Little Routines, Gillian Stewart

World Nursery Rhyme Week
Gillian Stewart, Tuesday, November 10, 2015

This week is World Nursery Rhyme Week, celebrating the importance of nursery rhymes in early childhood.

Nursery rhymes are a very important part of children's language skills. The rhythm and rhyme makes it easier for babies and young children to learn. They hear the sounds and syllables in words that later helps with their reading skills and gives them a love of language.

Babies and young children love to hear the same rhymes over and over again. They enjoy the actions and learn very quickly to repeat and copy. You can make up your own rhymes and have fun with words. Babies and children love to hear your voice, so laugh and have fun with the actions too!

Research has shown that if a child knows eight nursery rhymes by the age of four, they will be amongst the best readers and spellers by year three of school.

So it is never too early to start.  Sing a nursery rhyme everyday to your baby or child.

Some nursery rhymes you might like to start with are...Baa, baa black sheep and One two, three, four, five once I caught a fish alive. Humpty Dumpty and Pat-a-cake are favourites. Twinkle, twinkle little star is a lullaby that children love to hear and sing.