It is recommended to read baby rhymes as often as possible.
The influence of rhymes on a child development is amazing. Children easily remember the simple lines that develop children’s memory, imagination, as well as help the logical thinking formation.
You should play with your infant’s fingers or toes while saying a rhyme. Stimulating baby’s fingers and toes are vital for brain development. And as an infant learns to use his fingers more, gross and fine motor development and cognitive skills are also improved.
Rhyme and rhythm enhance your baby’s ability to learn language and also increase phonemic awareness preparing a child better for future reading and writing skills.
Many Rhymes and Chants – Phonemic Awareness
Hearing is the first of our senses to develop and we first perceive the general patterns of speech in the language exactly with the hearing.
Oxford researchers found that some 3 year old children knew that words were composed of separate sounds. But other 3 year olds didn’t know this. They discovered that the more children had listened to nursery rhymes, the more the children were aware of how words were made up.
Furthermore, the broader is the child’s phonological awareness, the better are his reading skills afterwards.
While talking to your baby you should always talk at the level of plus one year. It means to talk to her at the level of her language she is at plus one level to stretch up and expand her capacity and capability for the language.
You can create the rhymes for your Baby yourself. Here are just few requirements:
1) simplicity and clarity of a rhyme,
2) the brevity of the rhymes as well as individual lines,
3) simplicity and clarity of the images familiar to your baby.
Maybe you will wonder where, when and how to chant a new, yet unknown rhyme to your baby?
For example, walking with your baby in the spring time, you suddenly see a flower looking out of snow and you can chant a rhyme like this:
Out of the white snow,
Under a brown tree,
A blue snowdrop
Is looking at me.
Or, going with your baby outdoors after thunderstorms you see the last storm cloud. And you chant the rhyme with little actions:
The rain is over,
The sky is blue,
Bye-bye, little cloud,
Baby rhymes will influence your child’s internal world and his language only if certain ideas, experiences, inner life precede a verbal poetic image. Only a child who has seen with his own eyes how “in the blue sky rosy clouds float melting “, will understand and feel the beauty of the word in connection with the image beauty, and he will certainly include these figurative expressions into his language. “There was a cloud in the rosy sky and it has melted“, said a four-year old girl, looking at the pink and orange evening sky.
You can also sing good rhymes instead of lullabies to your baby. Any information got by your baby before going to sleep or being drowsy, roots in the deep layers of the subconsciousness and stays there forever, having a decisive influence on the formation of personality. Of course, your baby is still unable to grasp the essence of the rhymes you chant, and there is no use to try to explain it, not only to the three-month olds or even to the three years olds. But don’t be upset. Now your baby perceives the rhymes as a good music, and what they say, he will understand when reading them as an adult.
Thus, the result of often baby rhymes hearing:
– child is aware of the word meaning,
– child sees the possibilities of combining it with other words,
– child knows how to use of the word and its grammatical forms,
– his language skills develop successfully.