This post is sponsored by Nursery Rhymes TV. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own.
As a school Speech-Language Pathologist, I’m always on the hunt for fun and creative ways to engage my students in language learning. My pre-school students have a wide variety of skills. From language delays to severe apraxia, it can be challenging to find an activity that everyone enjoys and participates in. When I’m having a creative block or just need a quick five minute transitional activity, I use nursery rhymes.
Over the years I have created finger puppets, felt boards, and manipulatives for my students to role play nursery rhymes. They love this type of multi-sensory play and learning.
In a time period of IPad apps, over scheduled activities, and dual working parent families, I find that many children are not exposed to nursery rhymes outside of the classroom setting. Here are a few of the many benefits of nursery rhymes.
1. Language Development-
Nursery rhymes are a wonderful way for children to be exposed to the interaction of sounds, including rhyming and blending. Nursery rhymes also help children hear pitch, volume and vocal inflection. My favorite part about teach children nursery rhymes is the new vocabulary words they are exposed to.
2. Physical Development-
When children recite nursery rhymes they are practicing the way certain sounds are made, which is called oral motor development. Nursery rhymes that involve body movement such as “I’m a Little Teapot”, help develop gross motor (large muscle) skills.
3. Cognitive Development-
Nursery rhymes are one of the first ways children begin to develop memorization and recall skills. They also teach children about math concepts, including size, weight, and numbers. These basic math foundations are necessary as they head into Kindergarten.
4. Social-Emotional Development-
Parents and educators can strengthen a bond with a child through a shared interest. Nursery rhymes encourage positive physical touch including clapping. This skill is vital for developing appropriate physical skills. Nursery rhymes also help children develop their sense of emotions and empathy, as a child identifies with characters in the rhymes.
One of my very favorite nursery rhyme resources is Nursery Rhymes TV. This adorable YouTube channel has many, many animation and song nursery rhyme videos for toddlers and preschoolers. The songs are catchy and the animation is very colorful.
I use Nursery Rhymes TV as a free choice activity at the end of my therapy sessions, as a reward for hard work. All my preschool students just love it!
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