Jack be nimble,
Jack be quick.
Jack jumped over the candlestick.
He jumped so high he touched the sky,
And didn’t come back till the fourth of July.
There was an old woman….
Mary, Mary quite contrary…
Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater…
How many nursery rhymes do you know?
In my job I work with children 3, 4 and 5 years old and part of my work involves literacy. This week I was working at a library and saw this poster on the wall:
I have always liked nursery rhymes but I never considered them to be so educationally beneficial. So I did a little research and found that some benefits of teaching children nursery rhymes are:
- Builds vocabulary
- Language development
- Creates phonemic awareness
- Teaches memorization skills
- Teaches how language works
- Teaches rhythm and patterns of language
- Teaches kids how to memorize
So to help your child be ahead teach them nursery rhymes, read books that are written in rhyme, or sing nursery rhyme songs with them. As they get older do activities that teach rhyming skills.
Nursery rhymes can be fun AND have educational value.
This is the end from the parent-writing partner of our team, the teacher partner, Lindsey adds:
I use “eenie, meenie, mynie, moe, catch a tiger by the toe…” with my 2nd grade students. Every time I do it they are SO INTRIGUED! Some of them have tried to learn it and it’s so cute to hear them say.