How do rhymes aid language development?

There’s a sense of nostalgia as memories come rushing back. As parents, we hear our children recite rhymes like, ‘Twinkle, Twinkle little star’ or ‘Johny Johny yes papa’. Let’s see how rhymes aid in language development:

1. Awareness of speech sounds: The cadence, rhyme, and repetition of words in nursery rhymes and children’s songs help develop an awareness of speech sounds. By singing songs loaded with early developing sounds such as p, b, t, d, k, g, and m, you give them a “head start” to great listening and speaking skills.

2. Making predictions: The repetition of words teaches children to anticipate the rhyming word and this, in turn, prepares them to make predictions when they read.

3. Memory skills, sequencing skills and increases vocabulary: These three skills make a basic educational foundation that must be in place for all other learning to occur. This is similar to building a house. Both must have a solid foundation to support everything built upon it. Preschoolers naturally go through a developmental phase where they request to have favorite stories, songs, games, or movies repeated.

4. Expand their vocabularies, become familiar with grammatical structure: They particularly help in understanding complex grammatical structures such as use sound patterns in alliteration. The rhyming words themselves foster understanding of word families—groups of words with different beginning letters but the same ending letters. When children already know that “ball” rhymes with “call” they quickly recognize that “wall,” “fall,” and “small” also rhyme. This establishes the groundwork for later reading.

5. Reading and writing: Hence, in a nutshell, Before a child can develop reading and writing skills, it’s important for them to have a good understanding of sounds and sound structures in spoken words. That’s because in developing these literacy skills, they’ll also use their phonological awareness skills: being aware of the sounds and sound structures of spoken words. When we read and write, we’re using our understanding of sounds and how sound patterns make words.

Benefits of nursery rhymes:

Here are 8 reasons why this is so beneficial:

1. Sing-songy names and rhymes span generations. Your great-grandmother may have said “See you later alligator” when she was a girl. She probably also played finger games like “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” Passing along these traditions preserves a language of play shared from oldest to youngest. They are a form of cultural literacy. Many of these simple refrains are hundreds of years old, nearly identical to those recited in Shakespeare’s time. As children get older they’ll be surprised to learn the historical roots of nursery rhymes like “Ring Around the Rosy” and “Humpty Dumpty.”

2. Playground rhymes and chants are part of what sociologists call “Folkways.” Even when children don’t know one another, they know how to settle who goes first using “Rock, Paper, Scissors” or “Eenie Meenie Miny Mo.” These classics have surprising staying power and become norms in a child’s world.

3. Hand-clapping rhymes and songs not only promote motor skills and coordination, but they’re also linked to academic skills. Research shows that young children who take part in hand-clapping chants become better spellers, have neater handwriting, and better overall writing skills. A round of “Say, Say, Oh Playmate” anyone? 

4. Nursery rhymes, songs, and clapping games can advance social skills and confidence. Young children feel comfortable with patterned singing, dancing, and playing because these activities proceed with a predictable sequence of words and actions.

5. Rhyming ditties can teach basic skills (such as “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe”) and reinforce positive attitudes (such as “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”).

6. Action rhymes like “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” or “London Bridge is Falling Down” foster full body movement, always a good way to expend energy.

7. Rhymes aid in establishing routines, from cleanup songs to “Teddy Bear Say Good Night.” Familiar tunes and cadences ease transitions from one activity to another in a comfortable upbeat manner.

8. Rhymes are easily customized to fit the moment. The lyrics for “Wheels on the Bus” can be expanded to include such amusements as the exhaust on the bus, clown on the bus, and so on. “This Little Piggy Went to the Market” can be played with toes that instead are destined to go to the park where they swing on swings, slide down the slide, drink from the water fountain, and whatever else the child likes to do at the park. The next time it might be played as “This Little Piggy Went to the Beach.” Personalized hand-clapping games, rhymes, and names make play meaningful and memorable.

Best nursery rhymes for your toddlers:

1. Itsy, Bitsy Spider

2. Pat a cake

3. Jack be nimble

4. Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater

5. One Two Buckle My Shoe

6. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

7. Little Bo Peep

8. Little Miss Muffet

The Hello English Kids’ app aims to enable children to learn rhymes through the app wherein your child can choose the rhymes and listen and sing along! The rhymes in the app make sure that your child is hooked on to through its clear audio and vivid, bright visuals. The range is very impressive from Wheels on the bus, Five Little Monkeys, Hickory, Dickory Dock, Twinkle Twinkle, Bingo, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Humpty Dumpty, Chubby cheeks, Head Shoulders Knees and Toes, Jack and Jill, Johnny Johnny, Mary Had A Little Lamb, One two, Rain Rain, Ringa Ringa Roses, Row Row, 10 in bed.

Hello English Kid’s rhymes will enable your child to develop their verbal and nonverbal communication skills. The app is the way through which parents can sing along with their child, anywhere and anytime!