When children hear nursery rhymes, they hear the sounds vowels and consonants make. They learn how to put these sounds together tomake words.They also practice pitch, volume, and voice inflection, as well as the rhythm of language.For example, listen to how you sound when you ask questions. Do you sound different when you tell a story?
In nursery rhymes, children hear new words that they would not hear in everyday language (like fetch and pail in “Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water”).
Nursery rhymes are short and easy to repeat, so they become some of a child’s first
Since nursery rhymes are patterns, they help children learn easy recall and memorization. Nursery rhymes usually tell a story with abeginning, a middle, and an end. This teaches children that events happen in sequence, and
they begin to learn how to understand stories and follow along. Nursery rhymes use patterns and sequence,so children begin to learn simple math skills as they recite them. Many rhymes also use numbers, counting, and other math words that children need to learn, such as size and weight. Nursery rhymes also introduce alliteration (“Goosie Goosie Gander”), onomatopoeia (“Baa Baa Black Sheep”), and imaginative imagery.Children hear these rhymes and act out what they imagine the characters are doing.