Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Importance of Nursery Rhymes

"Hey diddle, diddle the cat and the fiddle the cow jumped over the moon. The little dog laughed to see such sport and the dish ran away with the spoon."

Nursery Rhymes may seem old-fashioned, but these silly songs and poems are gold mines when it comes to boosting your child’s verbal and literacy skills!

Nursery Rhymes help young children by:
- Teaching Rhyming. Rhyming plays an important part in early literacy.
- Teaching Vocabulary. Nursery Rhymes are full of words that your child may not hear during a routine day. Hearing these words in context increases your child’s vocabulary. A large vocabulary is a critical skill for successful reading comprehension.
- Assisting Phonemic Awareness (the ability to hear and separate sounds in spoken language). Listening to and reciting nursery rhymes helps young children distinguish these important components of their native language.
- Providing Literacy Fun! What better way to help your child love written and spoken language than presenting it in silly songs, fun poems and easily remembered stories.
These are just a few of the many reasons to make nursery rhymes an important part of your child's life. 

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