Sunshine House Weekly Newsletter: Nursery Rhymes
December 25-29, 2023
Here are samples of activities that your child may be participating in this week.
Wednesday– Little Jack Horner
Parent as Teacher: Recite the nursery rhyme “Little Jack Horner” with your child.
Books – Be Polite & Kind (Amazon)
Action – Counting & Sorting Plums 1-5
Art – Plumb prints
Science – Taste Plums and Prunes
Music – First in Line
Thursday- Do you know the Muffin Man
Parent as Teacher: Practice the Rhyme with your child and have them help make some muffins.
Book: The Muffin Man
Rhyme: Do you know the Muffin Man
Art: Build a Muffin Man
Music: Silly Willies
Friday– Little Red Riding Hood
Parent as Teacher: Retell the story of Little Red Riding Hood, as you remember it.
Book – Little Red Riding Hood
Action – Magic Blanket/ Goodies for grandma
Art – Grandma’s Basket
Classification – Red/White Hunt
Music – Red
Benefits of teaching your child nursery rhymes
Developing phonemic awareness – Nursery rhymes teach children to pronounce words. A lot of nursery rhymes are full of interjections or funny words. They have the role of helping children repeat difficult groups of sounds with the aim of improving their speech. Above all, nursery rhymes teach children intonation and correct pronunciation.
Building memory and articulation – Nursery rhymes are full of rhyming words, and usually it is words or groups of sounds that you don’t encounter in regular words. By introducing your child to these patterns of sounds, nursery rhymes give their brain the input it will need to categories words by their internal structure. This acts as a precursor to written language, where children have to identify the sounds of written words.
For example, nursery rhymes help your child’s brain to differentiate between syllables and to identify similarities between words that rhyme or words that begin with the same sounds.
Understanding of concepts: – When you teach your child nursery rhymes, you are contributing to their creative development. When you talk to your child from the moment they are born, through to their years of learning how to talk, you are equipping them with a solid vocabulary base.
What is more, children also learn to understand abstract concepts like big, small, in front, behind, first and last. The words used in nursery rhymes help children develop language comprehension by associating words with people, objects, and events in their daily life.
Development of social routines – There are lots of fun nursery rhymes that you can sing in two parts. Teaching your child when they should tell their part in the rhyme contributes to their development of social skills. What is more, your child will also learn important conversation lessons, such as turn-taking and listening.
Listening skills -When you read nursery rhymes to your child, you are telling them a story. Because of the rhyming words, the storyline, and your pronunciation, children are lured into the story and pay attention to you. This helps them make sense of the story and at the same time makes them good listeners.