Instructor S. Brown
February 9, 2015
Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
Nursery rhymes has been around for numerous generations. Laurie Harper states, “Nursery rhymes are socially engaging, playful, and developmentally appropriate way for young children to hear, identify, manipulate, and experiment with the sounds of language.” Parents use these nursery rhymes to bond and build with their little ones. Nursery rhymes are fun but also a way of enhancing children learning skills. Laurie also says, “The use of nursery rhymes with young children promotes positive attitudes toward language learning and helps children to build awareness of sound patterns of language.” Mother Goose nursery rhymes enhances children literacy skills, promotes good fantasy imagination, and develops upright listening and reading skills.
First, it is said that learning starts in the home. Parents read these nursery rhymes to kids not knowing that they are teaching in the process. For example, children are taught two words as a baby, Hi and Bye. These two words build children vocabulary and critical thinking at a young age, because they have to know when exactly to say hi or bye to someone. Laurie Harper quotes, “Speaking, singing, and reading aloud stimulate a child’s understanding and use of spoken and written language” (pg. 75). Mother Goose nursery rhymes are all different forms of reading, singing, and speaking. The rhythms of Mother Goose nursery rhymes deal with singing, speaking, reading, and also memorialization. Harper also states, “Children sensitive to rhyme begins to expand this common sound knowledge to other words in different contexts which eventually contributes to their ability to read, write, and spell” (pg. 76). She is basically saying that children will eventually get tired of the same rhyming and rhythms and want to fulfil their ability to know more ways the words can be used.
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