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Reasons Why Nursery Rhymes Should Be Taught in School

Updated on May 25, 2016

Nursery rhymes are an important part of a child’s initial stage of language development. It lays the foundation for oral communication in day to day life. Schools around the world concentrate on developing a wholesome curriculum and teaching approach for children in their initial stages of education.

The initial stages of learning should be enjoyed by each and every child attending nursery schools. Children should not start hating the very thought of going to school.

Nursery Rhymes play a vital role in this area.

Nursery Rhymes and Pronounciation

Hickory Dickory Dock,

The mouse ran up the clock,

The clock struck one,

The mouse ran down,

Hickory Dickory Dock.

For example -

give – the “ve” sound is made by biting the lower lip.

mouse – this sound starts with lips closed together followed by opening the mouth.

ran - for the “r” sound the tongue touches the front palate.

the – this sounds starts off with the tongue touching the front palate.

It should be noted here, that pronunciation is picked up by children as they keep repeating the rhymes again and again. The children are not aware of the fact that they are learning how to say the words in the proper manner and having so much fun just saying the rhymes.

Advantages of Teaching Nursery Rhymes

Teachers can make learning nursery rhymes great fun. Some rhymes are taught in the form of songs. Learning rhymes are made even more fun by teaching actions to go along with the rhymes.

Nowadays rhymes are available on CD. Children can see the animated rhymes on the screen. Each rhyme has many different words.

When a child sees an animated picture and the word together, the child can easily remember and recollect.

Some nursery rhymes involve conversations. Children learn how to converse when they listen to rhymes that include conversations. Children learn about numbers, colors, names of things, through nursery rhymes.

Nursery rhymes help children to take flight into a world of words and pictures and steers them towards the path of creativity and enriches their imagination.


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      Robert Sacchi 11 months ago

      You're welcome.

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      Nithya Venkat 11 months ago from Dubai

      Robert Sacchi, I am glad you got this idea reading this hub. Thank you for your visit and comment.

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      Robert Sacchi 11 months ago

      I never thought of using nurery rhymes to help children get proper diction. Great idea.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      teaches12345 thank you for reading and the wonderful comment. Yes, Nursery Rhymes make learning words very easy.

      Jackie Lynnley thankyou for your appreciation and the vote. Nursery Rhymes are great fun.

      Blossom SB thankyou for reading and the insightful comment. Yes, rhythm of words are very very important.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      An interesting hub. The rhythm also helps in the learning. Nursery rhymes are also useful in teaching English to new-comers, too; they can learn the rhythm of the words as even when they know the vocabulary, where the stress falls can vary. When it is put on the wrong syllable, sometimes a sentence can be almost unintelligible.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Hard to believe we probably all remember these and probably to this day didn't realize the benefit. It "was" just fun. Great write. Up/over

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Great hub topic and very interesting. It is wonderful when teachers use nursery rhymes to teach children as it allows for easy learning of words. Thanks for sharing and the reminder.