Arts and Crafts in the Classroom

Why are nursery rhymes so influential?

Singing and reading nursery rhymes to babies and children are very important. They effect several aspects in learning for them, and it is never too early to start developing a strong relationship between yourself, your child, and nursery rhyme books. It is proven a baby is able to hear your voice while still in the womb. Talking to your baby while pregnant jump starts your bond, and reading nursery rhymes is something that he or she can become familiar with. When your baby is born it is still a great bonding experience, additionally, it is important for brain development, understanding, social skills, forming sentences and is a great opportunity for your child to listen to new words being said.

What nursery rhymes should I sing or real to my child?

Making sure you sing or read a variety of rhymes is best. Nursery rhyme books are great because they have many to choose from along with pictures your child can look at. One rhyme that is very educational is Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on a Bed. The first picture book was published in March 1989, by the author Eileen Chriselow. Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on a Bed was created to teach children not to jump on beds. This nursery rhyme helps children ages 0-5 with developing number skills, and in theory helps them recognize jumping on a bed is something that could hurt them. While singing this rhyme you can use your fingers to count down the moneys to help your child distinguish different numbers. After some time your child will mimic your hand gestures and learn how to count with their fingers.

What topics do Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on a Bed explore?

For ages 0-5, this nursery rhyme explores counting, animals, health, and discipline. Counting with your hands every time a monkey falls off the bed is teaching subtraction. Being able to distinguish monkeys, and their natural nature to be energetic and jump around. This song does not include any sounds a monkey makes but teaching them the sound any time an animal is the topic of the nursery rhyme will educate them further. Letting your child know jumping on a bed could result in injury helps them with understanding it is not good for their health, and the doctor tells the monkeys “no more monkeys jumping on the bed”, therefore is teaching what happens when you do not listen to your peers.

How can parents and teachers use Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on a Bed for educational experiences?

What a parent, gaurdian, or teacher can use this rhyme to educate children 0-5 is by teaching them how to count on their fingers. Being able to teach the child all about monkeys and how monkeys love to jump, and further that by educating the sound they make. Teaching your child it is important to listen to your parents, teachers, and doctors, and see the potential consequence when they do not listen.