Thursday, October 31, 2013

Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales

While away at training, we talked about an often neglected part of our children's childhood experience. Nursery rhymes.
Many people have grown tired of hearing nursery rhymes so they don't expose their children to them.  We have generations of children who don't know Humpty Dumpty.  We have children that don't know fairy tales unless they have seen a Disney movie.
"If children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they're four years old, they're usually among the best readers by the time they're eight (Mem Fox, 2001)."
Nursery rhymes and fairy tales are important foundations for literacy that we introduce to children at the earliest of ages.  Keep the magic strong and strengthen your child's literacy growth.
Fairy tales give birth to imagination, creativity, and more. "Fairy tales also contribute to our cultural literacy. A child who has never heard the stories of Rapunzel’s hair or Achilles’ heel is culturally illiterate (Meg Moseley).

Read, sing, and chant together.


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