Survey Says Nursery Rhymes Probably Facing Extinction

by Rajashri on  October 11, 2009 at 10:06 AM Education News   - G J E 4
 Survey Says Nursery Rhymes Probably Facing Extinction
A new survey has revealed that traditional nursery rhymes may soon die out because today's parents feel these verses are too old-fashioned.

The popularity of evergreen favourites like Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, Hey Diddle Diddle and Little Miss Muffet has now plummeted, reveals the survey by charity Booktrust.

The study also found that only 36 percent parents regularly read out rhymes to their tots, while one fifth have completely given them up.

However, Professor Roger Beard of the Institute of Education believes these rhymes are still important for children's learning.

The Daily Express quoted him as saying: "If children develop a love for the playfulness of language it can really help them with reading when they go to school.

"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (our favourite old rhyme) allows children and grown-ups to share in a wonderment about the night sky."

Source: ANI

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Nursery rhymes have great value for beginning readers. They teach essential vocabulary (See Dolch Sight Word Lists), sentence structure, words with patterns of phonograms which aid recognition of words, other vocabulary, help children to engage their imagination and extend their thinking, and develop their creative abilities. When my son was a preschooler he loved the language and rhythm of the nursey rhymes and he learned a lot of new words by exploring examples of words in the word family groups. His greatest love was using the rhymes to compose his own pattern stories and rhymes. I believe if parents, through demonstration, are exposed to the value of nursery rhymes, they will rethink their position. My son is six years and I am still using nursery rhymes with him to develop phonemic awareness and phonic skills.
Ionie7 Sunday, December 13, 2009

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