Do you remember any of your nursery rhymes? Well, most of us do, at least a few lines, even after many years. Now that your kids have also started learning them, do you wonder how these nursery rhymes can actually benefit them? Many of us feel that the school environment, with nursery wallpaper and rhymes, is a fun and easy way to distract children, but it comes with multiple benefits in both the short and long run.
What are the benefits?
It plays a vital role in pre-school development and introduces the idea of storytelling to babies. Nursery rhymes describe some fantastic stories to children; it helps them to imagine things. They start thinking about different characters, and situations. Nursery rhymes teach them different words and language in a fun way. It develops several skills in your little ones, including:
- Cognitive development: As nursery rhymes are repeated, and the kids hear them, it’s good for their brain. The practice improves their memory, concentration, spatial intelligence, and thinking abilities. It also helps your child’s brain split words into syllables, notice similarities between the sound of different words, etc.
- Language skills: Nursery rhymes have proven to improve a child’s language grip and speech. It enables the kids to distinguish between different sounds and improve their overall listening skills. It increases your child’s vocabulary and introduces them to the world of poetry. Researchers say that children who enjoy listening to nursery rhymes, later become good readers.
- Maths: With nursery rhymes, your child gets introduced to the world of numbers. Patterns, sequencing, counting, etc., are introduced, laying the foundation for basic math. It also helps them to understand different units like quantities, weight, etc.
- Motor skills development: You might have noticed that teachers show relatable actions to the children while reading or reciting rhymes; it is an essential practice as it improves a child’s motor skills.
- Social skills: Nursery rhymes help in developing different emotions, especially humor among children. This can be a great group activity and helps create a bond between the children and their teacher. Studies have shown that nursery rhymes can develop a sense of comfort among children in an uncomfortable situation.
As a parent, you can do many things with nursery rhymes that would benefit your children. Repeating their favorite rhyme with them every time helps them to learn things faster. Sing along with them, clap on beats, and create a musical environment in your home, which is an excellent stimulus for your child’s brain development. Use actions while repeating the rhymes; this would improve their motor skills. You can also help your child learn the rhymes by asking them to fill in the missing words. Make the nursery rhyme teaching a fun session with your children. You can also find different ways to include nursery rhymes in your child’s daily activities- for example, sing them their favorite piece before their nap.