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Studies have shown that children who are in their early ages tend to learn a lot of things over a short span of time and songs and rhymes play a vital role in expediting this learning process. Little kids learn more things in their first five years of age than what they learn over the next ten years. If you think that teaching rhymes is an easy way to get them engaged, you aren’t alone. In this article, you can learn the major benefits of nursery rhymes to kids.
As adults don’t use nursery rhymes regularly, we think that we don’t remember any. But, as soon as you see little kids reciting one, you automatically start to hum the tune from memory. From this, you can understand how deep these tunes are lyrics are embedded in your memory. You may forget where you kept your smartphone half an hour ago, but you never forget the lyrics of ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.’
Nursery rhymes and kids’ songs are the absolute best way to teach the little ones and to pave a foundation to their learning language and cognitive development. Rhymes can be used to teach the words, reading, writing, and other primary academic activities. Researches have proven the fact that learning of nursery rhymes can help kids improve their language skills and also learn social skills. Further, let’s have a quick overview of the major benefits of nursery rhymes.
Benefits of nursery rhymes
o Improve verbal skills
While little children learn and recite nursery rhymes, they are trying their best to express themselves. This coherent approach will help them to be more confident in speaking and become less self-conscious in social interactions.
o Improve listening skills
While a kid learns a rhyme from parent or teacher, he or she tries to interpret it through their own imagination to create a story which makes sense to them and pay more attention towards it. Unlike trying to teach them something through pros, reciting a rhyme will catch their attention span for a longer period and thereby enhance their listening skills.
o Enhance their memory
Nursery rhymes are to listen, recite, and memorize. Most of the rhymes are so simple and consist of repetitive rhythmic words, which make it easier to memorize those. However, kids learn this through repeated exposure, for which reason they remember it throughout the lifetime as we do. This way, nursery rhymes remain a really entertaining and engaging exercise to help kids improve their memory and cognitive skills.
o Fine motor skills
In preschool classes, nursery rhymes are usually taught as action songs to get the kids to engage and enjoy learning them. The children try to learn what the words mean, what story the rhyme tells, and try to coordinate their body and mind while engaging with it. This will help improve their fine motor development. Proper coordination of gestures, facial expressions, and rhythmic body movements will help children to enhance their motor skills.
Along with the above, nursery rhymes also contribute towards language skills, cognitive skills, reading skills, social skills, and imaginative skills development in children at early ages.