‘Humpty-Dumpty’ and ‘Ding, dong bell’, have entranced generations of preschoolers. Here’s how rhymes benefit the little ones.
By Dr Priscilla J S Selvaraj
Who doesn’t love nursery rhymes? But, do we ever realise their benefits? In her book, ‘Reading Magic’, Fox M states that, “Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re four years old, they’re usually among the best readers by the time they’re eight.” Not just reading skills, nursery rhymes offer a host of benefits for pre-schoolers. Here are the key benefits.
Other benefits include inculcating in preschoolers a love of books and reading, and enhancing their creativity and imagination.
With so many benefits, parents should begin by singing nursery rhymes as lullabies to their little ones and go on to engage in fantasy play with them. Rhymes can also be sung on long drives, walks and hikes.
So, welcome to the world of ‘Goosey goosey gander’ and ‘Little Miss Muffet’…!
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