How nursery rhymes contribute to your child’s development
Written by Leila Bello
Every country has its own cultural or traditional songs and rhymes. Little poems or songs that have been around for centuries are still sung and taught to kids of all ages! So why are nursery rhymes so important to children?
Firstly, they are ideal first stories for toddlers to listen as the rhythm catches their attention. Instead of trying to grab the book out of your hand, they listen and either sing, dance or hum along. This will enable kids to start liking “books” and step-by-step are ready for longer stories. The nursery rhymes at an early age give them a love for books that they keep as they grow.
Secondly, nursery rhymes develop children’s creativity and their fine motor skills. Listening to rhymes will have your child create images in their heads and enhance their “coordination” as they strengthen their muscles when using finger puppets or their own little fingers (“Baby Shark” for example).
Lastly, little nursery rhymes expand children’s early language development. This will enhance their vocabulary and memory skills. The more stories and rhymes children hear, the larger their vocabulary will get, no matter in which language as long as you start “early”.
How “early” is “early”? It can be shortly after birth as children are able to distinguish all sounds and phonemes specific to each language. By the age of 6 months, they have a perfect ear: they can reproduce a sound as soon as they hear it with the tones and accents. Since birth to 7 years old, children build their language according to their linguistic environment. If they are exposed to several languages, their ‘linguistic database’ proves to be greater and more flexible. Thus, numerous linguists claim that the early acquisition of a second or a third language benefits to the native language.
Knowing the benefits of learning several languages from an early age, Acacia was created in 2008 in Bangkok, then in Hanoi in 2017, in the heart of Tay Ho, making bilingualism, English and French, our school project. Our teaching is based on a core principle: ‘An adult a language’. During the week, they are alternately immersed in both languages. Thus, children progressively discover different aspects of the world around and enrich their vocabularies in both languages. Learning during a few years, at an early age in an English and French-speaking environment leads to extraordinary language aptitudes. Come and be part of the fun!
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