Five-Minute Flourish: why every child NEEDS to rhyme!

Five-Minute Flourish: why every child NEEDS to rhyme!


Hey everybody, and happy Friday afternoon.
Welcome to this week’s episode of Five- Minute Flourish, where we’re gonna be
talking all about the importance of rhyming with our kids today, which I’m
really excited about. My name is Melissa Droegemueller, here with Rolling Prairie
Readers, and I’m really excited to come in here every week and get to talk with
you guys about — just giving you some practical tips of ways that we can make
parenting during this stage of our journey a little bit easier, and so today
we’re gonna be talking about a literacy tip. Because I was reading one of my very
favorite books, and I talk about it all the time here — this book is called
Reading Magic. I know it’s backwards, sorry. The subtitle is Why Reading Aloud
to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever, and this book was written by Mem
Fox, who you may know as the author of Time for Bed or Possum Magic. We love
Where is the Green Sheep, Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes.
She’s a very popular Australian children’s book author. And so she wrote
that book for parents all about early literacy. And I love it for early
literacy because it really dives into the role of parents, which is to make
reading sound like chocolate, to make it like really enticing for our kids and
really help them fall in love with the idea of books and stories. And so in
chapter 10, she talks a lot about why songs and rhymes are super important for
our young kids — our pre-readers, and so I wrote a blog post about it, and I will
make sure to link to that in the comments below. But I just wanted to hit
a couple of reasons why every child needs to have rhyming as part of like
their daily activity list. So songs and short nursery rhymes (early poems) have
that rhyme and and beautiful language that is going to be enticing to our
children, and they’re also short. So a lot of times when you’re sitting down to
read with young kids, you know, it’s very rare that you can make it all the way
through a picture book that has lots of long words and sentences,
and our kids just don’t have the attention span for that. So if you’re
reading with toddlers and preschoolers, you know, going through a nursery rhyme
book means that you just have a few rhyming lines on each page that are
going to be really appealing to our children. And then nursery rhymes and
songs, they’re really portable. We can take them with us. You know, you can write
them down on an index card, or you know, snap a screen shot on your phone, and
then when you’re waiting in line at the grocery store or if you’re washing hands
in the bathroom, you know, instead of just you know washing hands as quickly as you
can, you could go through a rhyme or a song together. So it kind of makes —
makes life and time spent waiting a little bit more fun. There’s a quote from
Mem Fox that I want to share with you. It says, From songs and nursery rhymes,
children learn learn words, sentences, rhythm, rhyme, and repetition, all of which
they’ll find later in the books they read.” She has a quote that I love, and it
says, Rhymers become readers; it’s that simple.” And so it’s — really an
encouraging way for you to be able to have some fun with language and and
really introduce your kids to the fun side of it. A lot of kids who are
struggling with learning to read, maybe they are they haven’t found the right
text that they’re interested in, sometimes we don’t always match up the
books that our kids can read with the things that they’re interested in
reading about. Sometimes there’s a disconnect there, and so encouraging our
kids to find things that they enjoy reading — rhymes can be a really fun way
to do that. So I have about a minute left. I want to just talk really quickly about
ways that you can incorporate more rhymes into your day, besides
hand-washing and waiting in line. You can invest in a couple of either
high-quality Mother Goose -type books, or you can get a couple of board book
versions of nursery rhymes. You can find a bunch of those that are really easy to
go ahead and add to your — to your family library. You know, hang them around
your house so that you can use them during diaper changes or while you’re in
the bathroom with your kids while they’re potty training. And then, focus —
maybe choose a new nursery rhyme each month that you want to focus on,
and maybe plan a couple of fun extension activities of things that you could do.
For example, with Jack and Jill, you could have them do a relay race with a pail of
water and have them go up and down the hill —
would be a fun way to kind of make that nursery rhyme come to life a little bit.
(Hopefully without the falling, and the breaking the crown.) So I will have a fun
Friday freebie for you in just a little bit. I’m finishing up a fun nursery rhyme
activity to share with all of you in our free Resource Library, which you can get
to by going to resourcelibrary.club. And in just a few hours, I will have that
uploaded to our literacy section where we have early literacy tips for babies,
toddlers, and preschoolers. Unfortunately, I am out of time, but I want to say thank
you for watching. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Come check out our free Resource Library, and see what other goodies you can find
for your family. Have a great weekend, and happy rhyming. Talk to you later.

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