Many preschools, nurseries and primary schools have music sessions every week to give children a break from academic lessons but in a way that they are still learning. Children enjoy making, dancing and listening to music.
Rhymes help children to learn and play with words, they tune their ears to all the sounds in the word. By hearing different sounds, they learn how sounds combine and blend together to form a word. A child who knows four nursery rhymes by the time they’re four will be a better reader at eight years old.
When singing nursery rhymes, it is a good idea to sing slowly and clearly. This is so the children have a chance to catch the words and the way they’re formed. If you can, ask your child to face you, the eye contact will help to ripen their non-verbal communication skills. Check out this great website of popular nursery rhymes that you can enjoy with your children.