Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if a child knows eight 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.
Why is this?
1. Nursery rhymes are a great way into learning early phonic skills (the ability to hear, identify and manipulate letter sounds).
2. Nursery rhymes give children practice in pitch, volume as well as in language rhythm.
3. Nursery rhymes expand your child’s imagination.
4. Nursery rhymes follow a clear sequence of events.
5. Nursery rhymes are easy to repeat, so they become some of a child’s first sentences.
6. Nursery rhymes improve a child’s vocabulary.
7. Nursery rhymes are an early form of poetry.
8. Nursery rhymes contain sophisticated literary devices!
9. Nursery rhymes are fun!
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About this Study
Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (JCCI) is completing its latest community inquiry, Children 1-2-3: Early Learning for Future Success. This community engagement process has been examining the question, "How can Jacksonville best foster early learning success for children from birth to age 3 in our community?" Over the course of the process (October 2011 through April 2012), the meeting schedule, meeting summaries, key handouts and relevant articles have all been posted here. To find out more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.