Mother Goose, Nursery Rhymes & Singing Helps Make Infants & Toddlers Readers
Nursery Rhymes have enormous educational value. They help with phonological awareness which is hearing smaller sounds contained in words. Singing is a much clearer way of hearing those smaller sounds in words which gives infants and toddlers a head start for when they start school.
"Music and music experiences also support the formation of important brain connections that are being established over the first three years of life." (Carlton 2000). Songs that include animal noises are great for this skill, like "Old McDonald Had a Farm."
Nursery Rhymes are great fun. They provide bonding time between parent and child. Children love them. The rhymes develop vocabulary; children hear rhythms of language, pitch, volume, and voice inflection. Nursery rhymes tell stories with a beginning, middle, and ending. Share these rhymes and songs which tell stories.
When babies hear and sing Mother Goose rhymes, these skills encourage cognitive development and memory skills. Finger plays accompanying the rhymes support gross motor skills and fine motor skills. Many songs also provide opportunities to practice sequence and counting patterns and names of numbers.
Choose songs that are repetitive in rhythm or lyrics. "Music and singing support and nurture each of the domains of development - social-emotional, motor, cognitive, and language and literacy." (Parlakian - Young Children* March 2010.)
Come to your library and check out our Mother Goose section and Music CD's. Some good choices are: