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happylittlegems education fact of the day:

It is essential for young children to learn nursery rhymes in order to be successful readers

Research into the development and acquisition of early literacy skills has conclusively shown that rhythm and rhyme play a hugely important role. This is because children’s early literacy skills are about listening and speaking rather than reading and writing. Listening and speaking are the foundation for reading and writing. It’s simply not possible to be a good writer if you don’t first of all have a good vocabulary. Similarly, it’s very hard to learn phonics and sight words if you can’t discriminate sounds and rhyming patterns in an audible way. The research states that when comparing the literary abilities of school age children, those who had a good understanding of rhyme from an early age, vastly outperformed those who had little exposure to it before they started school.

happylittlegems top tips for nursery rhymes:

  • You can sing nursery rhymes anywhere - in the car, bath, getting dressed, walking to school/nursery/the park

  • Increase your repertoire of nursery rhymes - look them up on the internet or in a book

  • Use nursery rhymes like 'Here we go round the mulberry bush' to put to different activities 'This is the way we wash our hands/brush our teeth/eat our food etc'

  • Make it fun - choose nursery rhymes with actions

  • Play rhyming games with words or get them to invent their own 'silly' words that rhyme

  • Orchard Toys have some great rhyming games

  • Children should be able to recite at least eight nursery rhymes by the age of four in order to be a good reader

  • Rhyming books are just as good as nursery rhymes - Julia Donaldson is a great children's author for all things rhyming

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