10 Benefits of Nursery Rhymes for Toddlers

February 18, 2019

What do nursery rhymes give toddlers? Parents and teachers alike teach toddlers these catchy rhymes to help them learn words and entertain themselves. Some family members teach them to toddlers just to have fun and share a part of themselves. However, some of those rhymes seem inappropriate for today’s society.

Sometimes, these rhymes teach children about music. They learn to be quite adaptable to the rhythm.

How do children benefit from nursery rhymes?

Children get a lot of benefits from singing nursery rhymes. They develop their cognitive, physical, and emotional skills early on. Most teachers share rhymes when children start school. It begins as a classroom activity and kids bring it to share it with their family.

But, what do toddlers get from these rhymes?

#1 Learn new words

First, children learn new words through every sentence they read or sing to. This expands the words they know from their parents who teach them every step of the way. Some of those words they don’t know yet, so they learn it with the help of their teachers and parents.

#2 Expand their vocabulary

While learning new words, toddlers expand their vocabulary by discovering new words through these nursery rhymes. They encounter new words through reading books, rhymes, and singing in their schools.

Teachers encourage children to expand their knowledge in various ways. Some do it through different classroom activities, such as singing or dancing. Moreover, it motivates them to read books and try finding what that new word means.

#3 Children become more active through body movements

Some nursery rhymes include bodily movements that make children clap their hands, jump on their feet, or face their classmates. Other teachers let the toddlers do some role playing involving the rhymes. They divide the children in smaller groups and assign one (1) stanza from the rhyme and let them interpret it in their own way.

Some of them sing, others act and all of them just enjoy the entire experience.

#4 Enhances their auditory senses

People like music very much as it captures their souls with just one (1) note. Same goes for children. When they hear a captivating tune, they react to it by singing or dancing and enjoy the entire experience.

Rhymes engage them to experience music and might turn them into great musicians in the future. Some may become singers along the way. Toddlers have got to try those, right?

#5 Develops their reading skills

Before learning any new words, children need to read them first. Now, when they first encounter a certain nursery rhyme, teachers show it to them first. They read it aloud and recite it before learning to sing along.

It also introduces them to different stories and fairy tales.

#6 Promotes creativity among children

Aside from singing, it also encourages children to role play. Teachers assign them roles to portray. This allows them to freely interpret the character they’re assigned. Their teachers encourage them to open their minds and to just feel the moment. Children try immersing themselves with the characters they portray.

#7 Allows children to socialize in class

When teachers divide the whole class into smaller groups, children socialize and interact with their classmates. Doing so allows them to perform better with their classmates as they perform with their classmates side by side. It helps them converse with their classmates and resolve conflict in case it arises.

#8 Learn about history

Some nursery rhymes talk about culture and history that children can learn from. Teachers make learning things fun through singing and dancing. However, some of the rhymes are  inconsistent as they do not align with current events or how society works.

#9 Teach children about correct values

Aside from learning history through rhymes, children learn different values that help mold them to become the best version of themselves. They learn how to be kind to each other and help others in trouble. Some kids play rough and hinders their ability to foster good relations with other kids.

#10 Know and familiarize themselves with the alphabet

Aside from learning new words and forming sentences, children learn to familiarize themselves with the alphabet. This lets them learn more and develop their communication skills as they grow. Nursery rhymes makes learning fun for toddlers.

The best preschool in the area brings unforgettable nursery rhymes. They get imprinted in their minds and they carry them until they grow up. Imagine Nation Learning Center creates different rhymes to help children learn and develop their skills.

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