How children benefit from nursery rhymes?

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“Itsy bitsy spider climbed the water spout

Down came the rain and washed the spider out

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain

And itsy bitsy spider climbed the spot again”

This happens to be my son’s favourite nursery rhyme. It entertains him, soothes him, calms him, and excites him, depending on what kind of mood he is in. His fondness to the rhyme encouraged me to learn it in nine different languages, all foreign, none of which I know, and the unknown narrations that delighted both of us to bits!

Nursery rhymes for little kids have been around for decades, passed down from one generation to another with the same warmth and enthusiasm. What’s good to know is that many of these songs were not originally written for children. They were mostly used to spread news in societies, following the age-old, oral tradition of making an important announcement in the distant past and they offered a lot more than just entertainment to the listeners. Here’ how they benefit kids:

1. They are fun to sing together; giving a child the freedom to open up effortlessly

Sitting together in a big group and singing a nursery rhyme can reverberate any place with verve; enough to energise and excite a young mind. This activity allows each and every child (even the shy ones) in a group to sing, dance and perform, while building their confidence to the fullest.

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2. They offer your child their first opportunity to socialize

The social interaction that “Ring-a-Ring-a-Roses” or “Oranges and Lemons” offers your child will give him/ her the benefit of holding hands and playing together with other children, thereby, setting a premise for social relationships he/she is set to form in later years. The close bonding with peers will expand their social skills and will benefit their emotional wellness.

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3. While they aid Brain Development, they are Comforting & Soothing too

The repetition of words and rhythms in nursery rhymes helps form neural connections and builds memory capabilities. An adult might get bored with the repetition in a nursery rhyme, remember, “Old McDonald Had a Farm” or “This old man” or “Five Little Monkeys”. As monotonous as these songs seem to you,your child takes special delight in repeating the same words and tunes as the predictable pattern empowers little ones on what’s going to happen next. Knowing what is coming next comforts and soothes them, while relaxing their minds and calming their hyper-activeness.

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4. Nursery Rhymes Aid Language Development and an Affinity towards books

The rich vocabulary and repetition offered by nursery rhymes expose little children to words and phrases, giving them their first introduction to language. The pre-school my children went to, taught children nursery rhymes in various languages, Indian as well as foreign. I certainly notice a marked aptitude among the kids who passed out from this pre-school towards language development.

They also introduce the idea of listening attentively from beginning to end as a narrative progresses, developing interest in stories and books early on.

So, next time you sing “Humpty Dumpty” or “London Bridge”, do so with all sincerity, your child is learning a lot from the rhymes.

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