All rhymes from traditional nursery rhymes to modern action rhymes play an important part in early childhood development. They are packed with the 3 R’s: rhyme, rhythm and repetition. They play a vital role in helping children develop key speech, language and communication skills. They also support the development of social, physical and emotional skills. It’s never too early to introduce children to rhyme, rhythm and repetition!
Rhyme, rhythm and repetition are the start point of developing skills for a lifetime of literacy. The Early Years curriculum highlights rhyme and repetition as important building blocks for developing early literacy skills. The use of rhyme, rhythm and repetition helps children to join in with repeated refrains and to anticipate and join in with key phrases in rhymes and stories. This is a stepping stone to being able to create their own rhyming string or stories.
Using rhyme and repetition in songs stories and nursery rhymes helps develop children’s vocabulary. The rhyme and rhythm help make words more memorable which helps children learn new words. Hearing words repeated in the context of a story or song help link the understanding of words to objects, pictures and actions.