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Nursery Rhymes


One of the most effective ways of familiarising your child with reading and speaking is to introduce him to the wonderful world of nursery rhymes.


Why are nursery rhymes so effective?

Nursery rhymes are great at helping a child learn words, because they are so easy to remember. Very often when adults have to remember a new word or name, they do so by association. A new client may have the same name as your best friend, and you associate the two in order to remember the name. Similarly, when a new word rhymes with an old one, it is a lot easier to remember it. Pronunciations too can be memorised with the help of rhymes - for example, your child can be taught that soup, pool, school… all rhyme with 'fool'.


At what age should I start singing songs to my child?

You don't have to wait until your child is older before you introduce him to nursery rhymes. Start singing to your baby at the outset, as often as possible. When bathing your baby for example, you could sing, "This is the way we wash our hands." When you are outdoors with your baby in the sun, you could sing, "You are my sunshine." It is also a good idea to leave a cassette of nursery rhymes playing in the background when your child is awake and playing around. Regular exposure to the same songs will help your child remember them, and before you know it, he will start recognising songs and words.


Should I sing to my child if I cannot carry a tune?

Many mothers are hesitant about singing songs to their children if they don't have a good voice. Don't let this bother you! Your child loves you and your voice, no matter how little melody it has. Sing, without worrying whether or not you are in tune. If you are very particular, then recite nursery rhymes to your child.


What are the other benefits?

Singing nursery rhymes often also gives your child more confidence, and improves his ability and desire to speak out in front of strangers. It's all about being vocal. The more your child is familiar with nursery rhymes and the more he keeps singing or chanting them aloud, the greater the chances that your child will feel comfortable narrating the same nursery rhyme in front of others - and the appreciation that this brings will increase his confidence. However, don't force your child to recite rhymes in front of your friends if he is not comfortable doing so. Let the desire come from within.


What are some good rhymes to sing?

A great favourite with kids is the song "When you're happy and you know it." This is because it combines actions with words, and kids enjoy acting out the steps. Along with the song, they learn what are hands, feet and fingers, and pick up various other actions like clap, stomp and snap. Here are the words to this old favourite:

When you're happy and you know it clap your hands (clap, clap)
When you're happy and you know it clap your hands (clap, clap)
When you're happy and you know it and you really want to show it
When you're happy and you know it clap your hands. (clap, clap)

When you're happy and you know it, stomp your feet (stomp stomp)
When you're happy and you know it, stomp your feet (stomp stomp)
When you're happy and you know it, and you really want to show it
When you're happy and you know it, stomp your feet. (stomp stomp)

When you're happy and you know it, shout "Hurray!" (hoo-ray!)
When you're happy and you know it, shout "Hurray!" (hoo-ray!)
When you're happy and you know it, and you really want to show it
When you're happy and you know it, shout "Hurray!" (hoo-ray!)

When you're happy and you know it, do all three
(clap-clap, stomp-stomp, hoo-ray!)
When you're happy and you know it, do all three
(clap-clap, stomp-stomp, hoo-ray!)
When you're happy and you know it, and you really want to show it
When you're happy and you know it, do all three.
(clap-clap, stomp-stomp, hoo-ray!)

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Tony s.7 years ago
yes. nice article. nursery rhymes are a great way to teach everything to the children , be it colours, months of a year, days of the week, parts ofthe body etc. i always convert all this info into a nice rhyming song and my kids love to sing and sway with me. in the process they learn so many new things and are able to recollect later as well. but along with english songs one should also teach them songs in mother tongue , hindi and other regional lang. this way the child also understands and grasps new words, tones and slangs. the grandparents can be agreat help for regional songs. thanks for the wonderful article.
 
 
 
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yasemin.7 years ago
i like the idea of the nursery songs and the fact that you put the nursery words in here... makes it easier for people to sing it!!

can you please add more songs??? i like it.

yasemin
 
 
 
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shilpa.7 years ago
yes, these nursery ryhmes are very-very important for your child's development.it is my personal experience.thanks for this.
 
 
 
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disha.7 years ago
i have personally experienced that songs do effect the babies growth and makes them more happy and expressive.good article
 
 
 
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PREETI.7 years ago
poems or music of any kind do help in bringing up the child in alively way as well as they too like the rhythm of any kind.they may not understand the words but they will respond to the music
 
 
 
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naomi.7 years ago
can you show me some fairy tale in congo or a peace of writing or a song
 
 
 
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nesha.7 years ago
nursery rhyme for libyans
 
 
 
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nesha.7 years ago
nursery rhyme for libyans
 
 
 
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