Did you know there is a formula for this? Researchers have found that when a child knows 8 Nursery Rhymes, by heart, at the age of four, they are usually among the best readers in their class, by the age of eight. And eight is the age of third grade; and remember third grade is that key year to have reading skills in place; because starting in the fourth grade they move to reading to learn. Without that skill in place they are falling behind.
Why are Nursery Rhymes so important? Well they teach several skills. including improving their recall and memorization skills. These early rhymes also teaches how language works, and helps to build vocabulary skills, two key skills in developing reading skills. And they help to connect other subjects, together, building that association of words and meanings. Plus, most have a clear beginning, middle and end and that teaches that skill of story telling.
We have added a PDF below that has 16 of them to get you started!
And if you would like an email, of the words to each of these, please just send an email and we will send a copy out to you.
Of Course there are MANY more out there too, and nope you don't have to stop at learning 8 of them.
Until next time, take care of you!
Director of Over The Bay Pre-K