It's Always Time to Rhyme!

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Nursery Rhymes

Singing and listening to nursery rhymes are both really important to help your child's development.  Nursery rhymes were invented to help people remember chunks of language and that's exactly what your child is doing when you sing rhymes to them! Even the youngest of babies are tuning into the rhythm, pattern and beat in your voice, hooking onto the words you say and storing them up.  They are also developing a whole host of other skills, having fun and, of course, developing a bond with you.

Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if a child knows 8 nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are four years old, they are usually among the best readers and spellers in their class by the time they are in Year 3

You don't have to know all the traditional rhymes, you can make up rhymes to everyday routines, changing nappies, walking to school, brushing teeth etc.  Adding in actions while you sing works really well  as the actions are visual and physical which help give your little one another way of remembering new words and sounds. We have 6 rhymes you can hear on our site. To listen to them click on the link on the sidebar.

Why not make up a 'Time for Rhyme' basket with instruments, puppets and objects? You can download the Rhyme cards in the sidebar.


Top Tip

Adding actions to your rhymes helps make connections with the brain between the auditory memory and the physical aspect of the brain. It also helps a child who does not know the words join in and feel part of the activity. Actions also helps the child make connections between the doing words and the action itself. Songs such as Grand Old Duke of York and Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes are great songs to help a child physically be in involved. Songs are repetitive too so it won't be long before your child picks up the rhythm and joins in with you.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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