Nursery Songs:Benefits, Links of Nursery Rhymes Songs

 Nursery Songs & Nursery Rhymes Songs

Nursery songs and nursery rhymes songs are the faithful companions of  any early childhood education program.

Nursery songs  present stories in a rhyming format, which makes it easier for the child to pick out and remember the words. Studies have shown that children who are good with remembering rhyming words also have easier time learning to read. Using nursery rhymes songs in preschool classrooms helps children prepare for further academic challenges.

Benefits of Nursery Songs & Nursery Rhymes Songs

The rhythms in nursery song also help children to remember the words, therefore giving  auditory memory skills a good practice. Young children often have a greater capacity for remembering new words and concepts, as their memory is like a fresh new leaf waiting to be written upon.

Rhymes of toddlers nursery songs can also be helpful for young children to be able to identify phonemes, the individual sound units that make up each word. Recognizing each phoneme can help with acquiring reading and spelling skills later on.

Preschool nursery songs and rhymes’ colorful images stimulate children’s imagination and creative thinking.

Spending time with your young children, reading and singing nursery songs with them, tells your little ones that you enjoy spending time in their company and they are important for you. This enhances your relationship with your children and boosts their self esteem. Nursery songs and poems introduce reading as a pleasurable activity and can help the child develop love of reading and learning later in life.

The rhythmic gestures and clapping that can go along with nursery songs can help children develop coordination and motor skills. Performing nursery song lyrics in front of guests or family members can give your child a stronger feeling of confidence and stage presence.

The comic situations often presented in nursery rhymes songs allow children to begin to understand and appreciate humor.

Many nursery rhymes can be used to introduce new concepts to children, such as counting, telling time, days of the week, measurements, etc. These nursery rhyme song can be helpful in having the children learn their very first lessons on these topics, which will prepare for more in depth learning later on.

Links to Popular Nursery Songs and Nursery Rhymes Songs

There is a great variety of online sources for nursery rhymes and songs; below are a few useful links.

You can find a nice collection of free nursery songs and rhymes here:

Here is a link to free audio of the most popular children nursery songs:

Meaning of Nursery Rhymes & Nursery Rhymes Songs

While for most people nursery rhymes and preschool songs are just simple, innocent stories, some literary researches believe that they often contain hidden meanings and references to political and historic events. The same applies even to baby songs for infants.

Here are some possible interpretations of some of the most popular childrens nursery songs.

Humpty Dumpty – it has been speculated that Humpty Dumpty represents King Richard III of England and his fall from the wall refers to the king’s fall from his horse. Other interpretations suggest that it may refer to the downfall of Cardinal Wolsey caused by King Henry VIII.

Rock-a-bye baby – originally titled “Hush-a-bye baby”; this nursery rhyme is believed to be the first nursery rhyme written upon American soil. It has been roughly dated around the seventeenth century and may have been written by an English immigrant who noticed  the way native-American women used to rock their babies in birch-bark cradles suspended from the branches of trees. An alternative interpretation suggests that the baby represents the son of King James II of England, who people at the time believed to have been an impostor smuggled into the birthing room provide the king with a Catholic heir. According to this interpretation, the cradle is the Stuart monarchy.

Mary had a little lamb – one of the old time favorite nursery songs, was first published as part of original children’s nursery songs and poems by Sarah Josepha Hale on May 24, 1830. It has been told that as a girl, Mary Sawyer (later Mrs. Mary Tyler) had a pet lamb, and one day she actually took her to school with her, at the suggestion of her brother. A great commotion naturally ensued and the incident was memorialized as a popular children rhyme.

Ring around the Rosy-  first appearance in print dated 1881 but it was already a popular children’s song from at least the 1790s. Most people believe that this nursery rhyme refers to the Great Plague of London in 1665 but this view  is highly disputed.According to many experts, Ring around the Rosy has no connection to the Plague. This association became so embedded into the modern English speaker’s psyche that it is probably going to remain there in spite of any logical arguments to the contrary. Here is one of the earliest recorder versions of the rhyme:

Ring around the rosy,
A pocket full of posies,
Ashes! Ashes!
We all fall down.

Regardless whether or not we buy into any particular interpretation of  a nursery rhyme, reading and singing together with our children some of the familiar nursery songs and nursery rhymes songs creates a feeling of special closeness and wonderful childhood memories.

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