Baby Learning Through Rhyme
Many young parents may wonder, what could their baby learn through old fashioned nursery rhymes. One example is motor skills through body movements. Today, many children spend too much of their time in front of television or video games. Singing and playing a clapping game not only teaches motor skills but helps your child learn social skills.
Old time Favorite Nursery Rhyme
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, bakers man is one of the oldest and most famously known nursery rhymes. The earliest known appearance of this rhyme is in 1698. The song says to mark it with a ‘B’.
However, There are slightly different versions of the song. It uses the term, ‘patty cake’ and the cake is marked with a ‘T’. But, other than those differences the song is bascially the same.
Back in those days, many people did not own a stove. So, they would bring their unbaked goods to be baked at the local bakery and for a small fee. The best way to keep track of your baked goods was to mark the item.
Another Teaching Rhyme
Daddy Finger also known as ‘Finger Family’ is a popular finger singing game that involves using each finger to introduce a family member. Some parents draw little faces on their fingers and wriggle one finger at a time to introduce the finger that represents the family member while singing the song.
Skills Baby Can Learn From Nursery Rhymes
The clapping and singing that accompany this song is a fun way to teach your baby hand and eye coordination. These type of motor skills help many children fight dyspraxia. Dyspraxia is a lesser known disability that effects a child’s ability to preform everyday tasks such as tying shoes strings, writing and etc. Another concern many parent have is midline deficiency. We have all watched a baby trying to use his hands to put something into its mouths or pick up a toy. As your infant learns to master control of the use of his hands, he will develop a stronger side example, left-hand or right-handed. When a child is using both sides equally, this may signify a midline deficiency.
Language and Reading Skills
Last but far from least in importance, we will mention the benefits of baby hearing songs repetitiously. Your baby will learn the formation of rhyming words in a fun and loving environment. The nursery rhyme affect is a phrase that is used to describe people, who are good readers. As infants they were exposed to storytelling and nursery rhymes. This sets in motion a love for listening to language and promotes good reading skills.
Teach your Infant a Clapping Game
These repetitive games teach your baby to practice movements repeatedly. As your baby watches you sing, play and clap, they will want to copy these games. Thereby, learning necessary developmental skills that will increase their ability to succeed in life as they become adults.