You should always sing nursery rhymes to your kids. Allowing them to enjoy kiddy TV programs with characters singing nursery songs and rhymes also helps a lot. Toddlers aged 1 to 4 are already sensitive to these educational tools and easily respond when familiarized with them.
Action Songs and Rhymes
Nursery songs and rhymes make it easy for kids to coordinate them with actions, thereby helping them learn new simple concepts gradually. Kids find it easier to learn from action songs (songs that are associated with actions like arm, hand, and head gesticulations). They eventually connect the words with the actions and make sense of them. This empowers their memory and analysis. It also prepares young kids for formal schooling.
Here are some basic and popular nursery rhymes:
- Baa, Baa Black Sheep
- Did You Every See a Lassie?
- Eeny, Meeney, Miny Moe
- Humpty Dumpty
- Jack and Jill
Here are some popular nursery songs:
- Alphabet Song
- Old McDonald
- Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
- 10 Little Indians
- Jack and Jill
- Three Blind Mice
- Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Fun and Learning
Nursery songs and rhymes make learning fun, taking out the stress from it all. Learning does not become hard work, but a fun and interesting experience. It becomes even more interesting when the whole family joins in—mom, dad, and siblings. Later, you can let your kid join other kids enjoy the songs and rhymes, like in a children’s party setting. Fun is a great way of sharpening your kid’s mental agility. In fact, some people note how kids easily memorize things when sang like a song than by formally memorizing them.
Example of an Educational Action Song
Toddlers usually learn their first lessons on human anatomy by singing the song, “My Toes, My Knees, My Shoulder, My Head.” Kids easily learn what their basic body parts are called by this song and most people probably had their first lessons about it as kids in the same way, too. Kids point to the body part that the song indicates, and with repetition, they begin to have an idea what the body parts are called. Later on, they develop their speech skills using the same song and gradually are able to pronounce the body parts well.
In addition, action songs and rhymes are also ideal as exercise tools that toddlers enjoy. If you don’t want them sleepy in the classroom, you can perk up their bodies, minds, and emotions with nursery songs and rhymes.