Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Nursery Rhymes

I have always loved reading and am very passionate about children’s literacy. I dream of having lots of books for my future children and want to instill in them the power of reading. Singing nursery rhymes with your infants has many positive developmental effects and increases one’s reading comprehension and vocabulary.  When children hear nursery rhymes, they hear the sounds that vowels and consonants make and learn how to put them together as well as practicing pitch, volume, voice inflection, and rhythm of language. They also help children learn easy recall and memorization.
Experts in literacy and child development have seen that if children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re four years old, they’re usually among the best readers by the time they’re eight. (Fox, M. (2001). Reading Magic. San Diego, CA: Harcourt.)