This week its World Nursery Rhyme Week and having recently visited Cornerways with my one year old son, Jack, it appears nursery rhymes are similar to Christmas Carols you never seem to forget them. Jack had a gentleman sing “Humpty Dumpty” whilst a lady recited “Pat a cake” complete with actions.
Do you have a favourite that you could recite? I seem to find myself singing “twinkle twinkle little star” and it does help Jack go to sleep probably because he’s had enough of my singing. We go to swimming lessons each week and all techniques are learnt whilst singing nursery rhymes: “12345 Once I Caught A Fish Alive”, “The Grand Old Duke of York” to name a few.
I hadn’t until recently ever considered how important nursery rhymes are in early childhood development. Some experts claim that if a child knows eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are four, they are usually amongst the best readers and spellers in their class. Nursery rhymes are great way to learn early phonic skills, they provide practice in pitch, volume as well as language rhythm. Experts believe that its not just language development they help with its cognitive development, physical development, aid with maths, as well as providing social/emotional development. With all these benefits we will certainly keep reciting nursery rhymes to our little one.
In the spirit of World Nursery Rhyme Week, Parkland House residents spent an afternoon this week reciting nursery rhymes and reminiscing about their favourite childhood rhymes. All the residents remembered all the words and thoroughly enjoyed the activity.
So in the Homes during World Nursery Rhyme Week don’t be surprised if you hear staff and residents reminiscing on their favourite nursery rhymes, participating in nursery rhyme themed quizzes and perhaps making our own rhymes up. If you have a little one or grand or even great grandchild there is some fantastic free resources available on Musicbugs website and in some local libraries.