nursery rhymes kids reading skillsDid your parents teach you to sing or recite nursery rhymes when you were a kid? I remember the days when I would be bribed treats just to sing classic ones like “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” “London Bridge,” “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” and other favorites.

Parents and elder people always get a kick out of watching kids perform these pieces. It seems that the practice of singing and reciting nursery rhymes is highly beneficial. After all, it has managed to stay in our culture right? Question is, can the kids of today still benefit from these rhymes? What is its role in today’s highly modern and technological society?

Nursery Rhymes For Today’s Youth

Nursery rhymes offer kids more than an opportunity to sing or recite a really easy and cutesy song or poem and getting bribed for it. They help kids develop their mental, emotional, and even physical skills. They might just be the very first songs or poems they ever get to sing or recite in their lives. When I was a kid, my parents would play a cassette taped recording of these classic tunes. Today, they can be played using more technological forms like MP3s, videos, and music CDs. It is easier to present them to kids.

Here are more reasons for you to teach your kids some of these delightful and educational nursery rhymes:

  1. Rhymes improve children’s auditory memory skills.

    You can help improve your kids’ memory and retention skills by making them sing songs like “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and other nursery rhymes whose endings use words that have the same sound. A rhyming format is a good strategy to make them remember the words they are learning or uttering.

  2. Rhymes improve children’s vocabulary.

    These songs or poems use simple words but not all of the words would be familiar to your kids. Thus, you can spur their curiosity and make them interested in the meaning of these unfamiliar words.

  3. Rhymes can develop kids imagination.

    Nursery rhymes are about different persons, places and things. Although they are constructed in simple ways, they can help paint a mental picture about the things or events that they refer to. You can get your kids’ imagination to work using these simple literary works.

  4. Rhymes can serve to entertain your kids.

    Most nursery rhymes are action songs, so they are meant to be sung with simple gestures. Singing and acting them out can actually be a good way of bonding with your kids. Instead of watching television or playing video games, you can ask them to join you for a nursery rhyme sing-along session instead.

  5. Rhymes can develop children’s self-esteem.

    Parents can’t help but brag their kids’ singing abilities to others, like what my parents did with me and my siblings. These nursery rhymes can truly help build up your child’s self-esteem and make them confident enough to interact with other people. It can help them grow to be well-rounded and sociable individuals.

Do you now realize the value of nursery rhymes in these highly modern times? Kids can really learn a lot just by mastering these amusing songs and poems. Would you like to start teaching nursery rhymes to your kids now?






Maggie Manion

Margie Manion graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a double major in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development. She taught for several years. Then went on to marry her college sweetheart. They have two beautiful boys who are the the center of their world. Margie taught in the classroom for 4 years until she quit to stay home with her two boys. During this time, as a parent educator with the Parents As Teachers program ashe did a local parenting segment, weekly, with WDAF Fox 4 in Kansas City. She is currently a frequest guest on FNC and is back in the classroom teaching 3rd grade in Liberty, MO, as well as promoting her invention and book (Zoom Spoon and "Zoom Spoon and Finicky Philip the Picky Eater" .

Margie wants you to know that, "I am very passionate about what I do. I know that parenting is the hardest and most important job in the world! I would like to reach as many parents as possible to help them to take extra steps to make their parenting experience a positive one! There is no such thing as the "perfect parent" it is an ongoing process and it is never to late to try something new!" ManionAges and StagesActivities for Kids,Ages and Stages,Parenting Baby and Toddler,School and EducationDid your parents teach you to sing or recite nursery rhymes when you were a kid? I remember the days when I would be bribed treats just to sing classic ones like 'Itsy Bitsy Spider,' 'London Bridge,' 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,' and other favorites. ...Parenting Advice| Family Fun Activities for Kids