Nursery rhymes and children’s songs are treasures waiting to be opened. They contain huge amounts of educational wealth and can not be wasted and ignored.
Enhance vocabulary and motor skills:
Singing, chanting and rhythmic play can increase a child’s vocabulary even as motor skills are strengthened.
Examples: Ring-Around a Rosie, The Wheels on the Bus, This Old Man, This is the Way We Wash Our Clothes,
Basic school skills:
Nursery Rhymes and other children songs teach the basics of vocabulary, reading, and math while having fun!
Examples: I Caught a Fish Alive, Five Little Piggies, 10 Little Turtles, 1, 2 Buckle My Shoe
Language and self expression:
Singing songs lays a groundwork for language growth, reading, speaking and self expression
Examples: If You’re Happy and You Know It, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone, Three Little Kittens
Pulse and Rhythm:
Rhymes strengthen the skill to feel the pulse of language. It is as important to engage in the physical rhythm of rhymes and songs as it is to sing on pitch.
Examples: Five Little Monkeys, Three Blind Mice, Hot Cross Buns, Old MacDonald’s Farm
Music has the potential to convey feelings of love, delight and security to children and has the ability to bond families together.
Examples: Hush Little Baby, Angels Watching Over Me, I Love You-You Love Me,