Introducing Nursery Rhymes to Children

Nursery rhymes are some of the cutest poems ever taught to children and who does not like to hear a kid performing a rhyme? To be honest, everyone does and such a sight can take away a day’s worry in an instant. Just imagine a lovely baby singing the wheels on the bus. In our previous article, we discussed about the importance of rhymes. Enchanting Nursery rhymes for kids are an important phase for the overall development of the kid. They prepare the child for their coming schooling career and teach some of the basics of the language.

Some of the phrases used in rhymes are unique from those used during the day to day conversation and hence some of the earliest sophisticated forms of English are learned by kids while learning rhymes. Rhymes help in developing a sense of rhythm and volume for the child. When a child sings a rhyme in front of people, he or she understands the volume at which he or she should talk or sing in a particular set up so that it is audible to the people around. Well, all said and done, in this article, we will be discussing on how to introduce rhymes to children. Basically, what do you start with, ‘Yankee doodle lyrics’ or ‘twinkle twinkle’.

  • To begin with, we should always start with simple rhymes for kids. Let’s say, we should begin with small and short rhymes like ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ or ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep.
  • Next, we should make it a point to use actions and different kinds of facial expressions to teach the children. This makes the children remember better as visual memory is our strongest form of memory. Using such tactics help in capturing the interest of the kids.
  • Once the kids start getting familiar with the rhymes you should encourage the kids to join in with the rhymes and start practicing parts of the rhyme. Accept the fact that it can take a while for the kids to start getting a good hold of the rhymes.
  • Soon, there will be a time when the kids won’t be able to resist joining in with the rhyme. In addition to this if you are teaching your own kid some nursery rhymes then remember, rhymes are portable. You can start enjoying a rhyme anywhere and anytime you like. So do not shy away from letting your child recite a rhyme during his bath or during his lunch time for that matter.

Things that can be done with nursery rhymes for kids:

  • While reciting a rhyme deliberately leave a few rhyming words so that the child gets encouraged to fill the line for you. This is after you have taught that particular rhyme a few times before.
  • Device new actions for the rhymes and also let the kids develop their own. This helps in increasing the imagination power of the kids. Kids are already good at imitating. So it is important that you teach him how to develop his own actions and learn to be a little independent in the process.
  • Try to develop the rhythm while a child sings a rhyme. Clap along with the kids and make them enjoy each and every sentence of the rhyme. This will also help in developing a steady beat.
  • Teach the children how to paint favorite scenes from their favorite rhyme. This is another method of developing the imagination and creative power of the kids.
  • At last, you should always look to teach more and more rhymes to the kids. If possible visit the library near your house and increase your collection of rhymes.