Nursery rhymes may appear to be a way to spend time and interact with your children, but they have a wide range of long and short-term benefits for your child, and they have an extremely powerful influence on the development of your child in preschool.
Nursery rhymes are much more than just a source of entertainment. They introduce children to a certain concept of rhythm while also encouraging social skills and language development. Children may develop a knack for reading while they enjoy the speech, storybooks, and nursery rhymes.
Two little kittens, one stormy night,
Began to quarrel, and then to fight;
One had a mouse and the other had none,
And that's the way the quarrel began.
"I'll have that mouse," said the biggest cat,
"You'll have that mouse? We'll see about that!"
"I will have that mouse," said the eldest son;
"You shan't have that mouse," said the little one.
I told you before 't was a stormy night
When these two little kittens began to fight;
The old woman seized her sweeping broom,
And swept the two kittens right out of the room.
The ground was covered with frost and snow,
And the two little kittens had nowhere to go.
So they laid them down on the mat at the door
While the old woman finished sweeping the floor.
Then they crept in, as quiet as mice,
All wet with snow and as cold as ice;
For they found it was better, that stormy night,
To lie down and sleep than to quarrel and fight.
Moral of the poem Two Little Kittens is that we should not quarrel for any reason. If we quarrel, it will harm us only. Rather, we should share our things and be happy.
Children are fascinated by stories of people who live in shoes or a cow that can leap over the moon. Nursery rhymes teach your child to develop a vibrant imagination full of magical or normal characters. Simple nursery rhymes can also influence a variety of important abilities and development areas.
Cognitive development — Repetition of rhymes and stories is beneficial to the brain since it teaches how language works while also enhancing memory, focus, spatial intelligence, and problem-solving abilities. These poems are simple to memorize because they are composed of patterns. Nursery rhymes are structured in such a way that comparable sounds stand out, which is not the case in normal speech. Nursery rhymes assist your kids in segmenting words into syllables and seeing similarities between words that rhyme or begin with the same sound.
Literacy and Language Skills - Nursery rhymes are beneficial to language learning and speech development. They also aid in the development of auditory skills such as sound discrimination and the identification of music. Listening comprehension is a core skill that is sometimes overlooked, despite its obvious importance. They're an excellent way to start a story because many of them have a beginning, middle, and end (sequencing). Nursery rhymes help children learn new words and are an excellent introduction to poetry. The repeating of a rhyme can also help your youngster become aware of the particular units of sound that make up words, known as phonemes.
Emotional and social – Nursery rhymes help children acquire a sense of humor. Singing these songs may be a wonderful group activity and a great way for toddlers to get to know their friends because of the relationship between movement, rhythm, and language. Nursery rhymes will help children's communication and language development. For example, older children may be learning to rhyme, while younger children may still be learning new words. Nursery rhymes are well-known and can so provide comfort and assistance to children in distress.
Physical Activities - When actions are linked to nursery rhyme words, it helps to strengthen motor skills, rhythm, and movement. Before the age of seven, music training (via playing and listening to music) has a major impact on regions of the brain associated with planning and motor skills.
Maths - Nursery rhymes are an excellent approach to introducing your child to numbers. Patterns, sequencing, numbers, and counting abound (forward and backwards).
So now that you know about nursery rhymes and their benefits, read out the rhyme “Two Little Kittens, One Stormy Night”. You can enjoy the poem and also learn from the moral that we shouldn’t quarrel any time with any one.
1. Why were the two little kittens quarreling?
The two little kittens were quarreling over a mouse.
2. What happened to the kittens when they were quarreling?
The kittens were thrown out in the icy cold snow when they were quarreling. They also lost the mouse because they were quarreling.
3. What happened to the kittens after they were thrown out?
The kittens were wet and cold when they were thrown out. They realized their mistake and silently came in after the old woman finished sweeping the floor.