Language Development Toddlers: early literacy skills nursery rhymes
I realize that nursery rhymes are not everyone’s cup of tea, but I actually don’t mind them. Which is good because Buba and Tiny are really into them right now. They know several dozen of them at this point (from books and CDs) and even have some favorites- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Ba Ba Black Sheep, and The Grand Old Duke of York, just to name a few. Besides the fact that they’re short and simple, and therefore easy for Tiny and Buba to learn, we also like the fact that it’s easy for us to incorporate the bits of sign language we know while singing them.
A while back, I was thinking about introducing my kids to a few children’s television programs, but shortly after, I found that my kids were just as entertained by their CD of nursery rhymes. I can put the music on in the kitchen and they’ll sit on the floor acting out the rhymes or dancing with their baby dolls to the music. This activity easily buys me 20-30 minutes of time to prepare a meal, clean up the kitchen, or even just enjoy my own breakfast or lunch in peace (which means that we are still TV free). And the best part is, not only do they find these rhymes entertaining, but these nursery rhymes are actually helping them build early literacy skills.
We have several different nursery rhyme CDs, but the current favorite is Humpty Who? that come with a book (with the same title) by Jennifer Griffin. And we’d love to send you and your little one(s) a copy too!
To enter to win your own copy of the book and CD Humpty Who? all you have to do is one (or all) of the following:
1. Leave a comment on this post telling me your child’s (or your) favorite nursery rhyme.
2. Leave another comment on this post telling me what other children’s CDs your kids enjoy listening to. (Yes, I enjoy the nursery rhymes, but I’d like them to have exposure to other genres of music too!)
3. Mention my giveaway in your own blog post (be sure to provide a link to this giveaway post), and then post the link to your blog as another comment on this post.
All comments must be left on this post to be eligible to win a copy of Humpty Who?, and all entries must be posted by 9pm (Eastern Stanard Time) on Tuesday, May 4th. Thanks for entering and good luck!