This week at Toddler Time, we will focus on Mother Goose nursery rhymes?
Because reading nursery rhymes to your child may be one of the most important thing you can do to help them build early literacy skills!
The rhymes and repetition in Mother Goose rhymes increases a child’s ability to hear different sounds in the English language (this is called phonemic awareness). This awareness of the different sounds in language is the key to building literacy skills as the child grows. Sounds are represented by letters and letter combinations, these letters form words, and the words form sentences (and stories!). Children who have this awareness are better at sounding out words when they become readers.
Did you know that Humpty Dumpty was this important? (If you want to read more about this subject, try this article)
You can find all sorts of resources online – www.mothergoose.com is a great resources for finding the rhymes. And You Tube is excellent for little animated videos of each rhyme too. My Pinterest page has a lot of great ideas too – I fell in love with a muffin tin snack idea that includes several nursery rhymes.