English nursery Rhymes for Preprimary, LKG and UKG children

Phonics based technique to select rhymes for your child

As a parent I have googled countless times, searching for English nursery rhymes which are age appropriate and suitable for my child. Frankly, with all due respect to Google, the process of finding such a list of rhymes is painful. The problem is not that there are no good English nursery rhymes out there. The real problem is finding that one playlist of rhymes, which is just right for my child and his age. None of the results (mostly YouTube) displayed could provide me with any logical reasoning and or rationale for segregating  English Nursery Rhymes for Preprimary, LKG and UKG children 

This is precisely the problem that we have tried to solve through our blog and Youtube playlists. Having researched this topic for a while, we figured out that it is best to segregate rhymes based on the child’s development of language milestones.  We have curated Top 10 English Nursery Rhymes for Preprimary, LKG and UKG children based on language milestones development, phonological awareness and age appropriateness.

We will be segregating these 3 age categories rhymes under 3 Blogs:

  1. Top 10 English Nursery Rhymes (with YouTube Video) for Pre KG children
  2. Top 10 English Nursery Rhymes (with YouTube Video) for LKG children
  3. Top 10 English Nursery Rhymes (with YouTube Video) for UKG children
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Our Nursery Rhymes Playlist Segregation Methodology is based on Phonological Awareness

Nursery rhymes can be an effective tool to boost the phonological awareness among the children by developing their ear for language. It encourages the child to pursue active exploration and manipulation of sounds, which in turn aids in the development of reading and writing in children. Phonological awareness is a pre-requisite skill for children to read effectively. It refers to an understanding of the sound structure of language—that is, that language is made up of words, syllables, rhymes, and sounds (phonemes).

For example, when a child is asked, if the word caterpillar is longer than the word train, if the child answers that the word caterpillar is longer, she is exhibiting the ability to separate words from their meanings. A child who says the word train is longer has not separated the two; a train is obviously much longer than a caterpillar, even as a word it is smaller! In nutshell, phonological awareness is about “thinking in sounds” or “mind’s ear” skills.

Why is phonological awareness important in reading development?

“Learning to read is made much easier when children have acquired three prerequisite understandings about print: print carries messages, printed words are composed of letters, and letters correspond to the sounds in spoken words” [1]

Essentially, written language is a record of the sounds of the spoken language. Thinking about and manipulating these smallest sounds of speech is the most complex of the phonological awareness skills and is referred to as phoneme awareness or phonemic awareness. Typically, it is the last and deepest understanding of speech that children acquire.
Children who are unaware that speech is made up of small sounds—those who don’t notice and cannot mentally grab hold of and manipulate them—have difficulty learning to read a written system based on sounds.

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Parents should be very diligent while selecting the Nursery rhymes for Preprimary, LKG and UKG children, keeping in mind the age appropriateness of the rhyme and language development milestone stage of the child.

Going forward using scientific and well-researched analysis, we will be publishing our curated list of Top 10 best English nursery rhymes amongst all the available rhymes all the age groups i.e. for Preprimary, LKG and UKG children.

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