Learning the English Language Through Nursery Rhymes
Studies have proven the fact that rhymes are an ideal way to introduce alphabets, syllables, sounds, and words of the language to the little kids and let them practice the early lessons of language. More importantly, rhymes make it easier for the kids to practice speaking in a fun and engaging way. Learning rhymes can also be motivational to kids to improve their confidence and reduce their social fear.
Using rhymes for language skill development
There are many simple rhymes in all languages across the globe, but those who have gained much fame are English rhymes. From early ages itself, little children began to use sounds in a rhythmic way to express their feelings, which later will pave the way to their interest in learning rhymes. From the age little children began to talk, they start to experiment with the sounds. Most of the kids have the in-built skills and drive to imitate syllables of rhymes and then slowly pick up the language of rhymes and understand their meaning.
Little kids tend to learn rhymes effortlessly and unconsciously by picking up the repetitive words and following the language of rhymes. Most importantly, children learn the mechanics of using the English language by playing the texts of nursery rhymes. With rhymes, they find out how the English language works to share thoughts and tend to learn the relationship between the alphabets and sounds of the language.
Along with rhymes, simple songs for children also help improve language skills. At early ages, rhymes are ideal, which are generally short and melodic by rhyming words and repeating sounds, which makes it attractive and easy to memorize. Many of the world-famous English nursery rhymes like ‘Twinkle, Twinkle,' ‘Humpty Dumpty' etc. Are classified as nursery rhymes or Mother Goose rhymes.
On the other hand, kids' poems aren't much of playfulness and repetition of sounds, but more focusing on the meanings which can evoke emotions and imaginations of the little ones. By listening to such poems and reciting them, kids discover new ideas, and they help grow their imaginations. First poems to a kid maybe modern and traditional but help in the early cognitive and language development.
A nursery rhyme is a short, but complete experience to kids, which fits well to the limited attention span at early ages. But these tell a complete story or narrative of an event with a proper beginning and end, making a complete sense. Once a kid rightly works out this sequence to memorize and recite a rhyme in full, they feel more confident by gaining control over the language. Using playful language is much enjoyable, and they tend to memorize these easily.
The little children who try to communicate in the English language easily get frustrated as they aren't able to express what they thing. Considering this, rhymes will give them a chance to feel confident with an opportunity to say a lot of English, which makes sense and get others' admiration. This deeper satisfaction will further motivate them to try and succeed in more complex language usage and overcome social inhibition.