Learning and reciting
nursery rhymes play a vital role in the development of the child's
intelligence. Learn how to sing nursery rhymes in the right way.
Singing nursery rhymes is an everyday bedtime activity of Chinmay and his mom. Today they are going to learn and recite the poem, 'Baa, Baa, Black Sheep'
from the wide range of the Mother Goose collection. Chinmay knows many
rhymes by heart. His mom finds it really sweet when he sings a nursery
rhyme with hand gestures and facial expressions. He has learnt to count
from one to ten by learning the poem, 'one two buckle my shoe'.
and poems fascinate children the most. They have myriad characters,
funny rhyming words, interesting narrations, and tunes that make little
ones clap and nod. Be the perfect parent to your child by teaching him
the right way to sing a nursery rhyme.
Make learning a fun activity
Do not make learning a boring task for your child; rather make it
enjoyable and playful activity. Colourful books attract children like
nothing else. What fun it would be to learn the poem, 'twinkle twinkle little star'
while looking at the picture of a dark sky with twinkling stars. A
child would surely like to recite the poem, 'hot cross buns' if he has
a picture of mouthwatering steamy buns alongside the written verses.
Just the click of mouse and there you have so many nursery rhyme videos
to choose from. Show your child the video of the nursery rhyme, Jack and Jill, so he will not find it tedious to by heart and sing the rhyme along with the video. Not only English rhymes but you will find Hindi rhymes and Marathi rhymes videos too on the internet.
Audio cassettes and CDs of nursery rhymes would be a great learning
treasure to possess. Tune on the record player and let your child hum
the nursery rhyme along with the tape. It would be fun to sing a
nursery rhyme if you have chirpy background music. Hearing the poem,
'jingle bells, jingle bells' on the tape-recorder would make your child
rock and roll while tapping his foot on the rhythm of the jingling
How to remember a poem?
Remembering a poem would not be hard if you use certain techniques. You
must have seen some children singing movie songs word to word. How do
they do that? They do that as no one forces them to learn these songs.
No one asks them to sit down and learn word to word several times. It
is the same with nursery rhymes. Do not portray the activity of
learning nursery rhymes as the part of academics, but put forward it as
a fun activity. Following are some tricks to make your child interested
in singing rhymes.
Sing the poem to
your child and explain him the meaning of the poem. Tell him the
meaning with the use of some interesting anecdotes.
Make reciting a poem an everyday activity. You can assign a
particular time for singing rhymes such as before going to bed or on
Make your child to write down a nursery rhyme and ask him to
draw and paint the picture that comes in his mind after singing a
particular rhyme. Your child can create a beautiful scrapbook full of
rhymes and colourful pictures.
Make it a point to correct the mistake if your child is making any while reciting a poem.
Singing a nursery rhyme
How would it look if your child is singing a nursery rhyme
while standing straight with his hands folded? Boring, isn't it?
Singing a nursery rhyme is something that should be cheerful. A child
should join his hands, place them near his ear, and tilt his head a
little while reciting the poem, 'are you sleeping'? A toddler Singing , should
make crawling gestures with the fingers while singing the nursery
rhyme, 'incy wincy spider' which tells the story of the spider who climbs up the water spout.
Make puppets out of a white cardboard, paint them and paste them on the
wooden stick. Enact a nursery rhyme while mimicking its words with the
use of these puppets. You even do not need to make puppets to act out
certain poems like 'teddy bear, teddy bear', where you can use a stuffed teddy to enact the poem.
Make a small group of children and let them enact a nursery rhyme. 'Ring-a-ring a roses'
is the poem to perform in a group. Let all the children hold their
hands and fall down at the end of the poem. You can also enact a poem
with your child. Let your child be a Johnny and you are his papa and
have fun while enacting the poem, 'Johnny Johnny, yes papa'.
Importance of nursery rhymes
Nursery rhymes are being sung, recited, mimicked, enacted, and learnt
for ages. Learning nursery rhymes is an important pre-school activity.
A child will never forget how many days are there in each month after
learning the poem, 'thirty days of September'. Learning seven days of
the week would not be difficult after learning the poem, 'Solomon
Grundy born on a Monday'. Counting from one to ten would be the easiest
task for your child if he knows the poem, 'one two three four five', by
Singing nursery rhymes enhances a child's reading and learning ability.
It makes the child more confident. Learning and reciting nursery rhymes
improve the memory and the language skills from early age. Sing the
lullaby, 'hush-a-bye, baby' to your toddler and read out the poem,
'Mary had a little lamb', to your child.
After singing the rhymes, it is time to make your own rhymes. Challenge
your child's intelligence and see if he can come up with a great poem.
Let your child challenge the famous Mark Twain quote which says,
"Anybody can write the first line of a poem, but is a very difficult
task to make the second line rhyme with the first."
Do you read nursery rhymes to your child? Does your child enjoy singing nursery rhymes? How important is learning nursery rhymes?
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