurgence.


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A perception called 'phonemic awareness' is a huge predictor of a child's success to learn you just read, and nursery rhymes really are a critical piece in supporting the introduction of this skill in children. What's phonemic awareness? It is the ability to hear the discrete and individual sounds in just a word all night . the skill sets to blend and manipulate these sounds. A phoneme is the smallest unit of sound within the English language and there are 44 phonemes. For example, the saying cat consist of three phonemes: the /c/ sound, the /a/ sound, along with the /t/ sound.

Study after study has shown that the strong hearing these sounds within words is the greatest predictor of future reading ability. In their book, Start to Read: Thinking and Understading about Print, Marilyn Jager Adams suggests a not enough phonemic awareness is regarded as the likely element in the failure to read proficiently (Adams,1990). "The best predictor of reading difficulty in kindergarten or first grade is the lack of ability to segment words and syllables into constituent sound units"(Lyon, 1995).

If you believe phonemic awareness only need to occur naturally through the entire early years as children learn to speak, reconsider that thought. Though acquiring phonemic awareness can be a "natural" phenomenon, this acquisition is based on the idea children will likely be subjected to language rich with phonemic repetition. As more and more adults and children spend more time with gadgets, language development may take a back seat.

So... how can we help children develop this awareness of language and sounds? Nursery rhymes are certainly one easy way. Results from research conducted recently indicated that utilizing nursery rhymes improved children's phonological awareness that has been enhanced their sensitivity to individual phonemes and rhyme, increasing the progression of phonemic skills (Harper, 2011).

Think about the nursery rhyme Pat-a-Cake:

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man.
Bake us a cake you'd like you can,
Pat it and prick it and measure the level using a B,
And bake it from the oven for baby and me.

When singing this rhyme, get the sounds with the words and punctuate the sounds with increased emphasis.

Here is a number of you'll remember:

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

Hickory, dickory, dock
A button ran inside the clock.
The time struck two
And down he flew
Hickory, dickory, dock.

Add the little toe movements with this particular one:

This little piggy went to market
This little piggy stayed home
This little piggy had roast beef
This little piggy had none
And this little piggy went "Wee, wee, wee" completely home!

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

Did you ever visit a (bear) on the (chair)?
Have you ever go to 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).

So let's start bringing those nursery rhymes back. Sing these songs and rhymes while bathing your son or daughter, getting started the car, cuddling around the couch. Grandmas and Grandpas, make nursery rhymes a great the main time the kiddos devote to you. More classic nursery rhymes is available with a simple web search and on YouTube.

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