5 benefits of reading rhymes to your child

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5 benefits of reading rhymes to your child

Probably the first song we as parents would sing to our child is Twinkle Twinkle little star, a rhyme that we have registered in our heads as children when our parents sang it to us. What makes rhymes an essential part of the upbringing of a child?

Did you know that rhymes can predict whether a kindergartner will be able to read? If he can recite Twinkle, Twinkle little star in some coherent form, there is a higher chance that he will be able to read!

Rhymes and jingles are probably the first fun activity that the child does with their parents. This is more often than not, the first introduction to rhythms and sounds of a language. In the beginning, you might find singing rhymes to your child nonsensical but never underestimate the power of this simple practice of singing them to your child and how it affects them in the future. Rhymes help children to read and learn the language later on.

As babies, there is an inherent inclination towards music. Rhymes are familiar tones that can calm a child down and even put them to sleep. There are instances where repetitive use of a particular rhyme is a cue for babies to lull themselves to sleep. Rhymes help in this manner for new parents when their child takes to liking the sound and rhythm of a particular rhyme.

As children start to speak, children often try out with words which they have heard in a rhyme, causing much fun and laughter in the family. This interest and enthusiasm for sound and rhythm is important in children because it marks the start to an awareness that words can be broken into parts - which is a stepping stone for reading and writing for children in later years.

Rhyming helps kids improve their oral language skills by manipulation of the sounds of the language. Playfully manipulating their language while singing, gives them the liberty to manipulate other parts of the language as well.  Rhyming is a part of phonemic awareness. Phonemic awareness is the awareness to listen to, identify and change sounds in a spoken language. This awareness lays down the foundations of the written language.

As toddlers, rhymes and songs with actions are interesting. Rhymes can be used to teach children their body parts and can assist them in improving their memory. Repetitive sections of the rhyme, makes it easy for the child to memorize it, building confidence in them. There is also evidence to show that children who rhyme in more than one language have a better grasp of the languages they sing rhymes in.

If your toddler finds it difficult to read, always rhyme the prose and watch the child take to reading like a fish to the sea. Rhymes have the capability of adding joy to a boring section of prose.

Watch the wonderful collection of Nursery rhymes http://bit.ly/Appystore_Nurseryrhyme with your kids and let them have fun.

Frequently repeating rhymes and songs as a fun activity becomes a good basis of play. Leaving out words in the rhyme, adding the wrong ones in it, allowing your child to substitute the wrong word for the right, following your child's lead, making up your own actions for rhymes and even making up your own rhymes is an interesting activity that you can do with your children. Songs and rhymes give parents and children an advantage of amusement that can be had in a short time and can be performed spontaneously and almost anytime, anywhere!

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Janice Goveas
Janice is a communications specialist, a mom to her handsome son and a food blogger. When she isn't working or chasing after her son, she also travels around the city with her camera to fulfil her passion of photography.

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